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DLG partners with the IFAJ for its 2016 Congress

Farming journalists from around the world will visit Germany from 13th – 17th July – The theme for the IFAJ 2016 Congress is Sustainable Agriculture Made in Germany – DLG will partner the event and host a tour at its International Crop Production Center

FRANKFURT/MAIN, Germany, June 30, 2016 – DLG (German Agricultural Society) will be one of the partners supporting the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) Annual Congress, which takes place this year in Germany. The event alternates between IFAJ member countries, and takes on a theme chosen by the host nation. The focus at this year’s Congress, which will be based in Bonn and takes place from 13th – 17th July, is Agriculture Made in Germany, with an emphasis on sustainability.

The 2016 Congress, which will gather agricultural journalists from more than 40 countries, will start with a pre-congress tour taking participants to the German capital of Berlin and the surrounding region. Following various presentations on bioenergy, the participants will visit DLG’s International Crop Production Center (IPZ) in Bernburg-Strenzfeld, about 65 km north-west of Leipzig, in Saxony-Anhalt.

Covering around 650 hectares, this DLG facility conducts applied research on various trial plots, and is currently carrying out experiments on irrigation, tillage, crop rotations and fertilizer management. The focus areas of the center address the central challenges faced by agriculture and play a key role in sustainable, forward-looking and competitive agriculture – supporting DLG’s mandate, which is to promote progress in farming.

Congress participants will then travel onto Bonn and the formal part of the event, which begins with a day of high-level presentations addressing the topic “Sustainable Agriculture made in Germany”. Expected speakers include: Germany’s Federal Agriculture Minister, Christian Schmidt; the CEO of Bayer CropScience, Dr. Helmut Schramm; the Chairman of the Federal Organic Food Industry (BÖLW), Felix Prinz zu Löwenstein; the Chairman of the DLG-Test Center for Technology and Farm Inputs, and Vice President of DLG e.V., Hubertus Paetow; and Professor Dr. Ralf Pude from the University of Bonn and Hanka Mittelstädt, Business farmer. Dr. Schulze Pals, Editor of Top Agrar, will be moderating the discussions.

The following two days feature a choice of farm visits that will provide participants with an up-close and personal view of the region’s agricultural economy. The journalists will be taken to typical mountain regions in and around Bonn and Cologne, as well as visiting farms in the Münsterland, Rhineland-Palatinate and both sides of the Rhine River.

Representatives from the DLG will be in attendance throughout the five-day 2016 IFAJ event, which will end with a choice of post-congress tours that will show participants even more aspects of Germany’s agricultural industry.
About DLG
DLG, the German Agricultural Society, is a not-for-profit organisation based in Frankfurt, Germany. One of its key objectives is to promote international agricultural knowledge across countries and the society organises a range of agricultural exhibitions throughout the world including Agritechnica, the largest agricultural exhibition of agri-machinery, and EuroTier, the leading exhibition in the world for livestock technology. A world-renowned and largest independent test centre also forms an important part of the DLG’s activities as well as an agriculture competence centre staffed by full-time experts. With subsidiaries in several agricultural countries, DLG has a large network of international farming experts.
About IFAJ
The IFAJ is a non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association with membership covering 41 countries that embrace freedom of the press. IFAJ serves current members and reaches out to new member countries in South America, Asia and developing nations.  
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Malene Conlong
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Email: m.conlong@dlg.org


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