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Farming insider: Henrick Dieckmann, Germany

About Henrick

On his farm in Langelsheim, Henrick Dieckmann´s father kept pigs, cattle and horses up until the 1980s. Following an increase in the amount of land under cultivation, the business eventually abandoned livestock farming and began specializing purely in catch crops –with great success: Henrick Dieckmann is now the fifth generation of the family to manage the farm, helped by his two children und his uncle.

Farm facts

Family-owned for five generations

Farm size: 130 hectares

Cultivated crops: Wheat, barley, rye, corn and rapeseed. Catch crops are planted with the beet and corn in particular.

For me, it´s important to be sustainable and healthy
in what we produce
Henrick Dieckmann, Langelsheim

Question time

Why did you decide to become a farmer?

I grew up on the farm, so I've been here since I was a child and I've always helped out. For me, there was no question whether or not I would take over the farm or do something other than farming – there was never any doubt. I therefore learned all about agriculture, studying it at university later on, and thus laid the foundations for the business to be passed on to subsequent generations in a solid state. I put my heart and soul into the farm.

What defines your profession?

In my job, I value the opportunity to work outside and to be close to nature. The variety of the work I have to deal with means it never becomes monotonous. And in the midst of all this I´m still producing important, healthy foodstuffs. Only this way it is possible to preserve the business for the next generation.

How do you approach innovations and new technologies?

Since I took over the business from my father, our entire fleet of equipment has been upgraded at some point. We now drive GPS-assisted tractors and use automated steering systems. We also use pesticide spray equipment that can be programmed to work on specific areas only and to guarantee precise application. This way, we can work accurately and sustainably and meet all the requirements of modern farming.

How is independence a factor in your day-to-day work as a farmer?

I am self-reliant, flexible and autonomous; I don't have any fixed daily schedule and everything is dealt with as it arises. No two days are the same.

Paving the way. For a fruitful tomorrow.

Farm life is often characterized by family cohesion and traditions that have grown over decades. Around the world, many generations live and work on farms under one roof, and at some point the question of farm succession comes up. Our new Farmer Portraits focus on this generational change that many farmers are facing. Young and old alike - we visited farmers on their farms to have them tell us about their stories, their challenges and their hopes.


Cole Vis, USA

“My wish for the future of the family farm is that it will still be run well in the fifth, sixth, and seventh generation.”


Arco Van Triest, Netherlands

“This farm has been running since 1900, and now my children are here.“


Adem Biçici, Turkey

“When I go out into the fields with my grandson, I see myself reflected in his curiosity.“


Šandor Sabo junior, Croatia

“Whatever problems we are facing, we solve them together. For me, family is all about cohesion.“


Atila Sabo, Croatia

“Every morning, my brother and I agree what we want to do during the day, what our duties are. So we share the work and have passed on this structure to our children in the same way.“


Carla, Fábio and José Rossato, Brazil

“I never had any doubts; I never wanted to be anything but a farmer.”


Dimitar Vukudinov, Bulgaria

”Working with your own father means that you always have a wiser man with you to support you and look up to.”


Brian Ryberg, USA

“I think the feeling of being part of something greater has always been important to me.“


Rodolfo Cura, Argentina

“The farm is everything to me. Working in agriculture is the greatest way to do what I love. For me, the farm means freedom.”


Heidi Verschelde, Belgium

"I think the next generation is showing a keen sense for the importance of nature."


Ievhenii Bondarchuk, Ukraine

"If you want to be a farmer, you can’t learn that in an institute. It’s something you have to be born with."


Luigi Torri, Italy

“I hope my sons will pass on the love and respect for the earth and all the values I taught them.”


Paweł Strzemiecki, Poland

“This love of farming, of the farming tradition, goes back generations in our family.”


Emma F., UK

“It would be great if one day the sixth or seventh generation of our family runs the farm.“


Peter Carlisle, UK

“Teamwork is the most important thing on our farm. Everyone does a little bit of everything. If we weren't a team, our business wouldn't be as successful as it is today.“


Henning & Arne Beecken, Germany

“The feeling of wanting to continue the work on the farm has grown day by day since childhood.“


Emanuele Bortoli, Italy

“Reliability and respect form the foundation for how we deal with one another. These are values I`ve always held in high esteem.“


Francis Bapst, Switzerland

“For me, the most important values are respect for nature, understanding our consumers and food production.”


Toni & Daniel Peterhans, Switzerland

”Spirit and passion are what leads to success, whether it's in farming or on the football pitch.”


Riccardo Casarotto, Italy

”Independence is a dream that we should all cultivate and pursue. Dreams are there to come true and to help you progress.”


Stephan Jansen, Belgium

”I look forward to waking up every day and being able to work with nature.”


Gizem Anar, Turkey

”People should love what they do, and I love farming. I enjoy looking after animals, plants and nature and try to feel connected to them!.”


Adrian Knuchel, Switzerland

”For me, team spirit means being able to live and work together. It means ongoing exchange, taking each other, mutual ideas and suggestions seriously.”


Gürkan Ilhan, Turkey

”People who work in agriculture, cultivating crops, rearing livestock and working on the land, accumulate positive memories day after day.”


René Vermue, Netherlands

”Team spirit and reliability are hugely important in both my personal life and my working life – be it with colleagues, employees, or in dealings with other farmers.”


Henrick Dieckmann, Germany

”For me, it´s important to be sustainable and healthy in what we produce.”

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