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THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE NH FARM BUREAU FEDERATION

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013

Vol. 35, No. 6

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Livestock Cruelty The Pumpkin — Reporting Requirement an American Icon Supported by House Not only is the pumpkin our state’s official fruit, it’s the E&A Committee symbol of a plentiful harvest

HOUSE PASSES Waterways Bill Page 19

By Rob Johnson NHFB Policy Director

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egislation supported by Farm Bureau making it a duty to report cruelty to livestock is being recommended as ought-to-pass by the New Hampshire House Environment and Agriculture (E&A) Committee. HB 110 would amend RSA 644:8, the Cruelty to Animals statute by adding a new paragraph relative to cruelty to livestock. It would require:

Chesapeake Bay Ruling Page 19

Anyone who witnesses another person performing acts of cruelty to livestock, as defined in RSA 427:38, or to poultry has a duty to report such cruelty to law enforcement with jurisdiction, within 48 hours of witnessing such cruelty.

State News DROWN TO LEAD Young Farmer program Page 15

NH BEEF 4-H TEAM Excels at Big E Page 18

BALANCE IN THE FIELD LaValley Farm hosts NHTI - STEM students Page 21

In addition the bill requires law enforcement be notified of any evidence, with any photography or video evidence maintained for 60 days. Cruelty is defined as the commission of an offense which intentionally or knowingly tortures, maims, lacerates or grossly overworks livestock or poultry; or transports or confines livestock or poultry in a cruel manner not consistent with good animal agriculture practices. The bill was introduced by Rep. Bob Haefner (Hudson), although different in key regards, it was modeled after a law enacted in Missouri in 2012. The Missouri law requires “farm animal professionals” who videotape or digitally record what they “believe” to be abuse or neglect of farm animals provide the recordings to a law enforcement agency within 24 hours. The New Hampshire legislation requires reporting within 48 hours, keeping it in line with state child abuse reporting requirements. Haefner’s goal in introducing the legislation is two-fold: first and foremost to halt any abuse as soon as is possible and second to ensure farmers are provided due process with

and culinary creations for Thanksgiving. In the photo above Sean Trombly and children Hannah, 10; Hailey, 8; and Seth, 2½; showcase their pumpkin patch during Trombly Garden’s Fourth Annual Chunkin’ in the Gardens event in Milford. The pumpkin not only represents fun and good times but significant importance to the state and country. THE PUMPKIN - AN AMERICAN ICON – page 9

Happy Thanksgiving!

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On The Holmes Front

New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors Executive Committee President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Holmes 1st Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Denis Ward 2nd Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tiffany Briggs 2nd Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tom McElroy Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Howard Pearl President, Associated Women . . . . . . . . . Naomi Scanlon Chair, Young Farmer Committee . . . . . . Valerie Drown

By Jeff Holmes, New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation President

County Presidents Belknap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Locke Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alan Fredrickson Cheshire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beth Hodge Coos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Brady Grafton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Henry Ahern Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sean Trombly Merrimack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Steve MacCleery Rockingham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Ferdinando Strafford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bruce Cilley Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cassy Sullivan Staff Policy Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Johnson, II Office Administrator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diane Clary Communications Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . Maureen Duffy Administrative Assistant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . LeeAnn Childress New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation President Jeff Holmes

New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation 295 Sheep Davis Rd. Concord, NH 03301 Phone: 603-224-1934 Fax: 603-228-8432 www.nhfarmbureau.org NHFB Standing Committee Chairs Annual Meeting/Special Events: John McPhail, Bow Dairy: Beth Hodge, Hindsdale Energy: Dorn Cox, Lee Equine: Laurie Bosco, Gonic Government Affairs: Chuck Souther, Concord Health Insurance Program: Dan Briggs, Deerfield Horticulture: Fruits & Vegetables Sub-Com: Seth Wilner, Newport Ornamentals Sub-Committee: Doug Cole, Loudon Livestock & Poultry: Erick Sawtelle, Lee Ernie Vose, Walpole Membership: Tiffany Briggs, Sullivan Sandy Salo, Marlow Policy Development: Denis Ward, Monroe Profile Award: Ernie Vose, Walpole Young Farmer: Jill Dumont, Contoocook

The Communicator Where NH Farmers Turn For News editor@nhfarmbureau.org The opinions expressed within this publication are not necessarily those of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau. The Communicator is published six times a year, by New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation. Subscription comes with membership. It is received in the homes of over 3,000 NHFB members. Presorted standard postage paid at N. Haverhill, NH. Deadlines for submissions, advertisements and calendar listings are the first Friday of the month for the following month’s issue. For advertising information contact the NHFB office at 224-1934. INSIDE November/December 2013 Plant Growers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Cooperative Extension. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Foodie Finds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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hat was in the water some 100 years ago? It was just two-years ago that we saw the centennial celebration of the formation of the New Hampshire Timberland Owners and passage of the Weeks Act by Congress in 1911. That led to drastic changes in how we managed our vast forestland resources. The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture had an open house on October 22 to mark 100 years of existence. Exhibits and activities in and around the Statehouse highlighted many of the contributions of the Department to the advancement of New Hampshire agriculture throughout the 20th century. Their work in the area of infectious livestock disease control was critical in the early days. The origin of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau can be traced back 100 years now; as well to what must have been a fascinating time to live. Counties created associations as a means of demonstrating a desire for more technical assistance and knowledge to help increase farm productivity. In the spring of 1913, a group of farmers met in Newport, NH and formed the Sullivan County Farmers’ Association, the first of the organized “Associations” in the state. This county organization put the wheels in motion for passage of an act by the state legislature that allowed an appropriation for the hiring of a “county agent.” Cheshire County soon followed suit and hired an agent of their own. Three more

counties organized and hired agents in 1915. (Yes, Cooperative Extension will be having Centennial festivities soon!) By the time 1916 rolled around, all ten New Hampshire counties were organized and the Federated County Farmers’ Association of New Hampshire was established in December of that year. The Farm Bureau name was not adopted in New Hampshire until 1924, although 2016 will be the year the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation celebrates 100 years in business. You will be hearing much more about that milestone as we get closer. Farm Bureau and Extension stayed under the same roof for decades, until the government started funding county agents. Lobbying of government by Farm Bureau created a conflict that logically led to their split. While looking through some old bookcases in our farmhouse for evidence of the farm’s interaction with the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture from their early years, I came across some county agent correspondence from 80+ years ago. Our county agent sent out a monthly newsletter in the summer and fall of 1931 to Sullivan County dairymen. The message was largely to apply limestone to acreage, increase the legume portions in fields and pastures to increase forage quality and reduce grain costs! The more things change, the more they stay the same. I also discovered we have annual reports and yearbooks of the United States Department of Agriculture from about 1903 up through 1920. It will be interesting reading when time allows. As we wrap up the 2013 Farm Bureau year and look forward to 2014, thanks to one and all for your membership and support. It is both needed and appreciated.

Governor Maggie Hasson greets Commissioner of Agriculture Lorraine Merrill with the Chair of the Environment and Agriculture Committee, Representative Tara Sad at the 100 Year Celebration for the Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food at the Statehouse on October 22. Photo: Jozie Best

Wishing your stocking is full of all things that bring you happiness and hope.


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Farm Credit East and Farm Credit of Maine Merger Goes to Stockholder Vote ENFIELD, CT – Farm Credit East and Farm Credit of Maine are pleased to announce that the board of directors for both associations have approved a merger of the two associations. The merger vote will now go to customer-stockholders for consideration. “This is a good merger for members of both associations,” said Andy Gilbert, chairman of Farm Credit East’s Board of Directors. “Both Farm Credit East and Farm Credit of Maine are successful associations, closely aligned in their missions, customer delivery and optimism for the future of Northeast agriculture. Together, the combined association will benefit from increased loan diversity, a stronger capital base and enhanced earnings.”

