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AGVET: Agricultural Veterans​

VEBCOG AGVET Program:

Easing the Transition of the Military

Community into the Civilian Business

Sector​

New Bern (March 1 2021) – On April 15th and June 2nd 2021 at 5:00; Veterans Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden (VEBCOG), will hold web-based orientation of the Agricultural Veterans training program. VEBCOG along with the University of Mount Olive’s Agricultural Department, will begin the first 6-week session of the Agricultural Veterans (AGVET) training program on April 30th with a subsequent program with North Carolina State University’s Farm School Extension on June 12th. Training will be conducted virtually (due to Covid-19 restrictions) with the exception of the internship.

This program is open to ALL military members within North Carolina: active duty, reservist, retirees, veterans and spouses. The AGVET training program will consist of two independent 6-week long sessions. The AGVET training program addresses all the necessary skills and tools needed to start a successful business in agriculture. There is no cost associated with the attendance of this program, and all of the needed personal protective equipment (i.e. masks, gloves and hand sanitizer) will be provided free of charge.

• This program is DOD Skillbridge certified and for active-duty military includes an internship at VEBCOG’s urban farm located in New Bern, NC.
• The training session also includes a Meet and Greet with a variety of agricultural, small business and vocational rehabilitation agencies.

According to the Department of Labor over 667,000 veterans reside in the state of NC. In 2017, over 48,000 NC veterans had incomes below the poverty level and more than 32,000 NC veterans were unemployed. Just this month, the unemployment rate for veterans has increased by 11% from that of 3% in April 2020. Times are uncertain, but the AGVET training program provides one guarantee: the opportunity to build a skill set that will last a lifetime, training that will help start a new agricultural business, and skills that will put food on the table. Registration is required. Please contact Lovay Wallace-Singleton/lovayw@gmail.com to request an application.


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This program is open to ALL military members within North Carolina: active duty, reservist, retirees, veterans and spouses. The AGVET training program will consist of two independent 6-week long sessions. The AGVET training program addresses all the necessary skills and tools needed to start a successful business in agriculture. There is no cost associated with the attendance of this program, and all of the needed personal protective equipment (i.e. masks, gloves and hand sanitizer) will be provided free of charge.

 The 2 six week series dates are listed below:

University of Mount Olive:

Friday, April 30th, 6-7 pm

Saturday, May 1st,  9-10am

Friday, May 7th, 6-7 pm

Saturday, May 8th, 9-10 am

Friday, May15th, 6-7 pm

May 16th, 9am-11 am

Friday evening, May 22nd, 6-8 pm, Saturday am, Aug 8th, 9-10am

Saturday May 23rd, 10-11 am

Friday evening, June 4th, 6-7 pm

Saturday am,  June 5th, 9-11 am

Friday, June 11th, 6-7 pm

Saturday, June 12th, 9-10 am

NCSU NC Farm School

June 15th-August 3rd

All sessions Tuesday Night, 6:00-8:30 pm

You are welcome to attend both classes.

According to the Department of Labor over 667,000 veterans reside in the state of NC. In 2017, over 48,000 NC veterans had incomes below the poverty level and more than 32,000 NC veterans were unemployed. Just this month, the unemployment rate for veterans has increased by 11% from that of 3% in April 2020. Times are uncertain, but the AGVET training program provides one guarantee: the opportunity to build a skill set that will last a lifetime, training that will help start a new agricultural business, and skills that will put food on the table.

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VEBCOG AGVET Training Program:

Covid-19 CDC Protections

Mask, Social distance and Hand Sanitizer.

Temperature checks.

Skill Bridge Approved

Learn the skills needed
to start a successful
business in agriculture
while on Active duty

Grow Your Business

Develop the skills and
learn about the tools
necessary to start a
farming  or ranching business

The Dates:

30 April- 12 Jun- University of Mount Olive

15 Jun- 3 Aug- NCSU Farm School

Orientation dates Wednesday March 31st and June 2nd

Free Training for Veterans, Active Duty, and Dependents

Skills for a business in agriculture

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