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ISU helps National Guard team prepare for Afghan agribusiness assignment

ISU Extension provides ag training to National Guard team

As members of Iowa National Guard’s 734th Agri-Business Development Team (ADT) prepared for a yearlong mission to Kunar Province in Afghanistan, ISU faculty and ISU Extension specialists explained techniques and methods that will help them assist Afghan farmers in improving their agriculture system. Agronomists, soil scientists and a veterinarian were among the camouflage-clad troops learning about small-scale poultry production, vegetable production and handling, and how to extend the growing season using high tunnels, as well as basic soil and water management practices. Col. Craig Bargfrede, commanding the 734th ADT, said, “We worked closely with Iowa State to design a training program based on the various projects that we will be working on in Afghanistan.”

This article appeared in July 2010 -- From Jerry Miller Newsletter