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CONSERVING ABROAD: Ag advisers in Afghanistan and Iraq

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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.

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NRCS Ag Adviser Recognized for Outstanding Service in Afghanistan 

An assistant state conservationist with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service recently received a top honor for his service overseas in Afghanistan, where he served as an agricultural adviser for two different tours.

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Kim Lively taught as a way to instill the knowledge of good agriculture in future generations. Mike Clayton worked to provide thousands of Iraqis with reliable sources of clean water. Since 2003, 67 agricultural specialists with the Natural Resources Conservation Service volunteered as ag advisers in the Afghanistan and Iraq combat zones.
Drew Adam stands with Nisar Ahmad Niazy and his son. Niazy is the Head of Afghanistan’s Department o Caroline Clarin a wetland restoration engineer with NRCS, served as an ag adviser in 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.
NRCS soil scientist returns to Afghanistan as capstone of career Ag adviser works with the future agricultural leaders of Paktika, Afghanistan

Planting the seeds of a better future

Drew Adam is helping transition agricultural development from the NATO forces and foreign governments to the Afghanistan government. Caroline Clarin and a dedicated group of Afghan agricultural experts provided over 9,000 people in Afghanistan with training in farming.

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.

Michael I. Gangwer, a resource conservationist with NRCS, served as an ag adviser in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he helped those nations in the fields of conservation and agriculture    
Ag adviser helps teach Iraqi and Afghani people about water and conservation 

 

 

Michael I. Gangwer, a resource conservationist with USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service in East Lansing, Mich., helped to build agricultural irrigation expertise among the Afghanistan and Iraqi people.