Kansan Soldiers To Use Farming Skills in Afghan Fields

By: Caroline Porter Email
By: Caroline Porter Email
Kansan soldiers are helping Afghans in a grassroots way that hits close to home - on the farm.  A team of 64 soldiers will be planting seeds of good will in the fields of Afghanistan this spring. The special military mission is the state

ISAF soldiers with the German Federal Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) pass by Afghan men on donkeys during a patrol in the mountains above Feyzabad, northern Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

FORT RILEY, Kan. -- Kansan soldiers are helping Afghans in a grassroots way that hits close to home - on the farm.

A team of 64 soldiers will be planting seeds of good will in the fields of Afghanistan this spring. The special military mission is the state's first Agricultural Development Team (ADF) and will work with the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture.

For one year, members of the Kansas Army National Guard and the Kansas Air National Guard will work with Afghans on improving their agricultural methods on a grassroots level.

Col. Eric Peck said the state's military conflict has left the infrastructure in ruin, and he hopes to teach farmers how to store their crops with greater success.

Last week the 1st Infantry Division's 1st Brigade offered the soldiers combat training, and Kansas State University's Hale Library will teach the soldiers the latest in farming research next week.

Watch the video to see why the oldest team member signed up at age 58.


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