Ag the key to rebuilding 2 countries, speaker says

Rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan begins with agriculture, a specialty that a Monument man, Sam Barringer, took to those countries.

Barringer, 47, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and a veterinarian, has been to both countries wearing a soldier’s helmet and bringing veterinary expertise, he told members of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association on Tuesday in Two Rivers Convention Center.

Iraq and Afghanistan are strikingly dissimilar, Barringer said in an interview.

Part of his job in Iraq was to help restore production agriculture, while in Afghanistan his job was to help the people revive their subsistence agriculture after the ravages of war.

Barringer, who works for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer, said he reached out to Iraqis and Afghans not so much with the help of interpreters, though he used them, but with his skills.

“In any culture, if you help the kids and the animals, you can do stuff,” and help people whose lived have been shattered begin to restore themselves and their way of life, he said.


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