The Indiana AgVets training curriculum is designed to meet the needs of any military veteran who has an interest in agriculture and related industries. Such opportunities might include agricultural or food businesses, natural resources, turf or landscape enterprises, agrotourism, specialty animal or crop production, and much more. Each AgVet will have a be introduced to agricultural careers with a set of core trainings, then will be encouraged to seek additional educational opportunities in topics that meet their interests. All AgVets will be expected to complete an 8 week (+/-) internship at a partnering farm or agribusiness to learn hands-on skills and further increase their knowledge. Every effort will be made to assign AgVets to internships that meet their personal interests within reasonable commuting distance of their home.
The Indiana AgVets project is funded by the USDA-NIFA Grant # 2019-77028-29971. The three-year project began in September 2019, and is scheduled to conclude August 31, 2022.
Four teams of up to 15 AgVets each are planned for the project. The first team is expected to begin training in late winter 2020, and complete internships in summer 2020. Each training/internship cycle is expected to last about six months. Future teams are planned for fall 2020, summer 2021, and spring 2022. This schedule is subject to change!
The application process will be ongoing. If you are interested in the program, but are unsure of your schedule, please submit your application. AgVets staff will work with prospective participants in developing a plan to accommodate various situations.