Looking to land a job, earn a degree, or grow a business related to agriculture? The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new website for veterans may be able to help.
Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue rolled out the new website just before Veterans Day, calling it a “one-stop navigator to information and resources” in a letter to staff Thursday. The website serves as a consolidated landing page for the department’s existing resources, focusing specifically on veteran employment, education and entrepreneurship.
Veterans looking for employment with USDA can find a list of training opportunities and examples of jobs that correspond with military skills, including criminal justice, information technology and public health.
If a college degree is what you’re after, the website provides links to available scholarships and a list of schools that offer programs in agriculture-related fields.
Veteran farmers may find the entrepreneurship part of the website helpful, with its interactive tool and list of loan options.
“Veterans across the country are filling the roles that keep America’s food supply safe and secure, preserve and strengthen rural communities, and restore and conserve the environment,” Perdue said in the email. “At USDA, we want to help those who choose to return home, or start a new career on a farm or in a rural community. We want to make sure they have the tools they need to be successful.”
USDA also developed an internal module, AgLearn, to inform employees about the department’s programs and support for veterans. Perdue specifically encouraged field staff to participate.