CONSERVING ABROAD: Ag advisers in Afghanistan and Iraq
NRCS volunteers have embedded in the U.S. military since 2003 and worked on conservation projects with local farmers in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of the nation’s civilian effort in reconstruction. Each volunteer had unique experiences, shaped by local needs and the skills of the volunteer. For the next few months, NRCS will highlight the stories of these volunteers and feature them here.
Planting the seeds of a better future
Greg Schlenz, a resource conservationist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, helped Panjshir province in Afghanistan double its wheat harvest and escape subsistence farming.