West Virginia University at Parkersburg and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture have partnered to get veterans farming. On Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, WVU Parkersburg will host its first Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture workshop in the WVU Parkersburg Veterans Resource Center. The session is from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture program aims to train, assist and equip veterans with the skills, knowledge and tools needed to grow and produce for their families, communities and the state. WVU Parkersburg’s Veterans Resource Center aims to be a one-stop shop for those wanting to learn more about farming in the local community while pursuing an education. This program will provide the resources veterans need to be successful in agriculture.
Guest speakers at the workshop include James McCormick, director of WV Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture, Tom Snyder, head of education and apprenticeship training, and Hans Straight, instructor of diversified agriculture for WVU Parkersburg. Veterans and their family members are encouraged to attend this free workshop to learn about programs available to assist in their agricultural endeavors.
“Veterans and their families will find great benefits in agriculture,” says James McCormick, Director of Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture. “From the therapeutic value to the value of self-sufficient living and the potential for additional income as well as the opportunity to start a small business in farming.”
The focus on military veterans for this program is due to the skills learned and character built during service. These attributes make veterans well suited to meet the demands of agriculture for the state of West Virginia.
“There is a strong bond between agriculture and veterans in West Virginia,” said Shawn Healy, veterans advocate for WVU Parkersburg. “We have a large percent of veterans in our community and agriculture can be a valuable employment opportunity and academic path to a meaningful career for them.”