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Map of Pennsylvania showing where Vetern owned farms are located.

2020 PA Veteran Farming Conference 

Learn about:

FSA Loans, Microloans 

NRCS Technical Assistance, Incentives

Rural Development, Value Added Producer Grants

Business Planning for beginners and experienced veterans 

Risk Management in Agritourism

Marketing Case Study Andrew Trexler with Rhonda Smith/The Skirted Soldier

Non-Profit Farms: Pragmatic considerations and pros/cons

And participate in Interest group meetings 

Are you a member of the military/veteran community seeking resources on farming or agribusiness?

--We connect honorably discharged veterans, Guard,

and Reserve members and their spouses with agriculture resources.

--We bring together employers/mentor farmers

with Veterans throughout PA.




Veterans, Guard, or Reserve


On farm apprenticeships can provide an alternative to  higher ed to learn the craft & business of farming.  OJT apprenticeships may be eligible for  state approval as an educational program for those eligible for VA Educational Benefits ("GI Bill®*).

Contact us at pavetsfarm@gmail.com or 724-691-1087 to learn more.

*"GI Bill®” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill

Find PA Veteran Farms and Agribusinesses

In the news:

Ag conference to aid veterans

Mixing It Up: Dairies Diversify For Success

PA’s Dairy Industry Is Changing. These Family Farmers Are Innovating to Keep Up.

Heritage Farms featured on Veterans Voices on WTRF (Wheeling), Nov., 2019

Startup Alleghenies visited The Skirted Soldier and Reklaimed Vines winery on their Veterans Day tour, Nov. 11, 2019


Veterans in the Valley to be held in Everett, PA, Sept. 29, 2019

Troops to Tractors offers Veterans a different way to utilize the GI Bill  WFMZ Channel 69 Allentown  27 June 2019

 PA ag secretary tours Unity farm wrapping its future around cheese 

Tribune-Review, 17 Apr 2019

Tour highlights successes of Southwestern

Pennsylvania's military veterans turned farmers

Tribune Review 

Pa.’s top veterans’ advocate visits

Sewickley’s Bridgeside Market  Sewickley Tribune

The PA Veteran Farming Project gratefully acknowledges the financial support of
Disabled American Veterans
Pittsburgh Chapter 8

Col. S. D. Foster Chapter #76


Evergreen Farms Dairy


Top: Melissa Harrop, Meadowcreek Livestock; Don Green (Crabapple Hollow farm; MG Tony Carelli, Adjutant General PA DMVA at the 2020 PA Farm Show

Right: Charlois at Saint Ann's Cattle Company, Carlilse, owned by Paul McNamara

We serve active duty  U.S. military, veterans (released from the service under conditions other than dishonorable), Guard, Reserve, and their spouses.   Proof of service required.


USDA defines “Veteran Farmer or Rancher” as a producer who served in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard, including the reserve components thereof; was released from the service under conditions other than dishonorable. Some USDA programs give preference to "Beginning Farmers", defined as those who 

  • have not operated a farm or ranch, or has operated a farm or ranch for not more than 10 years; or

  • who first obtained status as a veteran during the most recent 10-year period.


There is no charge to eligible individuals for our resource/referral services.  We gratefully acknowledges the support of  Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Posts 8 and 76 in Allegheny County, PA, and the Myles D. Sampson Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County for their financial support. 

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