Vets to Ag
Vets to Ag is a unique program to train homeless U.S. veterans to work in agriculture.
Training is coordinated by the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology and is delivered by experts from MSU faculty and staff, including MSU Extension, Kellogg Biological Station, and the private sector.
- Basic plant and soil science
- Equipment and workplace safety
- Equipment operation
- Computer skills
- Integrated pest management
- Training for the Michigan certified pesticide applicator exam
- Specific training in a broad range of agricultural industries
Facilities & Timeline
This intense residential training program was conducted at the MSU Kellogg Biological Station with the initial training program going 25 days. A six-week training program was ran for a second cohort and additional training for the first cohort.
The program includes room and board for the entire training period, classroom instruction and hands-on training. Funding is provided by the Veterans’ Services Division of the Michigan Workforce Development Agency, with additional support for equipment and supplies provided by the Michigan Veteran’s Foundation.
This training program was developed in partnership with the Veterans’ Services Division of the Michigan Workforce Development Agency and is supported by local Michigan Works! Agencies, state and local veteran’s services organizations, and shelters that serve homeless veterans.
Job development and outreach to employers is integrated into the program. Resume writing, interview and study skills and a job fair are included as part of the program training and activities. Program impact and success will be measured by job placement or continued education of the trainees.