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Applications open for Armed to Farm training in Texas

Military Veterans: Apply Now for Texas Armed to Farm

The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is bringing its Armed to Farm training back to the Lone Star State. Veterans interested in taking the week-long training in Fredericksburg, Texas can apply online now.

Armed to Farm gives veterans and their spouses the opportunity to experience sustainable and profitable small farming businesses and explore career opportunities in agriculture. At Armed to Farm, participants learn about business planning, budgeting, record keeping, marketing, USDA programs, animal husbandry, fruit and vegetable production, and more. Participants gain a solid grounding in the basic principles of operating a sustainable farm. Additionally, Armed to Farm participants join a nationwide network of former farmers and agricultural advisors.

Armed to Farm trainings include an engaging mix of farm tours, hands-on activities and interactive classroom instruction. Sustainable agriculture specialists from NCAT will lead the training sessions. USDA agency personnel and experienced crop and livestock growers will provide additional instructions.

Applications are available here and are due no later than April 8, 2022.

Veterans from Southwestern states will receive selection priority for this training. The number of participants will be limited. NCAT will notify selected entrants by April 15. A spouse or farming partner is also welcome to participate with a veteran, but must submit a separate application.

Dates, location and cost

Armed to Farm will take place May 16-20 in Fredericksburg, Texas. Participants will attend classroom sessions and travel to local farms for hands-on learning experiences.

The event is free for those selected to attend; accommodation, transport to local farms and most meals will be provided. Participants must pay their own travel costs to and from the event, but travel grants are available through a partnership with Ranchin’ Vets.


NCAT organizes and hosts this Armed to Farm event with support from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement.


Please contact Margo Hale at [email protected] or 479-442-9824.