Thursday, October 10, 2013
American McCloy tour participants pictured left to right in
front of the German DVB headquarters in Berlin: Wastweet,
Moore, Young, Sheaffer.
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team in Germany and highlights of the German Team in the U.S by clicking here.
It has been a very busy week for the U.S. group on the German
Study Tour. This week's schedule included:
On deck for Friday is a visit to food processing facilities near
Hanover and dinner with local farmers.
While the U.S. participants are learning in Europe, German Ag
Professionals are in the U.S. Last week the German group got
a first-hand look at the inner-workings of a modern U.S. hog farm
during a McLean County tour. Pat Bane, a hog farmer from
Arrowsmith in McLean County and member of the Illinois Farm Bureau
and Illinois Pork Producers Association, hosted the tour as part of
the McCloy Fellowship, an exchange program for American and German
Astrid Rewerts, an ag professional from Berlin and a member of
the German Farm Federation, said European farmers face a lot of
pressure from non-government organizations and activist groups.
They also deal with similar issues, such as animal disease and high
"It's good to know American farmers face similar problems we're
facing," Rewerts said. "We can get ideas (on the McCloy program
tour) of how American farmers cope."
The German visitors also learned more about biotechnology during
a tour of Monsanto near St. Louis and about ag markets during a
tour of the Chicago Board of Trade.
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