The covid-19 pandemic is also having consequences for the popular competition – the Baltic Sea Farmer of the Year. WWF has decided to cancel the regional event this year.
“Unfortunately, it is not possible to carry out the necessary farm visits in many countries around the region. It is also uncertain if it will be possible to arrange an international conference for the award ceremony this autumn. WWF thanks the farmers who have already submitted nominations. We will save them for next year,” says Ottilia Thoresen, Director of the WWF Baltic Ecoregion Programme.
– Text below gives background to Baltic Sea Farmer of the Year Award.
Many farmers make important efforts to reduce the loss of the fertilizers from their farmland. The WWF Baltic Sea Farmer of the Year competition strives to highlight the positive environmental work done by farmers around the Baltic. These may include, for example, phosphorus dams, two-stage ditches, catch crops, structural liming, precision cultivation and environmentally adapted protection zones.
Who can be nominated? As an agricultural entrepreneur you can nominate yourself or any farm you think is at the forefront of sustainable farming.
Does it have to be a special kind production? No. The production can be organic or conventional.
Can only farms near the Baltic Sea can participate? No, you don’t have to be near the coast. Farms in the Baltic Sea catchment from Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine can participate.
What does the winner receive? A national winner in each of the participating countries will receive a prize of EUR 1000. An international jury then appoints a regional award winner who receives EUR 10 000.