In the coming weeks, stockholders of each association will receive a merger information packet by mail. Voting stockholders include those customers who own stock in their respective association as of September 30, 2013. Each association will hold a separate vote with ballots mailed in early November. All ballots are due by Friday, November 22, the same day that stockholder meetings will be held in both associations. “This is an exciting time for both Farm Credit East and Farm Credit of Maine,” said Hank McPherson, chairman of Farm Credit of Maine’s Board of Directors. “Both associations are financially and operationally strong, and together will be able to provide enhanced member service and strengthen Farm Credit in the Northeast.”

Crop Insurance Deadline Approaching for Perennial Crop Sales Closing CORTLAND, NY — The deadline to insure perennial crops in the northeast for the 2014 crop year is November 20, 2013. Perennial crops include apples, peaches, pears, blueberries, grapes and cranberries. The crop insurance program has become the backbone of many northeast farms’ risk management plans. Weather fluctuation is a major risk for perennial crop producers. Crop insurance helps to manage this risk by providing protection against spring freeze, summer hail, significant wind events prior to harvest or other weather events that result in reduced yield

or quality. Crop insurance played a significant role in 2012 when crops were damaged by early season warm temperatures followed by numerous spring freeze events. To protect investments in the 2014 crop, perennial crop producers should contact their Crop Growers agent well in advance of the November 20 deadline to sign up or make changes to their coverage. Additionally, producers who are renewing coverage should report any changes in their business to their crop insurance agent, such as bringing a new member into the business entity or forming a LLC or corporation.

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Farm Credit East Releases Report on Benchmarking for Farm Businesses ENFIELD, CT — Farm Credit East, the largest lender to Northeast agriculture, released a briefing report today indicating the importance of benchmarking for farm businesses. Operating a farm business can be challenging, but benchmarking can be a beneficial tool to improve profitability. “Northeast farmers leave tens of millions of dollars in profit on the table each year,” said James Putnam, executive vice president for marketing and planning at Farm Credit East. “Through financial benchmarking, business owners are able to make continual profitability improvements year over year by comparing their business to a standard and using that standard to compete to be the very best.” The first critical step to improving a business’s profitability is accurate, current financial information and analysis of that information to pinpoint action steps to improve a business’s bottom line. With this information in place, benchmarking can compare a business to its industry peers, including identifying the business’s strengths, where it exceeds standards and areas where it might be falling behind. A plan for the business can then be created accordingly.

“ John shows us how we can improve farm profitability.” Lynn Murray, Murcrest Farms, LLC

“We were able to help the Murrays take a look at the big picture — protocols, best practices, budgetary concerns — and create a forwardlooking business plan. That allowed them to make informed decisions on a day-to-day basis, with an eye on increasing profits in the long term.” John Lehr, Farm Business Consultant For more information on how our expert consultants can help your business be more profitable, call 800.562.2235 or your local branch office or watch our video at FarmCreditEast.com/consulting.

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This report from Farm Credit East explains some of the key measures that are looked at when comparing a farm to benchmark data. The report also looks at some benchmark data from sample industries, such as greenhouse, nursery, cash field, vegetables, fruit and dairy. To view the full Farm Credit East Knowledge Exchange Report, The Road to Farm Profitability: Benchmarking Can Show the Way, visit FarmCreditEast.com. For farmers that would like to obtain additional information on Farm Credit East’s benchmarking programs email Kristie.Schmitt@FarmCreditEast.com or contact your local branch office.


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every farm has a story

“new hampshire farms - celebrating 100 years of nh farm bureau” Brought to you by the Associated Women of NH Farm Bureau

will mark 100 years of New Hampshire Farm Bureau’s dedicated service to agriculture. The Associated Women (AW) of NH Farm Bureau are celebrating this milestone with a publication, titled “New Hampshire Farms - Celebrating 100 years of NH Farm Bureau.” The intention of this book is to recognize and document all farms — 100 years or older through pictures and their stories.

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We are searching for farms that meet the following criteria: 1. Farms that have been in continuous operation by the founding family for 100 years and more as of December 31st, 2016. 2. Farms that have been in continuous operation for 100 years and more but NOT by the same family as of December 31st, 2016.

There are notices with information ready to be posted in your town, shop, etc. Please help us in this pursuit.

Please forward all inquiries and/or information to: NH Farm Bureau Attn: Naomi Scanlon, AW President 295 Sheep Davis Rd Concord, NH 03301 Email: nhfb3@nhfarmbureau.org Phone: 603-224-1934


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WELCOME - NEW Members! (August August 6 - October 18, 2013 2013)

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Conner Appointed to USDA Beginning Farmers Source: Northeast Organic Farming Association of NH

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ay Conner, Beginner Farmer Program Coordinator at NOFA-NH (The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire), has been appointed by the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to serve on the USDA Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. This committee advises the Secretary of Agriculture on matters broadly aecting new farmers and ranchers, leveraging best practices to enhance department goals for new farming and ranchRay Conner ing operations. “For the past two years I have had the honor of working with so many farmers and service providers throughout NH with the goal of connecting beginning farmers to mentors, resources, and local and regional educational opportunities through the NOFA-NH Beginner Farmer Program,â€? said Conner. “In the process, I have learned a lot about the challenges beginning farmers face in our state, as well as about the amazing opportunities that exist due to the tireless eorts of farmers, state agencies, legislators, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, educators, local food advocates and so many more. In this new role, I fully intend to represent the voice of NH beginning farmers as best I can by consistently reaching out to a broad and growing network of beginning farmers for feedback and insight.â€? Conner, along with her husband Pe-

ter Dow, owns and operates Evandale Farm, a diversified livestock and vegetable farm in Pittsfield, NH. Conner and Dow raise certified organic chicken and employ organic practices and principles of permaculture throughout all areas the farm. They have been farming in NH for three years. Ms. Conner also represents farmers as a member of the steering committee of Food Solutions New England, and engages in policy work with the New England Farmers Union (NEFU). She is a member of the NH Farm Bureau, the Small and Beginner Farmers of NH (SBFNH), and the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC). “Ray has that magical mixture of being intelligent, fun, hard working and yet very approachable,� said Janet Wilkinson, NOFA-NH Executive Director. “In less than two years in this position, she has built an astonishingly strong network of beginner farmers and master farmers who want to support them - here in New Hampshire. We are incredibly proud and not at all surprised that she’ll now be sharing her talent and leadership at the national level.� One priority of the Advisory Committee is to enable beginning farmers access to programs that support comprehensive education on agricultural business practices. Some of the challenges facing beginner farmers are infrastructure and scale.

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heat when growing poinsettias. This is the second time Krug won the award since 2010. Congratulations to Krug and his colleagues for their continued efforts to support the greenhouse and floriculture industry.

Krug, Lopez and Caberato receiving the Alex Laurie Award at the OFA Short Course in Columbus, OH. Linda Zukas of Churchill’s Garden Center & NHPGA Board Member

Krug & UNHCE Receive Multiple Awards It was a busy summer for UNH Cooperative Extension Specialist Brian Krug. Krug was the recipient of several awards for his research and extension activities. In June he and Amy Papineau (Merrimack County Field Specialist) traveled to the Netherlands to attend the International Society for Horticultural Science on Substrates and Soilless Media. Research conducted by Brian and Amy were presented in a poster session. Papineau and Krug’s poster was given the “Outstanding Poster” award at the symposium. The poster highlighted research conducted at UNH that established new values for nutrient sufficiency ranges for osteospermum tissue samples. In the past a single range was given for each essential element. Papineau and Krug’s research developed ranges that reflect the age of the plant. Krug has also been active in the past year and a half developing a collaborative website, e-GRO.org. The website is a collective effort with North Carolina State University, Purdue University, Cornell University, Kansas State University, Virginia Tech University, and the University of Georgia. The website was named “Best Extension Website” for the American Society of Horticultural Science. e-GRO.org encompasses several outreach and education facets. e-GRO Alerts are weekly electronic newsletters that alert growers to problems that other growers are facing throughout the spring; e-GRO University is a compilation of over 60 recorded lectures that follows a curriculum for an introductory greenhouse course. These lectures are free of charge and are directed at growers with little or no formal training in greenhouse production, or growers who need a refresher on particular topics. Recently e-GRO offered the first of several scheduled webinars on Poinsettia Troubleshooting. These webinars bring industry experts to the convenience of growers’ offices. Finally, Brian, along with Roberto Lopez and Diane Caberato (both of Purdue) were given the Alex Laurie Award at the OFA Short Course in Columbus Ohio. OFA presents the Alex Laurie Award on an annual basis to the author(s) of the most significant applied floriculture research paper published in HortScience. The paper published by Krug, Lopez, and Caberato was titled “Development of Euphorbia pulcherrima (poinsettia) under reduced finish temperatures”. The outcome of this research developed guidelines to growers for saving money by reducing

Amy Papineau standing with the award winning poster “Osteospermum leaf tissue nutrient sufficiency ranges by chronological age” in Leiden, The Netherlands.

