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National Guard team to spend 2013 in Afghanistan

MADISON - An agricultural team from the Wisconsin National Guard will spend most of the New Year in Afghanistan.

A dozen members from the Guard's 97th Agribusiness Development Team will teach Afghan farmers how to be more productive in their farming. They'll also show how to maintain herds more effectively with the goals of increasing production, creating jobs, and reducing poverty in Afghan agriculture.

The Guard's agribusiness team will get a send-off in Madison from Governor Scott Walker and National Guard officials. The troops will spend a few weeks training at Camp Atterbury, Indiana before heading off to Afghanistan. They'll relieve another agribusiness team that's been in Kunar Province.