Kentucky’s Agribusiness Development Program Still Thrives in Afghanistan

Update by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard
Photo by Spc. Amber Leach

U.S. soldiers, serving with the Kentucky National Guard Agribusiness Development Team 3, Task Force Hurricane, inspect a greenhouse in Mahmod-e Raqi district, Kapisa province, Afghanistan, Dec. 28, 2011.

KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan–Kentucky’s Agribusiness Development Team 3 continues to provide training and advice to provincial ministries and local farmers so the country can become agriculturally self-sufficient through the development of an agricultural marketplace. Task Force Hurricane is preparing to hand off the mission to KYADT4.

Kentucky’s fourth agribusiness team is continuing their final training at Camp Atterbury prior to their two week hand off with KYADT3. Kentucky has been assigned a fifth ADT mission, authorizing the Kentucky Guard to assign personnel to this task force.

The Kentucky National Guard currently has more than 400 Soldiers and Airmen deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait. More than 14,000 Kentucky troops have mobilized for the War on Terror since 2001.

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