Zukas Named to NHPGA Board At the NHPGA Summer Meeting at Spring Ledge Nursery in July, elections to the NHPGA Board of Directors were held. Filling a vacant slot on the Board, Linda has become the NHPGA’s newest Board member. Linda P. Zukas has been at Churchill’s Garden Center in Exeter since 1989. She has been in various positions over the years. Initially, she was hired to help with transplanting one spring, and is currently the Annuals Manager. Linda is responsible for the Growing and Sales of Annuals, Containers Designing and purchasing, Holiday Greens and displays, staffing of several depart`ments, and is the company liaison for Marketing. For most people in our industry, each day is a different challenge and that is what makes most of us like our jobs. Linda said, “Every day working with the plants, customers, making containers, or working with other greenhouses while ordering, all make each day a new day. As we all know, working with plants, is more than smelling the roses. There is never a dull moment when there is always a new season waiting around the corner.” Linda looks forward to helping the NHPGA provide educational opportunities for our industry and its employees, as well as educating our industry on what challenges are facing us in our state and how we can work together for solutions. Linda said “We need to look forward to what is ahead for our industry, and where our future employees and the future of the industry will be coming from is one of the challenges facing us all. The NHPGA can help the

plant industry look to the future, as well as dealing with issues that are facing us now. It is an organization that can bring people together to work on issues that are facing everyone.”

NHPGA Announces Student Scholarships The NHPGA is pleased to support the future leaders of our industry by providing a scholarship to an eligible student. The NHPGA provides an annual scholarship to a full-time environmental horticulture student. Applications are read by the NHPGA Board of Directors and selection is based on a written essay and references. The NHPGA is currently accepting applications which will be awarded in January 2014. Applicants should be a full time student attending a 2 or 4 year New Hampshire college or university program with a focus on a career in horticulture, or the child of an NHPGA member currently attending a 2 or 4 year green industry program. The scholarship award is presented at the annual Winter Educational Meeting held annually in January in Concord. Please share the availability of this award to any eligible students you may know. For more information, see the NHPGA website or email executivedirector@nhppga.org.

UNH Poinsettia Open House @ Macfarlane Greenhouses Dec. 5th, 6th & 7th, 2013 For more info visit: www.colsa.unh.edu/aes/ macfarlane View over 100 Varieties Of Poinsettias! Learn More about the NHPGA, visit NHPGA.org


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Chalkboard Notes By Ruth Smith, NHAITC Coordinator

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s we come into November, thoughts often turn toward Thanksgiving. It is one of my favorite holidays because it has historical roots, brings families and friends together, involves wonderful food, but most of all because it encourages us to take time to reflect and be grateful. I want to take time to do that now. By the time this is published I will have moved on from my role as Statewide Coordinator for NH Agriculture in the Classroom (NHAITC). When I was hired nearly three years ago, I had been a NH Farm Bureau member for a few years and had been raising most of my own vegetables for a while as well as some meat and fruit. I knew quite a few full and part-time farmers and had become a strong advocate of local food. Most of my career had been spent teaching children about their connection to the natural world. Now I would do that through food and farming. During my time with NHAITC, I have had many opportunities to teach children and educators about agriculture, but I have also learned a great deal myself. I want to thank all of the farmers, farm ambassadors, resource professionals and volunteers that

I have worked with. You have helped broaden my understanding of agriculture, given me new experiences and added to my circle of friends. I will take all of that with me into the future. One of my final events with NHAITC was the 4th annual Belknap County School to Farm Day(s). This program has continued to grow from its first eort that reached six classes of fourthgraders from three schools to this year accommodating 19 classes from seven schools. Over the twoday event, a total of 373 students were able to watch sheep shearing, wool spinning, learn about maple sugaring and honey production, growing vegetables and garlic, soil, dairy cows and even lead an ox. The teachers integrate these experiences into their history classes, science lessons and nutritional tips. They all had very positive feedback and plan to return next year. Although the leadership of this organization will be dierent next year, the mission and many of the activities will remain the same. I encourage you all to continue your support of this valuable program so that the students and teachers of New Hampshire will be able to enhance their understanding and appreciation of agriculture.

Scenes from Belknap County School to Farm Day

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The Pumpkin — an American Icon Story & photos by Maureen Duffy NHFBF Communications Director

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he influence the pumpkin has on New Hampshire is immense. Not only are there events dedicated to the pumpkin, the economic impact is noteworthy. With over 1,500 people in attendance at the Chunkin’ in the Gardens event, owner operator Sean Trombly is smiling with good reason. “We had a great crop,” says Trombly. “The event brings people to the farm to have fun and hopefully they buy a pumpkin or two. It’s a community event that not only benefits the farm but allows families to spend time together.” In addition to growing large pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns, and sugar pumpkins, Trombly grows La Estrellas for the American Chunker, a massive 120 foot long pneumatic pumpkin cannon. Yes, that is correct, a giant cannon that shoots pumpkins with incredible force. At the October 13 event, the cannon was directed at a pyramid of old vehicles. Prior to firing a pumpkin the Chunker releases a loud whistle, which commands attention. Following the shooting of the pumpkin, is an impressive amount of smoke blasting out of the barrel. When American Chunker captain Brian Labrie, approached George Hamilton Extension Field Specialist, Food & Agriculture in 2010, about where to get a pumpkin that would hold-up to

the pressure of the Chunker, Hamilton told him he would have to wait a growing season for farmers to accommodate. “The variety is called La Elstrella a squash developed in Florida,” noted Hamilton. “Sean started growing it as another way to diversify his farm. It has a texture similar to a butternut squash and is excellent eating. It weighs between five to ten pounds and has a thick outer edge that is able to withstand the cannon.” If the pumpkin chunker, doesn’t suit your style then there is the 2012 Punkin Chunkin World Champion,

Brian Labrie operates the American Chunker in the above photo. The inset photo shows the thickness of the La Elstrella squash used in the Chunder.

Chunk Norris catapult. This giant contraption was also at Trombly’s event demonstrating its crazy pumpkin chucking capabilities. The Manchester, NH based catapult won first place for chucking a pumpkin over 2051 feet in 2012 at the World Championship in Bridgeville, DE and is looking forward to reclaiming the title this November. Considering what it takes to build these pumpkin flinging machines and transporting them is quite an injection into the local economy. Now, let’s keep in mind this is just one part of the pumpkin economy. According to the 2007 Census, over seven-million pounds of pumpkins were grown in New Hampshire. That’s over $2 million worth of pumpkins! As for the total volume in the United States, (fresh, ornamental, and processing), it exceeds 12 million tons according to the NASS-USDA that’s approximately a $148 million impact. Illinois, California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York are the top producing states and account for over half of the U.S. pumpkin production. A l t h o u g h pumpkins are native to the Americas, China is the leading producer. The United States is ranked fifth behind Russia and the Ukraine. In general, pumpkins

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The Chunk Norris team with the champion catapult.

are typically sourced domestically with little world trade. During September and October, the United States imports a limited volume from Canada. Following Halloween, ornamental use of pumpkins, Thanksgiving turns the spotlight towards food uses for pumpkins. Traditional American foods such as pumpkin pie, breads, muffins, puddings, soups, stuffing and roasted seeds. Over the past two decades the popularity of pumpkin patches, special events such as the Keene Pumpkin Festival (originated in 1991) and ornamental use has increased the demand for pumpkins, according to the Economic Research Service, USDA. Considering the increasing demand for New Hampshire’s official fruit, let us celebrate the season with a serving of pumpkin!

