Educational Exchange

Washington, D.C. Educational Fellowship Program

The Washington, D.C. Educational Fellowship Program (also known as D.C. Exchange) is organized and hosted by the Ag Leadership Alumni Council. It brings together government representatives – from congressional staff to federal agency employees – for an in-depth and significant learning opportunity.

The goal is to educate D.C.-based decision makers about current issues and complex challenges facing California’s farmers and ranchers, as well as foster open communication between those producing our food and fiber with federal entities. More than 400 individuals have participated since the D.C. Exchange began in 1982.

Leave the Beltway behind and explore California agriculture up close and personal.

As a participant in this program, you will join up to 20 people to travel for one week to a designated region of California and take part in issues-based activities and hands-on agricultural experiences. One-on-one talks, small group discussions, expert panels and site visits will enhance your learning of priority topics that might include water, crop protection, trade, environment, inspection and surveillance, farm worker housing, food safety, immigration, imports/exports and transportation. In addition, you will get a valuable personal view of farming and ranching by staying with farm families.