Afghan and Pakistani farmers visit Iowa cornfield
October 18th, 2010
01:21 PM ET

Afghan and Pakistani farmers visit Iowa cornfield

Editor's note: CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty and National Security Producer Laurie Ure were given exclusive access as the Afghan and Pakistani agricultural ministers went to Iowa. See the report Monday on CNN's "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer (5 to 7 p.m. ET) and on CNNi's "Connect the World".

Across the road from his cornfield in Colo, Iowa, family farmer Keith McKinney pulls out his cell phone and checks the latest market prices from the Chicago Board of Trade.

"Soybeans are up $3. Corn is $3.25 up. And I get that information three times a day."

Armed with that information, McKinney can sell his crops when he wants, locking in prices even before they're planted.

Watching him with keen interest is Afghan Agriculture Minister Mohammad Asef Rahimi. He's thinking of farmers back home.

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  3. Reed Rakowska

    By watching how we handel selling our crops it will help there countery

    October 21, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |

    This is good to see that USA has a lot to show then only weapons and bombs. This is an attempt to win the hearts and minds by helping them in such productive activities. According to UN survey that the billions of dollars spent on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan if had been spent in human welfare projects in this world it would have enabled each individual to get pure drinking water, food and free education.

    October 19, 2010 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      As true as that is BANGASH,the right-wing thugs in Washington just don't see it that way,unfortunately! They'll only opt for more military spending in order to fill the coffers of the war profiteers!

      October 19, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Andrew Lubin

        Well put,Dan.

        October 19, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Realla

      I wish it were just that easy. Profiteering asides, what government (even our own US gov't, if it were on the receiving end) would not yield to the temptation to confiscate the funds? Think of all the potential that is siphoned off by the greedy rulers of Nigeria.

      October 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Oh yea I forgot you like to put us down. We offer more help to any nation in need than any other nation,for their benefit and not to profit in any way.

    October 19, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • mcmurdo proud military fiance

      yes I agree with you there dan in lafayette IN, and also look who was there for europe when the ww2 was going on it was the americans , who came in and rescued alot of people in europe and the canadian military too, so they have done alot and alot of our own relatives have served in the service and we must remember what they have done for us , other wise it is a slap in the face , that is my opinion ,

      October 19, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      You forgot who got us into that unnecessary and useless war in Vietnam and what happened in Hanoi in Dec.1972.And again you forgot to mention that back on Feb.13,1991 during the first Gulf War,that two pilots flying in a B2 Steath bomber blew up the Amriya air raid shelter in Baghdad,killing over 414 civilians which had absolutely nothing to do with that war!

      October 19, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Whoever you are using my name we went into Vietnam to stop the spread of communism. We may have lost the war but we might have stopped the domino effect that we thought would happen if we just let the commies just have their way with the Vietnamese. As for what happened in the first gulf war if we let Saddam just have his way with Kuwait he would most likely have Saudi Arabia by now too and for the civilians being killed maybe it was some bad intel but war is war and if Saddam did not take over Kuwait it would never have happened!

        October 19, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    So you also know what the crop was used for and how much we exported are you God? Do you know everything?

    October 19, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
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    October 18, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |