AUGUSTA, Maine — The 70th annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show — set for next week at the Augusta Civic Center — will offer nearly three full days of education and networking for members of the Maine farming community, as well as a full trade show for visitors.
From sessions on the earthy basics such as weed control and invasive insects, to presentations on technologically rooted tools such as Internet marketing and social networking, there will be something for every producer in Maine.
“We are offering from A to Z, from the basics to cutting-edge technology,” Maine Agriculture Commissioner Seth Bradstreet said Tuesday. “We are optimistic and excited. We feel that we have brought together some great speakers. This show is the place to be in January.”
The show will be held over three days next week, and admission is free. The hours are: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12; and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13.
“This show provides an atmosphere to walk through, observe, and educate the public about different areas of Maine agriculture,” Bradstreet said.
Farmers will hold individual workshops and training sessions, including on alternative energy solutions, computerized record keeping, resources for new farmers, insurance, regulations and seasonal hiring.
Among participants will be Christmas tree producers, vegetable and livestock farmers, berry and fruit farmers, aquaculturists, maple syrup producers and cheese makers.
More than 40 major agricultural organizations, committees and agencies will be represented and there will be more than 100 exhibits to take in. All of the vendors are agriculturally based, some providing free samples and opportunities to purchase products. Throughout the week there will be lectures and workshops.
To find a minute-by-minute schedule of the trade show, click the link at: www.getrealmaine.com.