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Farmer Veteran Coalition Celebrates 15 Years

In February 2009, Farmer Veteran Coalition opened an office in Davis, California. FVC realized the benefits agriculture has for military veterans. Our mission and guiding principles that we began with 15 years ago are still the same today.

FVC remains dedicated in assisting our Veterans find necessary resources needed to pursue careers in agriculture or starting their own farms and ranches. Whether that's through the Fellowship Fund program, Homegrown by Heroes label, MarketMaker or our state chapters, FVC will always provide support for our Farmer Veterans.

It's also thanks to you, that we've reached this milestone. FVC doesn't just include farmers and ranchers, it has partner organizations, advisors, funders, advocates and many more involved in the Veteran and agriculture community.

Top Highlights From Past Year

In 2023, FVC awarded over $530,000 to Veterans across the country through the Fellowship Fund, the largest amount in program history. More than 133 Farmer Veterans representing 43 states were awarded.

FVC has reached a total number of 21 state chapters. A dozen states are now in discussions of forming a chapter.

Currently, 3,106 FVC members use the Homegrown By Heroes label for their products. The states with the most HBH members are Texas, Tennessee and Virginia.

FVC added its first regional coordinator for the Delta Region this year, made up of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. Learn more about our plans HERE.

In the past year, we added over 8,000 FVC members to our network. Our total is now over 47,000 members across the nation!

We are proud of what we've accomplished, and grateful for the many collaborators we've built relationships with. As we celebrate 15 years, we ask for your continued support as we grow even more as an organization.

Please consider being a part of our mission:

$15 = $1 per year

$75 = $5 per year

$150 = $10 per year

$300 = $20 per year

Support FVC

We appreciate donations of all sizes.

FVC and our members thank you for taking this journey with us!



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FVC Fellowship Fund, Veterans on the Hill &Pick TN Conference

This message is the first of several that I am going to try to get out this week.  This one will focus on important and timely information about the FVC Fellowship Fund Application Process, Veterans Day on the Hill (January 31st) and the Pick TN Conference (February 15 to 17th).  Also information about a separate grant opportunity from the Dauntless Veteran Foundation.

VC Fellowship Fund, Veterans on the Hill &Pick TN Conference

This message is the first of several that I am going to try to get out this week.  This one will focus on important and timely information about the FVC Fellowship Fund Application Process, Veterans Day on the Hill (January 31st) and the Pick TN Conference (February 15 to 17th).  Also information about a separate grant opportunity from the Dauntless Veteran Foundation.


FVC Fellowship Fund Webinar, December 19th 12PM CST/1PM EST

FVC national held a webinar  December 19, 2023 at 12pm CST. They discussed the Fellowship Fund application and how to create a business plan with their partners at Center For Farm Financial Management.

To see a recording of this webinar visit:

Learn more about AgPlan here:

The Application Process opens on January 3rd and closes on February 14th, 2024.  The Application can be found at:


Pro tips on applying for this fellowship:

1.  Start by creating a farm plan that supports what you will be asking for.

2. Use a word document to write your answers to each of the sections as you go along and be sure to save it.  

3.  Be sure that your Fellowship Application asks for something that directly relates to your farm plan.


FVC-TN Webinar, January 18th 7:00 PM CST/8:00PM EST

The FVC-TN chapter will conduce its next regular webinar on Thursday, January 18th at 5:30 PM Central, 6:30 PM Eastern.  We will provide a brief overview of the process and provide suggestions on how to increase your chances of earning a fellowship grant.  Previous grant recipients are encouraged to attend to help provide mentorships to those new applicants. 

Here is the link to the Webinar:

Veterans Day on the Hill, January 31st, 2024 (all day)

All veterans in TN are invited to participate in Veterans Day on the Hill on January 31st, 2024.  the TNVET organization coordinates amongst many other TN veterans organizations (including FVC-TN) to provide opportunities for veterans to meet their state legislators and let them know about our concerns as veterans.  This is an all day event in Nashville with free parking, free shuttle from parking to the capitol and it includes a free lunch from Mission BBQ.  The information on how to register and attend can be found at:   

Registration for this event is closing soon.

Dauntless Veteran Foundation  Agriculture Grant 

The Agriculture Grant Program is designed to fulfill a financial gap for Veterans and their dependents after all other grants have been utilized and all means exhausted. In early 2023 Dauntless Veteran Foundation awarded $40,000 to selected and eligible Veterans. Each Veteran is eligible to be awarded up to $15,000. We encourage applicants to stay within this amount for the project or curriculum they are requesting funds for. Applicants in need of small grants for expensable items are also encouraged to apply.

