Schedule of Events

The 2017 NH Farm & Forest Expo workshops offer something for everyone! 


Friday, February 17, 2017
Show Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Play FARMO, our Bingo-style game, to learn about our exhibitors and win great prizes!  Coordinated by NH Agriculture in the Classroom.
Location: Booth #100
9 to 10 a.m. Farm Income TaxesStark Room

Are you starting or currently operating a farm business?  Would you like to learn about the taxability of your farming activities?  This session will provide an overview of farm-related income taxes and how different types of farming income are taxed. We will also discuss accounting systems for farmers. This will be a speaker-led information session with encouraged attendee discussion with lots of time for questions and answers. For more information, please e-mail here.

9 a.m. to 12 noon Forest Stewardship Committee Annual MeetingWebster Room

For more information, please e-mail here.

10 to 11 a.m.
Carriage Houses, Carriage Barns and Cottage StablesPierce Room

With sufficient space for at least a horse, wagon, harnesses, feed and hay, carriage houses were common outbuildings on farms and on village homesteads in New England during the 1800s. This richly illustrated presentation will explore the history, styles and features of these historic outbuildings that have often been adapted for other uses. Drawn on updated research by our presenter, Dr. Thomas Visser, author of Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings, this educational session is intended for anyone interested in what our older buildings can tell us about the heritage of New England farms and communities.

Members of the NH Historic Agricultural Structures Advisory Committee will be present to answer questions about barn preservation resources.  For more information, please e-mail here.

10 a.m. to 12 noon Local Regulations: How Do They Impact Your Farm?Frost/Hawthorne Rooms

Join members of the New Hampshire Coalition for Sustaining Agriculture for a round table discussion on the impacts, good and bad, of local regulations on farms and agriculture in your community. The Coalition is gathering this information in order to develop resources municipalities and farmers can use to support New Hampshire’s working landscape of gardens, farms, and forests.  For more information, please e-mail here.

10:30  a.m. to 12 noon
A Conversation about the Future of New Hampshire’s Farmers Markets 
A Forum for Farmers Market StakeholdersStark Room

A round table discussion with New Hampshire’s Market Managers and farmers’ market stakeholders.  What is the future of New Hampshire’s farmers’ markets?   What was your number one challenge this year?  We’ll discuss challenges, highlights, and identify strengths and weaknesses in the farmers’ market sector of NH’s local food system.    Are local foods flowing through these sales outlets?  Join us for an informed conversation, including an overview of marketing ideas and resources available to your markets.  For more information, please e-mail here.

1 to 2 p.m. Harvesting Timber? Think Taxes.Webster Room

Landowners who generate income from timber sales are subject to taxes. However, there are strategies that landowners can use to help them minimize their taxable gain from timber sale income. This session will provide a brief overview of timber taxes, then focus on one of the most common federal income tax deductions related to timber income. Landowners who are considering harvesting for the first time on their property may find this session particularly beneficial.  For more information, please e-mail here.

1 to 2;30 p.m. NH Forest HealthPierce Room

Join the NH Division of Forests and Lands Forest Health Specialists and their cooperators as they provide an engaging, hands on workshop designed to help landowners properly identify today’s major forest pests and diseases. Recommendations for reducing the spread and controlling infestations will also be provided. For more information, please e-mail here.

How to Cultivate your Social Media Presence

Frost/Hawthorne Rooms

Learn exciting, and cost effective ways to promote your farm business using social media from an expert from Manchester’s-own GYKAntler.  For more information, please e-mail here.

 1 to 3:30 p.m. Beetle Bandits, Bats and Bees – Research from the NH Agricultural Experiment StationStark Room

Part A: Forestry Research Update: Hear from faculty and graduate students about their ongoing research in NH forests. Dr. Heidi Asbjornsen’s research group will discuss drought impacts on the growth on a mixed hardwood, Northern New England Woodland. Elise McCabe, from Dr. Don Chandler lab, will talk about using the smoky-winged beetle bandit, a solitary wasp, to locate new and low-density Emerald Ash Borer populations in NH forests, and Dr. Jeff Foster’s research group will present research on favorite foods of bat populations in our forests–which insects do bats control?

