Schedule of Events

The 2014 NH Farm & Forest Expo will offer something for everyone!  Please check back after October 1, 2013 to see the sessions and activities we are proud to offer! 

6 a.m. to 9 a.m.                  LIVE Radio Broadcast with WTPL107.7 FM's Peter St. James & Jim Fronk!  If you can't come to the Expo, listen
9 a.m. to 12 noon               NH Agricultural Experiment Station Research: Improving Stakeholders Bottom Line

                                            Learn about some of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station's research to improve the bottom line for the state's
                                            agricultural sector: comparing cultivation methods for strawberry production, impacts of common feed
                                            supplements for organic dairy cows, feasibility of woodlot-produced wood shavings for annual bedding, aerobic
                                            composting to offset on-farm energy costs; tomato variety trails in high tunnels and in the field, new approaches
                                            to monitor orchards for bitter rot and apple scab, and improving forage stand productivity.  Faculty from the
                                            College of Life Sciences and Agriculture will discuss investigations into these and related topics in this interactive

                                           Wholesaling to Restaurants, Supermarkets, Schools and Institutions: Opportunities and Challenges

                                          This session is for farmers and food producers who wish to wholesale product to restaurants, supermarkets,
                                          schools, hospitals, and other institutions.  These buyers have demands that differ from retail customers, and
                                          speakers will include chefs and buyers from supermarkets and institutions, as well as growers who have a
                                          successful wholesale business model. Planning and preparation of product, communication with buyers and
                                          identifying buyers who match the producer's scale will be discussed.  This session is led by Charlie Burke from
                                          NH Farm to Restaurant Connection.
9 a.m. to 12 noon              Writing Rural NH

                                            Led by NHTI's Dr. Amanda Eason, join us to explore and appreciate the art, images and poetry of rural New
                                            England.  This historical perspective and recollections of the spirit and poetry of farming wll be told through art,
                                            diaries, letters and narrative.  Guided writing activities including art and farm-based artifacts will be available. 
                                            Hands-on writing exploration studies and ongoing activities will be offered through the workshop.  Drop-ins and
                                           "non"-writers welcome!

                                            USDA - Farm Serivce Agency

                                           NH USDA Farm Service Agency staff will provide an informational workshop and hands-on assistance to beginning
                                           and existing farmers and ranchers by explaining farm programs, farm operating and ownership loans, as well as
                                           available resources and requirements for participation in USDA programs.
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.         Barn Preservation Success Stories

                                           Presented by NH Preservation Alliance.  The Alliance's Barn Assessment Program has helped over 130 barn
                                           owners better understand the needs of their historic barns and set preservation plans for their structures.  Come
                                           hear from past grant recipients who have successfully renovated their historic barns, get questions answered
                                           about barn repair, and learn more about the barn assessment grant program. 
10 a.m. to 12 noon             Winter Farmers Market Discussion Panel: A Roundtable Discussion Panel

                                            Come to the Farm & Forest Expo and hear from some of the top market directors and NHFMA Board Members
                                            and Advisors. What is working? What is not working? Ask questions and gain information in order to grow your
                                            market, increasing healthy foods for everyone throughout the state. Topics to be covered include:
                                            Increasing market visibility, gain more customers, Day of Market Tips & Tricks, community outreach, marketing
                                            paraphernalia and "Does Your Market Need SNAP?
1 to 2 p.m.                          More Than A Chainsaw...

                                            Join Eric Johnson from the NH Timberland Owners Association for this workshop.  A successful timber harvest
                                            requires good planning and matching the right equipment to the job. This workshop will highlight the three most
                                            common timber harvesting systems used in New Hampshire, and how to match the right system to the right
1 to 2:30 p.m.                      "How And Why NH Got a Department of Agriculture" 

                                            Join former Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Taylor for this not-to-be-missed discussion about events and
                                            participants that led to the establishment of the NH Dept of Agriculture 100 years ago!
1 to 3 p.m.                           NH Food: Cultivating Communication, Collaboration and Change

                                           NH Food is an initiative to ensure a robust and resilient food economy in our state. How?  Through the formation
                                           of a broad, well-connected and organized network of farmers, fishermen, private and non-profit organizations,
                                           farmers markets, wellness programs, buy-local groups, public agencies, cooperatives, distributors, schools,
                                           hospitals and other institutions, businesses and individuals who share a common interest: a healthy thriving local
                                           food system.  By building this network, we can create the kind of synergy that strengthens all of our work at the
                                           community, regional, and statewide levels.   Bring your enthusiasm and ideas for how to organize a network that
                                           links us …including suggestions for a  name!   E-mail with questions!
1 to 4 p.m.                        Women in Agriculture: “Risky Business: Tools for Success in Today’s Agriculture”

