Fairlea, W.Va. – Last week during the State Fair of
West Virginia, a Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture Advisory Council was
formed to establish a cooperative body to tackle veteran issues through
agriculture in West Virginia. Members in attendance were the Farm Credit of
the Virginians, the Herschel “Woody” Williams Huntington Veterans Medical
Center, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the West Virginia Department of
Agriculture (WVDA), WV Department of Veterans Affairs, WV National Guard,
WV State Extension Service and WVU Center for Veteran, Military and Family
Programs. Council members not in attendance included West Virginia Veteran
producer Sky Edwards, Marshall University Office of Military and Veteran
Affairs and Joshua Thaxton, Walmart.
there is a lot of organizations focused on helping veterans through
agriculture. To accomplish our individual goals and maximize resources to
interested veterans, we need to be working together. This is too important
to worry about who gets credit,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent
discussed current programs available, as well as services offered to
veterans and service men and women. The council held a round-table
discussion to examine ways members could work together to better serve
their constituent groups. Feedback was also taken on the current activities
of the WVDA Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture program.
“Our hope is to
establish avenues of communications for veterans who want to pursue
agriculture. That way no matter the organization they first contact, they
will obtain the proper information or aid they are seeking. We want to make
this as easy as possible for the veteran community,” said WVDA Veterans and
Warriors to Agriculture Coordinator Dane Gaiser.
The group ended
the meeting by establishing possible next steps for the council which
include creating specific goals, as well as strategies for implementation.
For questions or
more information, contact Dane Gaiser at firstname.lastname@example.org or
about the WVDA Veterans to Agriculture program can be found https://agriculture.wv.gov/divisions/executive/Pages/Veterans-and-Warriors-to-Agriculture.aspx.