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CALS welcomes a new National Guard team for Ag 101 training

Members of the Wisconsin National Guard’s 97th Ag Development Team learn about sheep health care during their weeklong Agriculture 101 course at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

You may be seeing groups of people in camo next week. CALS is once again providing a week of “Agriculture 101″ training for the Wisconsin National Guard’s  97th Agricultural Development Team to help the soldiers prepare for deployment in Afghanistan. This is similar to last year’s work with the 82nd ADT, which is now deployed in Kunar Province. The 97th will be headed to the same region. As was the case last year, the course is a joint effort of Dave Kantor, Karen Nielsen and others at the Babcock Institute and Jeff Breuer of the Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

It’s a packed curriculm. The bulk of the training will take place at Arlington, but the ADT will be on campus on Tuesday, at the Meat and Muscle Biology Lab, learning about meat processing from Jeff Sindelar, and in the Stock Pavilion, learning about veterinary medicine from Benjamin Darien of the School of Veterinary Medicine. On Wednesday afternoon they’ll visit a couple of area farms that raise goats and poultry. They’ll spend part of Thursday at the West Madison research station, where Judy Reith-Rozelle will talk about fruits and vegetables, and at the Nevin Fish Hatchery, hosted by DNR’s Mike Aquino.

Others involved in the training include Matt Ruark (soils and fertilizers); Janet Hedtcke (seeds and planting); Dan Heider (pest management); Matt Atkins (feed preservation); Bob Kaiser (cattle); Rusty Burgett (sheep); Rebecca Harbut (pomegranates and nuts); Bill Bland (water management); Rhonda Gildersleeve (rangeland and pasture); Vance Haugen (alternative and rural power); and Liba Brent (working with women and handicraft production).

The team will hold media days Wednesday, July 25 from 11-11:45 a.m. at the Arlington Ag Research Station, N695 Hopkins Road, in Arlington, Wis., and Thursday, July 26 from 3-4 p.m. at the West Madison Research Station, 8502 Mineral Point Road in Verona, Wis.

Note to News Directors and Editors: Following a presentation by the ADT
commander, media will have the opportunity to meet deploying members of the
ADT and ask questions. Please notify the Wisconsin National Guard Public
Affairs office at 608-242-3048 or Tech. Sgt. Jon LaDue if you plan to attend NO LATER THAN 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24 to arrange access to the training site.