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Guardsmen to deploy on agricultural mission

November 19, 2008

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A Kansas National Guard team will go to Afghanistan next year as an agribusiness development team.

The team will work in conjunction with other U.S. agencies and departments on a yearlong mission to help Afghans improve agricultural services.

The team will be in Lagham Province assisting in building capabilities for increased agricultural production, training and services and improving the safety of food and other agricultural products.

The Guard will perform the mission in partnership with Kansas State University during a three-year period to ensure continuity and build relationships with Afghans.

The team has 60 members from the Army and Air National Guards.

The concept has been used for 20 years in Central America. The first team was deployed to Afghanistan last February and a second team from Texas went in June.

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