Agricultural Trades Show to explore connections!

January 5, 2018

For more information, contact: John Bott at 207-287-3156

The 3-day event is free and open to the public

AUGUSTA—The 77th Annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show will be held Tuesday, January 9, through Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the Augusta Civic Center. Hosted by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF), the show highlights Maine agriculture and the people involved through demonstrations, presentations and meetings of over 50 major agricultural organizations.

There will be over 125 exhibits featuring the newest in agricultural products, equipment and services. One of the state’s largest agricultural exhibitions, the event is expected to draw more than 5,000 people over the course of three days. Admission is free and open to the public.

Governor Paul R. LePage will be on hand Tuesday for the Trades Show opening day, to highlight the economic importance of agriculture to Maine and to join Commissioner Walt Whitcomb at the Commissioner’s Luncheon to publicly recognize this year’s recipient of the Commissioner’s Distinguished Service Award.

“This is an exciting time for Maine-made products and Maine agriculture,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Maine’s 8,200 farm operations provide wholesome foods, thousands of jobs and more than $740 million in farm receipts, not including direct sales at farms or farmers markets. Agricultural enterprises large and small are benefiting from the recent growth of Maine agriculture. Please join me in celebrating their efforts.”

“The 77th Maine Agricultural Trades Show expands the connection between new and seasoned Maine farmers and the everchanging marketplace,” said Commissioner Walt Whitcomb. “To grow Maine agricultural opportunities, the 3-day event will include (for the first time) the annual meeting of the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets and more extensive offerings in support of the Beginning Farmers Resource Network. There will be a lot to see at this year’s Trades Show, please join us on January 9, 10 and 11, 2018.”

Something for Everyone:

This year’s show features several new offerings for attendees in addition to a wide variety of presentations covering diverse topics of interest. New 2018 program highlights also include opportunities for growers, conventional and organic, to learn the latest developments in pest management and earn credits required for pesticide license recertification. The Maine Board of Pesticides Control will also be on hand to discuss basic safety training.

This three-day event has something for everyone, the farmer, non-farmer, hobbyist, educator or supplier. Attendees can walk through, observe and learn about how food is harvested and processed. Farmers and producers can see the most up-to-date farm equipment and processing methods and equipment.

Trades Show floor hours:

  • Tuesday, January 9, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 10, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 11, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The complete program and schedule are available at: http://www.getrealmaine.com/. It will also appear as a supplement in all of Maine’s major daily newspapers on Friday, January 5, 2018.

For more information about the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, go to: http://www.maine.gov/dacf