Kornelis Kees Huizinga

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Kornelis Kees Huizinga

Farmer, Ukraine

Kornelis ‘Kees’ Huizinga was born and raised in a farming village in the north of the Netherlands. He graduated from Wageningen University in 2001 with a degree in agricultural engineering. Following an internship in Russia, and working in Poland and Russia, he started farming in Ukraine in 2003 with two partners. The farm started with 1,000 ha (partly no-till) and now covers 15,000 ha. The farm employs 350, has a dairy with 2,000 milking cows, and grows wheat, barley, canola, corn, sunflower, navy beans and sugar beets along with 250 ha of carrots and onions under drip irrigation. Kees has been recognized by the Global Farmer Network as the 2022 Kleckner Award for Global Farm Leadership recipient. Kees is a member of the Global Farmer Network. Since February 24, 2022, Kees has been farming in war-torn Ukraine. The future is completely uncertain and there is little certainty that the farming company will survive.