Study Trip to Germany on the Future of Family Farms
A Transatlantic Dialogue on the Future of Family Farms
Developing a succession plan for a family farm operation is not an easy task. Both in the US and in Germany, farm families are facing similar challenges when it comes to maintaining this tradition in the long-term. Despite different regulations and incentives, it can be equally hard for young farmers in the US and Germany to take over an operation and even harder to build one from the ground up.
The Program The Future of Family Farms aims to establish a dialogue between farmers from the US and Germany to talk about ways to keep family farming traditions alive in both countries. During a series of roundtables and a corresponding study trip to Germany, discussions will target the challenges related to planning and what it takes to make more young people want to farm.
Study Trip to Germany
This study trip starts on Sunday evening, March 12th 2017 in Munich and ends on Friday evening, March 17th, 2017 also in Munich. It will take up to 20 farmers and other agriculture representatives to Germany to continue and expand upon the discussions that started at the Farmers Roundtables in December 2016.
During the 5-day trip, participants will have ample opportunity to visit and speak with German farmers, farming associations, policy makers and other key stakeholders that are working on keeping the family farm tradition alive in Germany. The goal is to exchange ideas and to find solutions to common challenges that family farms face on both sides of the Atlantic. The program also aims to create lasting connections and nurture future exchanges between farmers in the US and Germany.
Please contact program manager Corinna Jess for questions and feedback.