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Five Big Tree Champions Crowned in NH American Forests Releases the Fall 2013 National Register of Big Trees Photos & story provided by American Forests

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cross the United States, the largest trees of their species joined the ranks of the more than 780 national champion trees listed in American Forests’ National Register of Big Trees. More than 40 new champions were crowned across 50 states and the District of Columbia, including five in New Hampshire. Highlights include: • A Carolina Silverbell in Roxbury, Cheshire County • A Gray Birch in Rochester, Strafford County • A Staghorn Sumac in Conway, Carroll County • An American Mountain-ash in Stewartstown, Coos County • A Black Spruce in Jefferson, Coos County “The New Hampshire Big Tree program educates the public about the key ecological roles trees play,” says Carolyn Page, state coordinator. “Champion trees are examples of what trees can

Carolina Silverbell in Roxbury,Cheshire County

of Big Trees accepts nominations for national champions year-round, and American Forests releases an updated version of the register twice a year. The National Register of Big Trees records the largest trees of each species in the United States based on height, circumference and average crown spread.

the importance of planting and caring for trees and forests in helping to sustain healthy ecosystems and life on Earth. The program has campaigned to locate, protect and save the biggest specimens of every native and naturalized tree species in the United States. To learn more about the New Hampshire Big Tree program or nominate a potential champion tree, go to nhbigtrees.org. View the complete fall 2013 National Register of Big Trees at http:// www.americanforests.org/bigtrees/.

Gray Birch in Rochester, Strafford County

achieve when they are allowed to live a full, healthy life. It is our goal to bring attention to the iconic stature of these trees so communities will support their protection.” Sponsored by The Davey Tree Expert Company, the National Register

Black Spruce in Jefferson, Coos County

Staghorn Sumac in Conway, Carroll County

Beyond national champions, the NH Big Tree program also recognizes the biggest trees in New Hampshire using the same equation as the national program. Sheri Shannon, coordinator of American Forests National Big Tree Program says, “Anyone can be a big tree hunter. All you need is a ruler and measuring tape. It’s because of avid tree lovers that we are able to find some of the nation’s biggest trees.” Since 1940, American Forests National Big Tree Program has promoted

American Mountain-ash in Stewartstown, Coos County


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End of Season Corn Scouting By Steve Turaj and Heather Bryant, UNH Cooperative Extension

As this is written, our Field Corn Harvest is just finishing on the northern-most parts of the Connecticut River. We’ve had an interesting year; difficult weather conditions, an unexpected disease, along with more predictable occurrences. Here are a few examples of what we’ve been seeing, things to be thinking about for next year: Northern Corn Leaf Blight First spotted by an IPM Scout in Grafton County, later confirmed by our UNH Plant Pathology Lab, is this fungal disease that took a lot of us by surprise. The first symptoms you’ll see are characteristic pale, elliptical spots on the lower leaves. Progressing upwards and spreading, giving the whole plant a dead, gray appearance that resembles frost damage. Early, severe infections will cause a substantial loss in

Corn leaves with Northern Corn Leaf Blight

yield. No leaves mean inadequate photosynthesis, and poor ear formation. The classic “disease triangle” seemed to be the case on several NH and VT farms this year: 1. The presence of infectious material – this fungus will overwinter on leaves and other plant parts. A couple farmers, in retrospect, think they saw low incidences of it in previous year(s) 2. Environmental conditions favorable for the disease – cool temperatures, heavy dew; which was common enough this growing season. 3. A susceptible host – Corn hybrids grown that lacked genetic resistance to this disease. Given those three inter-locking disease components, over time, a disease will happen, it did. Selecting for highly resistant varieties, turning under corn debris, and rotation seem to be the most do-able remedies for next year’s crop. Just betting on drier weather in 2014 is a lesser option. We’ll be talking more about Northern Corn Leaf Blight at our upcoming forage meetings around the state in November. We’ve asked Dan Hudson, UVM Agronomist, and early detector, writer about this disease to join us for our discussions.

Crazy Top Although it’s not considered a consequential pest, this rare but eye-catching disease is worth mentioning. Its p presence tells us w what the early part o of the growing sseason was like aand something of th the specific soil/ ssite characteristics o of where we see it. Another fung gal disease, in this

Corn with Crazy Top

case a Downy Mildew, infection occurs when spores in water-logged soils penetrate corn seedlings by the 4 to 5 leaf stage. Taking over the whole plant, by late season you’ll see a massed proliferation of twisted leafy structures where the ears and tassels would normally be. It’s hard to miss. Improving soil drainage or rotating out of chronically saturated soils are remedies. Good annual grass control is a help since this disease also attacks foxtail, crab, barnyard and other similar grasses.

Crab & Other Annual Grasses Crabgrass seems to have been particularly common in corn fields this year. It’s easily recognized by their long finger-like flower stalks that are laden with seeds by late season. Digitaria is part of its scientific name, ‘finger grass’ another common one. Shedding a lot of seeds by the time you see it, when chopping corn; crabgrass becomes a difficult to control weed in succeeding years. Once established it tolerates high temperatures and dry, compacted soils. These seeds germinate best and do well as the soil becomes quite warm, not so well when a lack of light keeps soil temperatures low. Speculation is, weather conditions this year slowed corn growth and delayed canopy closure, allowing for crabgrass seedlings to get a good foot-hold. It didn’t seem to be as much a problem in narrow-row corn… earlier closure? Herbicide selections and their performance also may have had a role, which is something to focus on next year.

Insects are monitored with the use of Heliothis traps as seen in the above photo. And a barrel pheromone trap is used in cornfields (inset).

Corn Insects Not so evident in field corn and of more consequence to vegetable producers, are the European Corn Borer (ECB), Corn Earworm, and Fall Armyworm. All of these are in fact, caterpillars at their damage causing stages. ECB overwinters in NH corn stubble, while the other two pests migrate northward (as moths) at difficult to predict times by travelling with weather patterns. By monitoring the emergence or arrival of these insects growers can have the information necessary to better plan their spray applications to prevent economic levels of crop damage. To keep watch on these populations, a new “Northern Route” was added this year to a long-standing Integrated Pest management (IPM) program in southern NH. It was carried out by Extension in cooperation with eleven volunteer farms and funding provided by the NH Department of Agriculture. The initial results, which have been positive, also included the monitoring of other vegetable and fruit pests: Spotted Wing Drosophila and Squash Vine Borer. Coincidentally it was while scouting for insects that Northern Corn Leaf Blight was first detected. We hope to continue this program in 2014.

Potassium (K) Levels

Crabgrass commonly found in cornfields.

Galinsoga Is probably a new one in the broad-leafed weed category for corn growers. Amongst vegetable farmers it has been called an annual weed but a perennial headache. We’re starting to find this more frequently between corn rows. A fuzzy, branching plant with small yellow-white flowers, it just doesn’t look to be all that significant at first glance. The problem is, it sets a lot of seed which will germinate soon after dropping, from Spring through Summer. Infestations can become quite severe. Common names for Galinsoga are not that common, although quite descriptive; (Quick-weed, Shaggy-Soldier). Grays Botany says it was named- Galisoga ciliata- after a famous 18thC Botanist Mariano Martinez de Galinsoga. I’m guessing this was done by someone who didn’t like him very much.

Galinsoga, a broad-leafed weed impacting fields.

