Algerian Cochran Fellows Meet with U.S. Beef and Dairy Exporters

The Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) at U.S. Embassy Algiers sent 9 Algerian dairy professionals on a two-week trip to the U.S through the 2019 Cochran Fellowship Program.

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran created the Cochran Program in 1984 to provide training for middle-income and emerging market countries. The program objectives are to provide high-quality training resulting in knowledge and skills that assist countries in developing agricultural systems necessary to meet food needs and strengthen trade linkages and agricultural interests. The Cochran Fellowship Program is open to agribusinesses, government departments, universities, and other agricultural organizations.  Applicants may be managers, technicians, scientists, specialists, professors, administrators, and/or policy makers.

The objective of the Dairy Production & Genetics program held in Wisconsin from September 29 to October 13, 2018 was to assist Algerian beef and dairy farmers with improved herd genetics, strengthened livestock management practices and increased capacity for beef and dairy production. Fellows had the opportunity to visit the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin and meet with U.S. exporters of beef and dairy products, live cattle and genetics.

The Cochran Fellowship Program has provided U.S.-based training for over 18,000 international participants from 126 countries worldwide and for 190 participants from Algeria. For more information on the program, please visit: https://www.fas.usda.gov/programs/cochran-fellowship-program

The U.S. Office of Agricultural Affairs in Algiers invites you to propose training topics for the 2020 training cycle.  Please send your suggestions to AgAlgiers@fas,usda.gov by May 31, 2019. Once program topics are finalized, the Office of Agricultural Affairs will publish a recruiting announcement on the U.S. Embassy Algiers website.