Adrian Wawrzyniak checks that his tractor has correctly spaced out the rows of corn on his farm near Turzany, Poland. He belongs to a farmer’s organization, Solidarity NSZZ, that has protested against Polish and European Union support for farmers in Ukraine.
Adrian Wawrzyniak checks the condition of corn in storage, left over from last year's harvest.
Mr. Wawrzyniak kept last year’s corn stayed in storage because the Polish government suggested farmers would get higher prices later. Now, he has no room left for this year's crop.
Mr. Wawrzyniak bought his GPS-equipped tractor and other state-of-the-art equipment with EU subsidies. Now, he is frustrated with the bloc for its methods of supporting Ukrainian farmers.
At his house, Mr. Wawrzyniak looks at the Polish flag by the door.
Mr. Wawrzyniak is a conservative Catholic, as are many in this part of Poland farm country. A Bible and other religious literature lie on a table in his living room.
Mr. Wawrzyniak has dinner with wife Anna, 23, mother Grazyna, 55, and sister Nikola, 16. Nikola and sister Miram, 18, study at a Catholic school run by nuns in Wroclaw.
Adrian Wawrzyniak heads to the fields after lunch break
Adrian Wawrzyniak greets his one-year-old son Bogumil through the window.
Preparations for sowing wheat in Mr. Wawrzyniak's field
Mr. Wawrzyniak pours fertilizer, which has grown more expensive in recent months, along with fuel.
Mr. Wawrzyniak says he supports Ukraine in its struggle against Russia, but he and his organization will keep pressing the EU to change its approach to Ukrainian agriculture.
Adrian Wawrzyniak checks that his tractor has correctly spaced out the rows of corn on his farm
Mr. Wawrzyniak’s farm spans 400 hectares. He’s not sure what to do with the crops that will grow there this year.
Adrian Wawrzyniak carries cereal stalks in his car to check later.
Adrian Wawrzyniak checks the internet the characteristics of the corn he has bought.
Adrian Wawrzyniak’s 400-hectare farm. He feeds the ducks and geese that he keeps at the pond next to the house with corn from his field.
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Farmers in Poland are pushing back at Europe’s wartime support for their Ukrainian counterparts, complaining that tariff-free exports have depressed prices and put their current crops’ future in limbo.
Adrian Wawrzyniak is part of a national farmers’ group, Solidarity NSZZ, which has organized several protests to demand compensation for the EU’s policy on Ukrainian grains.