Spokeswoman Sharon Watson said Tuesday that National Guard members will leave in February and will be there for a year. They
will be part of an agribusiness development team that's a joint
effort of several federal agencies and the Guard.
The National Guard will be working with Kansas State University over three years to build continuity and relationships with local and regional Afghan leaders and the population.
The agribusiness development team idea has been used successfully in Central America for about 20 years. The first such team was deployed to Afghanistan from Missouri in February 2008, and the second was deployed from Texas in June.
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