Claas-Foundation celebrates 25th years

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The Claas-Foundation, which works closely international experts and universities in agriculture, hits a milestone 25 years.

To mark the occasion, a 25-year-old plane tree was planted on the CLAAS site, meant to symbolise the steady growth of the Claas-Foundation.

Established in 1999 under the patronage of Helmut Claas, the foundation is the first of its kind to focus on promoting young farming talent in agricultural engineering across Germany.

“The Claas-Foundation has developed steadily over the past 25 years,” said Cathrina Claas-Mühlhäuser, chairwoman of the board of trustees.

“With its diverse initiatives, it supports research in agriculture and agricultural technology and makes the possibilities and prospects of modern agricultural technology tangible, especially for the younger generation, but also for the general public.

“This was a matter close to my father’s heart and is still close to mine today.”

Around 200 students have been awarded a Helmut Claas scholarship since the foundation was established, helping them

The foundation also maintains a network with schools, universities and other educational institutions in Germany and abroad, including Harper Adams University in the UK.

A total of more than €2.5 million in funding has been awarded since the foundation was established.

Two further celebrations are planned during the anniversary year. In June, former scholarship holders will come together for an alumni reunion.

“Maintaining personal contact with our award winners in the long term is important to us,” emphasised Sylvia Looks, from the Claas-Foundation’s Executive Board.

The award ceremony, which takes place every year in October and honours the new young talents, will form the festive conclusion of the anniversary year.

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