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Try, Try Again: The Texas Guard in Afghanistan

Farmer-soldiers from the Texas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team, working in Afghanistan, find out that what looks good in satellite imagery doesn’t always work out on the ground.

by Douglas Wissing
Almost 80% of the Afghan population is engaged in agriculture, most of it subsistence-level. Here an Afghan farm village sits on a sere plain in Ghazni Province.

A group of Texas soldiers is fighting on a different front in Afghanistan. Farmer-soldiers from the Texas National Guard Agribusiness Development Team, or ADT, are helping farmers and herdsmen in insurgency-plagued eastern Afghanistan.

In the third of KUT Radio's four-part series on the Texas ADT, Douglas Wissing has the story of the complicated nature of the team’s work in Afghanistan — and how what looks good in satellite imagery doesn’t always work out on the ground.

 

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