Land and Soil Management Award

About the Award

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The prize rewards land use and soil management practices mitigating soil threats i.e. soil degradation, erosion, reduction of organic matter content, diffuse contamination, and compaction as well as the reduction of soil biodiversity, salinization, sealing, flooding and landslides. In doing so, the award sheds light on outstanding achievements, encouraging new concepts of land and soil protection and their implementation in land management, as well as enhancing awareness about the importance of land and soil functions.


Who can apply? 
Farmers, landowners, land managers, groups of farmers, on their own or in collaboration with research institutes, universities and/or private companies. The call is open for applicants from all European countries.


Why apply?
To recognize the great value of the farmer’s work, by promoting the winning project as a good practice at the European level. Also, to enhance the visibility of such ways of farming at the local, national as well as European scale and to encourage the farmers to further develop their work in a sustainable path.
5.000 € is awarded to the winning project every year. The Jury can also award a Diploma of Recognition.


How to apply?

The call for application is open from October 1, you need to send the filled-out application form latest on January 29, 2021. The award is bestowed to the winner every year during the Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) Gala Dinner.

Please note: the application should preferably be filled out in English. If the application chooses another language a well-structured English summary of the project should be enclosed. Submit your project via e-mail to the Award Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and share your success!

The deadline for the 2021 edition has passed.

For more information please contact Emmanuelle Mikosz, Award Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Soil Award CALL 2020



This award has been launched in 2008 by the European Landowners’ Organization (ELO), under the auspices of the European Commission (DG Environment and the Joint Research Centre) and in association with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) of Vienna, Syngenta International AG, as well as the Centre for Soil and Environmental Sciences of the Ljubljana University. Since then, the award jury has selected outstanding achievements throughout the European Union in the field of sustainable soil and land management.


Members of the Jury

- Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Dr.h.c.mult. Martin H. GERZABEK - President of the Jury
- Thierry de L'ESCAILLE, ELO Secretary General
- Dr. Jeremy DYSON, FI Soil Sci; Fellow of Institute of Professional Soil Scientists
- Emeritus Prof., Dr. Franc LOBNIK
- Luca MONTANARELLA, Senior Expert, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D – Sustainable Resources, Land Resources Unit
- Claudia OLAZABAL, European Commission, DG ENVI, Head of Unit, Natural Capital, Land Use and Management


Prize winner 2020/2021

ฤŒerneliฤ Biodynamic Farming from ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎSlovenia with the project "Improving soil biodiversity and humus content for better soil fertility and climate"

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All prize winners and diplomas of recognition


Project name


Name of applicant

2020/2021 Improving soil biodiversity and humus content for better soil fertility and climate Slovenia Zvone ฤŒerneliฤ, Farm ฤŒerneliฤ
  Diploma of Recognition: Zukunft Erde – humus formation program  Austria RWA
  Diploma of Recognition: The Land and Soil Management at the Petr Marada ฬs Ecofarm Czech republic Petr Marada
  Diploma of Recognition: Carbon Action Finland Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG)
  Diploma of Recognition: La Junquera: fighting land degradation with regenerative practices in South Spain Spain Alfonso Chico de Guzman


ORTO 2.0


Lorenzo Artibani


Diploma of Recognition: a research and demonstration agroforestry experimental site in Ramecourt 

Northern France

Antione Dequidt & partners


GROW Observatory


GROW Observatory


Special Recognition for Breakthrough in Soil Technology for Precision Nutrient Management by near-infrared spectroscopy


John Deere GmbH&Co. KG


Preservation of soil health and fertility by implementing new concepts of land management


Galina Dimitrova Peycheva-Miteva


Diploma of Recognition: Holistic Management Regenerating Agricultural Soils


Africa Centre for Holistic Management


Healthy Soil for Healthy Food


59 Austrian farmers, SPAR and WWF Austria


Creating new land and soil management opportunities under Mediterranean soil and climatic limitations


Portalimpex, Lda


Soil Regeneration at West Woodhay Farms


West Woodhay Farms


The Pontbren Project


Pontbren Farmers Group


Global approach for a sustainable agroecosystem




Certified course “soil practitioner” for crop and grassland farmers


Bio Austria (group of farmers)


The Land Stewardship Network


Jordi Pietx


Little things mean a lot


Erlendur Björnsson


Jistebnice Highlands

Czech Republic

Jana Madฤ›rová

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