Apply for an early retirement pension for long-time insured persons from the Agricultural Pension Fund Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Under certain conditions, you can apply for an early retirement pension for those insured for many years before the regular retirement age.

Pension from 63 for those insured for many years:
You can apply for the early retirement pension for long-term insured persons from the age of 63 if you have


  • have reached the age of 63 and
  • have completed the qualifying period of 35 years and
  • have completed the long insurance or credit period of 45 years.

The early retirement pension from 63 is free of deductions. If you meet the requirements for this type of pension, you will be paid the pension without deductions.
The retirement age for this type of pension will be gradually increased from 63 to 65. The relevant age has been reached:


  • If you were born before 1953, the pension can be paid without deductions from the age of 63.
  • For births between 1953 and 1963, the age limit is raised by 2 months with each cohort.
  • If born in 1964 or later, the pension is paid from the age of 65.

Pension from 65 for those insured for many years:
You can apply for the early retirement pension for persons insured for many years from the age of 65 if you have


  • have reached the age of 65 and
  • have completed the qualifying period of 35 years.
  • If you have fulfilled the long-term insurance or credit period of 45 years, you can claim this pension without deductions.
  • If you have less than 45 years, you can only be granted this pension with a deduction. In this case, your pension will be reduced by 0.3 percent for each calendar month for which you claim this old-age pension early.

Additional earnings:

  • If you still feel fit enough, you may earn some additional income on top of your early retirement pension. This will not extinguish your pension entitlement, but it may affect the amount of your old-age pension.
  • High additional earnings can lead to a complete reduction of your pension. However, this only applies if you have not yet reached the standard retirement age, i.e. if you have retired early. If you have reached the standard retirement age, you can earn an unlimited amount on top of your pension without it being offset.



  • Valid identity card or passport
  • in case of application by other persons:
    • Power of attorney or
    • Order of the court

Forms available: Yes
Written form required: Yes
Informal application possible: Yes
Personal appearance required: No
Online services available: Yes











Related Links

  • Antrag auf vorzeitige Altersrente für langjährige Versicherte bei der Landwirtschaftlichen Alterskasse zum Download

Preconditions

You can apply for an early old-age pension for long-serving insured persons if

  • you have completed the minimum insurance period (waiting period) of 35 years,
  • and have reached the age relevant for you.

The 35-year waiting period takes into account all compulsory contributions as well as voluntary contributions that you have paid or are deemed to have paid to the agricultural pension fund. Contributions for periods prior to 01.01.1995 are generally only taken into account if they have been paid without interruption.
If a pension equalization was carried out in your favor, the transferred entitlement will be converted into waiting period months.


Periods from other pension schemes:

  • Periods from other pension systems, for example, periods in the statutory pension insurance scheme, can also be counted towards your waiting period.
  • If the third-party periods overlap with those of the agricultural pension fund, the third-party periods cannot be credited at the same time.
    • This also applies if you were exempt from compulsory old-age insurance as an entrepreneur during the same period.
    • An exemption from compulsory insurance as an assisting family member, on the other hand, does not prevent third-party periods completed during this time from being credited.

The following periods can be credited:

  • Compulsory contribution periods to an institution of the statutory German pension insurance and equivalent periods of the social insurance of the former GDR,
  • Periods of exemption from insurance in the statutory pension insurance, for example as a
    • civil servant
    • judge
    • professional or temporary soldier, and
    • other person with civil servant status
  • Periods of exemption from compulsory insurance in the statutory pension insurance, for example
    • Salaried employees and self-employed persons who belong to a professional pension scheme
    • teachers and educators at private schools, if they are covered in the same way as civil servants
  • certain foreign periods according to supranational and intergovernmental law

If you have fulfilled the long-term insurance or credit period of 45 years, you can claim this pension without deductions. The following periods, among others, are creditable for determining the 45 years:

