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Farmer of the Year

How farmers can save the Baltic Sea

The importance of sustainable agriculture to reduce the threat of eutrophication of the Baltic Sea cannot be underestimated. Agriculture accounts for more than half of the nutrient inputs leading to the eutrophication. Farmers around the Baltic Sea therefore play a crucial role if we want to change the current situation. With the WWF Baltic Sea Farmer of the Year Award – we want to inspire farmers in the entire Baltic Sea region to take an active part in combating eutrophication.

The Award was founded 2009 by WWF in cooperation with farmers’ organisations from around the Baltic Sea. The award aims to highlight the important role of farmers and the good work they are already doing, providing excellent examples that others can learn from. It is also intended to promote cooperation around the region in order to further the application, and promotion, of good environmental practice in the agricultural sector. 

In each country around the Baltic Sea, one national winner will be selected and presented with a certificate and a nominal monetary award of 1,000 Euros. Each national winner will then serve as the nominees from which an international jury will select one regional winner – to be the 2018 Baltic Sea Farmer of the Year. The regional winner will receive a certificate and a monetary award of 10,000 Euros for demonstrating the best range of practices showcased in the entire region.

WWF is inviting individual farmers, family farms and farm enterprises – conventional as well as organic to apply to the competition. The deadline for nominations is 31 March 2018. 



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Baltic Sea Farmer of the Year

Watch a video on the Baltic Sea Farmer of the Year Award featuring some of the previous winners around the Baltic Sea.


a. Nominee(s) must have undertaken concrete measures to reduce nutrient emissions from their farm. Nutrient emissions include both nutrient leaching to water and gaseous losses as ammonia emissions from manure.

b. Nominee(s) cannot have any problems with fulfilling the minimum legislative environmental standards or have any juridical process ongoing concerning environmental protection, animal welfare, labour protection or other relevant legislation.

c. The measures undertaken to reduce nutrient emissions should be innovative or even “extraordinary” with reference to national context and standard. The nominee(s) should be able to be demonstrate the effect of these measures on reducing eutrophication.This means that the farmer:
  1. may have invented, tested or practiced his/her own successful measures to reduce nutrient emissions and can demonstrate the benefits of this.
  2. might be using conventional, well proven measures but applying them in a large scale.
  3. may be able to measure the effects – or – be somewhat of a pioneer in his/her area for a new technique which is promising but not yet able to be measured.
  4. might not fit in perfectly to any of the criteria above but is a good ambassador for applying effective methods to reducing nutrient emissions from their farm


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In 2015, Finnish Minna Sakki-Eerola and Markus Eerola, were awarded for their precise and innovative techniques that incorporated environmental concerns in the day-to-day activities and successfully retain nutrients at their organic crop farm Knehtilä

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