"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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Forests: Real all-rounders - Nature sculpted by foresters

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We Germans love our forests: from the Black Forest, the Alps, the Harz Mountains, the island of Rügen in Northern Germany, the Palatine Forest, the Eifel region and the Rhön region up to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains - forests shape not only our culture but also the face of our homeland everywhere.

Forests are much more than just cultivated landscape or a source of inspiration for artists. They are an excellent means of mitigating against climate change: the sustainable management of forests and use of wood products helps to reduce greenhouse gases and to achieve our climate change objectives. At the same time, our forests are home to many protected animals and plants. They also offer work and income to many people, in particular in rural regions. More than 55 million people go into forests at least once a year - to get some exercise or just to take a walk. I too can catch my breath and relax in forests. Put simply: our forests are true all-round talents.

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Julia Klöckner assumes office as the new Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier appointed Julia Klöckner from Rhineland-Palatinate as the new Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture in Berlin today.

Upon assuming office, she said: "I am delighted to assume the position of Minister of Food and Agriculture. The Ministry of Agriculture is the 'Ministry of Life'. It addresses day-to-day topics and topics that play a key role in our lives. It deals with food and drink, nature and creation, animal welfare and key services for the population. Our topics affect each and every one of us. I want to focus on consumer health protection, healthy diets, appreciation of food and its producers, the integrity of creation, animal welfare, a modern agricultural sector and the future of the green professions. One demanding challenge will be the further development of the Common Agricultural Policy towards a market-oriented and sustainable agricultural sector that is less bureaucratic and more efficient. I consider it important that we support a nationwide, family-run agriculture in Germany."

Julia Klöckner comes from a wine-growing family in Guldental/Nahe. Between 2009 and 2011 she was Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture. Between 2002 and 2011, the 45-year-old political scientist, theologian and educator was a Member of the German Bundestag for the constituencies of Bad Kreuznach and Birkenfeld. Her work during this time also included serving as a member of the Agricultural Committee. In 2012, she became Chair of the parliamentary group of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the Land parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate. Julia Klöckner is a trained journalist and has worked inter alia, as the editor-in-chief of a wine magazine.

Michael Stübgen, Member of the German Bundestag (MdB), and Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, Member of the German Bundestag (MdB), will be the Parliamentary State Secretaries to the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture.

Dr Onko Aeikens will remain State Secretary.

Impressions from Federal Minister Julia Klöckner taking office

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Federal Minister Klöckner is sworn in at the Bundestag


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