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2013 Maine Grain Conference

7:21 PM, Mar 1, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, MAINE (NEWS CENTER) -- Farmers across the state have struggled to keep up with rising feed costs. At an event in Bangor Friday several of them talked about how they can deal with the problem.

The 2013 Maine Grain Conference drew around 90 farmers. They heard several speakers talk about such things as production, crop rotation, organic grains, and more. Alice Percy is especially interested in the issue of rising feed costs. She started growing grain for her ninety hogs in 2008 when the recession dramatically pushed up her feed expenses.

"It took us years to be able to gather even the base line equipment needed to grow a small acreage of grain and we're still lacking some key pieces to really make it work on a larger scale," said Percy.

Agronomist, Elisabeth Vachon, from Quebec was one of the event's speakers. She talked about the importance of quality grains through good rotations, fertility and disease control.

"I think that what is meant to be done in Maine is to actually produce Maine wheat that would be made locally," said Vachon.

This was the fourth year that the conference was held and was organized by the University of Maine's Cooperative Extension.

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