I have travelled a lot across Europe these passed few years, and in doing so, I came into contact with many young farmers. Each of them had his or her story, but also questions. “What it like where you’re from? How do you do this in your country?” Nowadays, young farmers are struggling with 3 things: access to land, capital and knowledge. Unfortunately, we dont’t have capital or lands to give, but we will happily share our knowledge. That’s why we made this first magazine, and that’s why many more will follow.
There are more than 1 million young farmers in Europe. Each of these farmers, horticulturists, cattle breeders, winegrowers… has a story. We want to share these stories from all across our continent, so that knowledge is shared and questions can find answers.
I have been playing with the idea of Farmers of Europe for a long time. The past few months, we have worked hard, but with great pleasure in realizing our magazine. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed making it.
Editor-in-chief Farmers of Europe.
- Milking in the shadow of Brussels
Bart Vanderstraeten (38) runs a mixed business with his wife Marijke (31) in Merchtem, a village just outside Brussels (Belgium).
- From a desk to the farm…
Matija Brinjak is the only farmer who grows fruit in Veliki Banovac, a small village near Pakrac. Without any experience he started growing strawberries. Everything was financed with his own money…
- 25 years of Vario
25 years ago, Fendt introduced the first Vario transmission. A risk at the time, but a standard now!
- Corona and agriculture
It’s the first time we’ve had to deal with a pandemic like the corona outbreak. The impact could not be estimated, but measures had to be taken and choices had to be made….
- Company profile: Vervaet
The Dutch company Vervaet is well-known in Europe when it comes to spreading manure or harvesting beet.
- Control weeds in fruit and wine plantations with electricity.
Until recently, in order to manage weeds in fruit or wine plantations, the choice was between pesticides or mechanical weed control. The XPower uses electricity.
- Automatic planting with Agriplanter
The development of planting machines is ever evolving.
The planting machines of the Belgian company Agriplant are a great example of that.
- Column Tom Vandenkendelaere
When Europe itself starts goldplating, don’t we make things unnecessarily difficult for ourselves?
- Column Jannes Maes
European green deal, it’s the economy stupid!