December 10, 2020
CLEVELAND, OH – Today, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and Cargill convened an Executive Roundtable event, featuring former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman and Cargill’s Don Camden, Regional Commercial Leader for Agriculture Supply Chain, with participation from dozens of elected officials, community leaders, and business and non-profit executives in the Cleveland area.
The virtual event focused on America’s agriculture and international affairs programs and the critical role they play in strengthening American global leadership and helping to create jobs, feed the hungry, and reduce poverty across Ohio and around the world.
“With 1,481 Cargill employees across Ohio, the wellbeing and safety of those employees, their families and communities are a priority to our company. That is why we are partnering with nonprofits and the U.S. government on our international programs through forums like the USGLC Executive Roundtable series to make a real impact. As a global company, Cargill has a responsibility to invest in global development, to help ensure farmers have access to markets, and to move food from places of surplus to places where it is deficient,” said Michelle Grogg, Cargill’s Vice President for Corporate Responsibility. “At a time when agricultural exports are vital to sustaining local economies, supporting American jobs and nourishing people, we’re pleased to partner with the USGLC on this series to showcase how America’s leadership abroad strengthens our agricultural economy and national security.”
“What happens beyond our country’s borders directly impacts us back home – not just our health, but our security and prosperity as well, which is why investments in American’s development and diplomacy programs are all the more important, especially when it comes to agriculture,” said Dan Glickman, USGLC Senior Advisor and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. “Through these programs, American farmers are literally helping feed the world – including millions on the brink of starvation because of COVID-19 – while also supporting American businesses and creating jobs here at home.”
The event was held as part of the USGLC and Cargill’s Executive Roundtable Series, a regional initiative to spark conversations on how America’s global engagement impacts the health, economy, and security of communities across the Midwest.
The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (www.usglc.org) is a broad-based influential network of 500 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, military, and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.