Transatlantic Agricultural Dialogue

The Transatlantic Agricultural Dialogue is an exchange program for German and American farmers. The program provides platforms for professional dialogue and allows farmers to better understand international markets, exchange practical ideas, and form international contacts and friendships.

Despite living in different countries and farming under different conditions and regulatory frameworks, farmers in America and Germany face surprisingly similar challenges, including public acceptance, regulations, farm succession and changing commodity prices.

Upcoming Programs

April 2019: Study Trip to Germany on Direct Marketing

  • From April 8 to 12, 2019, GACC Midwest will travel through Bavaria with up to 20 selected representatives of American agriculture. The focus will be on direct marketing of agricultural products. This is an opportunity for farmers all over the world to increase the value of their own products and to protect themselves against fluctuations in international markets.

How to Get Involved

Are you looking to position your organization more internationally? Have you ever wondered about the reasons behind European trade regulations on agricultural products? Do you want to know how farmers work and live in Germany?

The Transatlantic Agricultural Dialogue is a convenient and affordable way to supply your organization and farmers with first-hand market intelligence. We will co-host a round table at your location and take care of getting the right foreign farming professionals there to get the transatlantic exchange started.

Subsequently, you get the chance to take your members on a week-long study trip abroad for hands-on knowledge exchange with local farmers, regulators and agribusinesses.

For details, please see our sponsorship agreement.

Please contact us to discuss topics for the exchange you are particularly interested in and the time frame you’d like to become involved in.

Past Programs

Direct Marketing

Direct Marketing

In November 2018, GACC Midwest held round tables in Des Moines, IA and Bloomington, IL. It was highlighted that direct marketing lives through - and is driven by - the economic thinking of farmers. Instead of there being a generic solution, the farmer should consciously look for opportunities in their own region, network and on their own farm.

Consumer Engagement

Consumer Engagement

GACC Midwest's Consumer Engagement program fostered discussion of best practices for engaging consumers and addressing the public’s questions about food production. We support farmers in improving communication with the consumer, since it is every farmer’s commitment to provide safe, healthy food for every table.

A group of about a dozen German social media-savvy farmers traveled through Illinois, Indiana and Iowa to visit farms and other sites of interest. Three workshops for both German and US farmers took place over the course of the week to discuss how to re-establish agriculture in the midst of our society.

Smart Farming

Smart Farming

In recent years, agricultural production processes have fundamentally changed. Intelligent, interlinked farming applications are increasingly prevailing, both in arable and livestock farming. The program Smart Farming Technologies fostered a knowledge exchange between farmers and experts from important technology locations throughout Germany and the US.

In roundtable discussions and during the study trip to Germany, GACC Midwest - along with partners - discussed how smart farming technologies contribute to the future livelihood and of farmers in America and Germany alike.

Future of Family Farms

Future of Family Farms

Developing a succession plan for a family farm operation is not an easy task. Both in the US and Germany, farm families face similar challenges when it comes to maintaining tradition in the long-term. Despite different regulations and incentives, it can be equally hard for young farmers to take over an operation and even harder to build one from the ground up.

The Program The Future of Family Farms established a dialogue between farmers from the US and Germany to discuss ways to maintain family farming traditions in both countries. During a series of roundtables and a corresponding study trip to Germany, discussions targeted the challenges related to planning and how to encourage young people to choose farming as a career.

Organic Food

Organic Food

In partnership with the Organic Trade Association and Organic Valley, with support by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the roundtables connected farmers and other agribusiness professionals with their counterparts from Germany to discuss the global growing demand for organic trade.

The Farmer's Roundtables were the kick-off events for a transatlantic dialogue between representatives of the American and German organic food industry. The dialogue continued with a trip to Germany focusing on interested organic growers, other agribusiness and trade professionals.

“The Transatlantic Dialogue offered unprecedented mutual access to German and American agriculture at the highest levels. The conversations, understandings and relationships we developed over several days are critically important in today’s global agricultural market.”

Lyle Benjamin
Treasurer, Montana Grain Growers Association