Fondation Avril and the Academy of Agriculture supported for the first time in 2018 the « Graines d’Agriculteurs » competition, which rewards young farmers with innovative paths.
This competition, run by the Terres Innovantes des Jeunes Agriculteurs’ endowment fund, introduces new faces of farmers, promotes the sector’s profession and innovation, thereby helping to change society’s perception on agriculture by showing all the wealth and diversity of its professions. The financial contribution from Fondation Avril and the Academy of Agriculture allowed the creation of a prize: « Actor of soil preservation and fight against climate change ».
Thibault Le Masle, winner in the category “Actor of soil preservation and fight against climate change”, offered by Fondation Avril and the Academy of Agriculture
Thibault Le Masle is a poultry and pigs farmer. For him, working in harmony with nature is a leitmotif. He is involved in an agro-environmental measure (MAE) concerning the soil. Thibault uses direct sowing under vegetation cover with permanent soil cover, particularly for honey plants. In this way, Thibault reduces his impact on the environment. The procedure limits soil erosion by capturing more carbon. Hives installed on his land allow him to improve the pollination of his crops.