We give a lot of attention to the signs of low soil nutrient levels on young corn plants. Rightfully so, color variations on the plants are easy to see, nitrogen leaching often a concern in a wet year, and perhaps there is yet time to take remedial actions. Maybe we should think more about the end results of critical nutrient deficiency. Resistance to insects/disease, stalk strength, and better early growth are all functions of potassium. Small ears with pointed, poorly filled tips, called ‘nosed back’ in the Midwest, can be attributed to a lack of potassium. That’s a lot of lost potential whether field or sweet corn. Delayed silking, never good, and ears located closer to the ground are other features of K deficiency. We saw all those in 2013. Very low to low levels are frequently seen on the soil test results we review. Deficiency symptoms are also favored by compacted, wet, and sandy soils. Time to check your K?

Low levels of potassium cause small ears of corn with poorly filled tips.


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End of Season Corn Scouting - continued

What’s this? A crop circle! Nope, it’s crop damage cause from a bear.

Triticale Rotation You may be seeing a few more green corn fields in NH this autumn. Several farmers are participating in Extension/ UNH/NRCS triticale growing trials. Triticale, an annual grain, is a cross be-

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Animal Damage All kinds of wildlife benefit from the many acres planted to corn across New Hampshire, even when we don’t want them to. Evidence of their feeding is clearly seen in late season. Whole outside edges pecked clean by blackbirds and crows, blocks of neatly cut corn stalks hauled away by ‘bank beavers’ and the mess of piled stalks left by black bear. Electric fencing seems the best remedy for sweet corn growers, others may want to keep their local Fish and Game biologist informed about the problems you are encountering.

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*DEADLINE: DECEMBER 1, 2013 The sheep are keeping an eye on the triticale trials as well.

ttween wheat and rye, deriving some beneficial traits from each. One is winb ter t hardiness. Planted after sweet or (further south of o Coos) field corn harvest, it takes up left-over nutrients and protects against l soil loss. Turning under crop residues s prior to seeding can also help with prep venting some of the pest we’ve already v mentioned. Corn Borers and NCLBlight m are a couple of these. If established early enough it can provide a little Fall grazing and then, Spring forage before the next season’s corn planting. We’ll keep you posted on how this works out.

*Steve Turaj located in Coos County and Heather Bryant in Grafton County are UNH Extension Field Specialists. Steve’s primary focus is agronomic crops; Heather’s is vegetables and fruits. All the pictures were taken by them in NH.

SPECIFICATIONS • Only online entries will be eligible; we will not review paper submissions. • Digital files must be 5 megabytes or smaller. • Digital files must be in JPEG or JPG format. • Files must be at least 300ppi. • RGB color profile preferred; CMYK acceptable • The final stamp will be 1.7 x 1.2 inches Horizontal: 340 x 240 pixels Vertical: 240 x 340 pixels CONTEST RULES Entry(ies) must be original work created by the contest entrant. Artwork (including photography) that includes other works of art (for example, sculptures, statues, paintings) will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud; entrants may be asked to provide an artist release form. When photographing another artist’s work, the photograph must show the object in its environment rather than a close-up of the art.

By entering the contest, the entrant represents, acknowledges, and warrants that the submission is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim, or interest in the image. UNH Cooperative Extension will not review submissions deemed to contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Entries with watermarks will not be reviewed. UNH Cooperative Extension reserves the right to examine the original photograph/source material in order to confirm compliance with these rules. By entering the contest, all entrants give UNH Cooperative Extension permission to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works (with a name credit) in connection with the contest and promotion of the contest, in the media, and in exhibitions, publications, and Web sites. HOW TO ENTER Visit: http://extension.unh.edu/Centennial-Postage-Stamp-Design-Contest

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AGRICULTURE AWARD NOMINEES

The Excellence in Agriculture award is intended to acknowledge Young Farmers between the ages of 18 to 35 who do not derive the majority of their income from production agriculture. Competitors are judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership roles within the industry, Farm Bureau and their community. State Representative Scott Burns of Franklin, Ann Fifield of Canterbury and

Bruce Cilley of Barrington were the judges for the competition held on September 20. First place receives a trip, courtesy of the NH Farm Bureau to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in San Antonio, TX this January. The winner will be announced at the state annual meeting on November 8.

Nominated by Belknap County FB

Nominated by Cheshire County FB

Nominated by Merrimack County FB

Nominated by Rockingham County FB

Jonathan & Allison Howe

Whitney Linnenbringer

Jill Dumont

Christopher Leclair

Kate Sartell

Gilmanton, NH

Winchester, NH

Salisbury, NH

Chester, NH

Goffstown, NH

Policy development and a keen understanding of agriculture is Chris’s forte. He has been a Farm Bureau member for six years and has been actively involved in policy development at the NHFBF Meeting of the House of Delegates for a number of years. His interest and input during policy development is very important to Farm Bureau as it benefits agriculture in his county as well as the entire state. As a farm laborer at J&F Farms in Derry, Chris is in charge of ensuring the farm equipment is maintained and in working order. He is also involved in helping out with field work during the growing season. In addition to his job, Chris has 60 acres of rented hay land that he bales for extra income.

Growing up with sheep, Kate joined 4-H for a number of years and has been involved with helping her family increase their flock. She attended Cornell University and graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science with a minor in Education and a Master’s in Agricultural Education in 2010. To learn about the fiber industry Kate worked in a nearby fiber processing mill as a summer student. She also shears sheep in her spare time and is involved in 4-H teaching youth how to manage their show animals. Kate worked at the New Hampshire Farm Bureau office from 2011 to 2013.

Jon’s and Allison’s agricultural venture is growing and processing organic garlic. They are happy and excited to be part of an expanding family farming endeavor. The couple has been working with Allison’s parents for the past four years at their Lakes Region farm and have successfully grown the garlic business. They sell their USDA certified organic products (whole cloves and powder) locally, online and at garlic festivals and sellout every year. They are working to expand production and increased this year’s crop to surpass 36,000 cloves. Allison enjoys educating children about agriculture and had a display at the Belknap County School to Farm event this past September and taught elementary students about garlic.

Whitney lives on a small hobby farm with her husband Frank and their three children, Alexander, James and Magdalen. The farm consists primarily of sheep with a small contingent of cattle, pigs and a smattering of other barnyard animals. Whitney is a “newbie” to the world of agriculture and has been influenced by her husband Frank who comes from a cattle and crop background in Missouri. Whitney’s passion of knitting led her to raising sheep for the purpose of fiber. When not farming or knitting, Whitney is a Labor and Delivery/Postpartum Nurse at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, NH.

As an equine trainer and teacher, Jill is following her true calling. Her passion for horses has led her to a career in dressage at Foster Meadow in Boscawen, where she is able to share her knowledge and love for the art of dressage. As a competitor at a FEI (Federation Equestre Internationale) level she has earned a bronze and silver in the United States Dressage Federation. In addition to the equine world, Jill is involved with maple production and plans on pursing an agri-business in the near future. Jill has been actively involved in the Young Farmer program for over six years and took on the leadership role of Chair two years ago. She will be completing her term this November.

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINEES The Young Farmer Achievement Award competition is designed to recognize young people between the ages of 18 to 35 who have excelled in their farming operation and have shown leadership abilities through Farm Bureau and in their community. The ideal candidate for the Achievement Award is an individual or couple involved in production agriculture with the majority of their income subject to normal production risk. First place receives the use of a new Kubota tractor for

six months or 250 hours from Pinnacleview Equipment in Walpole, a barn sign with winner details and a trip to the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in San Antonio, TX this January. The judging team included Representative Janice Gardner of Dover, Farm Credit East Representative Samantha Stoddard and former NHFBF President Gordon Gowen of Alstead. The winner will be announced at the NHFBF annual meeting on November 8.

