If you’re a military veteran looking to start a business in the agriculture industry, the government is looking to help.  “The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue have announced expansion of loan opportunities through an ongoing initiative to help” those within the field.

The program entitled “From Battleground to Breaking Ground” began in 2012 and has helped more than 900 veterans and civilian farmers and ranchers start and grow their business.  The program offers “comprehensive and expedited one-on-one loan qualification assistance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency”.  In addition the initiative “works alongside public and private organizations to reach returning military veterans with ground-up agribusiness training: business ideas, business planning, financing options, face-to-face expert mentoring, veteran transition assistance, agricultural production training and more.”

No past experience is needed for veterans looking to enter the agriculture business for the first time.  All parties interested in pursuing the opportunity should visit   http://txagrability.tamu.edu for program, contact and application information.