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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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Demonstration Farms for Integrated Pest Management
Date:
09.01.18

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The National Action Plan on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides (NAP) was adopted by the Federal Government on 10 April 2013 in line with paragraph 4 of the German Plant Protection Act. The NAP aims to further reduce the risks that may result from the use of plant protection products. The main focus is on limiting the use of chemical pesticides to the necessary minimum, thus avoiding unnecessary application. At the same time, use of non-chemical measures shall be promoted. Additional costs occuring through integrated plant protection measures, such as monitoring and non-chemical alternatives or preventive measures, can be partly compensated by cost savings for unnecessary pesticide applications.

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Zwei Wildschweine zwischen Baumstämmen

Ques­tions and An­swers on African Swine Fever (ASF)

African swine fever (ASF) is a severe viral infection which exclusively affects pigs (domestic and feral pigs) and is fatal to them. The disease does not pose a risk to human health. ASF has to-date never occurred in Germany. An incursion of ASF into Germany would have severe implications for the animals as well as for the economy. An incursion into the wild boar population would be critical, since possibilities to control the disease are limited.

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Kuh mit Horn

Fed­er­al Min­is­ter Schmidt Presents Live­stock Hus­bandry Strat­e­gy

Livestock husbandry in Germany has a future. This is made clear by the current Livestock Husbandry Strategy issued by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The strategy maps out the path for livestock husbandry that can face the future and is sustainable, giving farmers the necessary planning security and improving livestock-farming conditions across a broad front.

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Fed­er­al Min­is­ter Schmidt signs Eu­ro­pean Soy Dec­la­ra­tion

Fourteen European ministers committed to growing more protein crops in their countries. The so-called European Soy Declaration was signed on the sidelines of the Agriculture Council in Brussels.

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Christian Schmidt

"Farmers must be at the heart of society."

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