In conjunction with National Ag Day, Kubota Tractor Corporation has announced the launch of “Geared To Give,” a new program in partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) that will provide financial support and donated Kubota equipment to U.S. military veterans pursuing a future in farming.
Kubota and FVC jointly launched their partnership at the California State Capitol in Sacramento during the Department of Food and Agriculture’s Ag Day festivities.
Beginning this spring, FVC will select qualified veterans who are pursuing a future in farming to receive donated Kubota equipment and other support for their respective farming operations. Farmer veterans who are FVC fellowship members can apply for the “Geared to Give” program and be considered for the donated equipment. Kubota has selected its versatile and efficient Standard L-Series compact tractors, which are built in the U.S., to meet the varying needs of many small and medium-sized farming operations.
“Kubota and the Farmer Veteran Coalition share a belief in the future of farming and the future of America’s veterans,” says Todd Stucke, Kubota vice president of sales, marketing and product support. “Our philanthropic mission is to ‘power and empower those who move the earth.’ We do this by providing equipment and funding to organizations that help people who work with the earth in ways that help our communities thrive – that is why we’re proud to support FVC and their farmer veteran members: they need support to make their dreams of a career in farming a reality, and Kubota is honored to answer their call.”
Based in Davis, Calif., FVC’s aim is to cultivate a new generation of farmers and food leaders, and developing viable employment opportunities and meaningful careers for veterans through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. FVC works with veterans from all military branches, their families, employers, and mentors to support those returning to or beginning careers in food and farming.
“We mobilize veterans to feed America through funding, equipment, counseling and resources to help guide the passion of our veterans so that they may earn for themselves a meaningful, financially sustainable place in the agricultural community,” says Michael O’Gorman, executive director of FVC. “We are deeply committed to leveraging our work through a network of partnerships with companies like Kubota, which allow us to more effectively connect the right resources to the veterans who most need support, particularly those in the onset of their civilian careers.”