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  • Ambassador praises National Guard

    U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Karl W. Eikenberry, praised the accomplishments of National Guard Agribusiness Development Teams during a visit here Wednesday."In Afghanistan in general, and in Asadabad right here in particular, they're transforming Afghanistan's agriculture," Eikenberry said."They're adding value to this economy, and they're
  • Two Acres, Eight Farmers: A Demo Farm Saga

    The Iowa National Guard's 734th Agribusiness Development Team is concerned about the potential impact a two-acre demonstration farm could have on the Afghan farmers currently using the land at the proposed demo farm site, near the Sarkani District Center in Kunar province. During an ADT site visit in November, three farmers were planting alfalfa on
  • Iowa ADT discovers complexity of Kunar agriculture at demo farm

    The Iowa National Guard's 734th Agri-Business Development Team got some lessons in the complexity of Afghanistan's agriculture and governance when its members paid a visit to a demonstration and experimental farm near Asad Abad Sept. 21. The agricultural experts of the ADT found the Salar Bagh Demonstration Farm, which is owned and run by the Kunar
  • Iowa National Guard Leaders Send-Off Agri-Business Development Team

    The Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, Brig. Gen. Timothy Orr, traveled to Camp Atterbury, Ind., to send-off the 734th Agri-Business Development Team shortly before the ADT deploys to Afghanistan's Kunar Province. Orr didn't come alone. Joining him were Col. Mike Schlorholtz, Commander of the 734th Rear Support Group, Col. Brian Miller,
  • First Ever Iowa Agri-Business Development Team Deploys

    The 734th Agri-Business Development Team left Iowa on July 1 after two separate send-off events that highlighted the strength of the community's support for the ADT. Some 300 people attended the first event, a Family Send-Off Picnic on June 30, and around 1,000 were on hand for the Community Send-Off Ceremony the next morning. A group of Iowa
  • Iowa ADT trains with Amish, at Living History Farms

    It was an unlikely scene Wednesday, 18 June, in northeast Iowa Amish country. The uniforms of the Iowa Army and Air National Guardsmen who make up the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agri-Business Development Team (ADT) were quite a contrast with the Amish farmers who opened their mostly unmechanized operations to the military personnel. The ADT aims
  • Iowa National Guard Ag Team Completes "Old School" Training

    In less than two months, the Iowa National Guard's 734th Agri-Business Development Team will relieve the California National Guard's 40th ADT in Afghanistan's Kunar Province. But no ADT goes to Afghanistan without extensive agricultural training, and Iowa's 734th ADT is no exception. Starting in April, agricultural specialists with the 734th ADT
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