Feb. 6-7, Manchester, New Hampshire

New Hampshire’s Greatest Winter Fair is back for its 32nd installment. The New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo, Feb. 6-7 at the Center of New Hampshire/Radisson Hotel Manchester, will feature nearly 100 exhibitors along with free educational workshops.

Sponsored by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, the state’s Division of Forest and Lands, and Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, the annual exposition will hold sessions and meetings that include a refresher course in raising beef. The introduction will cover topics such as balancing rations for most economical gain and how to make use of the hay or forages that are available.

The sessions will also feature a discussion of how to keep proper financial and management records for a farm business. The subject, presented by Carol Starkie of the Farm Business Advisor, and Mary Welles from Farm Credit East ACA, will tackle how well-kept records can provide managers and owners a way to afford additional employee, expand operations, or purchase a piece of equipment.

Other topics in the education sessions will offer advice on social marketing, forest resource management as well as a summary of New Hampshire’s “Right to Farm” law and other pertinent subjects.

Also featured at the expo, the Bingo-style game, FARMO (Farm & Forest, Animals, Rural Characters, Millions of Laughs and Obvious Fun!), sponsored by the New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom and Granite State Future Farmers of America, will help attendees learn about the conference’s exhibitors while winning prizes.

The Annual Awards Ceremony recognizes industry leaders and their contributions in 2014 that’ll include:

  • Andrew L. Felker Memorial Award for leadership in promoting the growth and prosperity of New Hampshire agriculture.
  • Fred E. Beane Memorial Award for fair, accurate and effective reporting of news and issues impacting farming and forestry in the state.
  • Farms of Distinction, a program of the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food that annually recognizes those New Hampshire Farms that go the extra mile to keep their busy farmsteads neat and attractive, thereby portraying a positive image for New Hampshire agriculture.
  • Green Pastures Dairy Farm of the Year program
    showcases outstanding dairy farms
    throughout New England. Expo organizers
    will introduce and present the 2014 New
    Hampshire winners with a farm sign.

The Tree Farmer of the Year Award is presented to a landowner who has shown exceptional forest management in the Tree Farm Program.

A silent auction will be held throughout the show.

Admission is $7; children 15 and under are admitted free. Attendees with two nonperishable food items for the New Hampshire Food Bank will receive a $1 discount.

Show hours are: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7. For more details about the show, visit www.nhfarmandforestexpo.org.