Certification: Sustainable Farmer

Farmer should use an eAgronom GHG* assessment tool for sources of emissions and carbon sinks on the farm. True data needs to be entered into eAgronom software, which calculates the relevant emissions and sequestrations in the farm.

* GHG – Greenhouse gasses (e.g. CO2, N2O, CH4)

Crop Rotation and soil coverage

  • At least 5-year crop rotation, including 1 year of legume (pea, bean, etc.). Multi-species cover crop counts as one crop.
  • At least 75% of living plant coverage index. This means that on average, fields should have crops growing at least 9 months of the year. Winter crops and cover crops can be used to achieve this crop coverage.
  • Residue should be left on the field or replaced respectively with manure to avoid nutrient loss.

Soil Management

  • Prevent soil compaction by avoiding traffic on wet fields. This means doing field operations on time, before or after excessive humidity periods (standing water on the field).
  • Peatlands shall not be cultivated to avoid soil organic carbon loss. Such wetlands should be kept as, or turned into grasslands.
  • Maintain permanent grassland. A land that has been a grassland for 5 or more sequential years should remain as such.

Nutrient management and plant protection

  • Precision fertilization is used for mineral nitrogen application. Taking into account soil analyzes, yield maps, and other field-specific information.
  • Animal-based organic fertilizers are incorporated into the soil via injection (slurry) or within 2h (manure).
  • No increases in quantities of Plant Protection Products used (either in total or per crop type per unit area) compared to an annual baseline average determined over a rolling 5-year baseline period.

Other Sustainable Farmer requirements

Sustainable Farmer manages a farm resource efficiently and with a long-term perspective. It means taking all reasonable actions like minimizing post-harvest loss or not burning arable stubble. For some farmers, it also means taking a step forward – like the aforementioned 5-year crop rotation or adopting precision fertilization technologies.

Sustainable Farmer terms & conditions