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German Farmers Seek their Fortunes in Russia
Spiegel.de ^ | By Steffen Winter

Posted on 01/12/2012 5:45:56 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin

In the 18th century, Catherine the Great invited German farmers to come to Russia and cultivate the land. Over two centuries later, the country is recruiting Teutonic pioneers once again to put vast tracts of fallow land to use. The land holds great opportunities for agricultural entrepreneurs -- provided they have strong nerves.

Stefan Dürr, 47, is now the owner of more than 170,000 hectares (about 420,000 acres) of prime Russian farmland. He is cultivating fields in the Kursk, Voronezh, Orenburg, Novosibirsk and Kaluga regions. Through his holding company, EkoSem-Agrar, he employs 2,800 people in farming, owns a herd of 28,000 cattle and most recently generated revenues of €80 million ($102 million). In good years, he earned €200 million selling agricultural machinery, a business he has since spun off. According to Dürr, EkoNiva, one of his subsidiaries, is among the top 30 agricultural companies in Russia.

Russia is once again courting Western settlers to revive a farming industry that is ailing in some areas.

Dürr has, in fact, attracted imitators. The Westphalian meat baron Clemens Tönnies wants to build 10 new pig farms, which are expected to produce 62,500 tons of meat a year. It promises an investment of more than €100 million in the Voronezh region.

Eckart Hohmann farms 29,000 hectares 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Moscow. His "Rheinland Farm" produces brewers' yeast, seed grain and wheat. "The Russians practically forced the land on us," says Hohmann. The business already achieved profitability some time ago.

Some 23 million hectares of fertile farmland is currently not being used in Russia. Much of this land is in the coveted Black Earth Region. In the early 1990s, after the fall of the Soviet Union, collectives everywhere went bankrupt, and the country was forced to import grain.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: agriculture; farmers; farming; farmland; fertile; russia
Define "owner."
1 posted on 01/12/2012 5:46:01 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin; Last Dakotan

A number of these German immigrants migrated to North Dakota.


2 posted on 01/12/2012 5:50:51 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens collect welfare checks that Americans won't collect)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

And in 50 years, they will re-collectivize these farms and murder the descendents of those moving there now.


3 posted on 01/12/2012 5:51:41 PM PST by tpmintx (Problem: The people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who VOTE for a living.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; DeaconBenjamin

Amazing, Russia is trying ot build it’s country and we are trying to destroy ours.


4 posted on 01/12/2012 5:54:37 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

***In the 18th century, Catherine the Great invited German farmers to come to Russia and cultivate the land.***

And what did Stalin do to these German speaking Russians when WWII broke out? It wasn’t pretty.


5 posted on 01/12/2012 5:56:55 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar ( P!$$ on the Taliban)
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To: tpmintx

And you know this how?


6 posted on 01/12/2012 5:57:57 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

They also migrated in large numbers to Western Kansas.

I was once at our gun club, shooting a gorgeous old Argentine Mauser. It was made in 1909 by DWM in Berlin and the workmanship was off the charts.

Anyway there were a couple of other shooters at the range and they came over and we talked for a while. I showed them the old Mauser and they laughed and began talking in German clearly impressed with it.

These people had been in America since around the 1890s and they still could speak German.


7 posted on 01/12/2012 5:59:49 PM PST by yarddog
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To: Clintonfatigued

Being a descendent of those myself, but ones immigrating to South Dakota, my great grandmother once recalled to me how soldiers came to concript the men for some war, when they had supposedly been guaranteed exemption from such service. Those refusing were lined up in a ditch and shot. I wouldn’t put too much faith in Russian agreements, knowing their history.


8 posted on 01/12/2012 6:05:06 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: Niuhuru
And you know this how?

ummm... History?

9 posted on 01/12/2012 6:20:25 PM PST by tpmintx (Problem: The people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who VOTE for a living.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Finally the ‘living space’ they were promised back in the 1940’s!


10 posted on 01/12/2012 6:25:19 PM PST by rfreedom4u (Forced diversity causes dissent!)
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To: tpmintx
And in 50 years, they will re-collectivize these farms and murder the descendents of those moving there now.

The murders of large numbers of prosperous ethnic-German farmers in the 1930s under Stalin made their relatives back in Germany extremely nervous about Communists, and led to support of Hitler as the only leader willing to fight them.

