Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE)

Dr. Hanns-Christoph Eiden

Bonn, Head Office
Deichmanns Aue 29
53179 Bonn
Telephone: +49-228 / 99 68 45-0
Fax: +49-228 / 68 45-3101

Internet editor
BLE, Division 321, Dr. Stefan Schröder

Operated by
Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE)

Legal information

VAT identification number
pursuant to §27 (a) VAT law: DE 114 110 249

User information

We shall not be held liable for the integrity, for editorial or technical errors, omissions etc., nor for the accuracy of data and information given here. No guarantee can in particular be provided for the integrity and accuracy of information that is accessible through external links.

Providers are legally responsible for contents they make available for public use. Hyperlinks which point to content provided by other suppliers are to be differentiated from a providers’ own content.

Hyperlinks which refer to content of other web-sites serve information purposes only. The sole responsibility for content accessible through other web-sites lies with their external providers. Prior to establishing such links, we did scrutinise respective web-sites thoroughly and to the best of our knowledge and judgement. However, no guarantee is given for the integrity and accuracy of information accessible through hyperlinks. Contents of other web pages can be modified by their providers at any time and without informing the Federal Office for  Agriculture and Food online editors beforehand.

With respect to all the links contained on these pages, we expressly stress that we do not have any influence on the design or contents of other providers’ pages made accessible through links on our homepage, and that we do not adopt as our own such external content. This statement applies to all parts of this homepage and to all the links in place there.

Should the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food refer to web-sites with content giving rise to concern, please inform the internet editors accordingly.

The Federal Office for Agriculture and Food internet editors reserve the right to modify, supplement or delete, without prior notice, information provided.

Information concerning data protection

As the BLE places high priority on the protection of personal data, this web-site collects and stores user data solely in anonymised form and for optimisation purposes only. You cannot be identified as a visitor of this site by way of these data and no user profile can be established. Data collected exclusively serve the purpose of improving the service the BLE offers via its web page.

This web page can be used without providing personal information. Only if you use the contact form you are asked to fill in the personal information required to process your request. We do try to ask you for absolutely indispensable details only. If you send us an E-mail, this E-mail and your E-mail address shall solely be used for correspondence with you.

Only in case of a legal obligation or an obligation pursuant to a court decision, or in case of attacks against the BLE internet infrastructure which might require legal action or prosecution shall data be transmitted and/or connected to personal details within the legally prescribed extent and volume.

Which data does the BLE store?

•    Cookies

A cookie is a short entry in a specific data register on your computer which serves to exchange information between computer programmes or to archive information for a limited time span. For instance, cookies help maintain the chosen font size while various sub-pages are viewed. Most browsers (Internet-Explorer, Firefox and others) are set so as to accept cookies automatically. However, you can deactivate cookie storage or set your browser so as to store cookies only for as long as you are connected to the internet.

The BLE does not use persistent cookies. Cookies on this page are created temporarily and are automatically deleted after your visit to our page (session cookies).

•    Technical data

Every PC that can be used to access the internet receives a so-called IP address (Internet Protocol Address) when dialling in. This technically necessary address is a figure made up of up to 12 digits in four blocks. With every internet offer that you visit, the respective server recognises this  IP address and logs it in a technical protocol. Whenever a user goes to the BLE web page, the IP number is stored in a log file next to the viewed page. This occurs automatically on every internet server. For the statistical evaluation of page views, only the first two blocks of the IP numbers are visible to assure anonymisation of the respective data.

Generally, the browser you use to view the BLE online offer, transmits data such as the type of browser and operating system used, web pages viewed prior to visiting the BLE page and the one viewed directly after you left the BLE page. These data are also logged in the technical protocol.

•    Page views

The evaluation programme registers, when a page was viewed, which page was viewed before and which one immediately after that.

Which evaluation software does the BLE use?

To optimally evaluate activities on its site, the BLE uses "etracker Web Analytics" – a product that helps count the number of clicks on downloads and on external links. Their origin is tracked (geo-localisation) on state level only. Beyond that, the BLE cannot use other options that the programme offers (e.g. to establish user profiles). Additionally data are evaluated by AWStats, which in contrary to "etracker" allows the analysis of search terms used during browsing through the BLE web pages. Both products meet data protection requirements.

You can object, anytime, to data collection and storage, which shall be effective as of your objection. Please click on this Link to the page of our evaluation programme etracker.

You would like to learn more about safe surfing?

To find out how to use cookies and other extensions safely and how to set your browser properly, please refer to the web page, sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).

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