Nominated by Hillsboro County FB

Nominated by Merrimack County FB Adam & Patricia Crete, Boscawen, NH As a co-owner of Highway View Farm, Adam is in charge of all operations on the dairy farm. He is the third generation to be running the farm and currently milks 220 Holsteins. Adam is aware of how much each cow produces, approximately 90 lbs. per day with 3.7% fat and 3% protein. To ensure good quality feed is available for his cows, he manages over 700 acres of forage land. In addition to feeding his cows he also sells approximately 7,000 tons of corn silage each year to local farms. In 2010 Adam married Patricia and they now have a beautiful daughter and are expecting another child in December.

Nominated by Cheshire County FB

Nominated by Rockingham County FB

Tracie Smith, Fitzwilliam, NH

John & Heather Fernald, Nottingham, NH

In 1999 Tracie began growing vegetables for a local farmers’ market while studying Environmental Horticulture at UNH. Since graduating in 2001, she has started from the ground up a diverse Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. From its formation, the farm has grown over the past 15 years to over 330 summer share members, 50 spring share members and 130 fall share members. In addition to the CSA, Tracie has expanded into wholesale sales, an onsite farm stand that includes everything from starts, perennials, and hanging baskets and local goods from other producers. Tracie has a passion for growing food and connecting with people to the food they eat.

As a second-generation dairy farmer, John has much to be proud of, including his wife Heather and beautiful daughter Bailey. John is part owner of Fernald Dairy and works alongside his parents, and his sister, while increasingly taking over the day-to-day operations on the farm. The family currently milks 170 cows and crop 295 acres of corn and grass haylage. John has been actively involved in Farm Bureau since 2004 and the Rockingham County Farm Bureau vice president since 2008. After working in the publishing industry, Heather became a stayat-home mom when Bailey was born in 2011. Heather has been actively involved in Farm Bureau since 2003 and has been on the board of directors for Rockingham since 2009. In addition to being a mom, farming and Farm Bureau, Heather has been a member of the Deerfield Fair Association since 2008.

Young Farmer award recipients and the winner of the 4-H/FFA Discussion Meet receive a monetary gift from the following financial contributors: Everythingfarms.com, Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs and Poulin Grain.

Special thanks to our Young Farmer supporters!

Nominated by Hillsboro County FB Trevor Hardy, Hollis, NH Trevor is the sixth-generation to operate Brookdale Fruit Farm, the largest wholesale grower in New Hampshire. The farm produces thousands of bushels of fruit and vegetables for the local retail market. Trevor manages the irrigation division of the farming operation and sells drip irrigation systems to New England farms. He also focuses on nutrient management of crops grown at Brookdale and helps with the wholesale division during the busy season. In addition to working on the farm, Trevor has been a Hillsboro County Farm Bureau board member for three years and was actively involved in hosting a school to farm event for Agriculture in the Classroom this past spring.


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Drown to Lead Farm Bureau Young Farmer Program

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alerie Drown of Webster has been the program. As the New Hampshire Young named Chair of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation (NHFBF) Farmer Chair, Valerie is eager to start Young Farmer program by NHFBF her new duties. “I’m looking forward to strengthening the Young Farmer rePresident Jeff Holmes. While growing up on a dairy farm lationship with the state Farm Bureau in Epping, Valerie developed a passion board of directors,” said Valerie. “I also want to engage for agriculture and obthe 3,000 plus Farm tained an associate’s deBureau members to gree in Applied Science become actively inmajoring in Dairy Manvolved in the farming agement from the Unicommunity. There versity of New Hampneeds to be more proshire Thompson School motion of Farm Buof Applied Science. reau and agriculture Over the years, Valin and around the erie has worked on a state. We need everyvariety of dairy farms: one to participate.” large, small, organic The Young and conventional farms Farmer program is in the Northeast as well for people between as overseas in England. the ages of 16 to 35. She currently works at Bohanan Farm in Con- 2013 – 2015 Young Farmer Chair The program provides leadership toocook as a herdsper- Valerie Drown training opportunison and continues to learn as much as she can about the in- ties geared to developing our state’s future agricultural leaders for a better todustry. In effort to network and meet oth- morrow in agriculture. For the coming er young people in agriculture, Val- year the group is planning on a number erie joined the Young Farmer program of activities including legislative hapabout four years ago. It was here she penings such as, hosting a breakfast for discovered many invaluable opportu- members of the New Hampshire House nities through attending meetings and Environment and Agriculture Commitleadership conferences. “There are so tee and telling their story about what is many ways to contribute to our com- involved in farming to policymakers in munity and engage the public about DC. As the Young Farmer Chair, Valerie agriculture,” Valerie pointed out. “A simple booth at a local event, such as holds a position on the NHFBF board the Great Garden Grow-off at Garlic of directors, including the Executive Day captures people’s interests about Committee, which supervises the Fedagriculture and provides us an outlet to eration. The NHFBF is a membership based organization dedicated to adpromote farming and Farm Bureau.” Building and strengthening rela- vocating for and educating the pubtionships within Farm Bureau has been lic about agriculture. Farm Bureau a highlight for Valerie. She has found is a general farm organization where camaraderie among fellow Young members establish policy and direction Farmers, lifelong friendships, and even through a member driven (grassroots) met her now husband, Jake, through process.

The objective of the Associated Women is to create interest in, knowledge of and desire to improve world relations, government, education, health, safety and standard of living as they impact farm and rural families. The group also cooperatives in maintaining the objectives of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation. Every woman of the Farm Bureau membership is welcome to attend our meetings on the first Monday of each month. Join the camaraderie among the group and get involved with some of the activities to help communicate the importance of agriculture. Contact the Farm Bureau office at 224-1934 for more informaton.

Associated Women of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau member Ruth Scruton provided a historical tour of Butternut Farm in Farmington on October 7 as seen in the photo to the left. The orchard has been operating for three-generations and is currently an apple, blueberry, and strawberry U-pick farm. Photo: Jozi Best

2013 Pumpkin Festival

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he Young Farmers had a booth at the Keene Pumpkin Festival on October 19. The booth promoted local food and served shepherd’s pie and macaroni and cheese. All foods were made from local products donated from the following farms: milk from Contoocook Creamery, cheese from Cabot, beef from Eccardt Farm, po-

tatoes from LaValley Farm, beef provided by Jonathon Cate, beef provided by Jean Rudolph, potatoes from J&F Farms (Phil Ferdinando), beef from Monadnock Valley Beef & Bison and beef and pudding provided by Echo Farm. Special thanks to all those who donated product and took time to volunteer at the local food booth.

Farm Bureau® Young Farmers & Ranchers Program

YF&R SHAPES THE FUTURE

The YF&R program helps young members shape the future of agriculture, as well as their individual futures, with leadership development and personal growth opportunities. Through three competitive events, members are able to showcase their leadership experience, communication skills and successful farm plans as they compete against the best of the best Farm Bureau has to offer.

Scenes from the YF Local Food booth

As part of the YF&R competitive events, winners in the Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in Ag areas will receive their choice of a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra truck, courtesy of GM; nine national finalists will receive a Case IH Farmall tractor, courtesy of Case IH; as well as a $2,500 cash prize and $500 in STIHL merchandise.

For more information about YF&R competitive events and how you can get involved, contact your state Farm Bureau office or the American Farm Bureau Federation® at yfr@fb.org or 202-406-3600


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Hodge Reelected as Cheshire FB President By Elaine Moore CCFB County Information Director

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he Cheshire County Farm Bureau annual meeting was held on Monday, October 14 at the Inn at East Hill Farm. About 60 people attended and had a wonderful meal. Guest speaker Fish and Game biologist Ted Walski talked about bear, moose, deer, and turkeys in Cheshire County. President Beth Hodge presented certificates to members who have been Farm Bureau members for over 40 years. The meeting included election of oďŹ&#x192;cers for 2014, with Beth Hodge reelected as president. The by-laws were updated and resolutions were adopted that will go forward to the Policy Development Committee for consideration at the Meeting of the House of Delegates at the NHFB Annual Meeting on November 8.

