Efforts to help veterans in farm work

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is starting two programs to help military veterans find jobs in agriculture and markets for their farm products.

One initiative tries to connect veterans looking for work with farmers in need of labor. The effort is called Kentucky Proud Jobs for Vets.

The other program, called Homegrown by Heroes, provides a new logo that identifies farm goods produced by Kentucky veterans.

Both initiatives will be run out of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Kentucky Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini is pledging the Kentucky National Guard's support for the programs.

Berea farmer and veteran Michael Lewis says Homegrown by Heroes is more than a label. He says it offers people a chance to thank veterans for their service by buying their products.

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