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Danish farmers tour Maine farms

7:05 PM, Jul 3, 2012   |    comments
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OLD TOWN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A group of 37 farmers from the country of Denmark were at the University of Maine Rogers Farm in Old Town Tuesday.  The stop is part of a three day tour of the state to see what steps Maine is taking in the world of sustainable agriculture.

The group of Danes includes farmers, organic crop advisors, industry representatives, a journalist, a student, and two consumers. The group learned about organic grain and dairy production during todays tour and according to sustainable agriculture specialist, Ellen Mallory, one of the biggest things farmers will take away from their visit is how to market their organic products."In the northeast we have a very different approach I think to marketing than they do," said Mallory. "Some of the production we have is similar, they'll pick up some little production issues here and there, but there's a lot more direct production to consumers that occurs in Maine."

The tour will continue Wednesday with visits to organic dairy farms, grain mills and the Maine Organic Farmers Association. Later in the week the Danish farmers will also tour farming areas in Vermont and Quebec before heading back to their home country.

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