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ROCKINGHAM — Military veterans can learn to trade tanks for tractors at a U.S. Department of Agriculture event designed to help vets take up farming and ranching.

A USDA Strike Force meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Richmond County Agricultural Services Center. The information session is geared toward veterans and beginning farmers. Military service is not required to attend.

Speakers include U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, USDA leaders, North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation crop specialist Debbie Hamrick, AgrAbility coordinator Michele Proctor, AgraSafe coordinator Molly Webb, Cooperative Extension directors and agents, a loan specialist from USDA and commercial lenders from the private sector, along with Richmond Community College representatives.

Each agency or business will have information booths set up before and after the event for questions and answers. Attendees also can receive free health screenings. The North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation will be providing refreshments.

The USDA Farm Service Agency offices in 16 North Carolina counties, including Richmond, Scotland, Anson, Moore and Robeson, chose to join forces to help veterans succeed in agriculture, Richmond County FSA Executive Director Amy Hill Yaklin said.

For more information, call Yaklin at 910-895-3950, extension 2, or email amy.yaklin@nc.usda.gov.

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