The DLG backs newcomers in the agriculture industry
A "young DLG" team has been founded in the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt
"We arrived at our career aspirations in completely different ways. Some want to join the farm of their parents and certainly to run it at some point. Others develop the wish to study the industry after a holiday placement in an agricultural business. Some are particularly interested in the scientific side of arable farming or animal husbandry," says Lisa Bahrenthien and adds that she can imagine joining the agricultural management of a company.
The 21-year-old from Halle is studying at the Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg, in the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, where agriculture sciences and food sciences have been taught for more than 150 years. At present, however, agriculture's reputation is more than ever exposed to public criticism. Buzzwords such as antibiotics, pesticides, animal cruelty and genetic engineering are circulating in the opinion-forming media. "Very often in a negative light," feel the students at the agricultural campus in Halle an der Saale. They are passionate about the career for which they are currently studying and are at the same time aware that its public image is suffering.
In order to support the new blood in its positive attitude to the agricultural and food business, the German Agricultural Society DLG is promoting "young DLG" teams. They work voluntarily and are composed of committed students, career entrants, young entrepreneurs and scientists up to the age of 36. They exchange information among each other, are active externally, obtain input from practice and for their part develop ideas and impetuses.
There is also such a "young DLG" at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. It currently consists of 20 active "networkers" who meet in discussion groups and educate themselves further at trade fairs, organise tours of businesses and excursions, and hold lectures and panel discussions. "While doing this, we learn to look at current topics in a professional way and at the same time practice appearing in public," says Lisa Bahrenthien. She is rather nervous because their big information event will be starting soon. The "young DLG" team has conceived and organised this annual high point of its work independently.
Improving the image of their industry, profession and their company - read here how the agricultural newcomers of the team "Young DLG" succeed.
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