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NFU Participates in Farmer Veteran Coalition Conference


Source: National Farmers Union (NFU)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The second annual 'Empowering Women Veterans: Success in Agriculture Business and Well-Being' conference Nov. 14-17, will put National Farmers Union leaders front and center for a discussion on inspiring women to take leadership roles.

NFU Vice President Claudia Svarstad and Director of Education Maria Miller will lead a session on women in ag leadership at the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) event in Louisville, Ky.

'Women have opportunities to excel in leadership roles in their hometown communities and on the boards of member-owned cooperatives,' said Svarstad.

The conference schedule features a panel discussion on transitioning from military to farm, inspirational women business leaders and topics such as aquaponics, farm safety and teaching gardens. Also scheduled is an exclusive sneak preview of “Terra Firma,” a documentary film about three female combat veterans who have found ways to heal through farming.

“The Farmer Veteran Coalition offers returning veterans the resources they need to return to a healthy lifestyle in agriculture,' said Miller, who serves on the FVC advisory panel. 'We especially want women veterans to consider how they can make a positive difference in the world of agriculture.”

From its inception, National Farmers Union has supported the Farmer Veteran Coalition with a shared mission of national outreach to farmers and ranchers to strengthen their quality of life through educational and advocacy efforts. Donn Teske, Kansas Farmers Union president, serves on the FVC board of directors.

The Farmer Veteran Coalition is a not-for-profit organization that connects military veterans with opportunities for employment, training and places to heal on America's farms. Started in 2008, the FVC’s mission is to Mobilize Veterans to Feed America. By connecting veterans with sustainable farming resources and education to assist them in building their farm and ranch businesses, FVC helps veterans become successful farmers.

National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.

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