Each year, on the last Monday in May, Americans honor members of the United States Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty for our country. Memorial Day is a federal holiday to remember our fallen heroes. It is also a time to reflect on how we can help our military community on a daily basis.
The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports service members, veterans, and military families through a variety of programs and services:
Beginner Farmers and Ranchers and Military Veterans
Each year, NIFA invests millions of dollars in programs for American farmers, ranchers and veterans to help those interested in agriculture get off to a good start in their new careers. NIFA Beginning Farmer and Pastoralist Development Program funds projects that provide the support new farmers and ranchers need. NIFA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network funds projects that provide stress relief for people working in agriculture, animal husbandry and other agriculture-related professions. The Agricultural Opportunities Program for Military Veterans (Agricultural veterinarians) offers hands-on, on-site training (including immersive model farm and ranch programs) as well as classroom training to create pathways for military veterans interested in agricultural careers.
Support for Disabled Veterans
AgrAbility is a USDA-funded, consumer-focused program with a particular focus on military veterans. It provides vital education, assistance and support to farmers and ranchers with disabilities. Through the combined dedication and expertise of the cooperative extension system and nonprofit disability organizations, AgrAbility helps thousands of determined individuals overcome barriers to pursuing their chosen professions in the world. agriculture.
NIFA and 4-H Partners with Military Community, Family and Youth
NIFA and 4-H have formal partnerships with the Department of Defense Office of Military Community and Family Policy, Army Child, Youth and School Services, Air Force Airman and Family Services, and Navy Family Readiness to support positive youth development education for youth whose parents serve in the military. NIFA partners with the Army, Navy, and Air Force to develop and support military programs for children, youth, and families on military installations around the world, as well as families National Guard and Reserves living in communities far from military installations. Learn more.
military scope bridges the gap between research and practice to enable policy makers, community leaders, educators, youth development professionals and other professionals to access current research, training, coaching tools and information for service members and their families. This program partners with land-grant institutions to increase professional and workforce development.
As you can see, there are many NIFA-funded programs specifically designed to support our military members, military families, veterans, and the military community. On this Memorial Day, may we reflect on our nation’s sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, military heroes who gave their lives to protect our freedoms. May we remember them and honor them all.