AUGUSTA — After carefully assessing potential risks to public health amid a sustained surge of COVID-19, the Maine Department of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry (DACF) announced today that the annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show (ATS) will be held online instead of in-person the week of January 10, 2022.
“After listening to concerns raised by our industry’s stakeholders, it became clear that transitioning to an online event is the safest option during a surge in COVID-19 for this year’s Agricultural Trades Show,” said Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources Director Nancy McBrady. “While we are disappointed we will not be gathering in person as planned, we look forward to celebrating our agricultural community and its many contributions to the State of Maine virtually.”
“Throughout the pandemic, our agricultural community has adapted to provide for the people of Maine. The Department is adapting too to provide the resources our industry needs virtually so they can address the challenges of the pandemic and plan for the future,” said DACF Commissioner Amanda Beal. “I encourage everyone who is interested in attending the trades show this year to visit our website where we will release more details.”
In the coming days, DACF will share details of the new online event, including the anticipated schedule and information on how content will be made available to the public. The Department looks forward to promoting participants and fostering a robust online community celebrating Maine agriculture over the course of the virtual event, January 10-15, 2022.
Bookmark and visit the Maine Agricultural Trades Show webpage for news and updates.
–Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry