Farmers constitute another important group of the socio-economic system. 285,000
agricultural holdings existed in 2013; with a labour force of about 1 million. Around 90%
of those farms are family-run, and 132,100 holdings are part time farms. Farm numbers
declined by 5% since the last agricultural census in 2010.
Around 68% of the farm
owners/managers have completed some level of vocational training; 7.3% have completed
a university or university of applied sciences degree. Around one third do only have
practical agricultural experiences without formal training (DESTATIS 2014c).