Special National Guard unit deploys to Afghanistan

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- A special team of Tennessee Army National Guardsmen who specialize in agricultural business has left for Afghanistan.

The Agri-business Development Team left Smyrna on Sunday for training at Camp Atterbury, Ind., before heading to Afghanistan for a yearlong deployment.

Under the command of Col. James Moore, the soldiers will be teaching basic farming techniques such as planting and harvesting wheat, planting corn in rows and using trellises to grow tomatoes and grapes.

They will also be working to improve irrigation and crop storage facilities.

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