Wendy Flatt, regional livestock specialist in Howard County, was hired by the USDA to join a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq.
It’s not exactly beating swords into ploughshares, but a University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist spent 18 months in Iraq helping promote peace through farming.
Wendy Flatt, regional livestock specialist in Howard County, was hired by the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service to join a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk. From late 2009 to early 2011, Flatt worked with farmers, veterinarians and others to help revive an agricultural economy long hobbled by war and oppression.
Her mission wasn’t just humanitarian: PRTs are part of the U.S. military’s efforts to secure long-term stability in the region.