“What’s in it for the farmer?”

“What’s in it for the farmer?” was the very relevant question asked by an audience member in the Manure Standards seminar presenting project results on 24th April 2019 in Tartu, Estonia. The audience consisting mostly of Estonian and Latvian farmers and farm advisors as well as other stakeholders from the Baltic Sea region was especially interested in the differences of the analyses results in determining manure nutrient content. Susanna Kaasinen …

Made with Interreg

Manure Standards participated in the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme Conference in Luebeck on 9-10 April. In the company of the other 110 projects funded by the Programme, we certainly felt like being part of a real change brought about by the overall funding of around 245 million euros. 11 countries, 111 projects, 245 million euros of committed funding thus far, and over 1400 partners. This is how the Interreg …

Join our seminar about smart and sustainable use of manure on 24 April in Tartu!

  Manure Standards organises a seminar “Smart and sustainable use of manure – GreenAgri and Manure Standards project outcomes” on 24 April 2019 in Tartu, Estonia. The seminar is organised together with GreenAgri project and it is a part of the conference “AgroForum Mare Balticum – Agroecology as a driver for sustainable food  systems”. The AgroForum will take place on 23-25 April 2019 followed by the annual international Agricultural Fair ‘Maamess’ which …

Manure Standards results on their way

Manure Standards project consortium gathered in snowy Helsinki for an intensive project meeting on 6-8 February 2019. The finish line is already in project partners’ sight as the project is coming to its end during the autumn 2019. For the 2-year-project, many of the activities – such as the concrete instructions for manure sampling and analyses – have been completed. Now it is the time to tie the threads together: …

Valuable feedback from policymakers to Manure Standards results

Policymakers and authorities gave their feedback to Manure Standards project team in a Policy workshop organised in Warsaw, Poland, on 6 November 2018. Among other feedback, the importance of communicating the project results and the possible next steps was emphasised. The first results of the project – drafts of the calculation tool, guidelines for manure sampling and analysis and the HELCOM recommendation on the use of national manure standards – …

SuMaNu project platform to increase the impact of Manure Standards

  Manure Standards is involved in a cooperation platform called SuMaNu (Sustainable Manure and Nutrient Management for Reduction of Nutrient Loss in the Baltic Sea Region). SuMaNu brings together four EU-funded projects which all concentrate on sustainable manure and nutrient management from different perspectives. The ultimate goal of platform cooperation is to utilise nutrients more efficiently and to reduce nutrient inflow to the Baltic Sea. Project platforms are a new …

On the way to more harmonized determination of manure nutrient content – the project in BFFE newsletter

Published in the October edition of the Newsletter of Baltic Farmers’ Forum of Environment (BFFE). Read more about BFFE from here. Over a thousand manure samples have been taken and analysed on 82 pilot farms around the Baltic Sea this year by the project “Advanced manure standards for sustainable nutrient management and reduced emissions” (Manure Standards). The information collected on farms is used to provide farmers, advisors, authorities and policy-makers …

Pitch’d it! Manure Standards in Dragon’s Den at the Annual EUSBSR Forum

  We had the joy to represent and introduce the Manure Standards project during the two-day event in Tallinn, Estonia. The main theme of the 9th Annual Forum was the Baltic Sea Region After 2020. It was a time of interesting discussions and sharing of ideas and experiences. One of the key ideas that came up again and again was that BSR plans and operates on global issues, but the …

Spring sampling season is on – almost 900 samples to be collected

One aim of Manure Standards is to provide farmers with a tools suitable for manure sampling and analysis. The manure tool based on sampling, analysis and the farm survey will be tested on the pilot farms during spring and summer 2018. Measured values from the manure analyses are an alternative method to calculated values, and both can be used in nutrient bookkeeping including manure fertilisation plans on farms. Results from …

Shared starts for the new era of manure management

Manure Standards organized 9 national kick-off events to raise awareness of the project and the overall theme of manure use, but also to hear real feedback, ideas and possible concerns from stakeholders and to have a chance to discuss in national language about national issues. Even though the project operates in many countries, the most interesting thing for stakeholders is naturally how they can participate and how their situation is taken …