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Israeli Expert to Help Rehabilitate Farms in U.S. Southern Agricultural Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture asked for and is getting an Israeli expert to help rehabilitate ailing farms in agriculturally backward areas of the South, notably Georgia and Texas. The man invited for the job is Eytan Israeli, deputy director general of the Agriculture Ministry who until a few months ago was the Ministry’s chief official on the West Bank. He left for the U.S. this morning. Deputy Agriculture Minister Yigal Drucker told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that Israeli was chosen because the problems he handled for West Bank farmers right after the Six-Day War were similar to those facing backward farmers in the southern states. He will be in the U.S. for a month and is expected to apply the lessons Israel learned from its contacts with Arab farmers on the West Bank to the needs of American farmers in the South.