History

EkoNiva History

Prehistory

1989

  • Stefan Duerr, a student of Bayreuth University (FRG), becomes the first transfer student from West Germany to arrive in the Soviet Union for internship on the farms of the Kursk and Moscow oblasts.

1991

  • Stefan Duerr becomes one of the founders and the first president of the Apollo international organization for the Russian-German student exchange.
  • Stefan Duerr undertakes the organisation of business in the production, certification and sale of organic products.

1993

  • On the instructions of the German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, German experts start advising the officials of the Russian State Duma and the Federation Council on agricultural legislation. The coordination of this process is assigned to Stefan Duerr.

Beginning

1994

  • Establishment of the Russian-German EkoNiva Company. The main activities are organic agriculture and Russian-German cooperation in agricultural policy.
  • Consultations for farms in the Kaluga, Orel, Bryansk, and Kursk oblasts on organic agriculture.
  • Assistance in the development of basic laws in the Russian agricultural sector.

1995

  • EkoNiva participates in the BioFach Organic Trade Fair held in Nuremberg under the auspices of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) for the first time.
  • Production, certification, and export of buckwheat, grown organically in the Kursk Oblast to Western Europe. This is Russia’s first export of organic products to developed European countries.

1996

  • The company starts importing used agricultural equipment.

1997

  • Launching a plant for organic cereal production in the Kaluga Oblast.
  • Beginning of implementation of a joint German-Russian project on “Rendering Assistance to Russia’s Seed Production”. Holding a seminar dedicated to preparation of the final formulation of the Law On Seed Production. The Law is signed by the President in December.

1998

  • New activities emerge: supply of agricultural machinery built by the world’s leading manufacturers and seeds of varieties bred in Europe.
  • EkoNiva participates in publication of the Russian-German agricultural journal New Agriculture.
  • Publication of the “Seed production policy in Russia” booklet, which played a major role in the establishment of seed market in Russia.

1999-2000

  • EkoNiva’s rapid growth due to intensive development of the Russian agriculture in the context of introduction of new technologies in the farming industry.

2001

  • Start of the first agricultural project in Konyshevsky District, Kursk Oblast.

2002

  • Establishment of regional enterprises of EkoNiva in the Kursk, Voronezh and Orenburg Oblasts.
  • Mastering new areas of activity: the company’s own crop and seed production, cattle breeding.
  • EkoNiva’s first participation in the Golden Autumn trade fair, Russia’s major agricultural event.

2003-2004

  • Reorganisation and integration of EkoNiva.
  • EkoNiva participates in Russia’s first Field Day held in the Kursk Oblast.

2005

  • Stefan Duerr is awarded the silver medal “For Contributions to the Development of Russia’s Agriculture”. This is the second time the highest award of Russian farming industry is presented to a foreign citizen.

2006

  • EkoNiva joins the national project “Development of Agricultural Industry”. The company begins construction and reconstruction of livestock breeding complexes in the Voronezh, Kursk, Kaluga and Novosibirsk oblasts.
  • The Company starts publishing its own newspaper, EkoNiva-News, in Russian and English.

2007

  • Stefan Duerr becomes a winner of the national Pyotr Stolypin prize “Russian Farming Elite” in the category “Development of agricultural production and creation of new work places”.
  • Considerable expansion of the farmlands due to the takeover of five former collective farms in the Voronezh oblast.
  • EkoNiva holds the first mini football championship for amateur teams of Russia’s leading farming enterprises.
  • Opening of the first livestock breeding complex for 1200 head of cattle in the Voronezh Oblast.

2008

  • Commissioning of TWISTER mini-elevators at the farming enterprises in the Voronezh and Kursk oblasts.
  • EkoNiva-Agro receives the status of Breeding Reproducer of Simmental cattle.
  • EkoNiva holds the second mini football championship for amateur teams of Russia’s leading farming enterprises.

2009

  • Opening of livestock breeding complexes in the Novosibirsk and Kursk Oblasts.
  • Stefan Duerr is awarded a cross "For Services to the Federal Republic of Germany" for enhancement of Russian-German relationships.
  • Construction of a child-care facility on territory of the company’s enterprise in the Voronezh Oblast.

