The Veterans Florida Agriculture Program (VFAP) assists veterans start sustainable careers in Florida ag, supplying the knowledge and skills needed to be successful.
Agriculture is in need of people wanting to step into farming and ranching roles, and many veterans transitioning into civilian life need a career. The Veterans Florida Agriculture Program (VFAP) looks to kill two birds with one stone by helping veterans transition into an ag-based career in Florida’s agriculture industry. See the details of the program below.
Details of the Veterans Florida Agriculture Program
Florida prides itself on being the most veteran-friendly state in the country, and the VeteransFlorida.org website was created by the state to help veterans transition to civilian life. There are many organizations and programs listed to direct veterans towards assistance and areas of interest.
The Veterans Florida Agriculture Program (VFAP) is a nine-month paid internship that gives veterans the comprehensive learning experiences, knowledge, and skills needed to be successful in Florida’s substantial ag industry. Administered by ag-focused organizations like the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Research and Education Centers, veterans can get a lot of support in their new ag careers.
The first six months of the program are held at a UF/IFAS Research and Education Center, and the last three months are completed at a local agribusiness, such as a farm or a ranch. Participants are paid a $500-a-month stipend while learning and an hourly wage while working the last three months. Job placement services are also available after the nine-month internship.
Veterans interested in the program should fill out the form found at https://www.veteransflorida.org/profile-agriculture/.
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