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BattleGround to Breaking Ground Program

In 2016, Texas AgrAbility & program partners received a USDA NIFA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program grant to develop the BattleGround to Breaking Ground Program (BGBG). BGBG’s goals are to enhance the sustainability & increase the number of farms and ranches in Texas & throughout the U.S., especially for military veterans.

The BattleGround to Breaking Ground Project is a 3 phase educational program available to veterans, active duty military, their families, and beginning farmers and ranchers.

In 2019, BGBG partnered with Compatible Lands Foundation to increase the hands-on training portion of the program by developing additional training sites at Mesquite Field Farm in Nixon, TX and the Farmer’s Education & Training Center in Gatesville, TX.

Who We Serve

  • Military Veterans
  • Military-Active Duty
  • Military Families
  • Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

What We Offer

  • Online education
  • Hands-on training
  • Disability support services
  • Mentorships
  • Peer support
  • Veteran transition support

What You Gain

  • Business planning assistance
  • Connection to agriculture business funding sources
  • Individual Education Planning
  • Knowledge & skills in your chosen area of farming/ranching

Click HERE to learn more about accessing the BattleGround Program


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