South Dakota Farm Bureau will be participating in a TransAtlantic Dialogue on the Future of Family Farms. The discussion will take place on December 8, 2016 from 12-5:30 p.m. at the Stoney Creek Inn in Sioux City, Iowa. The discussion is part of ongoing TransAtlantic Dialogue with the German-American Chamber of Commerce - Midwest and is free and open to the public.

Farm Bureau's from Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota are partnering to provide this event. Speakers will include panels from Germany and America discussing the future of family farms in their respective countries. The Round table will begin with a lunch followed by panel presentations and discussions. 

The tentative agenda includes:

11 a.m.




12:45 pm


Farm Bureau Leaders from Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska

Mark Schlenker, German Honorary Consul for Iowa & Nebraska (invited)

Corinna Jess, Senior Manager for Market Entry Programs & Delegations, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest

1-2 p.m. 

Bavarian/German Panel

Guenther Felssner, Farmer and VP of the Bavarian Famers Association

Andreas Ganal, Country Director of the Bavarian Young Farmers Association

2-2:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion and Q&A

3-3:45 p.m.

US Panel "Perspectives and Challenges of Young Farmers", (IA, NE, SD)

3:45 - 4 p.m.

Panel Discussion and Q&A

4:20 - 5 p.m.

"US - European Trade: Prospects for the Future"

Astrid Jakobs de Padua, Minister Counselor for Food and Agriculture, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, DC

David Miller, Director of Research and Commodity Services, Iowa Farm Bureau

5-5:30 p.m.

Wrap up discussion

To register for the lunch and discussion please follow this link

About this Initiative 

Organized by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest in partnership with Farm Bureaus in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota, this round table aims to open a dialogue between American and German representatives of Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota that continues in March 2017 during a study trip to Germany. The program is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy through the European Recovery Program (ERP). Active exchange between American and German agriculture professionals in the context of this initiative will enable professional and emotional bonds to be formed at the corporate and personal levels, which will enable, stimulate, and deepen transatlantic exchange. This round table is a part of the Transatlantic Dialogue—Agricultural Perspectives with a focus on The Future of Family Farming