Armed to Farm Program Helps Veteran Farmers
Armed to Farm is a sustainable agriculture training program for military veterans developed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). The program consists of a week-long training that includes a mix of educational classes, farm tours, and hands-on activities at successful livestock, crop, and agritourism operations.
In July 2015 we conducted a follow-up evaluation with the 107 military veterans and spouses who had completed one of four week-long Armed to Farm trainings held between June 2013 and March 2015. We used an online survey to gather information, and had a 70% response rate.
NCAT Agriculture Specialist Andy Pressman (left) teaches Armed to Farm participants proper tiller techniques.
Find details about the survey results at www.ncat.org/survey-says-armed-farm-program-helps-veteran-farmers. For more information about the Armed to Farm program and NCAT's resources for veteran farmers, visit www.ncat.org/armedtofarm.
NCAT Southeast Out and About
• Margo Hale and Linda Coffey led a Sustainable Livestock Production workshop on Oct. 15-16 in Cedarville, AR. The workshop was held at Cedar Creek Farm, which is operated by Jeremy Prater and his family. Margo and Linda gave presentations about business planning, recordkeeping, and livestock production. Greg Watkins of NRCS talked about NRCS cost-share programs. He also set up a pasture runoff/rainfall simulator to demonstrate how soil and pasture health affects rainfall run-off. Jeremy shared details about his farm operation: its growth, marketing avenues, recordkeeping systems, and budgets/economics. Jeremy has recently started marketing through Grassroots Cooperative, a livestock cooperative that Heifer International started and is helping manage. Participants spent several hours touring the farm, seeing the grass-fed cattle, pastured hogs, pastured turkeys and broilers, and goats.
NCAT Livestock Specialist Linda Coffey talks with a workshop participant.
• Linda Coffey traveled to the Missouri Forage and Grasslands Conference in Lake of the Ozarks, MO, Nov. 2-3. Participants were from all over Missouri, and also Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Linda was on a producer panel with Dr. Bruce Shanks of Lincoln University and Sassafras Hollow Farm and Harry Cope of Cope Grass Farms. Panel participants talked about their operations and then took questions on the general topic of "Economics of Small Ruminants."
• Margo Hale attended the Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference Nov. 17-19 in Sacramento, CA. She participated in a panel discussion about training for beginning farmer veterans. For more information about the conference visit www.farmvetco.org/fvsc.
Southeast office staff members will participate in the following events:
Missouri Livestock Symposium
Dec. 4-5, 2015
Horticulture Industries Conference and Show
Jan. 8-9, 2016
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG) Conference
Jan. 27-30, 2016
Event listings are added regularly to the ATTRA Workshops page at
Newly released ATTRA publications:
New ATTRA Videos
View all of ATTRA's videos at www.attra.ncat.org/video
If you have questions about sustainable agriculture production or marketing, using renewable energy on your farm, or how to become certified organic, call ATTRA. We're here to help! 1-800-346-9140 or 1-800-411-3222 en Español.
ATTRA - A National Sustainable Agriculture Assistance Program - is developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology.
Keep up-to-date on all the news and events from NCAT Southeast by visiting our webpage: www.ncat.org/ncat-southeast-regional-office.
Contact NCAT's Southeast Office:
207 West Center Street
PO Box 3657
Fayetteville, AR 72701