In partnership with Farmer Veteran Coalition, Tractor Supply Co. hosted and honored 50 military veteran farmers nationwide on Armed Forces Day and presented a total of $50,000 in awards on through FVC’s Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund — a grant program that helps veterans grow their agricultural businesses.
Each of the 50 veterans received a $1,000 gift card from Tractor Supply and FVC after submitting an essay describing their farm training and experience, personal investment in their farm business, clear need for assistance and vision and goals for their future.
The winners, who were invited to their local Tractor Supply store to receive their award, are owners of agricultural businesses in categories such as beekeeping, sustainable gardening, animal care, medicinal crop cultivation and more.
In Tennessee, the local Tractor Supply store in Athens honored Marissa Buchanan, who served in the Army from 2009 to 2018 as a combat medic. When Buchanan left the military, she opened Buchanan’s Barnyard to raise critical breeds of poultry. As Buchanan’s Barnyard expands, she is welcoming rescued mini pigs for foster and adoption, as well as expanding into animal assisted therapy.