Progressing into the future together.
Agro Pontino | Italy
The Agrisole farm has had close ties to the Torri family name for decades. Company founder Luigi and his wife, Rosa, are passionate about growing crop plants on their 36-hectare farm — the harvest results are sun-ripened tomatoes. Their son Davide is carrying on the family values and leading the farm into the future.
Karanac | Croatia
With their Sabo farm, the two brothers Atila and Šandor and their families are held in high esteem in the plant production industry in Karanac, Croatia. The family business, which has been operating in agriculture since the beginning of the 20th century and also has its own winery, has already been honored three times as the best producer in Croatia for the crops it cultivates.
Saedinenie | Bulgaria
The family farm has been producing high-quality cereals and oilseeds since 1993. Eight members of the Vukudinov family manage an agriculturalland that totals 17,000 hectares. Angel, the company manager, and his son Dimitar are taking advantage of advances in technology to further develop the farming operation in the future: “The special aspect about the way we work is our ongoing drive to innovate.”
Bershad | Ukraine
Mykhailo Bondarchuk planted the seeds for the family business in farm-ing already back in the 1960s. His son levhenii built the company located in Bershad, central Ukraine, into a prosperous agricultural operation that focuses on sugarbeet production. In addition to farming, sheep breeding lies close to Ievhenii’s heart.
Rokitno | Poland
Paweł Strzemiecki inherited his family’s multigener-ational farm, which grows cereals, oilseed rape and legumes, from his father, Wiesław. Before he retired, Wiesław had worked in agriculture for more than 50 years, running the farm together with his father. Paweł’s sons also want to follow in the footsteps of their father and grandfather.
Südergellersen | Germany
Arne and Henning Beecken took over the farm located in the Lüneburg Heath from their father, Carsten, and mother, Silke, a few years ago — a family business in its sixth generation. The two brothers primarily focus on cultivating cereals and potatoes on a total of 400 hectares of land. The farm operation specializes in seed processing and propagation.
Rapenburg Court | Belgium
The Verschelde family is in the fourth generation of running their farm in eastern Flanders, Belgium. Farmers Heidi and Nic live on the farm along with their three children and Nic’s father. The livestock farm has dairy cows, suckler cows and broiler chickens. Heidi has given children access to the farm, teaching them about dairy operations in the Melk4Kids program./p>
Dorset | UK
Emma Foot’s grandparents bought a few fields in Dorset back in 1954. Those fields have grown into a 200-hectare agricultural operation that includes growing crops such as corn and wheat and farming cattle and sheep. Emma runs the family business together with her father. She hopes the farm will one day still be run by the sixth or seventh generation of her family.
Córdoba | Argentina
The Cura family’s farm was a pioneer in no-till farming in the 1980s. Today, no less than three generations are taking advantage of advances in technology for their work in livestock breeding. Daughter María, who has a degree in agricultural engineering, manages the family farm along with her grandfather Luis Pedro, her father Rodolfo and her sister Luciana in the Argentinean village of Idiázabal.
Sertanópolis | Brazil
The Rossato family from Sertanópolis, Brazil, can look back upon more than 45 years of business growth and now has five properties. Turn to page 32 to learn how daughter Carla is using precision agriculture and modern technologies to adapt the company for the challenges of the future. Farmer Story.
Minnesota | USA
In 1997, Brian and Sandy Ryberg founded Ryberg Farms Inc., and their agriculture business isn’t all that has grown: The Rybergs also have six children. Today, their business operates in four regions in southern Minnesota, with corn, soybeans and sugarbeets as the crops cultivated.
Around the world.
No matter the continent or culture, agricultural life has one thing in common everywhere in the world: Life and work on a farm is often shaped by family cohesion and traditions that have grown over decades. And by the changing times. To effectively address the agricultural challenges of the future, farmers think in terms of generations and not the quarters of a year. They invest for the long term and not for the moment — and with the aim of enhancing their farms and fields to make them viable for the future when turned over to their successors.
This continuous, successful path is what connects us at KWS with our farmers: Since 1856, our founding families have independently and sustainably managed and developed us as a company. This topic moves us — and is more relevant than ever. The recent past has shown the importance of building on our own strengths and pouring vision and passion into the fight for agriculture with a future. We help generations of farmers to fully realize the potential of their fields and farms with our high-yielding seed and comprehensive knowledge.