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English translation: agricultural adviser; adviser (of the agricultural cooperative,the farmers´ chamber or the firm xx)

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00:15 Apr 26, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering
German term or phrase: Berater
This is the first of a series of terms concerning a market research interview with six German farmers. First, they introduced themselves, which was bad enough. (Thanks Christopher and Dierk). Now they are being asked about the characteristics of two herbicides, "Touchdown" and "Roundup". Questions about what the products would look like if they were people and what sort cars they would drive.

This is the context: „Ich habe Touchdown eigentlich noch nie genommen. Von daher könnte ich gar nicht sagen, ob es besser oder schlechter ist und welches Auto es fährt.“ –

„Ich glaube aber, dass die sich alle nichts tun. Die sind alle gleich.“ –

„Ich hab’s auch noch nicht eingesetzt, aber mein BERATER sagt, dass ich davon 6 Liter nehmen müsste, wenn ich bei Roundup Ultra mit 3 auskomme. Von daher würde ich vermuten, dass es mit der Wirkung nicht so optimal ist. Da hätte ich dann doch Vorbehalte und andere sicher auch.“

My question is: We all know of tax and management consultants. We know of advisors to this and that. But is there such a profession as a "farming/agricultural advisor/consultant"? Or do they mean "Kundenberater" in the sense of "sales rep"?
mccrosky
English translation:agricultural adviser; adviser (of the agricultural cooperative,the farmers´ chamber or the firm xx)
Explanation:
There is a profession like "Landwirtschaftsberater" at least in Austria.
At the "Bauernkammer" in the district capitals usually several advisers provide counsel in the different fields like farming, fruit growing, livestock breeding etc. This people give advise only they do not sell anything.
In your case it might be the "Kundenberater" of a store of a "Landwirtschaftliche Genossenschaft" which are selling agricultural products but also selling and repairing agricultural machines etc.
or the sales representative of a firm.


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valino
Local time: 14:45
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Thanks everyone! I wish Henry would change the Kudoz system so we could split the four points up between various helpful answers. Here everybody was right because it could have been either. Lauh's "guy down at the feed store" was great. Based on valino's and Ute's answers, I learned from AltaVista that there are thousands of non-commercial agriculture consultants in the US too. valino's answer was the only one to say definitly that it could be either. As I could not know which from the context I translated it like this: "I have never used it but my crop consultant, or maybe it was the guy at the feed store, said I would have to use six litres of Touchdown if three litres of Roundup Ultra was enough."
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Summary of answers provided
naYes, they existDipl. Ing. (TU) Ute Bohnsack
naagricultural adviser; adviser (of the agricultural cooperative,the farmers´ chamber or the firm xx)valino
naadvisor or salesman or representative or guy down at the feed storeHartmut Lau
nasales rep / salesman
Nina Gettler


  

Answers


6 mins
sales rep / salesman


Explanation:
Yes, I'm sure he means the "Kundenberater" at the local Landwirtschaftliche Genossenschaft.

hope this helps

Nina Gettler
Local time: 05:45
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 36
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10 mins
advisor or salesman or representative or guy down at the feed store


Explanation:
He's talking about the dealer/salesman who sold him the stuff. German sales people/companies like to position themselves as "advisers" because simply selling is vaguely obscene. The idea is that they will give your their best "Rat" as experts on whatever (stocks and bonds at a bank, insecticides at a farmer's supply store) and thus help you do whatever is best. Having lived in Germany for about 15 years, I have yet to run into one of these "Berater" who will "berat" you not to buy his product.

So, it's not a profession as such, but a common term.

Hartmut Lau
United States
Local time: 08:45
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1 hr
agricultural adviser; adviser (of the agricultural cooperative,the farmers´ chamber or the firm xx)


Explanation:
There is a profession like "Landwirtschaftsberater" at least in Austria.
At the "Bauernkammer" in the district capitals usually several advisers provide counsel in the different fields like farming, fruit growing, livestock breeding etc. This people give advise only they do not sell anything.
In your case it might be the "Kundenberater" of a store of a "Landwirtschaftliche Genossenschaft" which are selling agricultural products but also selling and repairing agricultural machines etc.
or the sales representative of a firm.




valino
Local time: 14:45
PRO pts in pair: 7
Grading comment
Thanks everyone! I wish Henry would change the Kudoz system so we could split the four points up between various helpful answers. Here everybody was right because it could have been either. Lauh's "guy down at the feed store" was great. Based on valino's and Ute's answers, I learned from AltaVista that there are thousands of non-commercial agriculture consultants in the US too. valino's answer was the only one to say definitly that it could be either. As I could not know which from the context I translated it like this: "I have never used it but my crop consultant, or maybe it was the guy at the feed store, said I would have to use six litres of Touchdown if three litres of Roundup Ultra was enough."
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22 hrs
Yes, they exist


Explanation:
They are called agricultural consultants, and I should know because I'm one of them (well... agri-environmental consultant).
Another word used sometimes is 'Extension specialist' but I think that's a rather confusing label.

Cheers,
Ute


    Reference: http://www.accbank.ie/accbank.nsf/9c0a41e8467f5dc98025653200...
Dipl. Ing. (TU) Ute Bohnsack
Ireland
Local time: 13:45
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 16
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