ELLSWORTH AFB (KOTA TV) - The United States Department of Agriculture is looking to create more opportunities for veterans in the agriculture industry.
Friday the South Dakota congressional delegation and the new secretary of agriculture Sonny Perdue, all came together for a listening session at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum.
The session was a way to help Perdue to come up with a plan to get more veterans into the agriculture industry.
Veterans, transitioning service members and their families asked questions and shared ideas on what they would like to see the ‘Veterans to Agriculture initiatives’ include.
Thirteen percent of veterans are currently employed through the USDA and through this new program; Perdue hopes to bring that number to 25%.
"I don't want a program in name only, I want something that works. These veterans deserve our best because they've given their best. We've talked about honoring them,” said Perdue. “We honor them by giving programs to help them a simulate into the civilian work force that can be productive for our country going forward."
The USDA will also be working with the department of defense to help transitioning vets get direct information and connections in rural America.