Study Trip To Germany on Soil Health

Transatlantic Dialogue on Soil Health & Nutrient Management

The second part of the Soil Health and Nutrient Management program will take a delegation of 20 farm leaders from Illinois and Iowa on a study trip to Germany. The discussions started at the Farmer’s Roundtables in February 2015 will be continued and expanded upon as the select participants will meet with German farmers, agribusiness professionals and government officials for knowledge exchange and networking.

The 5-day trip aims to establish a dialogue between American and German farmers to discuss innovative agricultural methods to conserve soil health and prevent nutrient runoff. Mutual understanding with regard to different types of crops, fertilizers, and pesticides used in the U.S. and Germany will be pursued in the interest of reducing trade barriers.

During the trip, both proven and innovative cultivation and nutrient management techniques will be explored through site visits and meetings with German farm leaders and agricultural researchers. The trip will also include exclusive meetings with trade representatives from the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, among others. Last but not least, participants will be able to enjoy German culture, hospitality, and traditional cuisine and brews.

The experience and knowledge gained on the trip will help empower participants to continue and expand their leadership role within their local farming community.

For more information, please contact program manager Corinna Jess, jess(at)


August 17 - 21, 2015

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Corinna Jess
Director, Consulting Services & Trade Missions
Tel.: +1 (312) 665-0976
Email: jess(at)

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