Educating Service Members and Veterans in Agricultural Businesses, Practices, and Careers
What is Farm Ops?
Farm Ops assists Veterans and Military Service Members (to include active duty, reservists, national guard and transitioning) explore the vast and ever-changing field of agriculture. Through one-on-one guidance, each participant’s experience is tailored for each individual’s interest, skill level, and time availability. Whether you’re interested in starting a small farm, improving your current business, or pursuing a career working for a large operation; Farm Ops can help you accomplish milestones, to meet your final goal.
Why Consider a Career in Agriculture?
Agriculture is a keystone in our great nation’s infrastructure, providing everything from food on our table, clothes on our back, fuel in our cars, power in our homes, and so much more. Agriculture is found in every corner of our society, from urban cities to open ranges. Work in a field, a forest, on the road, a waterway, or an office; agriculture accommodates the flexibility to live where you want and to build the lifestyle you want to live. Agriculture is constantly growing and evolving, with an increasing demand for producers as well as technological specialists to adapt to the technology of today. Agriculture’s diversity accounts for countless career paths and disciplines, allowing you to a find fulfilling employment that interests you. Many of the skills and values learned in the military are translatable to agriculture; allowing for ease of transition to civilian life. Agriculture has a therapeutic nature, providing a sense of purpose and being a part of something bigger; providing for yourself, your family, your community, and your country.
What does Farm Ops Provide?
Our individualized programming is free of cost to Military Service Members and Veterans, focusing on those in the North Country of New York. Many of our programs are also available to spouses, dependents, and family members to share in the experience. Farm Ops will help you create a unique learning experience that fits your preferred learning style, while catering to your interests, time availability, and desired end state. You are in control and choose what your program will look like. Our services include:
How Can I Participate in Farm Ops?
For more information on what the Farm Ops program has to offer, contact John Buneta, Farm Ops Coordinator, to schedule a one-on-one guidance session. Sign-ups and registration for upcoming events, such as tours and work parties, will be listed on this website as they are scheduled. Check our webpage often as we are constantly scheduling and coordinating new events. Farm Ops also partners with Transition Assistance Program (TAP) at Fort Drum, with focused support for soldiers entering civilian life.
Already a Farmer in the North Country?
Farm Ops is constantly recruiting local farmers and agricultural business owners interested in helping Veterans and Military Service Members by participating in our program and hosting farm tours, workshops, work parities or mentorships. Not only will owners have the reward of giving back and molding the next generation of farmer Veterans, but they also have the opportunity to take advantage of the programs and resources that Farm Ops and Cornell Cooperative Extension has to offer.
Last updated June 29, 2021