2022 Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Conference Sessions

Conference sessions help attendees learn about current agricultural, food system and natural resource management topics. Some offer membership meetings, and training credits.

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    • ** Pre-registration required; click the link to register (typically pre-registered attendees receive a follow up email with a link to attend the session, this may include recordings) 
    • ◆ = Pesticide recertification session. Must attend live session to receive credits. No recordings. Contact BPC and UMCE for help.
    • $ = Session has fee(s) (Otherwise, there is no charge for the content.)
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Conference Schedule

More content to be announced, and adjustments may be made as needed. Enjoy the show!

Monday, January 10, 2022 +

9 to 10AM: Maine Senior FarmShare: Farmer Roundtable

11AM to 12PM: Grants, Loans, and Financial Resources from Agricultural Resource Development at DACF

Close Monday Conferences -

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 +

9 to 10AM: Precision Field Management – Looking to the Future

9 to 11AM: Meet 1-on-1 with Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Farmer Programs Staff

9:30 to 10:30AM: Proposed Agricultural Water Rule, FSMA, Produce Safety Rule

10 to 11AM: Local Foods and Ending Hunger: How Maine Farms Can Help End Hunger by 2030

10:15 to 11:15AM: Contamination of pesticide products by "forever chemicals"; what we know about PFAS and pesticides

11AM to 12PM: Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Grant Writing for Farmers

11AM to 12PM: Farm Labor Listening Session: University of Maine Cooperative Extension & Merrymeeting Food Council

12:30 - 1:30PM: Weed Management in Hayfields and Pastures

1:45 to 2:45PM: BPC Update - Rules & Regs

3 to 4PM: What's Next? –Emerging and Threatening Pests of Forests and Ornamentals

3 to 4PM: Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Organic Certification 101

3:00 to 4:15 PM: What's New in Ag Education for ME? (Maine Ag in the Classroom)

  • Join via Zoom
  • or Phone: (646) 558-8656, Meeting ID: 845 0637 2386, Passcode: 039782

Close Tuesday Conferences -

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 +

8:30AM to 3PM: Maine Forestry Forum

9:00 to 11:30AM: Sourcing USA grown flowers & foliage Year- Round, connecting farmers+ florists and live Q&A. Molly Oliver, Molly Oliver Flowers, Brooklyn, NY

9AM to 12PM: Recipe to Market - Introduction on how to start a value-added food business in Maine

9AM to 10AM: Berries & Biocontrol: Current Status of Biological Control Prospects of Important Berry Pests

9AM to 10 AM: Maine Course - Sodexo's Local Food Procurement Program and how to partner with us

10:30AM to 11:30AM: Bt Corn Update

12PM to 1PM: Maine Senior FarmShare: Senior Roundtable

12 to 1PM: 'What I Wish I'd Known When I First Started', Josh Flynn, CEO, Seabreeze Property Services

1PM to 2:30PM Sustainable & Regenerative Farming Practices: What, Why, & How

1PM to 2PM: Value-Added Producer Grant Presentation

1:15 to 2:15PM: The Future of Employment, Josh Flynn, CEO, Seabreeze Property Services + Round Table

2:30 to 4:00PM - Greenhouse Pest Talk with Carole Neil & Sarah Scally, Maine DACF

Close Wednesday Conferences -

Thursday, January 13, 2022 +

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM: Scaling from Production to Processing, Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative

10AM to 11AM: Wild Blueberry Update

11 AM to 12 PM: Farm to School Opportunities for Local Producers, Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative

11 AM to 12 PM: Working at the Bureau of Agriculture Food & Rural Resources – Employment opportunities!

11:30AM to 12:30PM: Understanding Herbicide Resistance

12PM to 1PM: Maine Senior FarmShare: Senior Roundtable

12PM to 1PM: Bumper Crop - Promoting farmers' markets through workplace wellness initiatives

1PM to 4PM: The Neapolitan (Hemp Infused) Pest Control Treat—A layer of IPM sandwiched between Maine field research findings and pesticide considerations

3:30PM: Risk-based Thinking in Agricultural Food Safety CONTACT Produce Safety Webinar

Close Thursday Conferences -

Friday, January 14, 2022 +

12 to 12:30 PM: On the Road with Commissioner Beal

Three greenhouse visits to discuss techniques, see the facilities, and present the 2022 DACF Commissioner's Distinguished Service Award. This virtual session also includes a special message from Governor Mills.

1 to 3:00 PM: State Agency PFAS Update – DEP, DACF, and Maine CDC provide an overview of current PFAS investigation and guidance.

Close Friday Conferences -

Pre-Recorded Content - View at any time

Other Scheduled Educational Content This Winter

**$ Farm Labor Workshop Series

  • First workshop starts 1/11/2022

**Selling More Maine Food Three-Part Webinar

  • Sessions scheduled 1/18/22, 1/27/22, 2/3/22

**2022 MFFM Annual Meeting & Roundtable

  • Scheduled 1/19 at 9 AM

Maine Vegetable and Small Fruit Grower Series

Pesticides Re-Certification Courses Questions for Maine Agricultural Trades Show?

Pesticide Applicator Licensing & Exam Help