300 guests are looking ahead
"Modern and sustainable agriculture is the backbone of our rural Uckermark region. It is a mainstay of regional added value." These were the salutatory words of Thomas Frank, managing director of Raiffeisen Uckermark GmbH & Co KG, to around 300 guests of the 14th Uckermark Farm-Dialogue.
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- The Uckermark Farm-Dialogue held by Raiffeisen Uckermark GmbH & Co KG again brought some 300 visitors to Schwedt.
In the congress and event centre of the Uckermärkischen Bühnen Schwedt, the Raiffeisen Uckermark GmbH, an AGRAVIS group company, together with the Uckermark Farming Association ensured a perfect mix of information and debate, just as in previous years.
The Farm-Dialogue has a good reputation far across the Uckermark region. The guests appreciate the mixture of informative lectures on specific topics and the opportunity to talk in person with many industry partners.
There was enough material for intensive discussions. The opening contribution of guest lecturer Prof. Dr. Ingo Pies, holder of the chair for economic ethics at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg, saw to this. He talked about economic ethics and asked: Is there a risk that the economic potential to combat hunger and poverty will not be fully exploited owing to political blockades? In the light of the debate on the allegedly hunger-inducing effect of index speculation on the derivatives market for agricultural commodities, Pies addressed these and other questions.
Dr. Gernot Verch from the Dedelow research station and Ralf Georg Keunecke from the crop farming consultancy at AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG made sure the guests received the latest information on crop cultivation and crop protection management.
The motto for Agricultural 2017 and the Farm-Dialogue was formulated by Thomas Frank at the end of his welcome speech in the words of Albert Einstein: "Today's problems cannot be solved with yesterday's thinking."