Farm Corps connects furloughed vets with jobs in Illinois

Julia LeDoux
June 10, 2020 - 12:36 pm

Farm Corps

New agricultural job opportunities are available for furloughed or unemployed veterans on farms in Illinois.

Congressman  Mike Bost, R-Il., the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Illinois, the Illinois Farm Bureau, and the Illinois AgrAbility recently announced the Farm Corps partnership which provides jobs for  Illinois veterans with agricultural producers who need on-the-farm labor.

“Not only will Farm Corps provide jobs for Illinois veterans, but it will help fill the need for on-the-farm labor so that Illinois farmers can continue their important job of feeding our nation during this pandemic,” said Bost in a release.

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The on-line database allows farmers to post available positions and connects veterans who are furloughed with jobs in agriculture, said Raghela Scavuzzo, associate director of Food Systems Development at the Illinois Farm Bureau.  

“Labor is a continual need for agriculture,” she said. “At this time, as farms work to keep employees safe, the demand is greater than ever.”

Cayman Sherwood, president of Farmer Veteran Coalition of Illinois, said the group believes Farm Corps is a huge opportunity.

"This is one step closer to assist veterans in agriculture," he said. “Our role is to support servicemen and women and agriculture. We are proud to host this database on our website.”

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Farm Corps is also supported by the Illinois Pork Producers, Illinois Specialty Growers Association, the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the Illinois Department of Employment Services, and the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

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