Vilsack: Next Farm Bill Should Consider the Needs of Ag Industry
USAgNet - 08/26/2016
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said this week that recruiting military veterans and youth into farming should be a consideration as developments towards the next Farm Bill continue.
In speaking on the needs of the agriculture industry, Vilsack commented on the rising average age of farmers, and the need to encourage the participation of youth in agriculture. While highlighting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's program 'Hiring our Heroes',
also called for the recruiting of veterans in agriculture. Not only are there more than 5 million veterans living in rural areas, but veterans will also benefit from participation in agriculture as a way to transition back into society and post-military life.
As a broad effort to match veterans with training and job openings in a wide range of fields, the 'Hiring our Heroes' program incorporates efforts to include opportunities in agriculture, after the 2014 Farm Bill mandated the implementation of programs and
actions related to veteran outreach.
It is important, says Vilsack, that we allow veterans and young people to play a significant role in the future of agriculture in this country.