At EuroTier, DLG will be presenting 'DLG-Agrifuture Concept' awards for pioneering agricultural machinery work and future visions. Visionary agricultural machinery solutions provide crucial stimuli for the future viability of global crop production. Engineers across the globe are working on technical solutions for the future of agriculture. Not all of their ideas and concepts make it to the finished product stage. Often, technical or legal constraints limit their development to market maturity. Many of these concepts nevertheless have the potential to provide inspiration and to stimulate farmers and engineering colleagues to think in new ways. This award underscores the relevance of this pioneering agricultural machinery work to the future of agriculture in five to ten years.
All approved exhibitors at EuroTier 2024 and EnergyDecentral 2024 whose concepts and technologies fall within the areas listed below can participate in the DLG-Agrifuture Concept Winner. This also applies to joint registrations. Participation is voluntary and is not linked to any additional, direct costs. The participant bears the sole responsibility for compliance with all relevant statutory provisions and these DLG Award and Test Regulations.
Only concepts and technologies from the areas of agricultural livestock farming and decentralised energy supply are eligible.
The following are excluded from participation
- Concepts and technologies that cannot be assigned to one of the areas listed above;
- Services, farm inputs and animal breeds;
- Concepts and technologies that have already been exhibited, demonstrated or awarded a prize at a trade fair or other event with a product presentation;
Concepts and technologies for which the market maturity is so far advanced that implementation can be expected in 1-2 years.
Concepts or technologies submitted for a DLG-AgriFuture Concept Winner cannot be submitted simultaneously for the EuroTier / EnergyDecentral Innovation Award or the Animal Welfare.
Double submissions will result in disqualification from the competition.
For the assessment of the DLG-Agrifuture Concept Winner, the DLG will appoint an independent jury, composed of young professionals from the Young DLG with the involvement of other experts.
The judges for the DLG-Agrifuture Concept Winner award will base their decision on the mandatory and selectable criteria: Mandatory criteria (50 % of the total score):
- Innovative character
- Practical relevance
- Transferability to other agricultural regions
- Real chance of feasibility
Sustainable Development Goals as laid down by the United Nations
Selectable criteria depending on whether they apply to the concept or technology (50 % of the total score):
- Animal health/welfare
- Climate effects
- Energy balance
- Labour management
The award winners will be selected in two stages.
Stage 1: Determination of a shortlist
The jury appointed by the DLG will draw up a shortlist from the applications received at the beginning of September 2024.
The award winners will be selected in two stages.
Stage 2: Determination of award winners
The shortlist is presented to a panel of experts consisting of members of the DLG expert committees responsible for the subject. In an online vote, the panel of experts selects up to five DLG-Agrifuture Concept Winners from the shortlist based on the highest scores and awards them the corresponding title. The decision cannot be appealed. The judges’ decision is final. Entries for which are listet on the short list, but which are not awarded as DLG-Agrifuture Concept Winner, will be mentioned in the EuroTier or EnergyDecentral Novelty Magazine. Award-winning concepts and technologies must be presented as a realistic product, as a model or as an animated video presentation at the exhibitor’s stand at the time of the exhibition.
The winners will be announced at the DLG-Agrifuture Concept Winner EuroTier / Energy Decentral 2024 ceremony.
Before that, the shortlist will be presented to the public at the end of September 2024. The award-winning companies will be published by the DLG on the EuroTier / EnergyDecentral website in German and English. All award-winning concepts and technologies will be presented with pictures and product information.
The shortlist will be published separately.
If an exhibitor fails to receive an award, the jury is not obliged to give the exhibitor reasons for the rejection. The winners will receive a certificate and an award for each winning concept or technology. In the case of a joint application, each of the participating companies will receive a certificate and an award. If video or image material is to be presented as part of the award ceremony, DLG reserves the right to edit the material provided.
In addition, the national and international trade and business press will be informed about the shortlist of concepts and technologies selected by the jury in the run-up to EuroTier / EnergyDecentral.