Texas: Military Veteran Farm Tour, Ag Program, Dallas, Garland, Aug. 2-3

Military veterans plant seeds during a Battleground to Breaking Ground program. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo

The Texas AgrAbility Program and Battleground to Breaking Ground Project of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a farm tour and agricultural business workshop Aug. 2-3 in Dallas and Garland, respectively.

The tour and workshop are both free and open to veterans, individuals with disabilities, beginning farmers and ranchers, and anyone else with an interest in starting or expanding an agriculture-related business. Those who suffer from a disability should consider consulting with disability attorneys before attending this program. Register for either or both programs before July 26 here.

The tour, which is also a networking event, will be from 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Farmers Assisting Returning Military, F.A.R.M., Urban Farm Park, 700 S. Good Latimer Expressway in Dallas.

“F.A.R.M. was established by veterans for veterans,” said Makenzie McLaurin Thomas, AgriLife Extension program coordinator in family and community health, College Station. “They produce specialty crops and help veterans find purpose and opportunity through agriculture.”

The tour will include discussion on agritourism, environmental sustainability, specialty crop production, urban farming, veterans’ programs and more.

“It will also be a great opportunity for attendees to meet others in the agriculture industry and share ideas and experiences with them,” she said.

The farm tour is sponsored by Farm Credit Bank of Texas.

In addition, a free Battleground to Breaking Ground agricultural workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 3 at the training center at Dallas County Road and Bridge No.1, 715 Rowlett Rd. in Garland.

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“The Battleground to Breaking Ground workshop is for military veterans and beginning farmers and ranchers wanting to start or expand an agricultural business,” Thomas said.

Workshop sessions will include how to start an agriculture business, business plan development, possibilities for farming/ranching with a disability, financial funding sources for farming and ranching, and marketing and other resources available to support agriculture business operations.

Thomas said Battleground to Breaking Ground and Texas AgrAbility projects through AgriLife Extension enable individuals, including those with disabilities and chronic health conditions, to start and stay engaged in agriculture.

Lunch during the workshop is sponsored by Farm Credit Bank of Texas.  

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