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Agriculture, Food Security, and Resource Scarcity

Agricultural policy plays a critical role in trade negotiations, and the ACG understands the importance of addressing the complex challenges and policies surrounding farming, food production, and access to food. In the 21st century, it is crucial that the new generation of professionals in both countries, many of whom are less aware than their predecessors of the importance of U.S.-German cooperation, have the opportunity to establish professional and personal ties with their transatlantic counterparts.

The ACG launched the McCloy Leadership Mission on Agriculture, Food Security, and Resource Scarcity (formerly the McCloy Fellowship in Agriculture) to give practitioners the opportunity to study agricultural, farm, and food-supply conditions on the other side of the Atlantic.

On November 11, six Germans traveled to the United States to take part in the ACG’s McCloy Leadership Mission on Agriculture, Food Security, and Resource Scarcity. The program, now in its second year, gives practitioners the opportunity to study agricultural policy, farming, and food-supply conditions on the other side of the Atlantic. During the 12-day program, the participants exchanged best practices with their American counterparts.

The participants included Gerolf Bücheler, Head of the Division for Environmental Policy and Sustainability for the Deutscher Bauernverband; Jörn Ehlers, Vice President of the Landvolk Niedersachsen Landesbauernverband;  Hilmer Garbade, President of the Bremischer Landswirtschaftsverband; Ida Hartmann, Head of Public Relations for the Landesbauernverband in Baden-Württemberg; Tilo Radloff, Farmer and Chairman of Kreisbauernverband in Altentreptow; and Björn Schöbel, Secretary General for the Hessischer Bauernverband.

While being hosted by ACG alumni and local Farm Bureau members, the participants had the opportunity to visit the Greater Washington, DC area, Alabama, Illinois, and Indiana. The cohort met with policy-makers, and visited production facilities and farms.

This Leadership Mission was conducted in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Deutscher Bauernverband.