ARE YOU A VETERAN IN ILLINOIS THINKING ABOUT A CAREER IN FARMING?

The Illinois Farmer Veterans Alliance - an organization by veterans, for veterans - is here to meet you where you're at, set up you with a mentor, and connect you to the resources you need to pursue a life in agriculture. 

 
 

Resources

for Illinois Veterans pursuing a life of farming

Calendar

of events for current and future Illinois Farmer Veterans

Membership

in Illinois Farmer Veterans Alliance

 
 
 

WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER FARMING?

If you are thinking about farming as a post-service career, there has never been a more important time to get involved in agriculture.

You might be considering your next steps post service.

Consider agriculture. 

Being a farmer means you'll get to be your own boss and have the opportunity to live life on your own terms.

If you have thought about an agricultural career before, you know the startup costs can be really high and there are a lot of things to learn before you get started. However, there are several free government resources available specifically for veterans that can make it a lot easier to begin an agricultural career.

 
 
 
 

learn about homegrown by heroes

Do you want to learn how to market your products as a farmer veteran in Illinois? The Illinois Homegrown by Heroes program assists farmers in branding their products to market and sell.

 
 
 

Meet Brad Dearing,

McLean County Farmer

Brad owns Dearing Country Farms, a farmstead raising chickens for meat and eggs and growing seasonal produce, trees, fruit, flowers, grasses, nuts and herbs. Products can be purchased directly from the farm, at local farmers markets, and at health food stores.

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Meet Frank Lutz,

Marion County Cattle Farmer

Frank and his wife own Fox River Farm, where they raise grass-fed beef. The couple sells beef directly to individuals and markets in St. Louis and Chicago. Lutz finds that the veteran branding of "Homegrown by Heroes" adds value to consumers who seek local, quality products.

Meet Donna Leher, Kane County Sheep and Vegetable Farmer

Donna and her husband and daughter operate Lamb of God Farm, a sheep and vegetable farm. Using resources directly from their farm, they own and manage Big Rock Organics CSA and Esther's Place Fiber Art Studio.