The vital Farmers and Weather partnership
According to Ott Läänements of Avispeamees OÜ in Avispea Village, a farmer's risks are three: the weather, the market and the politics. This year, the trio attacks in one accord.
18.08.2016, Liina KanarbikPM
Small farmers scraping off ministerial rot aka Hay or Urmas
Next to the field one detects these steaming freshly pressed rolls of smouldering, smelling and mouldy matter. Just some few years ago, farmers were spared the toil of scraping off hay spoiled by rain on the fields. Now, that's the rules.
15.08.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Faulty regulation blamed as millions of fishery support wasted
National Audit Office says support by European Fisheries Fund has failed to increase amount of native fish on Estonian kitchen tables. Fish farmers say the expectation is unrealistic and point to faults in the regulation governing distribution of the money.
06.06.2016, Siiri LiivaPM
Farming crisis paving way for milk from Poland
Farmers do not think current governmental measures suffice to crawl out of the crisis engulfing milk and pork industry these past few years. Rather, they foresee invasion of imports.
12.04.2016, Siiri LiivaPM
HKScan launches live pig imports from Finland
HKScan Estonia, the largest enterprise in Estonian food industry, is importing a tenth of live swine needed for its production from Finland in fourth quarter.
01.10.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
SEB grants grace period to third of milk producers
Over a third of milk producing clients of SEB have applied for grace period regarding loan payments, and some are failing to even pay the interests.
15.09.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: something's gotta change
Patience is wearing thin, signalled farmers' protest at Toompea yesterday. can't go on like this. As costs keep exceeding income, unlike other businesses farmers lack the option to temporarily halt operations.
Tallinn rocked by farmer power
Addressing the protest rally in front of the parliament building yesterday, Tartu County farmers chief Jaan Sõrra vowed to spread dung across the castle front should governing politicians fail to deliver on EU support as promised.
15.09.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Refugees, reforms, pigs, milk ...
Launching the fresh political season today, Riigikogu stands faced with problems at home and abroad. Not limited to the European refugee issues, heads of the factions think it important to progress with administrative/state reform, helping the farmers, and work capacity reform.
14.09.2015, Tuuli KochPM
Cheap milk a headache for farmers of the world
Today in Toompea, Tallinn, farmers convene to protest and to demand that the state grant them extra support as milk prices very low for years are steadily thinning their ranks. The same problem is plaguing colleagues the world over.
14.09.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Hunting adviser: hunt no good to stop spread of fever
Environment ministry hunting adviser Tõnu Traks says it was no way African swine fever could have been slowed down by hunting wild swine once the hazard surfaced. To the contrary: Estonia opted, by banning driven hunt, to keep the beast in place where they were and thus granted farmers time to take needed measures in farms. Now, it is only the diligence of farmers that can keep fever off domestic swine.
27.08.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Bumper crop expected
If the weather stays fine, an excellent harvest is in store this year - equaling increased exports.
18.08.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
«What do you do out of the blue...»
The rapidly spreading swine fever has affected farmers in dire straits. While the state offers support to start anew, many haven't a clue what the new might be.
13.08.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
One pig can kill the industry
Eleven days ago, the initial Estonian domestic swine died of African fever. The darkest scenario would spell death to quite a large part of the entire industry.
29.07.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
Meet Farm of the Year 2015
At the Estonian Farm Days in Jädeda this past week-end, 19 years old Suitsu cereals farm at Pikasilla, Valga County was proclaimed Farm of the Year 2015. The man of the house Urmas Tekkel said they had been begged to participate before, but thus far he never figured the buildings were fit enough.
27.07.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: just a matter of time
The swine fever surfacing in three Estonian farms spells losses for owners and raises the question of sufficiency of governmental measures.
Swine fever the new normal?
Estonia's initial domestic swine dead by African swine fever this weekend will hardly remain the last, as the virus will lurk the surrounding forests for 5 to 20 years.
22.07.2015, Oliver KundPM
Feels like farmers have perhaps survived
Pan-Estonian survey shows farmers grew desperate during the winter but now, with spring in the air, milk seems to sell again.
26.02.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Milk price plunges ten years back
Giant farms and couple-of-cow hobby farmers to survive price drop due to Russian food embargo.
02.09.2014, Andres ReimerPM
Farmers on edge: pig plague feared to roam the forests
Two men clad in all-white exposure suits are seated on the sofa at Kuusalu’s «Küüni» pig farm office. Facing them, the owner Toomas Liivik seems somewhat tense while trying to keep his cool.
22.08.2014, Anette ParkseppPM
Blanket ban a cold shower for Estonian producers
Yesterday morning, as requested by president Vladimir Putin, Russian prime minister Dmitri Medvedev imposed import ban on Western beef, pork, fruits and vegetables, poultry, fish, milk and milk products.
08.08.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
Estonian minister of agriculture: pig plague is here
After a meeting with hunters and swine farmers yesterday, minister of agriculture Ivari Padar (SDE, soc dems) underlined the high likelihood of the African pig plague virus being already present in Estonia.
06.08.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
White bread beats black brother
Why is Estonia’s rye and potato farming shrinking fast? Blame the white bread/macaroni revolution, and all things wheat. And the people spitting on unending propaganda trumpeting the wholesomeness of rye.
31.07.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Editorial: hogs worth fighting for
Pity the pig farmers: in the heat of the summer, chilly winds are howling from the south. Last week already, a dread epidemic – the African pig plague – had made it to Northern Latvia, nearing Estonian borderline. Alas, despite all measures taken and planned there’s small chance we will escape untouched.
Fretful farmers waiting for the Tallinn-Berlin train
Two teenage farmers, Andres and Martin (both 13) from Lepiku and Raudsepa farms, frown as they weigh into older folks discussions: they would not like Rail Baltic – planned to connect Tallinn with Berlin in 10 years’ time – depriving them of lands to cultivate.
18.07.2013, Anneli AmmasPM
Farm organizations want direct payments to rise to 75 pct from 2014
Estonia's agricultural organizations want direct European Union agricultural payments for Estonian farmers to be raised to at least 75 percent of the EU average already by 2014.