Homegrown By Heroes
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Homegrown By Heroes is a national program administered by the Farmer Veteran Coalition that enables farmer veterans to market their local agricultural products by labeling them as veteran-produced. The Arkansas Department of Agriculture, with support from the Farm Credit Associations of Arkansas, launched the Arkansas Grown Homegrown By Heroes program in 2015.
To join the Farmer Veteran Coalition – Arkansas Chapter and Arkansas Grown Homegrown By Heroes programs, farmers must be a veteran or currently serving as an active duty, National Guard or as a Reserve member of the United States Armed Forces. To apply for Homegrown By Heroes certification, you must first belong to the Farmer Veteran Coalition and be certified through the national Homegrown By Heroes program. Learn more by visiting visit http://arkansasgrown.org/homegrown-by-heroes/
Veterans who are a part of the program will receive an Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department-approved metal sign for their property that will list them and the property as being a part of the Homegrown by Heroes program. The sign will also list information about their service. Each sign is custom-designed for each participant.
2021 Homegrown by Heroes Scholarship Recipients Michael Suttle of Camden, a U.S. Army veteran and an agriculture business major at Southern Arkansas University; and Madeline Fortune of Stuttgart, who serves in the Army National Guard and plans to attend the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
The Arkansas Department of Agriculture and Farm Credit Associations of Arkansas partner yearly to provide two $1,000 Homegrown by Heroes academic scholarships to military veterans and active military personnel, their spouses, and children who are pursuing a degree in agriculture.