Illinois Farmer Veterans Alliance

Illinois has a robust farming community that yields a sense of purpose and identity for veterans in agriculture.

Illinois Farm Bureau, along with several partners around the state, developed the Illinois Farmer Veterans Alliance program as a resource for veterans who are interested in agriculture or are already working in agriculture. This program will help link Illinois veterans with agriculture opportunities.

Farmer Veteran Alliance cultivates a meaningful place for veterans in Illinois and increases the viability of veteran-run farms by establishing a strong farmer-veteran relationship, facilitating business and marketing opportunities and developing a resource pipeline in collaborating with partner organizations.

Join us today and help build this unique community of farmers in Illinois.

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Anyone interested in joining the farmer-veterans working group should contact Scavuzzo at

Upcoming Events

IFB and Illinois Farm Service Agency have partnered to bring you an exclusive and free one-day seminar. Attend Veterans in Agriculture “Planning For Success” in Illinois. Enjoy a free lunch and a unique opportunity to network with Illinois veterans who share in a passion for Illinois agriculture.

Choose from one of three workshops around the state.

  • Friday, Oct. 19
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Clay County Farm Bureau
    140 N Church St.
    Louisville, IL


  • Monday, Nov. 5
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    DoubleTree By Hilton
    Bloomington, IL


Learn how you can get started in farming, how you can qualify for government programs that reward land stewardship and conservation efforts and how you can pursue profitable niche markets and organic certification.


  • Business plan development
  • Record keeping
  • Value added grants
  • Disabled veterans
  • Homegrown by Heroes
  • Organic production
  • Best conservation practices
  • Food safety

A portion of the day will be devoted to farm visits for hands-on experience.

Reserve your spot! Don’t miss out on this unique networking opportunity.