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Stuttgart: Day 3

Hohenheim University, the German Museum of Agriculture, and Heidfeldhof

Hohenheim University is a prestigious university and Stuttgart's oldest university, it was founded in 1818. The school specializes in agricultural and natural sciences.

Our visit to the university began with a on "Agricultural Advisory Services and Innovation Support" presented by Professor Dr. Andrea Knierim. I would like to briefly mention, for those that may be confused about her title, in Germany titles are taken very seriously and university professors are honored properly for their had work by referring to them as both their job title as well as their title earned by completing a PhD.

In her lecture she talked about the support services offered in Germany as well as recent developments in EU agricultural policy and research. While we refer to this line of work as extension, in Germany it is referred to as advising or advisory work. Agents motivate partners by offering them encouragement and the capacity to help themselves, just as extension agents do. They're not there to fix everything but to help the farmers fix things themselves. She also talked about the many varieties of farmers in Germany at that the diversity of farmers is increasing, there are family farms, subsistence and semi-subsistence farms, commercial farms, and organic farms. The advisors use a variety methods to reach farmers both using technology and paper methods of dispersing information.

The German Museum of Agriculture is a museum on Hohenheim's campus. It displays a variety of agricultural machinery from some of the first agriculture "machines" up to more modern large machinery. It shows how far farming has come in terms of technology.

Heidfeldhof is one of the University of Hohenheim's agricultural experiment stations used for a variety of experiments. The station is used not just by the school for research but also students completing a thesis or dissertation. The station sits on 86 hectares, 28 of which is used for plot trials. Earlier this year the station was the site for part of the G-7 summit where leaders of several of the world's super power met to discuss issues in agriculture.

Crops being grown in Heidfeldhof

Crops being grown in Heidfeldhof

Antique plows

Antique plows

A tractor from 1959

A tractor from 1959

An old cart

An old cart

A Jonh Deere tractor cut open to show the inner workings

A Jonh Deere tractor cut open to show the inner workings

Part of the research field in Heidfeldhof

Part of the research field in Heidfeldhof

Posted by Ariel K 01:23 Archived in Germany Tagged of museum agriculture university german heidfeldhof hohenheim

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