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Minnesota Growers at Send Off for Soybeans to WISHH Project in Afghanistan

Jan 07, 2013

pic-wishh-mn-020113Minnesota Soybean farmer-leaders and staff met at the Albert Lea Seed House on Feb. 1 to witness the final preparations of soybean seeds that will make a 7000-plus-mile journey to Afghanistan. U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) transport planes will fly the 2,517 bushels of seeds to the ASA/World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) project.

Albert Lea Seed House readied the more than 467 million early -maturing seeds for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-supported Soybeans for Agricultural Renewal in Afghanistan (SARAI) Project. WISHH and Shelter for Life International will distribute the seeds to 5,000 subsistence Afghan farmers, including approximately 500 women.

"Most of these farmers have less than two acres of land. They will plant their seeds with their finger or a stick following their wheat harvest this spring," said Minnesota soybean grower Barb Overlie, who has served on the WISHH Program Committee. "WISHH’s USDA project has started a soybean value chain that includes farmers as well as a new processing plant that uses Afghan and U.S. soybeans."

Minnesota soybean farmers met at Albert Lea Seed House to witness the final preparations of soybean seeds bound for Afghanistan and the WISHH SARAI project. (Minnesota Soybean photos by Dan Lemke)

Minnesota soybean farmers met at Albert Lea Seed House to witness the final preparations of soybean seeds bound for Afghanistan and the WISHH SARAI project. (Minnesota Soybean photos by Dan Lemke)