The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and Cargill launched an innovative partnership to increase and amplify powerful conversations on global development and the critical role America’s agricultural economy can play in advancing U.S. interests around the globe.
Cargill will serve as Chair of USGLC’s Heartland Tour through 2020. Featuring events across 13 Midwest states, the tour is intended to spark dialogue among elected officials, community leaders, businesses, academics and nonprofits on the ways global economic engagement can lift up and inspire local communities. With 95% of the world’s consumers outside U.S. borders and the fastest-growing markets in developing countries, the tour will explore ways for America to stay competitive in the global marketplace, ensuring a level playing field for U.S. businesses.
“We are thrilled to welcome Cargill as our new Heartland Chair to bolster USGLC’s efforts to engage citizens across America’s heartland about why leading globally matters locally,” said USGLC President and CEO, Liz Schrayer. “Cargill is an innovative company that truly understands the importance of the world to local business, community and farm leaders throughout the Midwest. That’s why they will join us in forums with policymakers on both sides of the aisle— just like those we have held from Scranton, PA to Kalamazoo, MI and beyond. A heartland company with deep international development roots, Cargill can both share inspiring stories and draw powerful, local connections, making the compelling case that our work overseas strengthens our economy and our national security.”
“The Midwest has long been the agricultural and manufacturing heart of America. As our Heartland states succeed, so does the U.S. and the world succeed,” said Devry Boughner Vorwerk, Cargill Vice President of corporate affairs. “Cargill remains a steadfast advocate for open markets, allowing American farmers and farm communities to thrive as they feed the world’s families and boost their local economies.”