The Dauntless Veteran Foundation Agriculture Grant is open for applications Dec 4, 2023 to Feb 2, 2024.

The application and instructions can be found here:

Pick TN Conference, February  15 to 17, 2024

The PickTN Conference is an exciting three day event that focuses on several different state wide agricultural organizations including FVC-TN.  In 2020, this conference was where we formally started the TN chapter, so this like a homecoming event.  FVC-TN will be hosting several sessions during this conference and our board has approved $5000 to provide reimbursement stipends up to $500 each.  We are still working on the details on how to apply and we hope to get that out this week.  The general idea is that we will reimburse up to $500 per veteran and the can be applied to your expenses for registration, hotel and/or travel.   Here is the link to apply for the Reimbursement Stipend: Stipend Application

Save the Dates (more to follow)

I know this is a lot of information at once, but I wanted to be as up to date as possible and I still need to mention a few more things.  We will hold our February webinars on Thursday, February 15th from the PickTN conference. And......

Ag Boot Camp, March 14 to 16.   FVCTN will join with TSU to host the second annual Veterans Agriculture Boot Camp in Memphis at the AgriCenter from March 14th to March 16th. 

Annual Meeting, April 6th.  FVCTN will hold its 4th Annual Chapter Statewide Meeting on April 6th 2024 in Murfreesboro.   There will be no cost to attend the annual meeting.  We will have Brunch and Lunch provided.  We hope you can attend these as they are all great events.  We are hoping to be able to provide travel stipends for anyone traveling more than 100 miles to get to the meeting.

From the Tennessee Department of Agriculture:

 Agricultural Enterprise Fund DEADLINE July 15

The Agricultural Enterprise Fund (AEF) is an incentive program that supports Governor Lee’s priority of job creation and economic development by facilitating agricultural development in Tennessee. It is administered by the Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Department of Economic and Community Development.
The AEF awards grants to starting or expanding agricultural, food, and forestry businesses; nonprofits, local governments, and other entities in Tennessee, or those whose project will be located in Tennessee. The program focuses on value-added and processing projects that benefit other producers or forest landowners. Farming projects such as livestock, row crop, or horticulture production expansions will not be competitive, but may be supported through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP).
Successful grant recipients must demonstrate a strong potential for impact on local farm income, access to markets, increased capacity or agricultural innovation. Priority will be given to businesses located in at-risk counties, distressed counties, and counties adjoining at-risk or distressed counties, and the AEF selection process is competitive. The next AEF application deadline will be July 15, 2022.
Project Categories Projects funded by the Agricultural Enterprise Fund must match the description of at least one of the following four categories. Many projects will potentially match the description of more than one category and applicants should indicate so on their application.
· Increase in Farm Income - This category includes projects that will increase farm income by offering farmers higher commodity prices than other markets, processing value-added products for farmers, or allowing a single farmer to add value to their own farm products.
· Increased Access to Markets - This category includes projects that will create or expand a market for Tennessee farmers or forest landowners, including reducing miles that farmers must transport their products to market or creating a new market entirely.
· Increased Capacity - This category includes projects that will expand the capacity of an existing agricultural, food, or forestry business, including their production or processing capacity or the number of employees.
· Agricultural Innovation - This category is appropriate for entrepreneurs who wish to market a new technological innovation with the potential to impact Tennessee agriculture or the forestry industry by creating efficiencies in production, reducing costs, etc.
Applicant Requirements
· Applicants must be a Tennessee entity (i.e. agriculture, food, or forestry business, farmer, local government, or nonprofit in Tennessee) or have a project based in Tennessee.
· Applicants must demonstrate that their project will increase farm income for local farmers, enhance access to agricultural markets, increase capacity of their business, or contribute to the agriculture industry through innovation.
· Applicants must be making an investment into the project. AEF funds may not be more than 25% of the project’s total budget.
· Applicants must submit project updates to measure impact of the grant on the applicant as well as the local economy, and agree to work with the Department of Agriculture to track success of the project.
· Applicants may not submit proposals that will result in relocation of a facility from one place in Tennessee to another.
· Applicants must purchase at least 25% of any agricultural inputs from Tennessee producers. This requirement may be relaxed when compliance would be impracticable – i.e. in times of drought, disease, etc.
For more information, please email or call (615) 289-7955.


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