"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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Beans, Peas & Co.

Cover of the brochure Beans, Peas & Co.

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture's Protein-Crop Strategy for promoting the cultivation of pulses in Germany





GF­FA 2017: 9th Berlin Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ters' Con­fer­ence adopts com­mu­niqué on "Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter - Key to Feed­ing the World"

At the 9th Berlin Agriculture Ministers' Conference, 83 countries undertook to lobby for sustainable stewardship of water. At the world's largest meeting of agriculture ministers, they agreed on an ambitious GFFA final communiqué and presented it to FAO Director-General Graziano da Silva.

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Minister Schmidt presents Green Paper

Min­is­ter Schmidt presents Green Pa­per

On 30 December 2016, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt presented the Green Paper on Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas. The contents: the guiding principles underpinning the future food and agricultural policies.

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Ausschnitt aus der Flyer-Visualisierung: Stilisierte Landschaft mit Wiese, Meer, Bergen, Kühen, Wolken, Himmel sowie ein Gemeindeamt mit Menschen davor.

Pro­mot­ing en­gage­ment for the in­te­gra­tion of refugees

Many rural regions in Germany offer good opportunities for the integration of refugees likely to remain in the country in the long term. Solidarity in a village community can give people who had to leave their homeland the courage to make a new start and provide them with social support. In the face of demographic change, integrating these new neighbours also opens up new opportunities for the regions themselves – successful integration is to the benefit of everyone.

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Federal Minister Christian Schmidt

Agree­ment reached on 2017 catch quo­tas for the North Sea

At the EU Council of Agriculture Ministers' meeting held in Brussels on 12 and 13 December, the European Fisheries Ministers agreed on the total allowable catches (TACs) and the catch quotas for 2017. This concerns in particular the fish stocks of the North Sea and the North East Atlantic.

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Federal minister
Christian Schmidt

"Farmers must be at the heart of society."

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