“Goodbye agriculture!”

The chairman of the bavarian farmers’ association (BBV) in stadtsteinach, adolf hildner, is known for his clear language and sometimes also for his clear, critical words towards his own association and also towards politics. Now he wants to do something about the road linking stadtsteinach and gumpersdorf: a "green cross" he brought, with a solar light, so that one can read also at night the text, the sign with the following lines: "agriculture goodbye! Too late, the green know-it-alls will realize that farmers and foresters were the only ones who really and practically cared for and preserved nature."

Adolf hildner had also arranged the installation of this sign with his local association, and therefore the name "BBV-ortsverband stadtsteinach" was also used in the end. We talked to adolf hildner about his reasons for doing so. In the last few weeks, "green crosses" have also been built in our region placed on agricultural flat. What prompted this unusual action?? Adolf hildner: farmers are being forced to put up crosses in the face of an agricultural policy that is destroying them. We want to show that this is a way to bury family farming. There was a so called "round table with minister president markus soder, at which the farmers also sat at the table with the representatives of the nature conservation association. The result of this conversation leaves much to be desired from your point of view? Most of the people at the table were conservationists, or rather nature destroyers and greens. Here everyone knew how such a speech ends. I can’t help but think that our minister-president has also taken on the function of a steward of the greens, because he wants to score points in the next state elections by shifting his focus to climate change and nature conservation, and the agricultural minority simply won’t pay for it. What is your position on organic farming?? It doesn’t matter if it’s organic or conventional farming – we’re all in the same boat. But it is already apparent that the organic dairies are not taking on any new organic suppliers because of sales problems. Cereal prices for organic products are falling, and consumers want to eat cheaply, so that’s not the best thing either. There are, of course, exceptions. If foreign products are cheaper, it doesn’t matter what the animal welfare standards are, what kind of genetically modified feed was used, or how the slaughter and transport took place. The main thing is: it must be cheap. In your opinion, do young farmers still have a chance and the desire to run a farm?? If there is no change in agricultural policy in the foreseeable future, there will soon be no more prosperous farms. Two of my grandsons graduated from the technical school in triesdorf to become master farmers and agricultural technicians. In tears, they revealed to me that it is no longer possible to practice sensible agriculture with the current requirements and regulations. They were of the opinion that the flood of bureaucracy against agriculture is no longer sustainable, and on top of that there are the extreme weather conditions. Where did the lever have to be applied to change things for the better?? The consumer in germany gets full and best qualitat at favorable prices, but everything is confiscated. More understanding is needed from consumers, because only agriculture contributes to biodiversity and climate improvement. I remind here of the bluhflachenaussaat – the "green cross stands on such a flat surface – and the reduction or rather a dunging according to computer specifications. What do you want for the future in agriculture?? I don’t want to hope for it and I don’t like to say it, but the beleaguered agriculture was helped by a kind of famine, as brutal and frightening as that sounds. Then our products and our hard work would no longer be looked upon with contempt and humiliation by politicians and consumers, but would once again receive the recognition we deserve. For me it is clear: if the farming sector dies, the whole country dies! The interview was conducted by werner reibaus.