The Illinois Department of Agriculture invites veterans or current active duty service members to participate in the Homegrown by Heroes program. This is ideal for veterans who are interested in a second career in agriculture. The program allows Illinois farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and producers who have served or are still serving in any branch of the U.S. military to use a special logo on the agricultural products they sell to the public. This special designation sets these farmers apart in the market, allowing these heroes’ products to be visible to consumers while giving them the chance to tell their story. To be eligible for the program, the veteran must provide proof of service, a letter of support from their commanding officer or a designated representative, and must maintain 50-percent or greater ownership in the business/operation. Visit farmvetco.org.