Guest speaker Fish & Game biologist Ted Walski

Merrimack Annual Meeting Rebecca Rule, New Hampshire author, humorist, and story-teller (as seen in photo) entertained Merrimack County Farm Bureau members at the October 23 annual meeting. Her humorous presentation was based on New Hampshire characters and living in New England. The stories involved something that everyone could relate to and find humor in. The evening consisted of a business meeting, a review of resolutions and the popular Associated Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pie auction.

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StraďŹ&#x20AC;ord County FB News from the Corn Crib

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iscal year 2013 was an exciting one for the Strafford County Farm Bureau (SCFB). Each month we were treated to a tour and presentation of individual farms of particiBruce Cilley pating SCFB Strafford County members. It FB President was interesting and rewarding to learn about the innovative approaches to agricultural operations from each of our gracious hosts. We are proud of the commitment of our members to help grow the SCFB that resulted in our group being awarded a new iPad for having attained our membership goal by June 30. On a very positive note for the future, the SCFB held its annual dinner and business meeting with a full house on Thursday, October 10. The board of directors hosted some 65 guests who shared homemade soups and stews prepared by board members and friends of the SCFB along with a smorgasbord of desserts brought by attendees. In addition to the dinner, guests were treated to a lively presentation titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living with Coyotesâ&#x20AC;? by Chris Schadler. Chris is an expert on wolf and coyote evolution and behaviors who has focused her career on these remarkable wild canid. We also took the opportunity of this annual event to institute a new program, honoring long-term members. The board devised categories of 25, 40 and 50 years of membership, researched all SCFB memberships and extended invitations to members who

met the criteria of these categories. It was our privilege to honor the following long-term members with a certificate and Farm Bureau hat embroidered with their years of membership: Michael and Jean Labrecque, Roger Comeau, Chris and Diane Caverly, George and Helen Musler and Roger Libby for 25 years of membership and Mary Fowler, Phyllis Smith-Pierce and Wesley Pierce, and Pauline and Frank Scruton for 50+ years of membership. Sadly, another long-standing member, Edna Woodward passed away in March of this year, but her family was in attendance to join us in honoring her commitment to the Farm Bureau. Our new slate of directors were elected and looked remarkably like the former slate, with the notable exception of Bill Hunt. We would like to thank him for serving over this past year and hope to see Bill back at some point in the future. Our appreciation is extended to Bernie LeBrie and Julie Anderson Perron for stepping up to serve in 2014 and welcome them aboard. Thank you also to all of our continuing members for your willingness to devote time and energy to serving. We are looking forward to an exciting upcoming year with new initiatives for the StraďŹ&#x20AC;ord County Farm Bureau. Please sign up today for the Farm Bureauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual state meeting to be held on Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9 at the Holloway Commons, University of NH, Durham. The Strafford County Farm Bureau has the honor of hosting the event this year and it would be wonderful to see a strong turn-out of members from our county. The next meeting of the SCFB board will be held on Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Horseshoes Plus, Inc., 8 Oak Hill Road, Barrington. We will be discussing the strategic plan for 2014.

Scenes from CoĂśs County FB Annual Meeting There was a great show of political influence at the CoĂśs County FB annual meeting. Standing beside the Associated Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poster promoting their century book, (L to R) County Commissioner Rick Samson, CoĂśs County FB President Joyce Brady, State Representative Wayne Moynihan, and State Senator JeďŹ&#x20AC; Woodburn.

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CoĂśs County Farm Bureau members enjoyed an entertaining and interesting presentation by Captain John Accardi, regional forest ranger for the state of New Hampshire (photo to the right). Captain Accardi talked about his experiences fighting wildfires across the country, in Alaska, in Quebec as well as in New Hampshire. About 40 people were in attendance at the CoĂśs meeting, held at the Lancaster Assembly of God Church on October 16. The business meeting consisted of great dialog regarding proposed resolutions from the county as well as Joyce Brady being reelected as president.


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Farmers’ Market Classified

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FARM BUREAU CALENDAR

Connecting NHFB members with what they have to sell and what they want to buy. NHFB’s Farmers’ Market is a free classified ad service to all NHFB members. If you have something to sell, buy or trade, this is your place to get noticed. Ads can be e-mailed to editor@nhfarmbureau.org or faxed to 228-8432. Want more information? Call us at 224-1934.

FOR SALE FOR SALE: Workall Tractor – Original Prototype – New engine (980 hours) 79 HP, front PTO (540) Cat I front 3 point hitch, front blade with rock blade, log forks, 45 degree angle plates, grapple, 8,000 lb. hydraulic winch with 4 chokers, with logging arch and cable winder, remove winch and log arch and mount homemade dump body with piston, 2 pair of h-pattern studded chains, transport bucket with manure forks. Tire size – 11.2 x 24 ag tread with tubes. All hydrostatic drive to 4 wheel motors. Includes 20 hours of free service to buyer (in New England) see Web site – www.workall.com - $25,000. Call Maury Collins 603-847-3321. FOR SALE: 1999 Dodge 3500 Cummings Diesel 4x4 dually, extended cab, 8 foot bed. 5th wheel hitch with spray in bedliner. Leather seats, well equipped. Only 114,000 miles. $11,495. Contact Pwarren4ducks@comcast.net or call 603-835-2490 FOR SALE: Reg. Limousin Bull; 2 1/2 years old; proven sire; calves on site. $2000 or B/O. Westmoreland,NH 399-7074.

engine with saw rig & wagon - $2,500 OBO Jefferson, 603-586-4570 FOR SALE: Missouri Fox Trotters, Geldings, Ages 5-10. Registered, Broke & Trained. Comfortable gaited Trail Horses. Phone 465-2672, Hollis, NH FOR SALE: 253 Acre Farm in Hoosick Falls, NY Currently Horse/Beef farm, House, Hay Barn, Sheds, Pasture, Hayfields, Mobile home rental, Organic potential. Just outside of village. Call Jane 603-847-9026

November November 8 NHFBF Annual Meeting FB Office CLOSED

November 9 Meeting of the House of Delegates

November 28 & 29 THANKSGIVING

FOR SALE: Hay Kicker. New Holland model 70 mechanical hay thrower. Fits NH 315 baler. Complete with electronics. $550. We pick up hay with horses so do not need the kicker. 603-835-2490 or pwarren4ducks@comcast.net Alstead, NH

FB Office CLOSED

FOR SALE: 4 Registered Ayrshire heifers 2 Jr Two yr Olds born 5/11 & 8/11, 1 Spring Yrlg born 5/12, 1 Summer Yrlg born 8/12 $1050 each. 1 Registered Charlois heifer born 2/12 $1200. 1 Red Angus heifer born 4/12 $875. 1 Registered Ayrshire Bull calf born 11/12 $400. Chesterfield, NH 209-8224

December 2

December ASSOCIATED WOMEN FB Office - 10 AM

December 24 & 25 FOR SALE: One 5 H.P. electric motor – came off Silo unloader, $450; One 2 H.P. electric motor – used on barn cleaner, $275; One 4’x8’ Leer Truck Cap – excellent condition, $375 - Call 603-436-3990

FOR SALE: Fertilizer spreader - 12 bag granular capacity with three point hitch - PTO - $300 or OBO. Call 603-444-6076

FOR SALE: 1st stove---FCP Antique Cast Iron Parlor Stove 12” x 32” Very Good Condition---$250 2nd stove---Lakewood Airtight Heavy Gauge Steel, Dual-Walled, Firebrick Lined, 8” x 32” New Blower Motor. Very Good Condition---$750 Call 603-747-3869 Bath, NH

FOR SALE: Western Trail Saddle & Tack Accessories Simcoe SIMCOE ‘BACK COUNTRY’ #452 padded Western Saddle in very good condition, no tooling. You can ride in this one all day ! With OVERNIGHT POMMEL PACK, and SEPARATE LEATHER SADDLE BAGS (Embossed Basket Pattern) 3-inches wide x 10” deep, rawhide lashings. Custom Wooden Saddle Stand with Shelf, Matching Bridle and curb bit, extra snaffle bit, heavy winter blanket 68-inches, barback pad with full stirrups, Western Hat with hard shell inner-liner -- photos available upon request --$650.00 or Best Offer - Contact Malcolm Taylor at 603-968-3846 or malcolm295@gmail.com

FOR SALE: “Chest Freezer: 15.7 cu ft. Almond colored chest freezer with divider. Textured lid, Balanced lid, 15.7 cu.ft. Height 35”, Width 44.5”, depth 29.5”. Superb condition, no scratches. runs great, good gaskets. No issues. $135.00. Call 603-465-2672. Hollis, NH

FOR SALE: 1,000 gallon poly water tank. Good condition. $500 -3 point hitch saw rig. $400 - 1986 Ford dump truck 30208 remanufactured motor. Never driven in winter. Good condition. $5000. Call Paul Allard in Milton, NH after 5 PM at 603-652-4291.

