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9 reasons to visit New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo9 reasons to visit New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo

Set for Feb. 2-3, educational sessions offer a wealth of need-to-know info.

January 19, 2018

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BERRY BOOSTER: Learn how Granite State research has quadrupled the length of its strawberry growing season.Kaitlyn Orde/UNH

New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo is set for Feb. 2 and 3 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, N.H. It features a tradeshow with over 100 exhibitors, educational workshops, demonstrations and farm animals.

“For 35 years, our agricultural and forestry exhibitors have demonstrated how these vital industries continue to help our state’s economy to grow while educating our residents on relevant industry topics,” says A.J. Dupere, chair of the New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo board of directors.

Key educational workshops
A series of educational sessions will be hosted by the University of New Hampshire Ag Experiment Station scientists in the Frost and Hawthorne rooms. The aim is to help those working in the forestry and agricultural fields make informed decisions about their own businesses, says Tori Berube, 2018 N.H. Farm and Forest Expo manager. Topics include:

• Wheat stem rust. New England’s role in this global battle

• Day-neutral strawberries. UNH research has quadrupled the growing season

• Drones. Unmanned aerial vehicles improve accuracy of remote mapping of forestry resources

• Niacin prepartum benefits. Calves benefit from dam supplementation

• Soil carbon balance. New findings

• Wood chip growing mediums. Evaluating performance of greenhouse crops

• Aquaponics. Ongoing experiments in recycling fish nutrients and vegetable production

• Glossy buckthorn. Ecological effects and control options

• Bobcats and cottontails. Human impact on these wildlife species

Admission price is $7 per person; age 16 and under are admitted for free. Attendees may save $1 off the admission price by bringing at least one non-perishable food item to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank. 

Admission is reduced to $5 per person Friday, Feb. 2 after 5 p.m.

For a complete list of exhibitors and educational workshop schedules, visit nhfarmandforestexpo.org.

Source: University of New Hampshire Ag Experiment Station

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