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Reeltown Farmer Veterans Tell Their Story in Washington

Montgomery, AL – Tim & Dawn Smith of Reeltown, AL are spending this week in Washington, D.C. to talk to policymakers about their transition into farming from a previous life in the U.S. Air Force. Both retired from the military, they are now cattle producers and recently started a vegetable and hydroponic operation that was approved to use the Homegrown by Heroes label in May 2018.

To help these farmer veterans differentiate and market their products, Farm Credit and the Farmer Veteran Coalition partner on the Homegrown by Heroes program – a voluntary marketing label that allows consumers to support farmer veterans. On July 11 and 12, Alabama Ag Credit sent stockholders Tim & Dawn Smith to Washington D.C. to join more than 30 farmer veterans in order to celebrate their service and help policymakers understand the importance of programs that enable returning service members to forge meaningful careers in agriculture.

Events begin today, July 11, with Hear from our Heroes, a panel of farmer veterans who will be sharing their journeys with a Capitol Hill audience. The group will kick off the conversation with a special Homegrown by Heroes announcement Wednesday at 11:30 CT.

Wednesday evening we’ll celebrate our veterans with a reception and then we’ll continue the dialogue on Thursday morning, when the group meets with Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky and the Department of Agriculture’s new military veteran’s agricultural liaison, Bill Ashton.

Reeltown Farmer Veterans Tell Their Story in Washington

Montgomery, AL – Tim & Dawn Smith of Reeltown, AL are spending this week in Washington, D.C. to talk to policymakers about their transition into farming from a previous life in the U.S. Air Force. Both retired from the military, they are now cattle producers and recently started a vegetable and hydroponic operation that was approved to use the Homegrown by Heroes label in May 2018.

To help these farmer veterans differentiate and market their products, Farm Credit and the Farmer Veteran Coalition partner on the Homegrown by Heroes program – a voluntary marketing label that allows consumers to support farmer veterans. On July 11 and 12, Alabama Ag Credit sent stockholders Tim & Dawn Smith to Washington D.C. to join more than 30 farmer veterans in order to celebrate their service and help policymakers understand the importance of programs that enable returning service members to forge meaningful careers in agriculture.

Events begin today, July 11, with Hear from our Heroes, a panel of farmer veterans who will be sharing their journeys with a Capitol Hill audience. The group will kick off the conversation with a special Homegrown by Heroes announcement Wednesday at 11:30 CT.

Wednesday evening we’ll celebrate our veterans with a reception and then we’ll continue the dialogue on Thursday morning, when the group meets with Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky and the Department of Agriculture’s new military veteran’s agricultural liaison, Bill Ashton.