May is the European Month in D.C. this year. On the 10th, Every EU member state opened their doors of their embassies to the public, allowing D.C. locals and visitors to discover European cultural diversity and common heritage.
The event was a huge success. 4,300 people came to the French embassy this year. French and German departments spanning from the press to the military set up interactive stands and booths at which visitors could learn about their roles and partake in various forms of entertainment.
Perhaps the most popular destination at the French embassy was our very own Agricultural department’s stand. During the six hours of operation, we had the pleasure of exchanging with thousands of guests about Franco-American agricultural policy and the differences and similarities between them. Through quizzes, handouts and dialogue, we covered a range of topics including geographic indications (GIs), research, agricultural policies and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Overall, this event is an annual opportunity for us in the department of agriculture to pursue the same goals of this website, but in person. Needless to say, we had a blast sharing and exchanging with you on all things agriculture, and we hope you can make it next year.