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Danish agro knowhow shared with foreign students

Students from abroad absorbed knowledge about Danish food production and sustainable nutrient management in agriculture.

2018.07.02 | Janne Hansen

A group of international studerents absorbed knowledge about Danish agriculture on a course coordinated by researchers from AGRO. Photo: Berit Andersen, Innovest

Japan, China, Laos, Germany, Portugal and Denmark were all represented among the 29 agricultural science university students that visited AU Foulum and other agricultural places of interest in Jutland, Denmark, in June 2018. This is the second time that Aarhus University and Hokkaido University in their Joint Summer University open the doors to such an event. 

The basis for the international course ”Integrated Nutrient Management” is the highly specialised knowledge about food production and nature conservation we have in Denmark. 

In the course of the week-long stay, the students alternated between theory and practice. One of the students’ excursions went to the university’s research centre AU Foulum.  

- The aim is to give the students insight into how Danish farmers, authorities and research institutions collaborate on reducing nitrogen in agriculture, says one of the course coordinators Research Assistant Morten Graversgaard from the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University. The other course coordinators are Professor and Section Manager Tommy Dalgaard and Professor and Section Manager Jørgen E. Olesen, both from the Department of Agroecology. 

Besides Aarhus and Hokkaido universities, the other partners are the farmers’ union Landboforeningen Vestjysk, Innovest and Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality. The summer university is planned for five years. This is its second year. 

The chairman of the Knowledge Committee in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municiplaity, Lennart Qvist, presented the West Jutland food production with pleasure. 

- Food production is part of our DNA in this area. For many generations we have inherited knowhow and a feeling for management together with an outlook that enables us to incorporate the latest knowledge in our production. We would like to share this knowledge with the whole world, says Lennart Qvist. 

For more information please contact Research assistant Morten Graversgaard, Department of Agroecology, email: morten.graversgaard@agro.au.dk, telephone: +45 8715 7751 



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