The Michigan and Indiana state Farm Bureaus are sending 23 farmers and ag industry leaders on a study tour of Germany and Belgium Aug. 31 through Sept. 11, showcasing the innovation and distinctive policy attributes of north-central Europe.
Representing Michigan on the tour are:
Eight of the ten Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) participants are graduates of MFB's Professional Institute for Leadership Education (ProFILE.)
"With the skills and knowledge these individuals gained through ProFILE, they're all well-equipped to experience agriculture on a global scale," said Sarah Black, the trip coordinator and director of MFB's public policy division. "This is a group of leaders who will make the most of their opportunity to absorb the culture and characteristics of German agriculture."
In their 12 days abroad, the group will rack up hundreds of miles across northern Germany, starting in Berlin and working their way west to Hannover and Münster. They'll then hop across the Belgium border to Brussels before doubling back to conclude the trip in Frankfurt.
Along a packed agenda of visits and activities, participants will meet with farmers, government officials and agribusiness leaders to discuss topics including trade, biotechnology, renewable energy, animal welfare, dairy production and pricing standards and environmental issues.
Everyone else can follow the trip via social media; follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. MFB staff will post updates to the Michigan Farm Bureau website throughout the trip.
Sponsoring the study tour is the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, Michigan Farm Bureau and Indiana Farm Bureau.
MFB Contact: Sarah Black, director, Public Policy & Commodity Division