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Agriculture Policy and Resource Scarcity

The war in Ukraine has sent shockwaves to the already struggling agricultural industry. From climate change to a lack of biodiversity, to economic strains, from trade wars to farming and supply chains have taken center stage in both the United States and Europe. Launching in the late fall, the ACG’s Leadership Mission on Agriculture Policy and Resource Scarcity will give German and American agriculture experts and practitioners an in-depth look at agricultural policies, farm, and food-supply conditions on their respective sides of the Atlantic. This program will bring small delegations to Germany and the United States to better understand how their transatlantic counterparts are tackling common challenges.

Through the generous support of The Halle Foundation, the American Council on Germany is currently seeking applications from young professionals working in the agricultural/farming industry who live and work in the state of Georgia for a one-week program to Germany. The ACG will arrange meetings with individuals within the agriculture industry including policymakers and agricultural experts while acquainting themselves with the practices, challenges, and solutions of their peers. Participants will travel as a group to two or three cities, including Berlin, during the Mission to receive a behind-the-scenes look at the issues being addressed by their transatlantic counterparts.

Scheduled to take place from November 6 to 12, 2022, the American cohort will travel to Berlin and surrounding areas. The ACG will cover all program-related expenses such as travel, accommodations, and meals. The total estimated per participant value of the program is over $6,000.

Upon completing the travel, participants are required to submit an analytical report which reflects the findings from the Mission.  Reports will be published by the American Council on Germany.  Participants are also asked to share their experiences with their larger community through virtual and in-person events.

Through this program, the ACG will engage a new younger generation in transatlantic relations, helping to preserve the future of the German-American partnership.

Application Deadline is August 1, 2022

Candidates for the leadership mission must:

  • Live and work in the state of Georgia.
  • Be in the relatively early stages of their career.
  • Have a minimum of five years of relevant, full-time work experience.
  • Demonstrate a track record of outstanding professional performance.
  • Have a sincere commitment to furthering the transatlantic relationship.
  • Must be fully vaccinated by date of departure.

To apply, please submit:

  • A one- to two-page personal statement outlining why you are interested in participating in this program.
  • A current resume or CV.
  • Two letters of recommendation.