Kubota Tractor Corporation announced the selection of five new farmer veteran recipients of new Kubota equipment, and one area resident is benefiting from the program.
Thayer Army veteran Cody Miller was selected as the Midwest region recipient as part of Kubota’s 2020 “Geared to Give” program in partnership with the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC).
Miller served more than 16 years, with one deployment to Afghanistan from 2009-2010, and was raised on his grandmother’s family farm, the same one he is currently operating. Miller farmed up until the day he joined the Army and resumed once he separated from service.
Miller tends to 40 acres of row crops, raising ducks and chickens, and learning about horses. He also rents another 200 acres for raising cattle, hay and row crops, mostly soybeans, and sells his products to local co-ops and plans to sell his calves at local livestock market. Miller plans to finish his Ag Business degree, purchase his grandmother’s farm to keep it in the family, and purchase more cattle.
Kubota will award Miller with a 250-hour lease on a Kubota M7 Ag tractor with a loader and baler to handle virtually every agricultural job for his row crop, hay and cattle operation.
To learn more about Cody Miller and Full Moon Farms, visit his Facebook page .
Cody Miller’s Kubota dealer is Sun Down Equipment in Bevington.
Geared to Give program
In recognition of their current and past U.S. military service and their continued service to their communities through farming, country music singer and songwriter Brantley Gilbert helped Kubota and FVC honor each veteran, inviting those nearby to his farm to bestow the gift of Kubota equipment that will help them achieve self-sufficiency and take their farming operation to the next level.
“It truly is the American dream for many – and certainly those returning or starting a new career in farming – to become a self-sufficient farmer, with the right mix of equipment, drive and determination to make tending to the land your life’s work,” said Alex Woods, Kubota senior vice president of sales operations, supply chain and parts. “Kubota is proud to work with FVC and with Brantley and his team to recognize the 2020 recipients and help us power and empower them with the right equipment to help them achieve their dreams.”
Kubota’s Geared to Give program has provided equipment and grants to 36 farmer veterans since 2015 through FVC’s Fellowship Fund, which matches veterans’ needs with donated resources to help them further their agriculture careers.
“Helping veterans achieve self-sufficiency in farming communities across the country is one of the greatest joys of our work,” said Jeanette Lombardo, executive director of FVC. “We’re extremely grateful to continue working alongside Kubota to deliver the right mix of much-needed equipment to take our veterans’ farms to the next level; it’s truly the greatest gift, particularly for farmers just starting out.”
Gilbert, a strong supporter of efforts to honor active duty military and veterans’ organizations, wanted to get involved and invited this year’s honorees to his farm in Alabama for a special ceremony and private performance in celebration of National Farmer’s Day.
“We wouldn’t have the abundance, or variety of food we have today without our nation’s farmers,” said Gilbert. “I’m honored to be able to share in this effort with Kubota and FVC, and to pay tribute to all our active military and especially to these five veterans who have served our country once in the armed forces and who continue serving their communities today through farming.”
The 2020 recipients were selected from each one of Kubota’s five operating divisions: Cody Miller of Thayer, Iowa (Midwest division); Joshua Nelson of Ripley, WV (Northern division); Kara Rutter of Aiken, SC (Southeast division); Bodhi Anderson of Honolulu, Hawaii (Western division); and Andrew Edelen of Alice, Texas (Central division).