German Agricultural Society

President: Carl -Albrecht Bartmer

The German Agricultural Society ( DLG) is an organization of German agricultural and food industry, headquartered in Frankfurt am Main. The DLG is a nonprofit organization with about 24,000 members (as of July 2012) and is financed by its revenue for services, membership fees and government grants.


The DLG was founded in Berlin Mohrenstrasse on December 11, 1885 from an agricultural engineer Max Eyth together with the farmer and politician Adolf Kiepert in the English house. Its first CEO of the company was Adolf Kiepert. From 1902 the headquarters of the association was located near the government district. In 1934 the DLG was dissolved and incorporated into the Reich Food. On September 18, 1947, the German Agricultural Society was re-established at Castle Hohenheim; its headquarters are located since then in Frankfurt am Main.

DLG -Verlag

Monthly magazine by DLG DLG-Mitteilungen is - Agricultural Management, Trends prospects in Max Eyth -published, which consists of equal parts of shareholders of the agricultural publishing Münster- Hiltrup and DLG -Verlag Frankfurt. Subjects are more successful farming, effective management of large companies as well as the international development of markets in focus.

Quality Promotion

The DLG wants to make agronomic, nutritional and technical knowledge available and practical - fit and operate quality promotion for the industries of the future agricultural and food economy. These works share the following departments: DLG center, DLG Test Center Food, DLG Test Center Technology and Farm Inputs in Gross- Umstadt and Exhibitions Department. In the DLG center provide over fifty specialized committees, working groups and committees with about 1,000 volunteer experts from science and practice of DLG expert input.


The DLG Test Center Food in Frankfurt reviewed annually about 27,000 food from home and abroad. These include bread and baked goods, beer, wine, meat products and dairy products. The food is mainly sensory tested, after appearance, smell, taste and texture evaluated. Further tests, such as tests preparation, packaging and marking tests as well as chemical, microbiological and physical tests will be held only as a supplement and random sampling. Products that meet the ' no deviation from the quality expectations,' get the top grade. Almost all foods tested (80 % to 95 %) achieve a gold, silver or bronze award. The results will be published on its own website since November 2012.

Agricultural and communal technology

Concerns of DLG was and is to make the local farmers technological advances available.

In the DLG Test Center " Technology and Equipment " in upper -Umstadt agricultural and communal technology and agricultural inputs are subjected to intensive practice tests and evaluated according to practicality. The test reports are available on the Internet for download.

DLG exhibitions

In addition, the DLG held among others the following exhibitions:

  • Agritechnica ( International agricultural exhibition ), every two years in Hanover),
  • AgroFarm (since 2007 Exhibition for Animal Husbandry and Animal Breeding, in cooperation with Russian Agricultural Industrial Complex VVC ), a year in Moscow, Russia,
  • Anuga FoodTec ( International trade fair for food and drink technology ), every three years in Cologne in cooperation with Koelnmesse,
  • Bioenergy decentral ( International Trade Fair for bioenergy and local energy supply),
  • DLG Field Days ( open-air exhibition of Agronomy and Plant Breeding ), every two years at different locations in Germany,
  • Euro animal ( International Exhibition for Animal Husbandry and Management), every two years in Hannover together with the
  • Opolagra ( agricultural exhibition ) annually in Opole, Poland,
  • Potato Europe (International special open-air exhibition for the potato industry ), year in different locations in France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands,.

Wineries and wine co

The DLG tested in food testing center from 1999 to 2011 also wineries and wine cooperatives and drew the annual winners of the competitions with the Certificates " DLG Recommended winery" or " DLG Recommended wine cooperative " from. The certificate received those establishments which had in their production methods, facilities, and the presentation of their products ' superior quality, environmental and customer orientation ". According to the DLG These were " a comprehensive, whole-farm award of quality-conscious wineries and wine cooperatives, starting from the beginning of production, all phases that accompany the production process, to the finished product and its marketing ." The validity of the award was initially limited to three years. After that was reviewed in annual checks whether the criteria are still met.

The last certificate expired in early 2012.


The DLG was recently in the media criticism. The focus of reporting, especially variations in the evaluation of individual products stood by the DLG and by the Stiftung Warentest. In addition, the large proportion was highlighted on excellent products (DLG Medal in Gold, Silver, Bronze). The share of non DLG award-winning products varies depending on the product range between five and twenty percent.

The production process is - as with most food tests by Stiftung Warentest - not monitored or reviewed. This fact had led in January 2012 in connection with the " Müller-Brot scandal " irritation, " Müller-Brot " received in 2011 for a total of 14 products DLG gold. The DLG realized after learning of the hygienic conditions at Müller - bread from the medals.