I wanted to extend to you a special invitation to participate in the upcoming TransAtlantic Dialogue on Direct Marketing of ag products that will be held at the Iowa Farm Bureau offices at 5400 University Avenue, West Des Moines, Iowa on November 3, 2018. The Dialogue will take place from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.
There is no cost to participate in the program. You can register to participate below.
This initiative brings together representatives of the German and U.S. agricultural sectors for knowledge exchange and network building, with the intention of reducing trade barriers between Germany and the United States.
The workshop opens a dialogue between American and German experts on Direct Marketing in Agriculture. We will discuss programs that are working in Iowa and in Germany as well as share issues that farmers face in direct marketing in both countries. In addition, we will have a discussion of current trade issues between the US and Germany (and the EU) and have an update on what is happening in trade discussions. We invite everyone to join us for this dialogue event.
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy supports this program through the European Recovery Program (ERP). Active exchange between American and German agriculture professionals in the context of this initiative will form professional and emotional bonds at the corporate and personal levels. We hope that you will share your experiences and insights gathered at this event with your fellow farmers, coworkers, friends, and family.
The Iowa Farm Bureau has been a cooperator with the German-American Chamber of Commerce, Midwest in the TransAtlantic Dialogue series for 4 years. Prior dialogues have focused on soil health and conservation, dairy industry, family farms, and consumer engagement with agriculture.
TransAtlantic Dialogue on Direct Marketing
Iowa Farm Bureau offices, 5400 University Avenue, West Des Moines, IA
Saturday, Nov 3, 2018
8:30 am: Registration (Pastries, fruit & beverages)
9:00 am Welcome statements
Corinna Jess, German-American Chamber of Commerce
9:05 am Direct Marketing Panel Discussion
Paul Ovrom, State Horticulturalist, IDALS
Greg Rinehart, Farmer and long time Farmer’s Market Participant
Florian Kraus, Bavaria, Germany farmer
Johannes Paas, North Rhine-Westphalia
10:45 am Break
11:00 am US-EU (Germany) Trade panel
David Miller, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
Markus Brill, Counselor Minister for Agriculture, German Embassy in Washington DC
12:30 pm Conclusion and end of roundtable
Info on German speakers:
Degree in agriculture, Chairman of the local village farming community
Johannes Paas leads the family farm in the eight generation, which exists since 1753. The farm currently consists of approximately 1000 acres of land. His crop mainly consists of canola, wheat, barley, rye and sugar beet. The farm supplies a local brewery with barley. Horses have a long history on the farm, which is why they currently breed, host and train horses in addition to the crops.
Studied in Soost
Provides manure disposal services for the county
Participates in a local farmers market with 10,000 visitors
Degree in Agriculture
34 year old pork and crops farmer from Bavaria. Has around 250 suckling pigs that are marketed directly
Markus Brill is the Minister Counselor for Agriculture at the German Embassy to the US in Washington DC
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