Word from Afghanistan: CALS National Guard ag team training bearing fruit (or maybe veggies)

Word from Afghanistan indicates that ideas shared on the UW-Madison campus are striking a chord in Kunar province. That’s the gist of a note that Staff Sergeant Ross Templeton of the Guard’s 97th Agribusiness Development Team sent to Judy Reith Rozelle, who retired last year from her position as Assistant Superintendent of the West Madison Ag Research Station.

“I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know that we have been using your information on root cellar construction over here in Afghanistan,” Templeton writes. “The presentation you provided for us back in July at the Arlington research station has been very useful. I gave a presentation last week for provincial leaders here in Kunar and they were very excited about the idea of “mini buried root cellars.” We plan to do a follow up training where we actually get our hands dirty and bury a can of potatoes so they can see exactly how to do it.

“Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to give your presentation and let you know that your efforts are proving helpful for our mission!”