Afghanistan Ag-Part1


This past two weeks has been interesting to me to see Afghanistan through my husband’s eyes.  It was eye-opening to see his pictures and view the videos he has taken with the helmet cam that he purchased. 

His first reaction was how special it was to see the Statue of Liberty as he and a group of soldiers flew from oversees and saw U.S. soil for the first time in awhile.  He showed me pictures of the progress they are making with the demonstration farm-helping the Afghan people understand how to plant wheat and saffron.  Planting inside the greenhouse which was built to extend the fruit and vegetable growing season will begin shortly.  He showed me pictures of a poultry graduation where women and girls were taught how to raise poultry to feed their families.  He showed me video of the Afghan children who mob the soldiers whenever they are out on missions.  The children are always asking for pens and candy.  He showed me beautiful countryside which varied greatly from vast emptiness to lush green areas.  He showed me Afghan Extension Agents with a hunger to learn and desire to help their people.  Ultimately he showed me what I already knew-that we have a great military force who is doing their best to serve our country, defend our freedom, and help the Afghan people realize the same freedoms that we so often take for granted!  I will attempt to share this story in a series of blog posts.

About jenreesources

I'm the Crops and Water Extension Educator for York and Seward counties in Nebraska with a focus in irrigated crop production and plant pathology.

Posted on January 25, 2012, in Military, Reflections and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. These pictures and stories are inspirational. Thanks for sharing the great work that is being done by our military and specifically Chris. Their aid in developing sustainable and profitable agricultural enterprises is a terrific story that needs to be shared far and wide. Thanks for doing so!

  2. Dan-Thanks for the comment! Really appreciate it and am happy to share the great work our soldiers and airmen are doing to help the Afghan people become more sustainable!

  3. Very interesting to stumble across your photos…I’m a television producer and I’ll be embedding with the Minnesota Agribusiness Development Team in Afghanistan. A lot of the photos I saw on your blog told stories similar to what I’ll be seeing with the ADT in Zabul, AF. Thanks for sharing.

    • Luke,
      Best wishes to you and how cool for you to embed with an ADT team! It truly is remarkable how small changes can make such a huge impact in the Afghan people’s lives. Thank you in advance for helping to share the stories of the ADT efforts and I’ve followed your blog to read about your experiences! I don’t know if the University of Minnesota or Minnesota Extension is working with that ADT team to provide reach-back, but we have been working with the Nebraska ADT teams with questions, etc. If they don’t have anyone working with them, UNL Extension would be happy to help. We also have a number of resources that we started for ADT teams at http://cropwatch.unl.edu/militaryresources Thanks!

      • You likely run in a smallish circle of Ag professionals, the MN ADT is working with NDSU (North Dakota State) in Fargo…Gregory McKee…familiar with him? To what extent I’m not really sure, I meet with Professor McKee in a week to discuss what his/their role has been. Thank you for the Cropwatch link, I’ve bookmarked it and will ad it to the long list of research I have yet to do before I head out. I’ll keep you posted.
        Regards, Luke

  4. Reblogged this on 10 Days in the Sand and commented:
    Over the course of the last few weeks I have met a number of people through various social media outlets who have provided insight and information related to Afghanistan. None has been as useful and interesting as this blog. Take a look at JenReeSources to catch a glimpse of some brilliant images that further explain the story I will be telling while I’m in Afghanistan. Afghanistan Ag- Part 1 is the first in a series of 6 posts that have photos of the Afghan landscape and related Ag missions.

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