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Agricultural Trades Show

Maine Agricultural Trades Show Newsletter

The show occurs at the Augusta Civic Center:

This is the third in a series of newsletters about the Ag Trades Show. Read the previous newsletters.

Exhibit Preview of the 2020 Maine Ag Trades Show

The Maine Ag Trades Show is a place for farmers and supporters of agriculture to network, learn and plan. In this newsletter, we highlight what’s happening in the auditorium for the 79thshow.

Visit the aisles surrounding center stage for…

  • Farm equipment, machinery, tools and supplies: from tractors to hand tools for all farm types and sizes, featured by dozens of businesses!
  • Agricultural groups and producer organizations: network with producer volunteers, staff and others to learn the latest news, activities, and outreach needs!
  • Business services: network with professionals who provide organizational support in a variety of areas, from accounting, business planning, legal support, marketing, mediation, and more!

Visit the north corner of the auditorium for Maine Farm Products…

  • Learn about some of the many fine farm products that are available for sale year-round, get updates on production techniques that help Maine farmer add value to Maine farm products throughout the supply chain. You can also shop Maine farm products!

Activities for Kids…

  • Agricultural enthusiasts of all ages can experience the importance of agriculture.
  • Visit the south end of the auditorium for interactive displays highlighting agriculture
  • Listen to 4-H Public Speaking participants from Maine counties share their insight about agricultural topics on Wednesday afternoon at the presentation stage.

New Layout in the Auditorium!

Maine Ag Trades Show Exhibit Map

We announced in fall 2019 a new layout for the 2020 show. It’s a change that moves the info booth, and the presentation stage to the center of the auditorium. Foot traffic flows in a different direction around booths. You can view the new layout here!

The Maine Ag Trades Show is free and open to the public. The auditorium is where show attendees find business services, equipment, agricultural organizations.

Attendees can visit with familiar and new Exhibitors, each with a connection to agriculture in Maine. View a list of exhibitors. 

Presentation Stage Tells the Story of Agriculture

Maine agriculture has an important story to share. Many of life’s necessities and luxuries start with the land and natural resources stewarded on working landscapes. There will be plenty of networking and stories to share throughout the three-day event. The presentation stage is a place where the story of agriculture is shared, and viewers can watch culinary demonstrations, and hear about agricultural topics. Currently scheduled presentations include: 

Tuesday:

  • Intellectual Property and Agriculture
  • Maine 200: Looking ahead at Maine’s Bicentennial 
  • Trust to Conserve Northeast Forest lands 

Wednesday:

  • Coffee Talk: A Barista and A Dairy Farmer Walk into the Ag Trades Show
  • Cooking Maine Beef with Flair
  • Farmer Stories
  • Maine 4-H Public Speaking
  • Maine Creates: Maine ingredients recipe winner

Thursday:

  • Farmer Stories
  • Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative
  • Harvest Hour

Connect With State Agency Programs in the Resource Room

After a 2019 debut, the Resource Room returns to the Cumberland Room, first floor.  Visitors can tour exhibit tables and gather information, as they meet staff from state agencies who work with farmers, land owners, food producers, municipalities and others in Maine agriculture. Meet and Greets with Department Staff Start at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday!

Planning Your Trip to the Show

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