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Kansas National Guard team deploying to Afghanistan to help farmers

September 2, 2011

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— The fourth Kansas National Guard agribusiness development team is preparing to leave for a deployment to Afghanistan.

About 60 members of the team were being honored Friday at a deployment ceremony at the Kansas State University-Salina Recreation Center.

Agribusiness development teams spend a year in Afghanistan working with residents and U.S. partners in presenting new techniques for improving farming in the country. The goal is to make agriculture more efficient and effective by boosting productivity.

The team will work with the provincial reconstruction team, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department. The deployment is expected to last one year.

Comments

Kontum1972 3 years, 3 months ago

hmmm.....was it harvest time for the poppies....?

HuWah Troopers

oldbaldguy 3 years, 3 months ago

This is not a walk in the park. Some of these teams have seem intense combat besides their primary mission. Why is the Army doing this? I suspect it is because it cannot be contracted out and it is too dangerous for AID people. God bless these soldiers.

scott3460 3 years, 3 months ago

Exactly.

But then there's probably not much of a market for agribusiness in helping subsistence farmers.

But it is nice to see our scarce tax dollars being used to market product for these firms. Several hundred folks that can go help foreigners for a year on the taxpayer dime!! Guess they'll miss Sam's cookies and ice cream.

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