Marine Digabel, 37 years, is a French agricultural journalist. She has been working as a journalist for 10 years, but specialized in agriculture 7 years ago, when she was hired by the agency Agra. The last two years she has been reporting about agriculture from China. In December she will start to report from France again.
Recently Marine participated in a press tour to Finland arranged by the European Network of Agriculture Journalists, ENAJ.
Marine described the visit to Finland.
As Finland is celebrating its 100th independence anniversary in 2017, the Finnish association of agricultural journalists (Maataloustoimittatjat) invited about 20 European journalists to discover Finnish agriculture, one of the most northern agricultural communities in the world.
Crop, dairy and pig farmers all explained how long and cold winters are dealt with. Although we met dynamic producers, it is really challenging for too many of them to keep farming as production costs are very high, but prices are not good enough.
We also had the chance to visit a research station focusing on the interactions between forest and atmosphere and to discover Finnish forestry (75 percent of the land is covered by forest).
Last but not least, the sauna was a daily commitment for many participants keen on living the Finnish way for a few days. Many thanks to the organizers who gave us a good summary of what agriculture is like in Finland and also a glimpse of a country they can be proud of.
Special thanks to the participants, whose questions were very interesting. This was my first trip with ENAJ, and I hope there will be many others.