Part B: Agriculture Research Update: Get the latest scoop from faculty and graduate students about their ongoing research that impacts farmers. Dr. John Halstead will discuss the value of the local label in farmers’ market. Dr. Sandra Rehan’s research group will present information on NH native bee species, important pollinators for fruits and vegetables. Dr. Cathy Neal will talk about strategies to establish long-term pollinator habitats. Dr. Andre Brito and Dr. Rich Smith’s research groups will discuss field peas and alternative forages that provide new approaches to improve the economic and environmental sustainability for New England dairies.

For more information, please e-mail here.

2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Timber Depletion – A “Value-Added” Service for ForestersWebster Room

Foresters are often hired to help clients understand the financial implications of managing forestland. The tax treatment of timber income, specifically opportunities to deplete timber, can result in greater profit for a landowner, and can help justify a forester’s services and fees. Join us for a technical session on a new “calculator” that foresters can use to help predict the financial impacts of depleting timber. Non-foresters are welcome to attend; content will be technical. 1.0 category 1 SAF CFE credits.  For more information, please e-mail here.

3:30 to 5 p.m. USDA Farm Service Agency Programs for New Hampshire ProducersWebster Room

Need money to buy a farm?   Need farm operating money?  Need more or improved storage space for your fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, or other agricultural products?  Want to learn about risk management programs to help lessen the impact of losses due to natural disasters?  Join USDA Farm Service Agency in a discussion about programs relevant to New Hampshire.  For more information, please e-mail here.

4 to 6 p.m.
Accepting SNAP EBT and Encouraging SNAP Purchases at Your Farm or Farmers MarketStark RoomThis session, presented by USDA FNS Snap, will highlight the why, and how of accepting SNAP at your farm or farmers market, including how to apply to become a SNAP authorized retailer, and how to obtain low cost EBT Point-of-Sale equipment to accept SNAP benefits. The session will also highlight SNAP at Farmers Market Success stories along with a question and answer session.   For more information, please click here.

Chainsaw Safety

Pierce Room

Join AJ Dupere, Urban Forester with the NH Division of Forests and Lands for a presentation and hands on workshop on proper chainsaw use and maintenance.  We will discuss appropriate safety gear, sharpening, and techniques for successful chainsaw operation.  Participants will have an opportunity to work on chainsaws to practice basic maintenance and sharpening skills. For more information, please e-mail here.

 Saturday, February 18, 2017 Show Hours 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
9:30 a.m. to  4 p.m. Play FARMO, our Bingo-style game, to learn about our exhibitors and win great prizes! Coordinated by NH Agriculture in the Classroom.
Location: Booth #100
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. STEM Inquiry Connections to Food Systems EducationPierce Room

In this workshop  topics related to Food Systems with particular attention to how food systems can contribute to a healthy community through  interrelated components, actions and results are covered.   Interwoven will be how to address Food Systems  into classrooms with an emphasis on Inquiry Teaching  and Next Generation Science Standards and Science Practices.  This workshop is designed for K-12 school teachers, Master Gardeners, and others currently working with or hoping to become involved in school and youth gardening.  For more information, please e-mail here.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Backyard and Suburban Maple ProductionStark Room

The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association shares information on backyard and suburban maple production. Ten taps or a hundred, this class is designed for new or existing backyard adult producers and New Hampshire youths interested in competing for the $2,000 NHMPA 2017 Felker Prize.

The topics to be covered include:

• Maple Tree Identification: Learn to identify the types of maple trees found in New Hampshire – Sugar, Red, Black, Silver and Norway – with a discussion of the pros and cons of tapping different ones.

•Methods of Sap Collection: Demonstrations of the equipment used for bucket, 3/16 or 5/16 tree tapping. Discover the most cost effective method for producing and collecting maple sap in your backyard.

•Backyard Evaporation: Turkey fryers, block arches, barrel evaporators, half pints or mini evaporators, wood, propane or oil, view and discuss all the options and techniques for the most critical portion of your maple operation.

•Filtering and Grading: Learn how to make syrup of the proper legal density.  Review and discuss simple filtering methods to produce clear maple syrup. Understand how syrup is graded and why off flavors are produced.

•Bottling: Simple advice on how to properly preserve your finished product.

The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association represents more than 400 sugarhouses and producers across the State. Experienced sugar makers looking forward  to guide and mentor new producers ready to properly make our traditional product.  For more information, please e-mail here.

