Military-oriented agriculture program slated for Sept. 16 in Dayton

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu

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

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

DAYTON – The Texas AgrAbility program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present an agricultural workshop primarily for military veterans Sept. 16 in Dayton.

The free “Battleground to Breaking Ground” workshop will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Dayton Community Center, 801 S. Cleveland St.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service helps current and former military service members with information and resources on farming and ranching. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

“This workshop will provide resources and education for military veterans, but also for individuals with disabilities, beginning farmers and ranchers, and anyone else interested in starting an agricultural business,” said Erin Kimbrough, AgriLife Extension coordinator for family and community health, College Station.

While there is no charge for the workshop, attendees are asked to preregister at http://txagrability.tamu.edu/workshops/.

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,” Kimbrough said.

The Battleground to Breaking Ground 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 .

Funding for this project is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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