U.S. Agriculture Department spends $30 million to grow soybeans in Afghanistan

The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave over $30 million to a trade group to help Afghanistan farmers grow soybeans, despite the poor conditions in the country to grow the crop.

A Special Inspector General for Afghanistan reconstruction work is questioning the spending of the money, especially since a United Kingdom study found that it is nearly impossible to grow soybeans there.

Our corporate investigative media partner, The Washington Times, has been looking in to this use of taxpayer money.

"It was supposed to be a humanitarian effort, increasing crop production there. So, that everything wouldn't have to be imported and it was going to help poor, vulnerable, malnourished families," said Kellan Howell of The Washington Times.

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