WASHINGTON - Williamsburg resident David Greaser was one of 24 civilian agricultural experts who served in Afghanistan and Iraq recognized last month by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Greaser served in Iraq, helping to promote long-term economic development in agriculture, which is 10 percent of Iraq's economy. U.S. Department of Agriculture experts teach citizens to increase productivity on the farm, develop functioning markets, improve availability of agricultural credit and enhance infrastructure.
Greaser was about 20 miles northeast of Baghdad in Qada province, Iraq, for one year, emphasizing beekeeping and poultry farming.
Greaser is the USDA's Farm Service Agency executive director for Huntingdon and Blair counties and applied for the volunteer position in May 2008.