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    World of Farming – the KWS Podcast

World of Farming – the KWS Podcast

With the new audio podcast format “World of Farming” you can listen in on the world of KWS and agriculture: With our external guests and KWS colleagues, we look at multifaceted topics such as the European Green Deal, digital agriculture and genome editing. Our podcast is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon music/audible, Deezer, Google podcast and here on the website. The podcast is available in German language only.

Current episode

#4 “Digital farming - How much digitalisation does agriculture need?”

At a conference of Rhineland-Palatinate Chamber of Agriculture in 2018, it was also associated with digitalization for the first time: The milk can. Here, Julia Klöckner, German Federal Minister of Agriculture, called for fast 5G connectivity to every milk can. A lot has happened since then. Agriculture is already one of the most digitized industries an all of Germany. According to the industry association Bitkom, 8 out of 10 farmers already use digital technologies in their daily working lives. The range of digital applications is already huge.

To delve deeper into this topic, in episode 4 of our World of Farming podcast we look at what significance digitalization already has for agriculture and will have in the future - together with our guests Prof. Dr. Korte, a mechanical engineer and professor at the University of Osnabrück and Mark Bieri, responsible for the implementation of new platforms and digital services at KWS.

Previous episodes

#3 “Genome Editing – What's behind the “dinner from the test tube?”

In October 2020, two women were honoured with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The French geneticist and biochemist Emmanuelle Charpentier and the US biochemist Jennifer Doudna received the prize for developing a method for genetic modification. They were instrumental in developing the CRISPR/Cas9 gene method. For many scientists and breeders, this is the gateway to the future; for others, it is the devil's work to be fought. Against this backdrop, in episode 3 of our World of Farming Podcast we talk about the role of genome editing and in particular the CRISPR/Cas 'gene scissors' for the agriculture of the future.

This time our guests are Laura Redzich and Dr Hagen Duenbostel. Redzich is doing her PhD in molecular plant biology in the CEPLAS Cluster of Excellence at the University of Düsseldorf and is a board member of "ÖkoProg", part of the "Progressive Agrarwende" dialogue platform and a member of the German party “Bündnis90/Die Grünen” (The Greens). Hagen Duenbostel is Spokesman of the Executive Board of KWS and is responsible for Corn North and South America, Corn China, Strategy, Compliance and Governance & Risk Management.

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#2 “European Green Deal – Utopia or Model of the Future?”

As President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen promised it: The European Green Deal. What is it all about? Can this ambitious project be implemented in all EU member states? And what effects will the Farm-to-Fork initiative have on agriculture and consumers in the coming years?

We have discussed these complex questions together with our guests in the new #WorldofFarming podcast: Hubertus Paetow is President of the German Agricultural Society. Rüdiger Strohm is Head of Global Strategy at KWS. Both are also farmers. From these perspectives, they shed light on what it will take for agriculture and society to achieve the goals of the Farm-to-Fork Strategy together.

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#1 “Crossing, selecting, phenotyping – how does plant breeding work today?”

To kick things off, we are looking at the heart of KWS: plant breeding. Léon Broers and Jürgen Schweden, responsible Executive Board Member and Head of Research & Development at KWS, explain what has happened between the first crossing in einkorn and today's methods, such as hybrid breeding and phenotyping, and what topics are of concern to modern plant breeding today.

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