Why is MIFFS interested in supporting Veterans in agriculture?
- Did you know? Many veterans are struggling to transition back to civilian life. According to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, 10% of post 9/11 vets are unemployed. Roughly 45% of military personnel come from rural communities. (NY Times)
- The connection between veterans and agriculture seems a natural one. Many vets return with the skills necessary to become successful farmers. The hard work, and task-oriented nature of farming is also appealing. MIFFS, along with many other national farming organizations including the Farmer-Veteran Coalition , seeks to support veterans in their pursuit to become farmers.
What is MIFFS currently doing for Veterans in agriculture?
MIFFS quickly recognized an organizational connection to the mission and vision of the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC). We are currently in the process of signing on as an Affiliate of FVC, which will connect MI to a national effort to bring agricultural and food-based opportunities to veterans and their families.
In Battle Creek, MIFFS is in conversation with military personnel and farmers to envision a Vets-to-Ag Farming Center. We hope to locate the center in an area where additional services for veterans are located, where veterans feel understood, and where the lands they defended can “return the favor”, helping them create viable livelihoods.