On July 10, 2023, Silke Gorißen, Minister of Agriculture and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, visited the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Bonn. She was accompanied by speakers from her ministry. Prof. Dr. Thomas Heckelei, Dean of the Facultuy of Agriculture and Vice Dean Prof. Dr. Heiko Schoof welcomed the delegation in the Dean’s Office together with some selected representatives of the Faculty, who presented to the minister the current developments of the faculty in the context of the excellence strategy of the University of Bonn. One focus was the presentation of the research going on in the Cluster of Excellence PhenoRob by spokesperson Prof. Dr. Heiner Kuhlmann. Minister Gorißen showed great interest in the research of the cluster and made her support clear. In a pleasant discussion atmosphere, a large number of socially relevant topics could be addressed and the minister was given a comprehensive insight, not least into the cooperation between the ministry and the faculty. Follow-up talks with the representatives of the departments have already been agreed and the exchange should continue to take place closely.