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Expositions and Events

The Division of Agricultural Development participates in many state and regional expositions and events throughout the year. The NH Farm & Forest Exposition and the New Hampshire Building at the Eastern States Exposition (the Big E) are two events for which the division has direct management responsibility. The Division also participates in the organization and management of the regional Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference & Trade Show that takes place biennially.

New Hampshire Farm & Forest Exposition

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The New Hampshire Farm & Forest Exposition is an annual winter fair that occurs in February. Begun in 1984, the New Hampshire Farm & Forest Expo has been in operation over 30 years. The Expo is sponsored by the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, the NH Division of Forests & Lands, and the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.

The Expo has a two fold mission of 1) bringing together the state's farming and forestry communities to share ideas and views on industry needs and 2) providing a fun and interesting venue for the public to learn about these industries and their impact on life in New Hampshire. The exposition includes workshops, speaker programs, large trade show featuring equipment, products and food produced or sold in New Hampshire, children's program called Kid's Night and much more.

For information:

Telephone: (603) 271-3788

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Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference & Trade Show

The Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade show is one of New England’s largest agricultural marketing conferences. The conference was first held in 2007 and takes place biennially.

Harvest New England and the New England State Departments of Agriculture are pleased to announce that they will once again be hosting the Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show. The conference will be held at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center in scenic Sturbridge, Massachusetts on February 25-26, 2015.

Agricultural producers from across New England will come together to learn new marketing ideas or fine-tune current strategies for business success. Over the course of two days, there will be over 25 workshops with a wide range of marketing and business planning topics covered. Destination agriculture, diversified wholesale markets, farm to institution, farmers' markets management and planning for the farm future are just some of the workshops planned. The popular trade show, featuring the latest products and services for New England farms, will once again be offered in conjunction with the conference.

The goals of this biennial conference are to improve and develop new marketing ideas, to share information, and to improve state and agricultural business cooperation. Supporting and promoting the agricultural industry, while protecting consumers and the environment through communication of sound public policy and programs, is the primary mission of the Harvest New England organization.

The 2015 event is the 5th Harvest New England Conference and Trade Show and over 800 attendees are expected. Please consider being a sponsor for this conference. Your sponsorship will provide name recognition amongst farmers throughout New England, and will support the New England agricultural industry.

Information and to register: Harvest New England Conference

New Hampshire Building - Eastern States Exposition

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Since 1930,the state of New Hampshire has operated a pavilion at the Eastern States Exposition (the Big E) in West Springfield, MA. This is an annual September exposition that celebrates New England - culture, industry, heritage, and craftsmanship. The Big E is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary (2016) and draws over one million visitors during the course of its 17 days.

The New Hampshire Building is managed by the Division of Agricultural Development. There are exhibit/retail opportunities for New Hampshire businesses. There are also performance opportunities for New Hampshire entertainers. Exhibitors are selected each year from a pool of qualified applicants. Applications are distributed in November for the following year exposition. The selection process is completed in January. For information about exhibiting in the New Hampshire Building, contact the division at (603) 271-3788, or

Consignment sales opportunity at the New Hampshire Building's "General Store" (2015 information available after January):

2014 Big E New Hampshire Building Program (Sept. 12-28)

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NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food
Mailing: PO Box 2042, Concord NH 03302 -2042
Physical: 25 Capitol Street, Second Floor, Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3551 | fax: (603) 271-1109