Farmer Veteran Coalition Hosts Conference Providing Female Veterans with Tools to Succeed in Food and Farming
Davis, CA April 2012—With the help of the USDA Risk Management Agency , Annie’s Project and Oxfam America, the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) is excited to host the “Empowering Women Veterans: Success in Agriculture Business and Well-Being” conference in Davis, Calif. on July 7-8, 2012. This conference will be the first of its kind, aiming to bring women veterans together in an environment specifically designed to address their unique experiences and needs in agriculture.
At this conference, women leaders in business and agriculture will speak to participants about the challenges faced by women, the tools to mitigate risk in their agricultural ventures, and available programs to help women farmers succeed. Educational topics will include the RMA five areas of risk(production, price (market), financial, legal, and personal); business structure and farm contracts; an introduction to Quicken Software (with free software); loans, debt & credit; direct marketing; and farm labor. Most importantly, the event will be a gathering point for women veterans from across the county with the potential to build community and relationships among many who are isolated on rural farms.
FVC Fellowship Fund Director Tia Christopher explains that, “this conference will raise awareness of the attendees’ national and local benefits and resources, and will address their needs both as veterans and as farmers. These powerful women will have a chance to learn about and take with them valuable resources which will support and ease their transition into civilian careers.”
The Farmer Veteran Coalition seeks to mobilize our food and farming community to create healthy and viable futures for veterans on America’s farms.