Since 2008, Hardy Vogtmann is first vice-president of the German League for Nature and Environment. From 2008 until 2011 he was the president of the conservation foundation Euronatur.From 2000 to 2007 he headed the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, having previously been CEO of the Hesse authority for regional development and agriculture (1994 – 2000). He was appointed as a professor for agriculture at the University of Kassel, holding the first chair for organic farming in Germany from 1981 - 1994. From 1974 to 1981 Hardy Vogtmann was the first director of the Swiss Research Institute for organic farming (FIBL) and in this capacity he was instrumental for the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM), of which he is honorary president. He holds a PhD in agriculture and food science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich.