About us - The Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture
Food and drink and beautiful scenery - these basic needs of people are strongly connected with agriculture. Farm life and field work can be experienced by everyone and today the public observes closely all farm activities. As any other economic sector, agriculture depends on innovation and new technologies to remain competitive. Especially new technologies are often seen criticaly by citizens with no contact to rural life.
The LfL is an important companion for agriculture in Bavaria. On the following pages you will find all different kinds of information about our services and duties. We provide answers and solutions for questions about agriculture and farm management, environment and food production. Scientifically proven results form the basis for our work.
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Jakob Opperer was born in Rosenheim and also lives in the area today. He graduated in agricultural sciences in Freising and had a practical training in Australia. After university Jakob Opperer started his career in the agricultural administration. He worked as a consultant and agricultural teacher for a few years until he was an employee at the department G (Key Issues of Agricultural Policy) at the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry in 1990. From 1993 to 2005 he was head of the Division of Plant Production at the Bavarian State Ministry and since August 1st 2005 he manages the Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture as President.
Detailed curriculum vitae of the President
Since August 2005: President of the Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture
1993 - 2005: Head of the Division of Plant Production at the Bavarian State Ministry
1990 - 1993: Employee at the department G (Key Issues of Agricultural Policy) of the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry
1984 - 1990: Consultant and teacher at the office for food, agriculture and forestry in Nabburg, Augsburg and Kaufbeuren
1982 - 1984: traineeship for the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry
1979 / 1980: practical training in Australia
1976 - 1981: agricultural studies at the TUM Weihenstephan
1975 - 1976: basic military service at mountain infantry in Bad Reichenhall
1961 - 1975: Elementary school in Rohrdorf and Finsterwalder-Gymnasium (high school) in Rosenheim
1955: born in Rosenheim
Married, 3 sons
Hobbies: family activities, church, hiking, music, history
Chairmanship and Administrative Department
Vice President, Dr. Michael Elsinger
Prof. Kay-Uwe Götz, Institute for Animal Breeding
Strategy and Controlling
The Administration Board is involved in fundamental decisions and supervises the work of the LfL. It gives advice on the five year LfL-work-program and the future strategy and appoints the members of the Scientific- Technical Board. The Administration Board has eight members. These are appointed from the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry and hold an annual meeting.
Ministerialdirektor Hubert Bittlmayer, Department Head of the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry
- MDirig. Friedrich Mayer, Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry
- MDirig. Dr. Alois Bogenrieder, Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection
- Ltd. MRin Dr. Ulrike Kirste, Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts
- Prof. Dr. Chris-Carolin Schön, Technical University of Munich – Weihenstephan, TUM
- Dr. Eric Veulliet, Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf/University of Applied Sciences
- President Walter Heidl, President of the Bavarian Farmers' Association (BBV)
- Dr. Josef Krapf, selbständiger Unternehmensberater
Management of the Administration Board
Anton Kreitmeir, holding the staff position of the LfL, manages the Administration Board.
The Scientific-Technical Board (WTB) advises the LfL in technical matters, particularly in applied research. It incorporates the interests of science, especially the experiences and needs of practice and business into the work program of the LfL and supplies the appropriate contacts.
The chairman of the WTB is the President of the LfL. The WTB includes additionally 14 personalities of science, companies and agriculture. They work on a honorary basis and are appointed by the Administration Board, by nomination of the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry. The WTB has at least one meeting a year.
- Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Windisch, Lehrstuhl für Tierernährung/TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan
- Prof. Dr. Markus Reinke, Vice President Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf/University of Applied Sciences
- Josef Hefele, Chairman of the Landeskuratorium der Erzeugerringe für tierische Veredelung in Bayern e.V
- Leonhard Ost, Chairman of the Kuratorium Bayerischer Maschinenringe und Betriebshilfsringe e.V.
- Monika Deubzer, Chairman of the Verband der bayerischen Lehr- und Beratungskräfte - Ernährung, Ländlicher Raum, Agrarwirtschaft e.V., Amt für Ernährung Landwirtschaft und Forsten Landau
- Prof. Dr. Mathias Ritzmann, Lehrstuhl für Krankheiten des Schweines und Vorstand der Klinik für Schweine/LMU Munich
- President Dr. med. Andreas Zapf, Bayerisches Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit
- Johann Kreitmeier, Landeskuratorium für pflanzliche Erzeugung in Bayern e.V.
- Josef Wetzstein, Deputy Chairman of the Landesvereinigung für den ökologischen Landbau in Bayern e.V. - Bioland e.V.
- Robert Scholz, Arbeitsgemeinschaft der bayerischen Ernährungswirtschaft e.V. (ABEW)
- Dr. Martin Berges, Director at the Landwirtschaftskammer Nordrhein-Westfalen
- Dr. Paul Steffen, Vizedirektor des Bundesamts für Umwelt Bern
- Georg Wimmer, Generalsekretär des Bayerischen Bauernverbandes e.V.
- Friedrich Mayer, MDirig. am Bayerischen Staatsministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten
- Prof. Dr. Engel Hessel
Leiterin des Instituts für Agrartechnologie am Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut
Management of the Scientific-Technical Board
Anton Kreitmeir, holding the staff position of the LfL, manages the Scientific-Technical Board.
LfL-Research and work priorities
The institutes form the basis of the LfL, developing project-oriented solutions for the future. The operational program of the LfL provides guidelines for these purposes. The departments regard themselves as service providers which support the institutes to fulfill their plans and projects.
Additionally, they have clearly defined tasks in training and the implementation of EU and national guidelines and programs. The central departments contribute decisively to the successful work of the LfL by providing analyses and legally defined investigations.
The Teaching, Research and Demonstration Centers (LVFZ) bundle the expertise of the LfL. Within the educational and training programs, the knowledge and skills can be directly applied in practice. For example, the LVFZ are the connecting link between theory and practice in the areas of milk production.
Research and main work areas
With their five year work program, the institutes get the basic orientation for their research projects and main work areas. In the main areas with comprehensive challenges or issues, such as climate change, animal-friendly housing systems or biogas production, interdisciplinary work between institutes and departments is essential. Thus, farm managers can profit from the solutions and information available, considering all individual aspects of agriculture and the entire agricultural system.
Cooperation creates synergies
The LfL works closely together with the scientific institutions in Weihenstephan. These include the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan (WZW) and the Hans-Eisenmann-Zentrum (HEZ) at the Technische Universität München (TUM), the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf and other research institutions such as the Fraunhofer Institute and the Start-up Center Weihenstephan. In addition, the LfL develops joint projects and processes together with numerous national and international research institutions. With the institutions and Chambers of Agriculture of other federal states, the LfL cooperates in multi-state projects, in joint publications and through collaborative arrangements.
Deutsche Agrarforschungsallianz (DAFA)
The LfL is member of the DAFA, a German science and research alliance. Prof. Dr. Kay-Uwe Götz, head of the Institute for Animal Breeding, represents the LfL in the executive committee. The DAFA aims to improve it´s efficiency, transparency and international reputation. The DAFAs main tasks are to identify new scientific issues and strategies as well as to build a close network between the related institutions.