Conservation Matters July 2017

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Military veteran-oriented farm tour, workshop slated for Aug. 4-5 in Dallas

Military veteran-oriented farm tour, workshop slated for Aug. 4-5 in Dallas Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo

The Texas AgrAbility program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a back-to-back farm tour and workshop Aug. 4-5 in Dallas.

Both events are oriented to veterans but also open to beginning farmers and ranchers as well as individuals with disabilities, coordinators said.

The farm tour will be 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at Bonton Farms, 6905 Bexar St. The cost for the tour is $20 and includes food and drinks. To register, go to http://bit.ly/2tNCfC4.

A free “From Battleground to Breaking Ground” workshop will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center, 1403 Washington St.

There is no charge for the workshop, but attendees must preregister at http://bit.ly/2sLaBX1. Breakfast and lunch are included courtesy of Capital Farm Credit.

Workshop sessions will address agricultural business startup, business planning basics, possibilities for farming/ranching with a disability, financial resources, funding opportunities, and programs for veterans and beginning farmers or ranchers.

“Texas AgrAbility focuses on connecting, assisting and empowering agricultural producers, their family members and employees with disabilities and chronic health conditions to stay engaged in production agriculture,” said Erin Kimbrough, AgriLife Extension coordinator for family and community health.

She said the program was developed with input from AgriLife Extension, AgrAbility, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Farm Service Agency, National Farmer Veteran Coalition, USDA Risk Management and Texas Department of Agriculture.

For more information, contact Kimbrough at (979) 847-6185, Erin.Kimbrough@ag.tamu.edu; or Makenzie McLaurin at (979) 862-1913, makenzie.mclaurin@ag.tamu.edu.

Read the original article at AgriLife Today.

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