AG COMMISSIONER JAMIE COMER ANNOUNCES PROGRAMS TO BENEFIT VETERANS PDF Print
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 07:29

KENTUCKY PROUD JOBS FOR VETS WILL MATCH VETERANS LOOKING FOR WORK WITH FARMERS LOOKING FOR WORKERS, OPENING THE GATE TO CAREERS IN AGRICULTURE.  VETERANS WHO FARM AND PARTICIPATE IN KENTUCKY PROUD CAN BE PART OF HOMEGROWN FOR HEROES AND USE A NEW LOGO IDENTIFYING THEIR PRODUCTS AS PRODUCED BY VETERANS.  KENTUCKY AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER JAMES COMER SAYS THE PROGRAMS GREW FROM DISCUSSIONS WITH THE KENTUCKY NATIONAL GUARD ABOUT THE STRUGGLES VETERANS ARE HAVING FINDING JOBS. “We tried to think of things that we could do at the Department of

Agriculture to help our veterans find employment as well as to

help them add value so we came up with these two programs.”

COMER SAYS JOBS FOR VETS WILL OPERATE AS A PARTNERSHIP WITH U-S-A CARES.  MORE INFORMATION ON BOTH PROGRAMS CAN BE FOUND AT KENTUCKY-PROUD-DOT-COM-SLASH-VETERANS.  AT A NEWS CONFERENCE TUESDAY MORNING AT THE BOONE NATIONAL GUARD CENTER IN FRANKFORT COMER UNVEILED THE NEW KENTUCKY PROUD PROGRAMS TO ASSIST KENTUCKY VETERANS WHO ARE IN AGRICULTURE OR WANT TO BE.  COMER SAYS KENTUCKY VETERANS UNEMPLOYMENT IS MUCH HIGHER THAN THE POPULATION AS A WHOLE AND MANY WANT TO FIND GOOD JOBS AND CAREERS IN AGRIBUSINESS.  COMER SAYS THE PROGRAM WILL MAINTAIN A DATABASE OF PROSPECTIVE AGRIBUSINESSES AND FARMS SEEKING EMPLOYEES ”we’re going to share that database with veterans groups like USA Cares,  with our National Guard units, with our military bases around the state, to make sure that the veterans who are seeking employment know here are  some agribusinesses and some farmers around Kentucky that are specifically looking to hire veterans.”

COMER SAYS THE HOMEGROWN BY HEROES PROGRAM WILL BUILD ON THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL KENTUCKY PROUD PROGRAM, WHICH INDENTIFIES KENTUCKY AGRICULTURE PRODUCTS ON STORE SHELVES.  HE SAYS THIS PROGRAM WILL HELP VETERANS WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO START AGRIBUSINESSES OR FIND MARKETS FOR THEIR FARM PRODUCTS.  “This is a way to make consumers aware of the products the military veterans have and I believe it will add significant value to the products that the military veterans product or raise on their farms or in their small businesses.”

 

 

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