Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Getting Advice and Stepping Back in Time

We started off our last full day in the Aarhus area by traveling to the Djursland Farmers' Advisory Centre. We started by getting a tour of the office areas before meeting in a conference room to discuss the purpose and services offered by the local advisory centre. This is a centre that is owned by the farmers and funded by no one else so the farmers best interest is always a priority. They provide support from production practices to fertilizer plans to building plans. They even have access to members financial records in order to advise farmers to maximize profits. Next we made our way to the fields across the road to take a look at different wheat variety test plots and learn how they utilize the plots to advise farmers, before returning to the conference room to discuss Danish Agriculture. One very interesting fact was that there has always been a limit on the amount of milk that could be produced in the past in Denmark. This quota will disappear in the next year and production will be unlimited.

For lunch we made our way to Gammel Estrup which is a large manor that has been around for over 800 years. We enjoyed a traditional Danish meal before exploring the Manor and grounds. Upon the grounds was an agriculture museum that told the history of agriculture from practices, machinery, and types of crops and livestock.

Next we headed to a local tractor dealer for some tractor and equipment shopping of the toy variety before returning to Aarhus for shopping and exploration. We wrapped up the evening with a farewell dinner at Green Academy. It has truly been a great experience spending time at Green Academy and in the surrounding area. Tomorrow we will be making our way to Copenhagen. Check our Facebook page often for updated photos.

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