                                             This is a great time for women in agriculture. The United States Department of Agriculture reports that there are
                                           over 1 million women in the United States serving as the primary and or secondary farm business operators. The
                                           increasing number of diversified, specialty, and expanding operations creates a greater demand for higher level
                                           of risk management skills in the areas of production, marketing, human resources, financial management, and
                                           legal affairs. Join us to hear a presentation by Sheila Marshman, President of NY Agri-Women who will discuss
                                           risk management skills for today’s farm.  There will also be a panel discussing funding sources and a panel of
                                           farmers sharing experiences with farm transition.  Contact Gail McWilliam Jellie, NH Department of Agriculture, for
                                           more information.

                                           Accessing Business Capital: Pathways to Successful Financial Relationships

                                           With a vibrant NH Ag environment as a goal, this interactive session will share experiences, examples and tools to
                                           assist you in cultivating your fiscal fitness.  What has worked? What… has not?  No fundamentals of Quickbooks,
                                           number crunching or how-to spreadsheets in this session.  Join a fast-paced session that will give you a
                                           one-on-one opportunity to connect with lenders about your best chance of success in today’s complicated
                                           economic environment.

                                           Sponsored by the NH Ag Financiers Group. Contacts: John Hamilton, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund and
                                           David Bishop, Farm Credit East
3 to 5 p.m.                          The Social Black Bear: What Bears Have Taught Me About Being Human

                                            Join noted independent wildlife biologist and noted New Hampshire author Ben Kilham for a presentation
                                            illustrated with pictures and video and covering black bear social interactions, communication, judicial systems,
                                            mating, food and more!  Ben will also sell (and sign) copies of his new book,  Out on a Limb.

                                            Forest Stewardship Annual Meeting

                                            The annual meeting of the Forest Stewardship Committee, this advisory committee looks at the year's
                                            accomplishments and plans for future projects.  This committee advises the UNH Cooperative Extension's
                                            Forestry & Wildlife Program and the NH Division of Forests & Lands.  For more information, click here.
4 to 6 p.m.                           Chainsaw Operation & Maintenance

                                            Join Jon Nute from UNH Cooperative Extension to learn the basics of tree cutting and saw handling.  Bring your
                                            own saw if you would like!
6 to 8 p.m.                           Annual Awards Ceremony & Celebration    
                                            Salon A                                                  

                                            Join us as we celebrate just what makes agriculture and forestry so special in New Hampshire!  Doors will open
                                            at 6 p.m.; our program will start at 6:30 p.m. RSVPs required by 1/31/14 - details to follow!
8 a.m. to 12 noon               Whole Farm Planning for Specialty Crops

                                            This workshop is part of a two-year workshop series on specialty crops developed by Small and Beginner
                                            Farmers of NH
. This workshop will introduce participants to the process of whole farm planning and will
                                            encourage growers to create an overall goal for their operation, examine and assess their resources carefully,
                                            develop short- and long-term comprehensive plans, and monitor their progress.

                                            Participants will also learn the basics of enterprise budgeting to predict potential expenses and to calculate the
                                            possible profits for a particular specialty crop.  For more information, click here.
9 to 10:30 a.m.                    Introduction to Beef
CANCELLED 2/7/14             Hale
5:30 p.m.

                                            Led by Jason Harris, Territory Sales Manager at Kent Nutrition Group, this session begins with sourcing calves
                                            and getting them off on the right start.  Also covered will be balancing rations for the most economical gain and
                                            how to make use of the hay or forages that are available.
9:30 a.m. to 12 noon          New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar - Milk Sanitation

                                            Milk is a food product, and it will never be any better than the sanitary conditions under which it is produced and
                                            bottled.  This session will cover food safety and handling steps that need to be followed both in the barn and int
                                            he kitchen to ensure a quality product.  There will be some discussion about transferring from a hobby to a
                                            commercial dairy.

                                            9:30 a.m.    ADGA District #1 meeting (Phil Cassette, Jennifer Mellett, and Cliff Parker)
                                            10 a.m.       "The Farm Side of Making Quality Milk" (Dorothy Perkins, UNH Cooperative Extension)
                                            11 a.m.       "Safe Milk Handling in the Kitchen" (Catherin Violette, PhD., RD., LD, UNH Cooperative Extension)

                                            Questions?  Email here.

