Monday, October 28, 2013
American McCloy tour participants pictured left to right in
front of the German DVB headquarters in Berlin: Wastweet,
Moore, Young, Sheaffer.
You can follow the daily journal of activities of the team in
Germany by clicking here.
The Amercian group left Munich for home on Sunday, the 27th of
October, wrapping up an intensive 21-day study tour of
Germany. The group did an excellent job of documenting their
tour, and you can click here to read the details.
Reading their journal may entice you to want to participate in next
IFB's Peggy Romba provided these details about the program and
will be working with candidates from Illinois for next year's
American McCloy Fellows in agriculture receive an up-close look
at agricultural, farm, and food-supply conditions across the
Atlantic. Past American agricultural fellows have visited the
European Union in Brussels, former East German cooperatives that
have been converted into modern corporations, and various regions
with diverse agricultural practices.
Each year, the American Council on Germany (ACG) invites AFBF
and DBV (the German farmers' association) each to nominate four
candidates from their respective countries to be considered for a
21-day agricultural study tour. In each case, state organizations
and staff cooperate in the planning of a meaningful itinerary for
the fellows. Fellows meet with fellowship alumni, policy makers and
agricultural experts while acquainting themselves with the
practices, challenges and solutions of their peers. This year
the four German fellows visited Illinois, New York, Arizona, and
Florida during their stay.
This year, the McCloy Fellowships in Agriculture provided
transatlantic round-trip airfare, approved inter-city travel, and a
daily stipend of $200 to cover housing, meals, and other local
transportation. After the trip, fellows must submit a written
report to the ACG and AFBF. The exact dates of the tour are
determined by the participants as a group, but travel will occur
between September and November each year.
Candidates are nominated by state Farm Bureau presidents to the
AFBF president. The AFBF president selects nominees to forward to
the ACG, which makes the final selection. Nominees must be Farm
Bureau members or staff with outstanding leadership qualifications
and preferably between 28 and 40 years of age. The state nomination
should include the candidate's application, a one-page
autobiography, and a cover letter outlining personal and
professional reasons for interest in the fellowship. Only one
nomination per state, per year is allowed. The application process
typically begins in February.
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