 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Pros and Cons of A. I. and Natural Service for GoatsDartmouth Room

9:30 a.m.    ADGA District #1 Meeting with Phil Cassette, First Vice President, American Dairy Goat Association  and District #1 Directors, Cliff Parker and Tom Cox

10:00 a.m.     A.I. Techniques and Production Practices  with Dr. Taryn Pearson, North East Farm and Family Mobile Veterinary Service,   Acton, ME

11:00 a.m. “Proper Management and Selection of Natural Service Bucks”  Dot Perkins, UNH Cooperative Extension Livestock Field Specialist

12:00 p.m.  Question and Answer Session

For more information, please e-mail here.

10 to 11 a.m. Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS): Who Needs to ComplyWebster Room

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) recently published the revised Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS).  The WPS is meant to increase protections for agricultural fieldworkers and pesticide handlers from pesticide exposure when working in farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses. The changes will definitely affect New Hampshire agriculture, and soon– as early as January 2017 in some cases. This presentation will cover changes to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and show growers in NH their expected time line for compliance.  For more information, please e-mail here.

 11:30 a.m. to    1 p.m. Big Trees of New HampshireWebster Room

Want to learn about NH’s biggest trees and where they are located? Kevin Martin, a local boatbuilder, woodworker and Big Tree hunter, will discuss where to find them in our state. Learn about a horse chestnut planted in Portsmouth in 1776, a white cedar near Lake Francis that has been marked by bears for years, and many other significant trees from the Seacoast to the North Country.

Many hikers, hunters, forest workers, and farmers appreciate these trees and this presentation, along with Kevin’s book Big Trees of NH, will help you get out and see these impressive giants in our landscape.  Copies of the book will be available for sale at the workshop. For more information, please e-mail here.

 12 to 1:30 p.m. Backyard Crop Tree Management: Making Your Trees Work for YouStark Room

Owning and managing woodlands in NH can be valuable experience in so many ways! Crop tree management is a useful technique which can help landowners achieve a variety of goals for their trees and their properties as a whole. It’s also a great way for landowners to take a hands-on approach and become actively involved in management of their land. Crop tree management can be used to improve recreational opportunities (think hiking, bird watching or hunting), resource production (timber, firewood or maple syrup), wildlife habitat and general aesthetics.

In this seminar designed for the hands-on landowner, we will discuss details of what crop tree management is, what benefits it can provide and how to implement it on small- to medium-sized woodlots (2-50 acres). Specific topics will include:

  • What is a crop tree?
  • How to select crop trees to meet your specific goals.
  • How to provide optimal conditions for crop trees to thrive.
  • What can you expect once you implement crop tree management?
  • Examples of successfully applied crop tree management.
  • Additional resources available to help landowners.

For more information, please e-mail here.

1 to 2 p.m. Adding Resiliency: The Role of Solar Power in Strengthening the Small Farm EconomyPierce Room

An exploration of the potential with ReVision Energy for solar power to decrease overhead costs while increasing operational sustainability on the small NH farm.  For more information, please e-mail here.

1 to 2:30 p.m. Tipping Point:  Achieving Wholesale ReadinessDartmouth Room

This information session is designed to help attendees assess and capitalize on wholesale opportunities in New Hampshire and is led by Heather Inyart from New Hampshire Made.  If you are looking to expand beyond selling at fairs and festivals and scale up to selling wholesale, this session is for you.

This session features 3-4 speakers from a large regional retailer, independent retail shop and 1-2 small business owners who currently sell through different retail channels.  Speakers will share lessons learned about what information is needed up front to sell to different types of customers and the resources required to manage the business ongoing.

The session will also address how to best approach customers, who the decision makers are and expectations around service levels, distribution considerations and margins.

For more information, please e-mail here.

2 to 3 p.m. A New and Modern Approach to Food PreservationStark Room

Your Best Preservation Option? FREEZE DRYING! Freeze drying is easier than canning or dehydrating, and will last up to 8 times longer. Small and Beginning Farmers of NH has added three HarvestRight Freeze Dryers to their equipment pool. Learn about this product and more about preserving your harvest. For more information, please e-mail here.

Chickens for Eggs and Meat

Webster Room

This workshop will cover housing and spacing requirements and options, Brooding; feeding at different life stages; general husbandry, and how to prevent problems.  This program will discuss both layers and broilers and will be for anyone interested in raising their own chickens for eggs or meat.  For more information, please e-mail  here.