GA Army National Guard heads to Afghanistan to teach farming methods

By: STAFF Email
By: STAFF Email
MSG Dale Simpson

MSG Dale Simpson. (April 25, 2011 / WRDW-TV)

Monday, April 25, 2011

FORT GORDON, Ga.---As 58 members of the Georgia Army National Guard well know, not all missions involve weapons. Some are about corn, potatoes, other vegetables, and fruit, too.

Today is a first for Georgia. This morning's deployment sent off members of the very first Agri-Business Development Team to the Middle East. They have a special mission: to teach Afghan farmers how to grow food so they can be more self-sufficient.

"From the time we're small children, a lot of us have worked in 4-H or gone to schools and done a lot of these agri-business type skills," said Master Sergeant Dale Simpson. "So we bring this to the mission and to the unit. Again, it's a mission set that's unique to the Guard, and we're going to capitalize on it."

The shovel- and rifle-toting group will be deployed overseas for the next year, or about one growing season.

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