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November 13, 2020

 

 
 
 
 

The Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will present a webinar today, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Compassionate Communication with Farmers, presented by Nick Weshinskey, Ph.D., NCC, will provide practical tools for engaging producers and their families with compassionate, therapeutic communication. For more information, contact Karen Stallman at kstallman88@siumed.edu, or (618)713-0759.

 

 
 
 
 

Many veterans who start farming after retiring from the military have found possibilities they hadn’t previously imagined. Caring for plants, animals, and the land can be an antidote to post traumatic stress, an avenue to channel a strong work ethic and skill set, and connect with new and supportive networks. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has resources for veterans interested in agriculture, including programs and partners, as well as accounts from veterans who are working in agriculture and related fields. The mission of the National AgrAbility Project is to enhance the quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and agricultural workers with disabilities to help them, their families, and their communities continue to succeed in rural America. They’re committed to helping military veterans who choose agriculture as their "Next Mission," as well as beginning farmers with disabilities or other functional limitations. Farmer Veteran Coalition and Homegrown by Heroes offer additional opportunities.

 

 
 
 
 

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is aiding veterans or current active duty service members who are interested in a second career in our state’s number one industry, agriculture. The Homegrown by Heroes program allows Illinois farmers, ranchers, fishermen and producers who have served or are still serving in any branch of the U.S. military to use a special logo on the agricultural products they sell to the public. This special designation sets these farmers apart in the market, allowing these heroes' products to be visible to consumers while giving them the chance to tell their story. The Homegrown by Heroes program is a free program for our veterans, with an annual renewal. For those who qualify, the Homegrown by Heroes Illinois Product logo can be used it to identify and market their Illinois grown and Illinois made products on packaging, signage, websites and social media or wherever their items are being sold. 

 

 
 
 
 

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian just announced the winner of the international design contest to create its new monument. The National Native American Veterans Memorial will honor the military service of Native American soldiers who have served in every conflict in U.S. history. The memorial is meant to be an active site for healing, prayer, and storytelling, says Harvey Pratt, the memorial’s designer. The concept is unlike anything else that’s currently on the National Mall. A jury selected Pratt’s design—dubbed the “Warriors’ Circle of Honor”—from five finalist entries, which in turn emerged from a pool of more than 120 contest submissions. Pratt’s design squares a difficult design brief. The memorial needed to facilitate a potent and reflective experience for veterans and their family members. But it also needed to be legible and meaningful across many different cultures and conflicts. Unlike other war memorials in D.C., the National Native American Veterans Memorial does not highlight a specific conflict, but rather an entire people. Many peoples, in fact. The memorial honors all Native American veterans—including American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians—from the Revolutionary War to the present, across all branches of service.

 

 
 

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November 13 (Webinar) - Compassionate Communication with Farmers

 
 
 
 
 

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