McCloy Fellows in Agriculture
Brandon Moore, a North Carolina livestock farmer and waste management specialist, was selected to be part of the prestigious McCloy Fellows in Agriculture program in 2013, which sent him on a three-week trip to Germany.
The program gives American farmers the opportunity to get an up-close look at agriculture, farms and food, including conditions and policies, with their transatlantic counterparts.
The Nash County farmer and member of North Carolina Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors says he has seen diversity of farming throughout the United States, but visiting Germany was an amazing opportunity for him to understand agriculture from a greater perspective, as well as to exchange ideas and information.
“I have a great interest in innovations of manure management and animal husbandry practices,” Moore says. “I know that many livestock production methods originated in Germany years ago. It was interesting to see how changes in animal housing, water usage and environmental regulation have affected their livestock operations.”
One of the main things he learned from German farmers that he felt he could bring home is transparency on the farm.
“They wanted to let the public see what was happening on the farms,” he says. “Some even had web cams in the livestock facility.” He adds that the trip made him realize the importance for himself and other American farmers to educate the public about modern agricultural practices and their benefits.
– Rachel Bertone