Veerman attended Erasmus University and went on to attain a doctorate degree of economic science at Wageningen University. After graduating, Veerman taught economics at a secondary school and later agricultural business economics and sociology at Tilburg University. A year later, Veerman returned to Erasmus University to serve as a professor of agribusiness. He then became chairman of the board of management at Wageningen University.

Veerman served as the Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality for the Netherlands in the third and fourth cabinet Balkenende. He was also President of the EU Council of Agriculture Ministers. Some of the issues he focused on include combating poverty, the

relationship between farming and nature, and reforms for the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy.