January 22-23, Manchester, New Hampshire

For its 33rd year, the New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo, January 22-23 at the Center of NH-Radisson Hotel Manchester, will feature many 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 chain saw operation and maintenance class.

The sessions will also feature a discussion of learning how to assess and repurpose New Hampshire’s historic barns through a one-hour free workshop, “New Life or Older Barns: Creative Re-Use Strategies.”

Other topics in the educational sessions will offer advice on agritourism, women in agriculture as well as a seminar on starting a goat dairy. Also featured at the expo, the Bingo-style game, F.A.R.M.O. (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 and children learn about the conference’s exhibitors while winning prizes.

The Annual Awards Ceremony recognizes industry leaders and their contributions in 2015 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 NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets and 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.

The Tree Farmer of the Year Award is presented to a landowner who has shown exceptional forest management in the Tree Farm Program. The awards ceremony will also feature a silent auction.

Admission is $7 with children 15 and under admitted free. Attendees with two non-perishable food items for the New Hampshire Food Bank will receive a $1 discount. The expo opens at 9 a.m.-8 p.m. January 22 and 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. January 23. For more information, visit http://www.nhfarmandforestexpo.com.