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1:53 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

KY Agriculture Department To Match Vets With Jobs

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is launching two new programs to connect military veterans and farmers looking for workers.

Kentucky Agricultural Commissioner James Comer says the programs came about due to discussions with the Kentucky National Guard about the unique struggles facing unemployed veterans.

"We tried to think of things that we could do at the Department of Agriculture to help our veterans find employment as well to help them add value so we came up with these two programs," Comer says.

The first program, Kentucky Proud Jobs for Vets, will maintain a database of agribusinesses and make it available to veteran support groups such as USA Cares in an effort to match up vets with jobs. The second effort, called Homegrown for Heroes, will mark products made by veterans with a special logo, so shoppers will know they are supporting vets with their purchases.

More information on both programs is available at kentuckyproud.com/veterans