Military veteran-oriented farm tour, workshop slated for Aug. 4-5 in Dallas

Contacts: Erin Kimbrough, 979-847-6185, Erin.Kimbrough@ag.tamu.edu

Makenzie McLaurin, 979-862-1913, Makenzie.McLaurin@ag.tamu.edu

A Texas AgrAbility farm tour and From Battleground to Breaking Ground workshop will be held Aug. 4-5 in Dallas. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

DALLAS – The Texas AgrAbility program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a back-to-back farm tour and workshop in Dallas.

The activities, to be held at different locations, are oriented to veterans but also open to beginning farmers and ranchers as well as individuals with disabilities, coordinators said.

The farm tour will be 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Bonton Farms, 6905 Bexar St. The cost for the tour is $20 and includes food and drinks. To register, go to http://bit.ly/2tNCfC4.

A free “From Battleground to Breaking Ground” workshop will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center, 1403 Washington St. .There is no charge for the workshop, but attendees must preregister at http://bit.ly/2sLaBX1. Breakfast and lunch are included courtesy of Capital Farm Credit.

Workshop sessions will address agricultural business startup, business planning basics, possibilities for farming/ranching with a disability, financial resources, funding opportunities, and programs for veterans and beginning farmers or ranchers.

“Texas AgrAbility focuses on connecting, assisting and empowering agricultural producers, their family members and employees with disabilities and chronic health conditions to stay engaged in production agriculture,” said Erin Kimbrough, AgriLife Extension coordinator for family and community health, College Station.

She said the program was developed with input from AgriLife Extension, AgrAbility, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and USDA Farm Service Agency, the National Farmer Veteran Coalition, USDA Risk Management and Texas Department of Agriculture.

For more information, contact Kimbrough at 979-847-6185, Erin.Kimbrough@ag.tamu.edu; or Makenzie McLaurin at 979-862-1913, makenzie.mclaurin@ag.tamu.edu.

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