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Sowing ideas ... harvesting success!The "Deutsche Bauernverband e. V." (DBV, Society of German Farmers) and the "Bundesverband Deutscher Pflanzenzüchter e. V." (BDP, Federal Society of German Plant Breeders) established a completely new organisation structure in 1990 when they established the "Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e. V." (UFOP, Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants). All companies, associations and institutions par- ticipating in the production, processing and marketing of indigenous oil and protein plants are gathered under the UFOP banner.
It was possible to establish UFOP in this interpro- fessional form because all participants acknow- ledged the opportunity of a new form of trusting co- operation. In past years, UFOP has produced numerous ideas to optimise agricultural production and to promote sales.
UFOP has been successful in integrating the breeding, cultivation, marketing and agricultural policies into a common concept borne by the entire agricultural industry to a degree achieved by hardly any other agricultural organisation.
The results of the activities of UFOP are remarkable. It has been possible to develop biodiesel to become a flagship product of regenerative raw materials. The perception of the high health benefits of rapeseed oil has also been extensively established. Fodder based on indigenous oil and protein plants has also found an acknowledged protagonist at UFOP. Practical agriculture has profited from the profuse relevant information and the results of variety trials.