(SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS) November 9, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) to conduct agricultural credit training sessions in the Midwest for military veterans and beginning farmers and ranchers. States under consideration to host the workshops include Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska.

USDA to Provide Agricultural Credit Training

USDA-Illinois State Farm Service Agency
3500 Wabash Ave.
Springfield, IL 62711-8287
www.fsa.usda.gov

Release No. 16-04

Contact: Scherrie V. Giamanco – SED
Stan Wilson –Chief Program Specialist
(217) 241-6600 ext. 201

(SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS) November 9, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) to conduct agricultural credit training sessions in the Midwest for military veterans and beginning farmers and ranchers. States under consideration to host the workshops include Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska.

"USDA is excited to team up with the Farmer Veteran Coalition," said Lanon Baccam, USDA Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service Deputy Under Secretary, and Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison. "These workshops will provide individuals interested in farming as a career, including military veterans, with methods to improve business planning and financial skills, and improve understanding of the risk management tools that can help small farm operations."

Other partners include Niman Ranch a community network of more than 700 independent family farmers and ranchers, and the Farm Credit Council and the Farm Credit System, which provides loans, leases and financial services to farmers, ranchers and rural businesses across the United States. The workshops will also include assistance with credit applications and introductions to local or regional food markets.

To learn more about veterans in agriculture, visit www.usda.gov/veterans.

Visit www.fsa.usda.gov/farmloans or your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to learn more about FSA's farm loan programs.

To find your local FSA office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

More information also is available from the Farmer Veteran Coalition at http://www.farmvetco.org

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