New Program Trains Veterans For Agriculture Jobs

Dec 3, 2020

A Veterans Florida program is getting a $745,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to give veterans experience planning, planting and harvesting.

Over three years, the USDA grant will pay for intense six-month-long fellowships in Florida for about 30 military veterans transitioning to civilian life.

Joe Marino is with Veterans Florida and says the vets may work on a ranch or citrus research farm.  He says many are looking for purpose-driven work in their community. 

“Veterans take to agriculture very well. It checks all those boxes in terms of trying to find something that is both challenging and rewarding and they’re really going to get trained on every aspect of the field,” Marino said.

The program is a partnership with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF IFAS).

Those who participate will get full-time job offers upon completion.  Vets can apply at veteransflorida.org.

An autonomous robot that uses UV light to treat strawberries affected by mildew is at the IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center.
Credit Veterans Florida

Michelle Corum can be reached at mcorum@wjct.org, 904-358-6308 or on Twitter at @MCorumonME.