In this Jan. 13, 2009, file photo, Vassalboro organic farmer Robert Clark (left) talks with his son Robert Clark Jr. at the annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show at the Augusta Civic Center. Credit: Gabor Degre / BDN

Maine’s largest agricultural event will take place online over the course of five days in January.

The Maine Agricultural Trades Show, which has been held for eight decades, will take place online from Jan. 19-23, the Maine Department of Agricultural, Conservation and Forestry said Monday. The event usually draws the state’s agriculture community to the Augusta Civic Center.

The agriculture department said this year’s event will include live and prerecorded presentations and forums on farming and forestry issues. There will also be exhibits and networking opportunities, as there are in a typical year.

There are usually more than 100 unique sessions during the trades show, but there will be far less than that this time around, the department said.