On 20 March Dr. Volkward Koch died at the age of 94.
From 1964 until his retirement in 1992, Koch was Chief Executive Officer of the Fachverband der Futtermittelindustrie e. V., Bonn. During this time and beyond, Koch was also the editor of the magazine "Kraftfutter" - today FeedMagazine/Kraftfutter. During this time, he embodied the active representative of economic liberalism in a particularly intensive and impressive manner.  He gave both direction and support to the future-oriented processing industry and food production based on the division of labour. His term of office included the new, national animal feed law of 1976 as well as numerous agricultural reforms, EU enlargements and many other events of importance for the animal feed industry. He represented the interests of his members in a controversial and highly committed manner. Nevertheless, he was also able to promote balance and constructive solutions. With a very pointed pen he commented in the comments of Kraftfutter in the column "Noted (Vermerkt)" the current events in the industry and around it very pointedly. Under the abbreviation V.K. he represented his deeply market-economy orientation and liberal attitude. In 1992, Koch was awarded the Professor Niklas Medal in silver by Federal Minister Jochen Borchert for his work.
Our deepest sympathy goes to his wife and family. We will always honour the memory of Dr Koch.
Jan Lahde, President, German Association Animal Feed (Deutscher Verband Tiernahrung, DVT).


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