Many farmers take innovative measures to help reduce nutrient runoff to the Baltic Sea and achieve sustainable farming. With the Baltic Sea Farmer of the Year Award, WWF aims to highlight how important their work is and showcase their good examples across the region.
The award was first introduced as a way to inspire farmers and decision makers in the agricultural sector by highlighting concrete examples of all the positive things that farmers are doing around the Baltic Sea. The competition is now in its fourth year and has grown to receive strong interest from farmers.
The competition has been held in all nine countries around the Baltic Sea: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ger-many, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden. A national award has been presented to one winning farmer in each of the participating countries and an international jury has selected the regional winner.
This year’s regional winner, Mr. Juhan Särgava of Estonia, has been awarded the Baltic Sea Farmer of the Year Award 2013 for “his success in demonstrating how a large scale organic farm can use innovative, diverse and cost effective methods to reduce nutrient runoff while producing high quality organic dairy products.”