In 2021, Woods® introduced ‘Old Glory’, a 15-ft Batwing® cutter wrapped in stars and stripes. The limited-edition Batwing® cutter was assembled in Oregon, IL by a team of Woods employees, including military veterans. Over the last year, we’ve searched for the right opportunity to donate our most-beloved Batwing® cutter to a veteran-focused organization. So now and with much excitement, we are pleased to announce Woods will be donating ‘Old Glory’ to the Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC)!
“It’s an honor to welcome Woods Equipment as a new supporter of the FVC Fellowship Fund!” said FVC Executive Director, Jeanette Lombardo. “We look forward to partnering together in support of farmer veterans and getting them the equipment they need!”
FVC is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization assisting veterans and currently serving members of the armed forces to embark on careers in agriculture. FVC supports a nationwide network of more than 38,000 previous and/or active military members. With the help of our new friends at FVC, ‘Old Glory’ will soon be cutting broad, beautiful stripes for a military veteran working in land stewardship! We can think of no better home for our most patriotic piece of Woods equipment.
Rachel Petitt, Fellowship Fund Program Director says the entire FVC team is so excited to partner with Woods Equipment. “This spring, a very lucky and deserving farmer veteran will receive the generous donation of the Old Glory Batwing® cutter!” she said.
Beginning in January, ‘Old Glory’ will be listed as a piece of agricultural equipment available to eligible farmer veterans through FVC’s Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund. The Fellowship Fund is a grant program that provides direct assistance to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming or ranching. Since 2011, The Fellowship Fund has awarded nearly $4 million dollars in either equipment or financial support to more than 930 farmer veterans.
To apply for ‘Old Glory’, the veteran must have served or currently be serving in any branch of the U.S. military. He or she must have received an ‘honorable’ discharge and have an agricultural business in operation and a business plan. You can find all the application details at Farmer Veteran Coalition Fellowship Fund . Additional questions about the Woods and FVC partnership can be directed to Jillian.Love@oregontool.com.