Frontlines Panel: Veterans

Frontlines Panel: Ag Safety & Health Risks and Remedies – Veterans

Some veterans return to farm, others begin farming after they return.  Some of them return with special needs and qualify for specific programs and services.  This session will help us  better understand their perspective and resources available to them.

Learning Objective:  Participants will recognize health disparities common among veteran farmers and resources available to them.

Moderator: Shay Foulk, Farmer, Veteran, Podcaster and Consultant

Shay Foulk, Business Consultant, Seedsman, Farmer, is Iowa State University Agronomist turned Army Ranger, turned veteran farmer and agricultural consultant. After 4 year with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Savannah, Georgia, Shay now farms with his father-in-law in NW Illinois, and consults all over the United States and Canada helping farmers solve complex problems such as business structuring, farm collaborations, profit management, peer group facilitation, safety planning, and speaking.



Cindy Chastain, Veteran Outreach Coordinator, AgrAbility

Cindy Chastain is the Veteran Outreach Coordinator for the National and Indiana AgrAbility Projects. Her responsibilities include working with state programs and other resources to improve opportunities and outcomes for farmer veterans. She works with veterans from around the country, to provide them resources and information to help them in their agricultural endeavors. Cindy has a strong background in both the military and agriculture. She grew up on a family farm in Indiana, earned a degree in animal sciences from Purdue University, where she participated in ROTC. Cindy then served as an Army officer for more than 31 years, including service as Deputy Commander of the 1-19th Agribusiness Development Team, deployed to Afghanistan in 2009-2010. She is the president of her family’s farm operation, Chastain Farms, and with her husband, has her own small farm operation.



Linda Emanuel, R.N. AgriSafe Network, Ag. Producer

As the Community Health Director of the AgriSafe Network, Linda engages with the agriculture community as a health care advocate and educator. She develops webinars, on site presentations as well as resources to enhance learning regarding health and safety topics specific to the needs of the agricultural workforce. She promotes this work on a state, regional and national level. Her passion as an agriculture producer and co-proprietor of her 3 generational Nebraska family farms, enables her to act as a liaison between research and practice and therefore drives her work to address the everchanging needs of this population.




Cindy Stockamp, Current Reservist with 46th Civil Affairs out of Tulsa, farmer and veteran

Cindy Stockamp is a native of rural Scribner, Nebraska. She grew up on a family farm that predominately produces corn and soybeans. Ms. Stockamp’s family runs a machine repair shop specializing in grain bin construction and repair of agricultural equipment. She continues to be apart of her families business as well as manage her cattle operation in Southeast Kansas.  MAJ Cindy Stockamp graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2001 with a BA in History. She received her commission as an Engineer Officer, through the OU ROTC program, and was assigned as an Active-Duty Officer at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, for the first four years of her career. She has been in the Army Reserves, since 2006, and is now a Civil Affairs Officer. She’s held a multitude of assignments ranging from vertical construction platoon leader to Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Currently she serves as the Battalion Executive Officer of the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion in Tulsa, Oklahoma. MAJ Stockamp has been deployed four times. She has been to both Iraq and Afghanistan twice with her most recent deployment ending in 2020.


Carolyn Turvey, PhD, Clinical Director, Iowa City VA Health Care System.

Carolyn L. Turvey, Ph.D., Clinical Director – Veterans Rural Health Resource Center-Iowa City, Core Investigator-Center for Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE).  Dr. Turvey is the Clinical Director of the Veterans Rural Health Resource Center in Iowa City. This is one of five centers dedicated to supporting innovative and successful programs to increase access to care for rural veterans. Her office implements programs to support rural veterans’ health and well-being. Dr. Turvey personally oversees a community of practice between rural Federally Qualified Healthcare Clinics and Community Health Centers which identify rural veterans in need and help them access critical services. Their programs also specifically address the needs of rural women and minority veterans to promote equity in care.



Veteran Service Officers: scroll down to see individual links for each state.

AgriSafe Resources for Veterans

Agrability Program