GRAPEVINE, Texas, Nov. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- In observance of Veterans Day, Kubota Tractor Corporation announced all five of its 2021 "Geared to Give" farmer veteran tractor recipients in partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) from Buck Commander's E3 Ranch in Fort Scott, Kansas today. While all five program recipients are being honored and recognized for their past U.S. military service and their continued service to their communities through farming, currently serving North Dakota Army National Guard 1st Lt. Ryan Blumhagen is being honored today in a special ceremony hosted by Buck Commander's Adam LaRoche, a former Major League Baseball player and owner of the E3 Ranch and Foundation.
"We are proud to partner with Kubota in serving our veterans who serve our country and fight to protect the freedoms that we enjoy every day," said Adam LaRoche, whose E3 Foundation has been giving back to veterans since it was established in 2017.
"Our life's work is to help our customers achieve their dreams for their land, businesses, and loved ones with the durable and reliable equipment Kubota makes," said Alex Woods, Kubota senior vice president of sales operations, supply chain and parts and a veteran of the Army National Guard. "Nothing makes me prouder than gifting Kubota large utility tractors, hay tools, and other Ag equipment to veterans who have the drive and determination to turn their farming dreams into reality ? it is truly the American dream and one that we are honored to support alongside FVC. And this year, with the help of the Buck Commander team, Ryan is now empowered to tend to his land and advance his farming career."
The Geared to Give program has provided equipment and grants to 41 farmer veterans through FVC's Fellowship Fund since 2015, matching unique veterans' needs with donated resources to help further their agriculture careers. The 2021 program received hundreds of applications from worthy veterans; in the end, one recipient was selected by and for each of Kubota's operating divisions across the U.S.
"One of the great joys of doing this work is being able to make a positive impact on our farmer veterans by providing them with the support they need to succeed in their farming operations," said Jeanette Lombardo, executive director of FVC. "All of this year's selected farmer veterans, are passionate about farming and helping veterans, and have the right mix of passion and grit to sustain and grow their agribusiness endeavors. Kubota has become an invaluable partner to FVC and we are extremely grateful to continue this important work to help to reach veterans who operate in both urban and rural farming communities across the country."
Each year, farmer veterans can apply to the FVC Fellowship Fund in order to be considered for donated Kubota equipment through the "Geared to Give" program. For more information on FVC's 2022 application process, visit Farmvetco.org. For more information on the "Geared to Give" program, visit Kubota Cares. For more information on the instant customer rebates offered to all FVC members for the purchase of Kubota equipment, visit a local Kubota dealer KubotaUSA.com/find-a-dealer.
About Kubota Tractor Corporation
Kubota Tractor Corporation, Grapevine, Texas, is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured machinery and equipment, including a complete line of tractors of up to 200 Gross hp*, performance-matched implements, hay tools, compact construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, commercial turf products and utility vehicles. For product literature or dealer locations, contact: Kubota Tractor Corporation, 1000 Kubota Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051, (888) 4-KUBOTA [(888) 458-2682], Ext. 900, or visit KubotaUSA.com.
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About Farmer Veteran Coalition
Based in Davis, Calif., Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) is a national non-profit whose mission is mobilizing veterans to feed America. FVC works to develop a new generation of farmers and food leaders and expand viable employment and career opportunities through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. Through grants, mentorship and peer collaboration, FVC supports active duty and veterans embark on careers in the food and farming industry, recognizing that agriculture offers purpose, opportunity, and physical and psychological benefits. For more information, visit farmvetco.org.
About Buck Commander
A group of outdoorsmen teamed up with hunter and author Willie Robertson, best known for his appearances on A&E's "Duck Dynasty." The Buck Commander team is made up of former Major League Baseball players Adam LaRoche, Ryan Langerhans and Tombo Martin, and country music stars Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Tyler Farr. The guys give viewers an inside look at the tools and knowledge of being a successful hunter.
About E3 Foundation and Ranch
The E3 Foundation acknowledges that American veterans and active military give the greatest sacrifice in mind, body and spirit. The E3 Foundation partners with organizations to provide a restful place for men and women to visit and reconnect with themselves and others by engaging directly in fellowship, conversation and the enjoyment of outdoor experiences around the E3 Ranch. The goal is to appreciate the sacrifices of each veteran who visits the ranch and to empower them to continue their journeys.
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