Veterans can join ‘BattleGround to Breaking Ground’ program

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Applications for Cohort 13 of the AgriLife Extension’s BattleGround to Breaking Ground program will be accepted through Dec. 5.

The BattleGround to Breaking Ground Project is a four-phase educational program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service available to veterans, active duty military and their families, as well as other beginning farmers and ranchers.

The application cost is $10. To apply, go to Once at the registration link, enter “Add to Cart.” When a new page appears, choose the “Add an Account” option located under the “Log In” bar and fill in the request.

A live applicant webinar will be held on the Zoom platform from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Register for the webinar at

The program has made improvements to better serve limited-experience participants by adding an in-person, five-day boot camp and launching the registered BattleGround to Breaking Ground SkillBridge program for transitioning military members.

While the program will remain predominantly for active-duty and veteran military service members wanting to become involved in production agriculture, each cohort also will add some tuition-waived slots for non-military participants.

The program includes applications to waive the $600 tuition for Phase 2 of the program.

Questions about the BattleGround to Breaking Ground Program can be sent to

Key dates

Key dates for Cohort 13 of the BattleGround to Breaking Ground program include:

•Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Applicant webinar,

•Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. — Tuition-waived application deadline for Cohort 13.

•Dec. 30 — Paid tuition due.

•Jan. 9-13: Phase 1 Bootcamp in College Station. Phase 2 participants will be able to attend Bootcamp if they want to, but will be required to attend Basic Training. Basic Training and Bootcamp will run concurrently.

•Jan. 12-13 — Basic training in College Station

•Jan. 2 — Phase 2 course opens.