Agri-business Development Team (ADT)

Monday August 20, 2012

What is it?

Agri-business Development Teams (ADT) are small teams of Reserve Component Soldiers with agricultural expertise who deploy to provide basic agricultural education and services in support of stability operations for the people of Afghanistan. First Army is responsible for training ADTs at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind. In addition to individual Soldier and collective unit skills training, First Army partners with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as well as land-grant universities to provide the most current and relevant training for these agricultural specialty missions.

What has the Army done?

To supplement the deployment training, First Army hosts a bi-annual conference for ADT commanders expected to deploy in the next year. Conference attendees discuss civilian and military resources available to their teams and network with past and present ADT commanders, military and civilian governmental agencies and other military organizations. The most recent conference included Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT) because they are being partnered with ADTs in the area of operations to improve security and increase success by focusing efforts and resources.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

First Army will host another conference in early 2013 to continue the networking of PRTs, ADTs and Village Stability Operations (VSO) with governmental and non-governmental agencies. The military will continue to nest the components "complimentary efforts." The PRTs knowledge of the district and provincial politics help the ADTs navigate the public administration issues involved in developing their agri-business extension, food storage, and irrigation programs. Nesting also provides the perfect marriage of academics and business efforts.

Why is it important to the Army?

The ADTs work with and train the Afghan government and local populace to sustain current agri-development initiatives. The Army has come to rely upon its RC forces as an Operational Reserve to help fulfill the requirements of combatant commanders. First Army, comprised of Active and Reserve Component forces, mobilizes, trains, deploys and demobilizes RC forces for a variety of deployment missions. First Army's unique composition, experiences and military and civilian skills allow trainers and planners to design and implement mobilization training that meets Afghanistan's evolving environment with flexibility and confidence. The ADT mission supports the U.S. strategy and will help ensure the Afghans are able to sustain themselves when the U.S. leaves.

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