Showing articles tagged with "veterans". Show all posts.
Diversity among America’s agricultural producers is increasing, with the number of Asian farm operators growing by 40 percent, the number of Hispanic-owned farms increasing by nearly 10 percent and farm ownership by women increasing by 30 percent between 2002 and 2007. The age of U.S. farmers is also diversifying, with significant numbers of operators under 25 years old. Farm Credit customers like Orlando Cadena, Natalie Gilbert and Andrew Hartshorn exemplify the changing face of America's farmers and ranchers. Read More
Another month has gone by without the passage of a new Farm Bill, as Congress continues negotiations. Yet November was a month of thanks and giving for Farm Credit -- on Veterans Day we announced a significant two-year contribution to the Farmer Veteran Coalition’s “Homegrown By Heroes” program, which will help increase sales of veteran-grown agricultural products. Later in the month, a group of five Farm Credit organizations donated $175,000 to help the South Dakota ranchers devastated by the October blizzard, and we gave thanks all month long for many of the diverse producers and organizations that help make U.S. agriculture so successful. Read More
Anna Mann and her family live on an old tobacco farm in the foothills of Appalachia in North Carolina. Anna served in the Army for eight years, during five of which she served as a Sergeant. Anna was deployed for two tours, one in Bosnia and one in Baghdad as a member of a Civil Affairs team. Anna has great pride in her military career, but continues to experience challenges because of the time she served. Farming has brought Anna a sense of inner peace and has “healed [her] spirit and helped [her] reconnect with society”. Read More
Today, the nation pauses to observe the sacrifice and freedom provided by our distinguished veterans. Here at Farm Credit we are especially grateful for those servicemen and women who hail from rural America. While only 16 percent of the nation’s population lives in rural areas, almost 40 percent of those who serve in the military come from those same communities. Read More