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As a federal institution for public law, directly accountable to the Federal Government, the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung, BLE) conducts its operations within the scope of business of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

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BLE looks back on successful hosting of the ERFP Secretariat

The European Regional Focal Point for Animal Genetic Resources (ERFP) was initiated in 1998 and became formally operational in 2001 as the European part of FAO´s global coordination structure for animal genetic resources (AnGR).

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Horticulture in Germany – Facts and Figures

On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) has published the brochure Horticulture in Germany – Facts and Figures in English.

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Workshop participants

Establishment of a European Genebank Network for Animal Genetic Resources

On 13th/14th June 2013, a workshop on the Establishment of a European Genebank Network for Animal Genetic Resources took place in Bonn, Germany at the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE), with 30 representatives from 16 European countries participating.

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Transmissibility of novel avian influenza: GISAID database provides essential data for control strategies

The genetic sequences of the novel avian influenza A/H7N9 virus currently circulating in the Peoples Republic of China have been published by Chinese authorities in GISAID's EpiFlu™ database. These sequences help researchers across the globe to ascertain whether the virus is spreading from human to human.

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FISA: Agricultural research projects at a glance

The Information System for Agriculture and Food Research (FISA) was established in Germany in 2009. FISA aims at a better coordination of research funds and includes more than 5.000 projects to date.

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Model Project "Demonstration Farms Integrated Plant Protection"

An important aspect of Germany's National Action Plan for sustainable use of plant protection agents/pesticides is the consequent implementation of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies on farm level. This is funded by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and managed by the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE).

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Production of Sustainable Biomass

In Germany, the BLE is the competent authority for the implementation of the sustainability criteria laid down in Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (Renewable Energy Directive) and for the double counting of liquid or gaseous biofuels produced from aste, residues, cellulosic non-food-material and lignocellulosic material.

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Quality Control of Fruit and Vegetables at the BLE

The BLE controls the compliance with marketing standards of different horticultural and agricultural products, which are traded in Germany and the European Union or imported and exported. This quality control focuses on fruits and vegetables, bananas, dried grapes, hops, eggs and fishery products.

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Product Contact Point

To improve the free movement of goods within the European Union, Product Contact Points have been set up in the Member States. The purpose of these Product Contact Points is to facilitate access to the national market for economic operators of other Member States.

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Electronic Logbook Information for EU Member States

The BLE has already equipped several fishing vessels with the electronic logbook. Ships with a length of more than 24 meters have been equipped with priority. The equipment of the smaller vessels (12 m to 24 meters overall length) will be in the very near future.

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Organic Farming

The BLE supervises the implementation of the European Union's regulations for organic farming and organic food. It is also responsible for the German quality seal Bio-Siegel and for the information system organic-standards.info.

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Global Food Security and International Cooperation

The BLE intends to face the major challenges of the international community regarding food security for a growing global population. For this reason, BLE in-creases its commitment in this area and established the division "International Cooperation and Global Food Security" which pools various activities of BLE in the field of international cooperation.

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