German Agricultural Society and FiBL present new farmers' magazine "BioTopp"

The new farmers' magazine for organic agriculture, BioTOPP, was published. The DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft e.V., German Agricultural Society) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL Deutschland e.V.) are joint editors of BioTOPP, which is aimed at all organic farmers with an interest in organic methods or conversion to organic. The magazine is independent of associations, practice-oriented and addresses critical topics of organic agriculture: this is the only way organic agriculture can develop further. The publication starts with 25,000 copies and is published by DLG AgroFood Medien GmbH.

With the 24-page special on the 2019 Organic Field Days (Öko-Feldtage) on 3 and 4 July at the Hessian State Domain Frankenhausen, BioTOPP shows the power and diversity of organic agriculture. The first edition also includes articles on grain legumes, organic varieties, calf rearing and the climate crisis as well as company portraits. FiBL is responsible for the editorial team, with Carsten Veller from FiBL as editor-in-chief. Three issues will be published in 2019, and from 2020 onward, DLG AgroFood Medien GmbH plans to publish four to six issues per year.

"We are delighted to launch a new ambitious project together with FiBL: the nationwide farmers' magazine BioTOPP for organic agriculture," explains DLG Managing Director Dr. Reinhard Grandke in Frankfurt am Main. "With Carsten Veller as editor-in-chief, we have a long-standing expert who is well connected with the organic scene," explains Dr. Robert Hermanowski, Managing Director of FiBL Deutschland e.V.

"Combining strengths, highlighting similarities, preserving independence" is the basis on which the first framework agreement between DLG and FiBL was signed at the Organic  Field Days 2017. In addition to the successful cooperation at the respective field days, the new trade magazine is the second major joint project.

Interested readers can order the first issue free of charge at DLG AgroFood Medien GmbH (email: info-afm(at)dlg.org).

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DLG

The DLG (Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft e.V., German Agricultural Society), founded in 1885 by Max Eyth, is an open network and professional voice of the agricultural and food industries. Its aim is to promote progress through the transfer of knowledge, quality and technology. The DLG has over 30,000 members; it is non-profit, politically independent and internationally connected. As one of the leading organisations in its sector, the DLG organises trade fairs and events in the fields of agriculture and food technology, tests food, agricultural technology and operating resources and develops solutions for the challenges of the agricultural and food industries in numerous expert committees.

FiBL Germany e.V.

FiBL Deutschland e.V. was founded in 2002 and offers scientific services for organic farming, especially at the interface between research and practice. The institute is well connected with actors and organisations in the agricultural and food industries and finds practical solutions across multiple disciplines. The results are communicated quickly and in a way that is appropriate for the target group.