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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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Pan-European research on organic farming to be continued

European research on central issues concerning organic farming shall be continued until 2018. Given the fact that the so-called Core Organic Programme was extended, eleven new research projects were started in spring 2015, each of which researchers from at least three different European countries shall jointly work on.

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Research in sustainable and resilient agriculture

Increased demands for food, renewable energy and raw materials from biomass are among the “Great Challenges” for the 21st century. Based on the vision of a European bioeconomy 21 countries are now calling for research that can provide a sustainable intensification of agricultural production.

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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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Model Project "Demonstration Farms Integrated Plant Protection"

Consequent implementation of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies on farm level is an important aspect of Germany's National Action Plan for sustainable use of plant protection agents/pesticides. National Action Plans (NAP) establish a regulatory environment in EU member states which promotes and enforces IPM strategies in farming.

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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).

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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

Within the framework of EU rules and regulations on organic farming, the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) assumes various tasks.

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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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