Over 25 agencies and organizations came together on Monday, July 31st, to attend the USDA’s Veteran Farmers Outreach event in Elk Grove. This event was designed to provide Veteran farmers with the information about all the resources available to help them establish and grow their farming business.
Featured speakers included David Castaneda from the Small Business Administration, Martin Carrillo from the Farmer Veteran Coalition and Matthew Ceccato from the Office of Congressman Ami Bera. Mr. Castaneda talked to attendees about the SBA’s free programs, like classes, individual business consulting meetings and assistance with securing federal loans for business expansion. Ms. Emily Schmidt from (VFC) and Mr. Ceccato reassured their commitment to aid veterans in the agriculture industry with their programs, fellowships and resources. Lastly, Mr. Carrillo, a Sacramento County Farmer, shared his experience of growing his business with the federal programs accessible to him.
The speakers also emphasized an uplifting, key theme throughout the event: Veterans have the best qualities to become farmers, as they are resilient, hardworking and unwavering. After the talks, CalAsian Chamber of Commerce connected with the other organizations that assist veterans, their families and their businesses. Overall, it was a meaningful occasion to be part of.