Homegrown by Heroes program helps veterans pursue career in agriculture
The Illinois Department of Agriculture, IDOA, invites veterans and current active duty service members to take part in the Homegrown By Heroes program.
IDOA says the program is ideal for veterans who are interested in a second career in our state’s number one industry, agriculture.
The Homegrown By Heroes program allows Illinois farmers, ranchers, fishermen and producers who have served or are still serving in any branch of the U.S. military to use a special logo on the agricultural products they sell to the public.
The special designation sets these farmers apart in the market, allowing these heroes’ products to be visible to consumers while giving them the chance to tell their story.
Forty-two members are now enrolled in the Homegrown By Heroes program, up from 28 in 2017.
The Homegrown By Heroes program is free for veterans.
Participants must renew their certification annually at no cost.
To be eligible for the program, the veteran must provide proof of service, a letter of support from their commanding officer or a designated representative, and maintain 50 percent or greater ownership in the business/operation.
For those who qualify, the Homegrown By Heroes Illinois Product logo can be used to identify and market their Illinois-grown and Illinois-made products on packaging, signage, websites and social media, or wherever their items are being sold.
For more information about the program, visit the website at http://www.farmvetco.org.