The 73rd annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show will be held at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Maine, January 7-9. Admission is free. This show provides an atmosphere to walk through, observe, and educate the public about different areas of agriculture.
The event furnishes a showplace for farmers and producers to see the most modern equipment and services. There will be over 100 exhibitors; some of the new exhibitors include Biogas Energy Partners, Alliance Digital Networks, Bartlettyarns, Inc. and the Maine Migrant Health Program, which helps farmers figure out the Affordable Care Act.
Ag Commissioner Walter Whitcomb will be hosting a luncheon; contact the commissioner's office for tickets. New this year, Wednesday will be Youth Day, focused on educating young people about agriculture in Maine. Schools are encouraged to come, and the FFA will participate. The tradition of having livestock at the show will be revived, especially on Wednesday.
The Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets will be hosting a new seminar. Five years ago, there were 60 farmers' markets in the state - now there are 120. Visit http://www.mffm.org to learn more about the organization.
A sampling of the programs that will be offered: Organic Valley on what it means to be organic; USDA Farm Service Agency, focusing on FSA farm and loan programs; ReVision Energy on solar energy systems and their implications for farming; Maine Vegetable & Small Fruit Growers Association; Maine Milk Commission; Maine Harness Racing Promotion Board; and Maine Maple Producers Association.
The show will offer a little something for everyone. Throughout the event, there will be opportunities to attend lectures and workshops. For more information, contact Jessica Nixon at 207-287-3494 or Jessica.L. Nixon@maine.gov, or visit http://www.getrealmaine.com.
Tuesday, January 7........ 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, January 8........ 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday, January 9........ 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.