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We connect and inspire farmer collectives and represent their interests

BoerenNatuur is the Dutch national organization that represents all farmer collectives in the Netherlands. Our members execute the agri-environmental scheme (AES) at a landscape scale. Aim is to conserve farmland nature and maintain the farmland landscape. Within these 40 collectives over 8.000 farmers are actively involved and in total they manage over 90.000 hectares of farmland. Yearly over 65 million euro is invested agrimanagement. Our members range in size and management unit. Some of them have landscapes with more open grassland, others with more open fields.

Before 2016 there was an individual system where individual farmer had contracts with the government. In 2016 we went from an individual approach to a collective approach. This meant a stronger role for our members, the agricultural collectives. And more responsibility. Collectives serve as final beneficiaries for the subsidy: on the one hand they have a collective contract with the government and on the other hand an individual contract with the farmer.

What do agricultural collectives do?

  • Administration of farmer participants
  • Digital registration the type of management on the land parcels of the participants (practically speaking: draw management unit on map and link to management activities/package)
  • Reporting of completed management activities from participants during the year
  • Inspection of realization of management activities
  • Preparation of collective claim
  • Preparation of payment justification
  • Payments of farmer participants

Do you want to know more about the cooperative approach in the Netherlands? Read ‘The cooperative approach under the new Dutch agri-environmentclimate scheme’.

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