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M c C L O Y F E L L O W S H I P I N A G R I C U LT U R E S t u d y To u r i n G e r m a n y

The McCloy Fellowship in Agriculture is an exchange program for promising American and German leaders. The agricultural fellowship enables four Fellows from each country to swap sides of the Atlantic for 21 days to broaden their sights and build transatlantic relationships. Fellows meet with fellowship alumni, policy makers, and agricultural experts while acquainting themselves with the practices, challenges and solutions of their peers. McCloy Fellows in Agriculture receive an up-close look at agricultural, farm and food-supply conditions across the Atlantic. They develop a greater ability to analyze how issues affect farmers in the U.S. and abroad. The more Farm Bureau members and staff understand the advantages and challenges in other countries, the better they will understand the global context in which U.S. agriculture operates. This program helps to develop U.S. agricultural professionals who can contribute a broader perspective to the agricultural debate.

Why Become a Fellow? The McCloy program enables you to see how farmers in another part of the world do business, to become intimately familiar with agriculture in Europe, and to compare best practices. In the process, you have the opportunity to create lasting friendships, both among the group of Fellows traveling together and with the Fellowship alumni and others you meet in Germany. Fellows typically travel to several major German cities, including Berlin, as well as rural areas that show the diversity, the history and the potential of German agriculture. Past Fellows have visited the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, to gain insights into the European Union and the impact of its agricultural policy. While you take in the sights—whether worldfamous landmarks or family farms that are off the beaten path—you gain a deeper understanding not only of German farming but also of German government, economics and culture.

How Does It Work? Annually, the American Council on Germany (ACG) invites the Deutscher Bauernverband (German Farm Organization) and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) to nominate four candidates from each of the two countries to be considered for a 21-day agricultural tour. In each case, state organizations and staff cooperate in the planning of a meaningful itinerary for the Fellows. A per diem of $200 is provided to each Fellow for the duration of the program, and the ACG covers all transportation costs. After the trip, each Fellow 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.

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Nominations and Selection Candidates are nominated by state Farm Bureau presidents to the AFBF president. Nominees must be Farm Bureau members or staff with outstanding leadership qualifications and preferably between 28 and 40 years of age. Applications are mailed to states by mid-February of each year and are due back to AFBF by the end of March. The state nomination should include the candidate’s completed application, a cover letter indicating reason for interest, an autobiography, a personal resume or vitae, and a letter of nomination from the state president. Only one nomination per state, per year is allowed. The AFBF president selects nominees to forward to the ACG, which makes the final selection.

General Timeline Announcement letter and applications mailed to state presidents


State Farm Bureau submits nomination

End of March

AFBF president makes selections


Confirm nominees’ agreement to participate

End of April

ACG accepts and notifies nominees


Participants travel (3 weeks)

Sept. to Nov.

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The McCloy Fellowship broadened my view of agriculture as a global industry, while at the same time opening my eyes to the common themes and challenges shared by agricultural producers around the world. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience German farming, culture and hospitality with my three fellow American agriculturalists.” — Kelli Ludlum, 2011 Fellow (AFBF)

I felt like we were able to experience a wonderful part of the German culture in living and breathing their agricultural endeavors for three weeks. It was an honor to be a part of the program, and I have no doubt that the McCloy Fellowship in Agriculture strengthens ties between two great organizations and two great countries.” — Jeff Sutton, 2010 Fellow (Kansas)

The intimate visits we had with local farmers in various regions would be impossible to recreate in any other format. This fellowship allowed us access to information and people I never would have had the opportunity to experience otherwise. I now have a more thorough understanding of international agriculture and a better understanding of influences on American agriculture.” — Sarah Wilson, 2010 Fellow (North Dakota )

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