"Understanding Farming"

Germany, the land of engineering ingenuity and industry, has at the same time always remained a country with a strong agricultural sector. Despite a high population density, half of the land in Germany is farmed. Around one million people, working in approximately 285,000 agricultural enterprises, produce more than 50 billion Euros’ worth of goods a year.



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Reducing risks & creating confidence - The German National Action Plan on Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products

Cover Brochure 'Reducing risks & creating confidence'

Plant Protection products are subject to strict legal registration procedures. In order to ensure that plant protection is always executed on a high level of security and with protection for humans, animals, and the environment in mind, sale and application of plant protection products, user’s certificate of expertise, and functionality of technical equipment are legally regulated. Regardless of those efforts, any sustainable use of plant protection products still has potential for improvement which is addressed by this National Action Plan. Emphasis is given to more risk reduction when applying or handling plant protection products.

As of: June 2015




Harvesting of cereals with combine harvester and tractor

Federal Ministry of Agriculture presents the 2015 Harvest Report

The German cereal and rapeseed harvest has generated average yields this year. This is demonstrated by the current harvest statement of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.

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Ministers Schmidt and Ananias signing the memorandum

Fed­er­al Min­is­ter Schmidt gar­ners sup­port for the cul­ti­va­tion of GM-free soy dur­ing trip to South Amer­i­ca

On 20 August 2015, Federal Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt took part in the first German-Brazilian intergovernmental consultations in Brasília, headed by Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel. Further stops on his South America visit were made in Uruguay and Argentina.

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Federal minister
Christian Schmidt

"Farmers must be at the heart of society."

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