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Homegrown By Heroes Scholarship 2021

The Arkansas Department of Agriculture and Farm Credit Associations of Arkansas are partnering to provide two $1,000 Homegrown by Heroes academic scholarships to military veterans and active military personnel, their spouses, and children who are pursuing a degree in agriculture. Funding for the scholarships is generously provided by Farm Credit. Applications are due March 26, 2021 and are available at : agriculture.arkansas.gov/arkansas-department-of-agriculture-programs/.

Selection of scholarship recipients will be based on academic achievement, community involvement, extracurricular activities, financial need, and family circumstances. Preference will be given to Arkansas Homegrown by Heroes members, spouses, and their children, but membership is not required.

Contact Karen Reynolds, karen.reynolds@agriculture.arkansas.gov, with any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Host Veterans Day Celebration

Little Rock, AR – Veterans Day Celebration, Wednesday, November 11, at Windy Hill Farms in Searcy. The event offered an opportunity for Farmer Veteran Coalition – Arkansas Chapter and Arkansas Grown Homegrown By Heroes members, other farmer-veterans, and program partners to network and share information.

The Veterans Day Celebration was the first official meeting of the Arkansas Chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) which was established in May 2020 with 410 current members. The Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) is a non-profit organization that helps veterans pursue careers in agriculture and serves a network of over 20,000 veteran members nationwide. FVC works with the agricultural community, partners, and sponsors to support those who served our country once by defending it, and now serve a second time as farmers feeding it.

During the event, official Arkansas Grown Homegrown By Heroes personalized signs were presented by Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward to new members, Jumpmaster Ranch LLC in Independence County and Queen Bee Apiary in Greene County. Homegrown By Heroes scholarships recipients, Taylor Brandt and Gavin Sparks, also were recognized.

ABOUT HOMEGROWN BY HEROES

In 2015, the Arkansas Department of Agriculture (Department) adopted the national Homegrown by Heroes branding program that enables farmer veterans to market their local agricultural products by labeling them as veteran-produced. With support from Governor Hutchinson, the Department launched this program, which is administered by the Farmer Veteran Coalition.

To participate in this free program, farmers must have veteran, active duty, National Guard or Reserve member of the United States Armed Forces status. In order to apply for Homegrown by Heroes certification, you must first belong to the Farmer Veteran Coalition and certified through the national Homegrown by Heroes program.

You can join the Farmer Veteran Coalition here. Once this step is completed, you can join the national Homegrown by Heroes program at this link, then let us know through the Become a Member form on this website.

Veterans who are a part of the program will receive an Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department-approved metal sign for their property that will list them and the property as being a part of the Homegrown by Heroes program. The sign will also list information about their service. Each sign is custom-designed for each participant.

The information provided is supplied by the producer and its listing does not imply any sponsorship or endorsement by the ADA. Members are responsible for the accuracy of their listings. To update member information at any time, contact Karen Reynolds, karen.reynolds@agriculture.arkansas.gov.