  • Periods in the old-age insurance scheme for farmers
  • periods of compulsory contributions as a farmer or for family members working with you
  • periods of voluntary contributions in accordance with §§ 4 or 5 of the Law on Old-Age Insurance for Farmers (ALG), if there are at least 18 years of compulsory contributions as a farmer or for family members working with the farmer
  • Periods in the statutory pension insurance
  • This includes
  • compulsory contribution periods of employees
  • periods of compulsory contributions by self-employed persons
  • compulsory contribution periods due to bringing up children
  • periods of compulsory contributions due to non-professional care of relatives
  • periods of voluntary contributions to the German pension insurance (DRV), if there are at least 18 years of compulsory contributions from an employment or self-employment there
  • periods of compulsory military or civilian service
  • contributions due to subsequent insurance
  • periods in the acceding territory and in Saarland, insofar as they count as compulsory contribution periods
  • periods that are treated as equivalent to compulsory contribution periods for insured employment or activity under federal law (for example, under the Foreign Pensions Act)
  • Calendar months with substitute periods (persecution, expulsion, flight)
  • credited periods due to bringing up a child up to the age of 10
  • Periods during which unemployment benefit, sickness benefit, transitional benefit, short-time working benefit, bad weather benefit, winter compensation or insolvency benefit was drawn
  • Periods in other social security systems

These include in particular periods as

  • Judge for life, for a fixed term or for a probationary period
  • civil servant for life, for a fixed term, on probation or in preparatory service
  • Professional soldier or temporary soldier
  • Employee of a corporation, institution or foundation under public law, if he or she is guaranteed a pension entitlement in accordance with civil service regulations or principles or corresponding church law regulations.
  • member of an ecclesiastical cooperative or a member of a similar community, if he or she is entitled to a pension according to the rules of the community
  • employees and self-employed persons who are members of a statutory professional pension scheme (e.g. doctors', pharmacists', lawyers' or architects' pension schemes)
  • Teachers and educators at non-public schools or institutions if they are guaranteed a pension entitlement in accordance with the principles of civil service law or corresponding church law regulations.

For the purpose of determining the 35 or 45 years, the following periods, among others, are not countable:

  • Calendar months acquired through pension equalization or pension splitting
  • periods of unemployment assistance or unemployment benefit II
  • Periods of receipt of unemployment benefit in the last 2 years before the start of the pension
  • (Exception: if these periods are the result of insolvency or complete closure of the employer's business)
  • Voluntary contributions in the last 2 years before the start of the pension, if at the same time there is an imputation period due to unemployment

Related Links

  • § 12 Absatz 2 Gesetz über die Alterssicherung der Landwirte (ALG)

Related Links

  • Informationen zu den Altersrenten für Landwirtinnen und Landwirte und Familienangehörige auf der Internetseite der SVLFG

You can apply for the early retirement pension for long-term insured persons in writing, in person or online:
Written application:


  • Download the application and enclosure form for early retirement pension for those insured for many years on the website of the Social Insurance for Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture (SVLFG). Fill it out completely and compile the required documents.
  • You can send your completed and signed application with the required documents by mail to your Landwirtschaftliche Alterskasse.
  • Your agricultural retirement fund will review your application. You will receive a written decision by mail or in your electronic mailbox at SVLFG.

Note: A person you trust can also submit your pension application on your behalf. To do so, please submit a corresponding power of attorney to your agricultural pension fund. As long as the power of attorney is valid, your Landwirtschaftliche Alterskasse will only contact your authorized person.



Submitting your application in person during the consultation:

  • Gather the documents you need to file your application and make an appointment at the Landwirtschaftliche Alterskasse or an SVLFG counseling center.
  • During your consultation, your pension application will be recorded.
  • Your Landwirtschaftliche Alterskasse will review your application. You will receive a written decision by mail or in your electronic mailbox at SVLFG.

Submitting your application online:

  • Go to the SVLFG online portal and log in.
  • Fill out the form and upload the necessary documents. Then submit your pension application online. You will receive the application as a PDF in the online mailbox.
  • Your agricultural pension fund will review your application. You will receive a written decision in your electronic mailbox at the SVLFG.



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Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Last update or date of publication
11.04.2022