The Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) is the Federal Research Institute for Cultivated Plants in Germany. It belongs as an independent federal authority to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). The JKI employs nearly 1,200 people, some 350 of whom are scientists. They work in 17 branch offices at the headquarters in Quedlinburg as well as in nine other locations (Braunschweig, Berlin and Kleinmachnow, Darmstadt, Dresden-Pillnitz, Dossenheim, Groß Lüsewitz, Siebeldingen and Münster). The information center and the library, the central data processing, the administration as well as the trial areas with a total of approximately 600 hectares of construction area have a major influence on the institute. Under the name Julius Kühn-Institut we are still a very young institution. The year of foundation is 2008. Our competence in (almost) all questions about cultivated plants has, however, a much longer tradition, since different predecessor organizations have been brought together at the JKI. Academics: The presidential structure, a firm budget as well as a special team and a high degree of flexibility allow the processing of long-term research topics and are characteristic of the position and design possibilities of the Bundes for schungsinstitut. They lead to a sustained reaction in the field of research in an adequate and timely manner, or can be proactive when acute questions arise from politics or social changes require this. The basic funding of the JKI is through the federal budget. In addition, the JKI institutes are promoting further funds for research projects (so-called "third-party funding") in national and international competition.