                                            Horse Discovery
                                            Expo Concour

                                           New Hampshire 4-H Horse Program presents the Equine Discovery Room that will have demonstrations, learning
                                           opportunities, science activities, and even a real live horse to learn about and with!  Join University of New
                                           Hampshire Cooperative Extension 4-H staff, volunteers, and youth as they explore all things equine!    Seating
                                            provided for 25.  E-mail questions here.
10 to 11 a.m.                       Starting Plants from Seed

                                            Join UNH Cooperative Extension and WMUR-TV "Grow It Green" personality Margaret Hagen for this workshop! 
                                            People have all sorts of reasons for starting plants for their spring gardens from seed.  Some common reasons
                                            include saving money, wider selection of varieties, the ability to follow plants from seed to harvest, and just plain
                                            old pure enjoyment.  If you've ever wanted to plan out a garden, order and start the seeds yourself, this
                                            workshop is for you.  Margaret will cover all the details: seed selection, scheduling, potting mixes, providing
                                            sufficient heat and light, what to grow in, and hardening of plants before planting.
10:30 a.m. to 12 noon        New Hampshire Maple Rules Proposed Changes: Comment Session

                                            Open to all maple producers interested in changes in the state's maple grading law.  E-mail questions here.
11 a.m. to 12 noon             Be on the look-out for Max from the Manchester Monarchs!!
12 noon to 1:30 p.m.         Backyard Maple Sugaring - How To Make Your Own Maple Syrup

                                            The sap will be running soon!  Have you thought about making your own maple syrup? Do you want to know what
                                             is needed? Join Hank Peterson (NH Maple Producers Association) and Steve Roberge, (Cheshire County
                                             Extension Forester) to liearn the steps from the tree to the table plus learn what equipment is needed to get
                                            started making your own. This special workshop is geared to first-timers and beginning maplers. All aspects of
                                            maple sugaring will be covered, including tree identification and tapping, collecting and boiling sap, finishing,
                                            filtering and packing syrup. Equipment and supplies needed, especially sizing and operating small evaporators,
                                            homemade and commercial, will also be addressed.
12 to 2 p.m.                        USDA-RD Grant Programs: Assistance for Agricultural Operations

                                            This session will provide an overview of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) and Value-Added
                                            Producer Grant (VAPG) program.

                                            REAP offers grants, guaranteed loans, and combination grant/guaranteed loans to help agricultural producers
                                            and rural small businesses in rural areas purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy
                                            efficiency improvements to their current operations. 

                                            VAPG helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of
                                            bio-based value-added products with a goal to expand markets for, and increase financial returns to, the
                                            agricultural producers-owners of the value-added venture.

                                            Questions?  E-mail here.
12:30 to 3:30 p.m.               New, Young and Beginning Farmer Rap Session

                                            Hosted by NOFA-NH, this is a great session for new, young, and beginning farmers facing barriers to starting a
                                            farming career.  Access to capital, to land, to health insurance present the largest obstacles for new farmers.

                                            This workshop presents an opportunity for attendees to come together to discuss the challenges and
                                            opportunities they face in starting a farm in the Granite State.  Through facilitated dialogue we'll collectively
                                            address the relevant issues and brainstorm innovative solutions with the goal of building a more resilient network
                                            of support.  This two-hour formal session will include an additional informal hour for discussion and networking.

 1 to 2 p.m.                          Restoration of the American Chestnut Tree

                                            Less than 100 years ago, eastern United States forests were dominated by large American chestnut trees.  By
                                            the 1950s, this population was reduced to short-lived stump sprouts.  These trees reined over 200 million acres
                                            of eastern woodlands from Maine to Florida, and from the Piedmont west to the Ohio Valley, until succumbing to a
                                            lethal fungus disease, chestnut blight.  The blight, imported to the US on Asian chestnut trees, is a fungus and its
                                            spores are easily dispersed via air, raindrops, or animals. 

                                            Join Wildlife Biologist Curt Laffin as he discusses the history and demise of this tree and addresses the efforts by
                                            the American Chestnut Foundation to restore it locally and throughout the historic range.
2 to 4 p.m.                           "Mind Your Own Beeswax" - Another Gift of the Bee. Stories of Bees, Wax and Candles Fit For the

                                            Martin Marklin of NH's own Marklin Candles, is an avid beekeeper and expert candle maker.  Martin's beeswax
                                            candles grace the most revered of homes including that of the Pope, the Vatican.