Dirk is the current owner of a traditional farm in the Münsterland region, Germany. His family has been running the farm for several hundred years. Dirk started his educations as a farmer in 1988, gradually taking over the business of his father. While managing the farm he also studied agriculture at the University of Applied Science in Soest. After receiving his engineering degree, Dirk worked as a production consultant at Agravis in Münster. Since 1997 he has been continuously expanding the pig-breeding capacities of his farm. Currently he is specialized on breeding F1 sows for a German breeding organization. In parallel to his key operations, Dirk has been very active in identifying and implementing additional value streams to secure his business, e.g. by generating energy from alternative sources like wood and solar power. He is actively scouting for new technologies and applications to secure business for the next generation at the farm, and is thus open to dialogue with all those who are interested in establishing a sustainable food supply.