11 posted on 01/12/2012 6:27:13 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln,_Nebraska

” North Bottoms: Directly north of UNL’s downtown campus, the North Bottoms is an area in the floodplain of Salt Creek that holds many smaller houses now rented by a large number of UNL students. Its proximity to Memorial stadium combined with a high student population makes it one of the main tailgating headquarters during NE college football home games. It was originally the northern part of the “German” or “Russian” bottoms settled by Volga-German refugees from Russia.”

Many Russian Germans that came without money to buy farm land settled here.


12 posted on 01/12/2012 6:29:50 PM PST by Western Phil
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To: PapaBear3625

They were Stalin’s Kulaks.


13 posted on 01/12/2012 6:32:58 PM PST by Western Phil
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To: rfreedom4u

History is a fickle mistress.

They’ve been trying to do land reform since over 100 years ago.

Everything old is new again. If they manage to get that land under private ownership, that will be a huge step forward.


14 posted on 01/12/2012 6:36:10 PM PST by BenKenobi (Rick Santorum - "The Force is strong with this one")
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To: Western Phil

A mile or so south of there you will find the ‘Germans from Russia’ museum.


15 posted on 01/12/2012 6:40:28 PM PST by posterchild (I'm old enough to remember when journalists bothered to look things up on wikipedia.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
His "Rheinland Farm" produces brewers' yeast, seed grain and wheat.

How does one farm yeast? Does it need the rich soils of Novosibirsk ('New Siberia") ?
16 posted on 01/12/2012 6:47:48 PM PST by posterchild (I'm old enough to remember when journalists bothered to look things up on wikipedia.)
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To: SLB; lizol

FYI


17 posted on 01/12/2012 6:52:43 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson ("I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.")
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To: posterchild
My uncle has a yeast farm in Arizona. One of his trees:


18 posted on 01/12/2012 6:53:44 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Somebody ought to check to see if German farmers would have any interest in buying Detroit.


19 posted on 01/12/2012 7:01:37 PM PST by Stosh
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To: DeaconBenjamin

So Adolph finally wins?

Somebody tell the folks over at the Hitler
Channel (DTV Ch287). They need to know.


20 posted on 01/12/2012 7:11:21 PM PST by Sivad (NorCal Red Turf)
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To: Revolting cat!

What is the connection between yeast and the Pongam tree?

http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/2011/bedard_emil/interactions.htm


21 posted on 01/12/2012 7:12:04 PM PST by posterchild (I'm old enough to remember when journalists bothered to look things up on wikipedia.)
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To: Niuhuru

Russia is also experiencing a dramatic depopulation on top of the migration to the cities. They’re actively seeking farmers to drive up food production for export as their country side empties. The question will be if this is just a “cash crop” for the regime until its renationalized or a long term investment toward true capitalsim.


22 posted on 01/12/2012 8:00:50 PM PST by tbw2
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To: Niuhuru

Russia is also experiencing a dramatic depopulation on top of the migration to the cities. They’re actively seeking farmers to drive up food production for export as their country side empties. The question will be if this is just a “cash crop” for the regime until its renationalized or a long term investment toward true capitalism.


23 posted on 01/12/2012 8:01:00 PM PST by tbw2
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Problem with Russia is that you may own it this year and the state may say they own it next year. But dang, after the last supreme court ruling on eminent domain you could say the same thing about America.
24 posted on 01/12/2012 8:05:55 PM PST by org.whodat (What is the difference in Newt's, Perry's and Willard's positions on Amnesty.)
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To: tbw2

It may be a move towards true capitalism.


25 posted on 01/12/2012 8:13:19 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Revolting cat!
My uncle has a yeast farm in Arizona.

Would such a farm in Russia be on the yeastern front?

26 posted on 01/12/2012 9:44:31 PM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: 17th Miss Regt

Yeast is yeast and wet is wet and if ever the two should meet it could mean spore.


27 posted on 01/13/2012 2:16:12 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Lookin’ for a little liebenstrom?


28 posted on 01/13/2012 2:48:27 AM PST by dixjea
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To: DeaconBenjamin

I guess they are looking for a little liebenstrom...


29 posted on 01/13/2012 2:50:54 AM PST by dixjea
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To: dixjea

Love storm? LOL.


30 posted on 01/13/2012 3:07:17 AM PST by patton ("Je pense donc je suis," - My Horse.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

The last time around, this didn’t end so well — Ostlieben or whatever.


31 posted on 01/13/2012 4:31:37 AM PST by Cronos (Party like it's 12 20, 2012)
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To: count-your-change

That was pretty awful. My compliments!!


32 posted on 01/13/2012 7:22:20 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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