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Kubota Tractor Corporation Launches “Geared to Give” Program with Farmer Veteran Coalition


March 18, 2015
By Business Wire News

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

In conjunction with National Ag Day, Kubota Tractor Corporation announced today the launch of “Geared To Give,” a new program in partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) that will provide financial support and donated Kubota equipment to U.S. military veterans pursuing a future in farming. Kubota and FVC jointly launched their partnership today at the California State Capitol in Sacramento during the Department of Food and Agriculture’s Ag Day festivities.

From left to right:  Jonah Johnson, Farmer Veteran Coalition; Buck Trawick, Kubota marketing directo ...

From left to right: Jonah Johnson, Farmer Veteran Coalition; Buck Trawick, Kubota marketing director; Todd Stucke, Kubota vice president of sales, marketing and product support; Michael O’Gorman, executive director of Farmer Veteran Coalition; Emma Koefoed, Farmer Veteran Coalition; Brian Shobe, Farmer Veteran Coalition. (Photo: Business Wire)

Beginning this spring, FVC will select qualified veterans who are pursuing a future in farming to receive donated Kubota equipment and other support for their respective farming operations. Farmer veterans who are FVC fellowship members can apply for the “Geared to Give” program and be considered for the donated equipment. Kubota has selected its versatile and efficient Standard L-Series compact tractors, which are proudly built in the U.S., to meet the varying needs of many small and medium-sized farming operations.

“Kubota and the Farmer Veteran Coalition share a belief in the future of farming and the future of America’s veterans,” said Todd Stucke, Kubota vice president of sales, marketing and product support. “Our philanthropic mission is to ‘power and empower those who move the earth.’ We do this by providing equipment and funding to organizations that help people who work with the earth in ways that help our communities thrive – that is why we’re proud to support FVC and their farmer veteran members: they need support to make their dreams of a career in farming a reality, and Kubota is honored to answer their call.”

Based in Davis, Calif., FVC is cultivating a new generation of farmers and food leaders, and developing viable employment opportunities and meaningful careers for veterans through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. FVC believes that food production offers purpose and opportunity as well as physical and psychological benefits for all veterans. FVC works with veterans from all military branches, their families, employers, and mentors to support those returning to or beginning careers in food and farming.

“We mobilize veterans to feed America through funding, equipment, counseling and resources to help guide the passion of our veterans so that they may earn for themselves a meaningful, financially sustainable place in the agricultural community,” said Michael O’Gorman, executive director of FVC. “We are deeply committed to leveraging our work through a network of partnerships with companies like Kubota, which allow us to more effectively connect the right resources to the veterans who most need support, particularly those in the onset of their civilian careers.”

For more information about the “Geared to Give” program, visit www.KubotaCares.com. To learn more about FVC, visit www.farmvetco.org.

About Kubota Tractor Corporation

Kubota Tractor Corporation, Torrance, Calif., is the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota-engineered and manufactured machinery and equipment, including a complete line of tractors of up to 170 Gross hp, performance-matched implements, compact and utility-class construction equipment, consumer lawn and garden equipment, hay tools and spreaders, commercial turf products and utility vehicles. For product literature or dealer locations, contact: Kubota Tractor Corporation, 3401 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503, (888) 4-KUBOTA [(888) 458-2682], Ext. 900, or visit www.kubota.com.

About the Farmer Veteran Coalition

The mission of Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) 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 mentorship, peer support, and career counseling, FVC supports veterans returning to or beginning careers in the food and farming industry. For more information, visit www.farmvetco.org.

Kubota Tractor Corporation
Christine Schunk, 877-KUBOTA-NEWS (877-582-6826)
newsroom@kubotamedia.com
or
Farmer Veteran Coalition
530-756-1395
info@farmvetco.org