Michelle Klieger is the founder and president of Stratagerm Consulting, an agricultural and business consulting firm, located outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Michelle has worked in throughout the food and agriculture sector for more than a decade. As an economist and a business consultant, she has worked with specialty meat companies, the global seed industry, vertical farmers, and organic companies selling livestock and grain. She also has an extensive policy and regulatory experience from her 15 years living and work in Washington, D.C.
While working in D.C., Michelle was able to travel the world, helping industry leaders manage and grow their global businesses. Agriculture is a global business, with food production and food security being important to every country in the world. She has spoken at workshops, meetings, and conferences in the United States, Asia, and South America, logging hundreds of thousands of miles on airplanes. At each of these events, Michelle has tried to learn about the local industry and learn from different industry standards around the world, giving her clients new solutions and insights.
Michelle is a conservationist at heart. Her goal has always been to grow more food on less land, so there is more land available for wildlife. This journey has taught her about global food trade, improved seed varieties, and now indoor farming. Michelle helps indoor farmers select better seeds to improve quality and yield. These indoor systems use less land and less water than traditional field farming and the veggies only travel a few miles before they arrive on your plate.
Since starting Stratagerm Consulting, Michelle has become a prolific writer. To date, she has been published by more than two dozen online and print publications. She writes about agriculture technology, international trade, economics, and the challenges of starting her own business. Last January, Michelle started Goods & Services, an online publication, where she services as the editor to a growing staff of writers. In June, Michelle took many of the themes covered in Goods & Services and published her first ebook on the U.S.-China trade war, titled, The Demise of Free Trade: The U.S.-China Trade War Explained. One year into the trade war with China, this book tries to shed light on what is happening and why there is no end in sight.
Running a business has been a winding process. Her newest endeavor is teaching Introduction to Microeconomics at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Michelle loves teaching basic economic principals in Goods & Services and is excited about formalizing this process for a great university that teaches students interested in business, finance, and economics.
In addition to her diverse business experience, Michelle holds a Masters in Agriculture Economics from Purdue University & an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. She also has a Bachelors in Animal Sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Michelle lives in Natick, Massachusetts with her husband, 2-year old daughter, and Goldendoodle. She loves any excuse to be outside. This includes gardening, grilling, or adventures at the local playground with the entire family.
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