Country music artist Michael Peterson will serve as national spokesperson for the International Agri-Center's Ag Warriors program set to launch on February 15 during World Ag Expo.

With nine tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, Peterson is the 2008 recipient of the distinguished Bob Hope "Spirit of Hope" award for his service to the nation and to servicemen and women of the Armed Forces. He is known for his chart toppers, "Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie" and "From Here to Eternity". The multiple Grammy and CMA award nominee has moved audiences across the globe for more than a decade, and will use his platform to launch the program aimed at placing veterans in long-term agricultural careers.

"After years of participating in the development and delivery of groundbreaking national initiatives for agriculture, active duty military and veteran's organizations alike, being part of the Ag Warriors creative team was a natural fit for me," said Peterson.

Peterson will also serve as emcee for the Ag Warriors Gala at World Ag Expo which will feature a keynote address from President of the United States, George W. Bush; the 82nd Airborne Division's All American Chorus; Marine Color Guard, San Diego; Marine Battle Colors, Drum Corp, San Diego and New York City's "singing policeman", Daniel Rodriguez.

"We are pleased to have somebody of Michael's caliber lend their support as we launch Ag Warriors," said Stacey Beachy, International Agri-Center. "He has truly connected with our service members and understands their needs as they transition back to civilian life. The knowledge he brings to the table has helped us develop plans that will serve veterans in search of agricultural professions."

Through the program, and with the help of California State University, Fresno; California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; College of the Sequoias and West Hills College, Coalinga, veterans will receive training that will prepare them for careers in agriculture. The program is an in-residence course which will include class work, field work, exam preparation, testing, mentorship and internships. Ag Warriors is designed to expose veterans to the broader aspects of the agriculture industry and to help them gain access to rewarding careers.

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