2010

  • Three enterprises of EkoNiva receive the status of Breeding Reproducers of Simmental and Red & White cattle.
  • Considerable expansion of agricultural production in the Kaluga oblast.
  • Start of beef farming development.
  • Opening of a seed processing plant in the Voronezh oblast.
  • Construction of a new livestock breeding complex on the territory of EkoNivaAgro in the Voronezh Oblast.

2011

  • Division of the Company into two independent entities, i.e. EkoNiva-Tekhnika and EkoNiva-APK Holding.
  • Opening of two livestock breeding complexes in the Voronezh oblast.
  • EkoNiva embarks on a new project for potato seed production in the Kursk oblast.
  • Commissioning of Phase 1 of a livestock breeding complex for 2500 head in Borkovo village.
  • Commissioning of a seed processing plant in the Kursk oblast.
  • Commissioning of Phase 1 of a fodder grain storage and processing complex with a rated capacity of 36,000 tonnes in the Novosibirsk oblast.

2012

  • Opening of a state-of-the-art potato storage facility in the Kursk oblast.
  • Successful bond placement at the Stuttgart Stock Exchange.
  • Start of an organic farming project in the Kaluga oblast.
  • Start of construction of milk processing plant in the Novosibirsk oblast.
  • Establishment of dairy products brand “The Academy of Dairy Sciences”.
  • Intensive construction of the church of Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God in Shchuchie village, Voronezh oblast.
  • Start of construction of residential houses for EkoNivaAgro's specialists in Dokuchaev street.

2013

  • Opening of a 2,200 head livestock facility at EkoNivaAgro, Petrovskoye village, Liskinsky district, Voronezh oblast.
  • Opening of a dairy plant in Novosibirsk oblast. Production of the Academy of Dairy Sciences milk, yoghurt, sour cream and cottage cheese.
  • Opening of a 2,200 head livestock facility in EkoNivaAgro, Kamensky district, Voronezh oblast.
  • Start of construction of a 30,000 tonne elevator in Severnaya Niva, Dymka station, Orenburg oblast.
  • Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visits EkoNivaAgro, Voronezh oblast.
  • Opening of a new seed production plant for grass conditioning (2 t/h output) in Zashchitnoye village, Kursk oblast.
  • EkoNiva’s first participation in the “Give way to milk” motor rally. More than 1,500 km covered from Moscow to Chuvashia in support of Russian dairy farmers.
  • The first livestock facility with robotized milking equipment from GEA Farm Technologies starts its operation in Kaluga oblast. Once it reaches full capacity, it will become the largest of its kind in Russia.
  • President of EkoNiva group becomes a Russian citizen. Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin signs a decree granting citizenship to Stefan Duerr for outstanding merits before Russia.
  • Zashchitnoe farm receives the status of a breeding reproducer.

2014

  • Stefan Duerr is awarded with the IIIrd degree Order of Merit before the Kaluga oblast.
  • Signing of an investment agreement for the development of cooperation between the administration of the Orenburg oblast and EkoNiva.
  • Commissioning of the 1st phase of EkoNivaAgro’s largest dairy complex with a capacity of 2,800 head in V. Ikorets, Bobrov district, Voronezh oblast.
  • Participation in Dairy and Meat Industry 2014 International Exhibition. In recognition of EkoNiva’s significant contribution into the development of the Russian agricultural sector, the company is granted with an honorary diploma “Elite of the Dairy Business”.
  • EkoNiva welcomes the participants of “Give way to milk” motor rally.
  • Stefan Duerr is pronounced the Leader of the Year.
  • EkoNiva celebrates its 20th anniversary.

