skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

VA law prevents utility shutoffs in extreme circumstances; MI construction industry responds to a high number of worker suicides; 500,000 still without power or water in the Houston area; KY experts: Children, and babies at higher risk for heat illness.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

The House passes the SAVE Act, but fails to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress, and a proposed federal budget could doom much-needed public services.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.

University of Georgia farm program helps veterans transition to agriculture

play audio
Play

Wednesday, July 10, 2024   

A University of Georgia outreach program is giving veterans a new start in agriculture.

With the help of a $750,000 grant, the Farm Boot Camp will offer workshops on a monthly basis for free to veterans who want to learn about farming. The initiative formed by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences aims to address the growing number of veterans seeking agricultural training.

Kyle Haney, rural health manager at the University of Georgia who oversees the boot camp, said it will equip participants with essential knowledge to kick-start their farming businesses.

"The training this round with Farm Boot Camp, we're going to have, of course, the general agriculture knowledge trainings, but then we are looking at a much more well-rounded training," Haney explained. "Really focusing on farm business aspect, farm marketing, looking at how to sell your products."

He pointed out the training will also provide them access to additional resources tailored to their veteran status. The program is part of a larger statewide initiative called Farm Again, focused on supporting people in agriculture who live with disabilities.

Haney noted the Farm Boot Camp goes beyond farming, serving as a platform for veterans to connect and continue their call to service. He emphasized it also plays a crucial role in expanding the state's workforce.

"Here in Georgia, agriculture is our number one industry," Haney stressed. "With that, that means there's a lot of job opportunities. And we need to make sure that we can fulfill that workforce that we have here for agriculture, and so we really hope with this training program that it's going to provide the veterans the training they need, whether they're going to be farmers or farmworkers."

While the main focus is veterans, Haney added the workshops are open to everyone.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
North Carolina has received more than 105,000 contacts to its 988 system via call, chat and text in the past 12 months. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

play sound

North Carolina must increase its crisis response capacity for long-term success, according to a new report by the mental-health policy group …


Health and Wellness

play sound

In response to an alarmingly high number of suicides among construction workers, Michigan's construction leaders have taken measures to tackle mental …

Environment

play sound

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is awarding $271,000 in grants for environmental education projects across the state. The programs will …


Organizers say the Swingman Classic is the closest a modern-day fan can get to the historic Negro Leagues. (Danny Hooks/Adobe Stock)

play sound

Major League Baseball's All-Star week kicks off tonight at Globe Life Field in Arlington with the Swingman Classic featuring 50 student athletes from …

Health and Wellness

play sound

New York doctors are advising people how to stay healthy in the summer heat. Temperatures across the state will reach the high 80s and mid-90s in …

Along with extreme temperatures and public health-related states of emergency, a new Virginia law prevents utility shutoffs on Fridays, weekends and the day before or during state holidays. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

A new Virginia law protects residents from utility shutoffs in extreme weather. The law prevents utility company shutoffs when temperatures are at …

Social Issues

play sound

Minnesotans this month have a chance to share their thoughts on how the state should distribute home energy rebates. With federal incentives coming …

Health and Wellness

play sound

Health experts are urging residents to stay hydrated and stay out of the sun during peak periods, especially during the heat wave that is gripping …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021