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Applications for the U.S.-German Forum Future Agriculture Programme 2023are now open. Both Germany and the United States are central to shaping a more resilient agricultural future. Both countries face similar challenges, but a better mutual understanding of different agricultural practices and standards is needed to provide joint global leadership in shaping the future of agriculture.

The U.S.-German Forum Future Agriculture, led by the Aspen Institute Germany, together with implementing partner, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, addresses precisely this need by bringing together German and U.S. farmers and key agricultural stakeholders from research and business. Through the exchange of experiences, the opportunity to visit best practices on-site, and the establishment of new transatlantic networks, this project will promote innovative approaches for the future of agriculture and rural areas.

Programme Outline

The project will give participants the opportunity to engage with international peers and other leaders in the field and shape the transatlantic dialogue on agriculture  during in-person and virtual programming, to include:

  • Interactive virtual sessions between March and July 2023 (approximately 11 hours total)
  • A 5-day in-person meeting (travel time to and from the meeting included) in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois in June/July 2023
  • Collaboration on a joint publication to be released in September 2023
  • A virtual closing event in September 2023

Benefits

  • During the programme, participants will learn more about agricultural practices and policies in each other’s countries, conduct site visits to see best practices and innovative solutions on the ground, and explore opportunities for transatlantic collaboration.
  • Participants are expected to actively contribute to the development of concrete recommendations for decision-makers in politics, business, and the field itself, which will be published and presented in a final closing event.
  • All costs for participation will be covered by the project.

Eligibility

Applicants for this exchange programme must:

  • be active farmers and/or work in agriculture-related business, politics, research, etc.
  • have at least 3 years of experience in the field of agriculture.
  • be able to actively participate in all components of the virtual and in-person exchange.
  • be able to participate in the development and publication of recommendations in the form of a publication and a final event.
  • have an interest in transatlantic exchange and the topic of climate and agriculture.
  • have sufficient knowledge of English.
  • German applicants should live and work in the eastern part of Germany (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Sachsen, Thüringen).
  • U.S. applicants should live and work in the Corn Belt (Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio).

Application

To apply, send a CV or resume in English by email to Katja Greeson at greeson@aspeninstitute.de. Applications should be submitted by November 28, 2022.

For more information, visit U.S.-German Forum Future Agriculture.

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