Estonian agriculture is a story of connected people. From producer to processor, advisor to scientist, collaboration is key. Only like this will agricultural land remain healthy, practices environmentally sound, regional traditions respected and we’ll have local food on our tables. It is equally important to diversify rural agricultural activity, promote entrepreneurial and employment alternatives among agricultural workers, and to keep rural living enjoyable. Luckily, led by the Estonian University of Life Sciences, numeral agricultural research groups are on the case.
Featuring field: Plant and Animal Sciences
- The Estonian University of Life Sciences is the Rome of the Estonian agricultural scene. Almost all academic roads either lead to — or come from — it. (Or one of its five institutes.) The university proudly calls itself the only academic establishment in Estonia whose priorities are driven by the sustainable development of natural resources, from teaching to world-class research.
- In addition to the Estonian University of Life Sciences, strong teams are active at two other locations as well. Vigorous work takes place at the Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences and the Institute of Technology — both are units of the University of Tartu. In the country’s capital, the Department of Gene Technology and the Department of Food Processing are producing stellar research at the Tallinn University of Technology.
- The Estonian Crop Research Institute studies efficient and environmentally friendly agrotechnologies, plant health and protection and the effect of varieties and agrotechnologies on yield and quality. Its teams work on agrochemistry, fertilisation, agrometeorology and breed new varieties of agricultural crops, while producing and distributing certified seeds of existing varieties.