Jan. 13-15, Augusta, Maine
The 74th annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show will take place at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Maine, Jan. 13-15. This show brings together the agricultural community to learn, share and connect about the latest trends and innovations in the industry.
On the trade show floor
The trade show floor will have wide range of agricultural exhibitors displaying equipment, seeds and supplies, processing information, as well as resources available in finance, marketing and insurance.
- Live animal exhibit featuring goats and chickens.
- Cooking demonstrations Maine Chefs and agricultural associations will cook using local foods.
Trade show hours:
Tuesday, Jan. 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Thursday, Jan, 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Annual meetings and educational programs
Beginning Farmer Resource Network (BFRN): Two days of programming for new and beginning farmers. Talks will cover the basics of starting and financing a farm business.
Pesticide Applicator Recertification: Cooperative Extension & Board of Pesticide Control will present one-hour training sessions. Licensed pesticide applicators and dealers can earn credits towards recertification.
The Maine Cheese Guild will hold its January meeting. Anyone interested in cheese making is welcome to attend. A business meeting will be followed by a discussion about the benefits of becoming a licensed dairy processor and the process involved.
Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine: Annual meeting followed by informational and educational presentations. Open to SWOAM members and the public.
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association: Will offer a full day of programming on topics related to organic farming, management and marketing.
Unity Food Hub Informational Meeting: Learn about the newly created Unity Food Hub in Unity, Maine. The hub aggregates, markets and distributes local Maine food using a multipronged approach to assist farms and increase access to local foods by both institutions and individuals.
Maine Food Strategy: An informational discussion on the Maine Food strategy will be held, as well as session to solicit ideas from farmers on what they want consumers, educators, the nonprofit sector and government to do to support them and their business
Maine Maple Producers Association: A technical session with options for small and large maples producers will be held, as well as the 2015 annual business meeting.
Maine Farmland Trust: Scaling up for wholesale mini workshop for farmers.
Maine Vegetable & Small Fruit Growers Association: Annual meeting.
Maine Grass Farmers Network: Sessions on methods to improve pasture and livestock management.
Maine CDC, WIC Nutrition and FMNP: WIC Farmer and FMNP training session.
Maine Milk Commission: Special meeting of the commission to hear speakers on dairy topics.
Nutrient Management Program: Nutrient Management Program information.
USDA Farm Service Agency: An informational workshop covering loans and new programs offered under the 2014 Farm Bill.
Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society: Annual meeting in the morning session. Afternoon session will focus on the opportunities and challenges associated with growing an agriculture business to meet demands in the marketplace.
Farmer Veteran Coalition of Maine: Annual meeting.
Origin Food Safety: IHA certified HACCO course for food producers and growers.
Maine Pork Producers: Annual meeting.
Maine Poultry Growers Association: Annual education meeting.
Maine Sheep Breeders Association: Educational session addressing predators of sheep in Maine, the use of guard animals for sheep, and the pros and cons of having herding dogs.
Maine State Pomological Society: An educational program for Maine’s apple growers. Annual business meeting will also be held.
Maine Beef Producers Association: Beef producer education program and annual meeting.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension: Will host a Highbush Blueberry School for those interested in highbush blueberry production as a commercial enterprise.
Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative: Sharing information on CROPP Cooperative & organic dairying opportunities with the co-op.
New England Farmers Union: Get an overview of New England Farmers Union activities and work developing and supporting agricultural co-operatives throughout New England.
For more information about the show, visit http://www.maine.gov/dacf/ard/market_promotion/ag_trade_show.shtml.