While unemployment is up, the availability of skilled workers is down. There are many opportunities in the manufacturing industry, but there also seems to be a burgeoning need in the farming industry. According to Wisconsin Public Radio, the USDA is considering ways to address both needs.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says there is a lot of potential for veterans entering the farming industry and selling at local markets. “It’s not likely that a returning veteran who is not part of a farm family could start in a production sized operation,” he says. “That’s why these local and regional food systems are so important, because it provides an entry point that provides an opportunity for people to grow.”
To help with this movement, the Homegrown by Heroes initiative will begin marketing foods that are produced by veterans. By doing so, veteran farmers just starting out will hopefully gain enough momentum to pursue farming as a long-term sustainable career. While there are many different types of jobs, there are so many opportunities to go around, and adapting to the current market may be the best solution for returning servicemembers.