2015

  • Stefan Duerr becomes the only businessman to join the top 10 most influential people of the Voronezh oblast according to Abireg business agency.
  • A new seed handling facility with a capacity of 50,000 tonnes is launched at EkoNivaAgro (Vysokoye v., Liski district).
  • EkoNivaAgro takes part in the mass ski race ‘Russian Ski Run’ for the first time.
  • Olga Pasyukova, Agronomist and Seed Grower of EkoNivaAgro, enters the Book of Honour of the Liski district (Voronezh oblast) in the nomination ‘The Rural Beacons’.
  • Combatants of EkoNivaAgro sport club took first place at Jiu-Jitsu competition at the Martial Arts Olympics in Saint Petersburg.
  • The launch of the Siberian region’s first 72-stall rotary milking parlour from GEA Farm Technologies at the dairy (2,500 cows) of Sibirskaya Niva in Borkovo village (Novosibirsk oblast, Maslyanino district).
  • EkoNivaAgro received the ‘Kindness-city resident’ social recognition award for active participation in the social life of rural areas.
  • On the day of the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, the Victory Park was opened in Shchuchye village to commemorate the warriors who were killed during the war.
  • Metropolitan Sergy of Voronezh and Borisoglebsk performed the Great Consecration of the Church of the Nativity of the Holy Mother of God in Shchuchye village and consecrated the stepping-stone of the future Church of the Saint Apostle John the Theologian in Kolybelka.
  • Kaluzhskaya Niva completed the construction of the robotic dairy with a 32-stall milking parlour for 1,800 cows in Boldasovka village.
  • Savinskaya Niva organic farm (Kaluga oblast) successfully completed the first season of production of organic vegetables and greens under Born in Savino brand. The organic products first appeared on the shelves of Moscow supermarkets ‘Azbuka Vkusa’, ‘VkusVill’, and ‘BIOSTORIA’.
  • Dairy products of the Academy of Dairy Sciences hit the shop shelves of the Voronezh oblast.
  • EkoNivaAgro opened a mega-dairy for 2,800 cows in Verkhny Ikorets (Voronezh oblast).

2016

  • Sibirskaya Niva completed the construction of the third phase of Borkovo Dairy for 2,500 head.
  • EkoNivaAgro took part in the all-Russian ski race.
  • Milk production is EkoNiva-APK Holding has exceeded 600 tonnes per day.
  • EkoNivaAgro (Voronezh oblast) received the second prize in the High Social Efficiency Organisation all-Russian contest for participation in resolving social issues of the region and the development of corporate charity.
  • Savinskaya Niva delivered the first lot of organic peas and buckwheat to Germany.
  • EkoNiva-Semena launched a major winter wheat breeding project at the territory of Zashchitnoe farming enterprise in partnership with IG-Pflanzenzucht.
  • Alta Showcase took place at a dairy of EkoNivaAgro. Over 100 record keepers, dairy cows of Holstein, Simmental and Red and White breeds, demonstrated golden standards of milk performance.
  • The Academy of Dairy Sciences launched a processing plant in Shchuchye village (Voronezh oblast). Aleksey Gordeyev, Governor of Voronezh oblast, was present at the opening ceremony.
  • Savinskaya Niva successfully completed a regular certification procedure to confirm compliance with the EU rules on organic produce. The certification was performed by BCS, one of the leading European certification authorities.
  • Sibirskaya Niva received a gold medal and a diploma from the Administration of the region for keeping the leading position in Siberian region.
  • EkoNiva sponsored Media Ball in the Central Black Soil Region and presented special awards to the journalists of the region.
  • Olga Malysheva, Dairy Herd Operator of Sibirskaya Niva, was awarded the title of Honoured Worker of the Agricultural Sector of Russia.
  • Nadezhda Vostrikova, AI Technician of Sibirskaya Niva, won the second prize in the regional professional contest.
  • EkoNiva received the title of the Best Supplier of the Year from Danone.
  • The Academy of Dairy Sciences opened a cafe at City-Park GRAD, the largest shopping and entertainment centre in the Black Soil region.

2017

  • EkoNivaAgro launched a new dairy for 2,800 head in Vysokoye village (Liski district, Voronezh oblast). Aleksey Gordeyev, Governor of Voronezh oblast, pressed the start button of the rotary milking parlour.