FOR SALE: 10 KW PTO driven generator. Drummond generator a division of Detroit Diesel, needs a tractor with min 23HP, 10,000 watt 41.6 amps. Has 2 -120v outlets and another outlet to hook up to your electrical service with 40 amp breaker. It comes with a 6’ telescoping PTO shaft. Unit is mounted on a pallet to move around easy. It sits on the ground attached to the pallet making it easy to move. Rarely used $1,200 call 603-352-9380 we can email pictures if needed. Surry NH

FARM FOR SALE: Lost Nation Farm, Lancaster, NH. Apple orchard, cider mill, hydro electric power, farm house, pond. 38.8 acres. See www.nhfarmforsale.net Call: 603-631-1888

FOR SALE: Tow behind black steel dump cart. Brand new, never used $65.00 Phone 465-2672 Hollis, NH

FOR SALE: Front and rear industrial tires mounted on rims with calcium chloride from New Holland TC35. (will fit others) Front 10-16.5, rear 17.5L-24 $700 obo. Some rust on rims. Plenty of tread. One of the back tires needs a new tube and more calcium chloride. Fitzwilliam, 209-1851. 10’ Transport Harrow with 2 gangs. $600 obo. It needs some work and we don’t have the time. Fitzwilliam, 209-1851.

FOR SALE: Brushcutter, Husqvarna, complete with Brushcutting Blade & double string trimmer weedwacker attachment. Also comes with full safety harness. $90.00 465-2672, Hollis, NH

FOR SALE: Truck Cap for small pickup truck. $350 or trade for haying equipment. Please contact Rick Wendell 603-744-0719.

FOR SALE: 1995 Dodge Ram 1500, lifted, headders. some body rust, needs fuel pump $1500.00. Chain link dog kennel fence, call for sizes, $350.00 must take all. Nylon draft horse harness, nice shape. $350.00 call or email Sandy at 603-986-2864 western95star@yahoo.com

FOR SALE: 1996 Playday two horse bumper trailer, maroon, rubber mats, extra panels, under storage, excel. cond., $1500. Firm Canterbury, NH 783-0335.

FOR SALE: One Lunger engine, Fairbanks Morse Z, 10HP Horizontal: $6,000.00 - Tamworth, NH (603) 323-7114

FOR SALE: 1926 – 5HP Witte Type B one lunger gas

FOR SALE: 72 inch Mid- Mount JD mower. Center PTO.

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Has kit for 855 & 955 tractors. $2000 or best offer. Call 603-279-9888 or fremillwaukewan@ gmail.com - Meredith, NH

WANTED SEEKING TAPPABLE SUGAR MAPLE TREES to lease for the future in the Pittsfield/ Loudon/Gilmanton area. Would like to have anywhere from 100 to 1000 taps with the option for vacuum collection. Vacuum is not a must but would be preferable. Property owner will be compensated with syrup or cash for taps. Price per tap depends on vacuum or gravity. Sugaring operation owned and operated by responsible tree farm and farm bureau members. Please contact Journey’s End Maple Farm at 603-435-5127.

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New Hampshire Beef 4-H Team Excels at Big E

Congratulations to the New Hampshire Beef 4-H Team on their great success at the Big E! Special thanks to the following leaders who attended making the trip possible: Jean Rudolph, Kelly Hardwick, Arlene Allard, Kim Hudson, Guy LaRochelle, TiďŹ&#x20AC;any Briggs and Rhiannon Beaugard.

The above photo is of Jeremy Jochums-Chickering far right showing Link his 1 ½-year-old Charolais, Limousin, Angus crossbred steer. Jeremy and Link won first place in the Heavy Heavyweight Division and received Commended Heavy Weight at the Big E.

Hannah Majewski of Westmoreland with her Highly Commended Heavyweight steer. 4-H leader Jean Rudolph, (far right) joins Hannah in celebrating her winnings.

Farm Bureau was there! Thanks to Jozi Best for displaying Farm Bureau materials in the sheep barn at the Big E. Congratulations to Jozi for having the winning Junior and Senior Tunis ewe, which went on to win Grand Champion of the 2013 Northeast Regional Tunis Show at Big E. Jozi also won Premier Breed and Premier Exhibition of Tunis.

Skil-a-thon - Top Individuals Juniors - 4th Hannah Majewski of Westmoreland, 5th Lillian Wright of Winchester Intermediate - 3rd Iris Larochelle of Webster Senior - 1st Derryck Hildreth of Winchester, 2nd Erik Fredrickson of Wolfeboro, 5th India Clark of Stoddard Showmanship Reserve Champion - Anna Fredrickson of Wolfeboro Highly Commended - Erik Fredrickson of Wolfeboro Top Individuals - Ripley Award Winners Jeremy Jochums-Chickering of Swanzey, Iris Larochelle of Webster, Olivia Briggs of Sullivan Other Results for Showmanship Class 1 - 4th Derryck Hildreth of Winchester Class 2 - 5th India Clark of Stoddard Class 3 - 8th Adam Grace of Fremont Class 6 - 5th Rebekah Hardwick of Francestown Class 7 - 3rd Gretchen Hall of Keene, 4th Hannah Majewski of Westmoreland, 6th Pierre Allard of Pittsburg, 7th Sarah Cody of Swanzey Class 8 - 5th Mason Fields of Swanzey Beef Judging Contest - Top Ten Individuals 1st Emma Harvey of Winchester 2nd Anna Fredrickson of Wolfeboro 7th Sarah Cody of Swanzey Top Ten Teams 1st Team: Emma Harvey of Winchester, Sarah Cody of Swanzey, Pierre Allard of Pittsburgh, Derryck Hildreth of Winchester 7th Team: Erik Fredrickson of Wolfeboro, India Clark of Stoddard, Adam Grace of Fremont, Jeremy Jochums-Chickering of Swanzey Herdsperson Contest 1st NH 4-H Beef Team 4-H Beef Records Jr Divison - in no particular order but were in the top five Mason Fields of Swanzey & Hannah Majewski of Westmoreland

Sr Division - Top Sr. Jeremy JochumsChickering of Swanzey and in no particular order but were in the top five were Derryck Hildreth of Winchester and India Clark of Stoddard 4-H Beef Cook-off 6th Team of Hannah Majewski of Westmoreland, Gretchen Hall of Keene and Olivia Briggs of Sullivan 8th Team of Jeremy Jochums-Chickering ofSwanzey, Mason Fields of Swanzey and Sarah Cody of Swanzey Educational Club Exhibits 3rd - NH 4-H Beef Team 4-H Beef Poster Contest Jr Division - 3rd Lillian Wright of Winchester Novice Division - 1st Ashley Peckham of Goshen, 2nd Carmella Hall, 3rd Haylee Hall 4-H Beef Ad Competition Sr. Division - 2nd Jeremy Jochums-Chickering of Swanzey Jr. Division - 1st Olivia Briggs of Sullivan 4-H logo Competition Sr. Division - 1st Jeremy Jochums-Chickering of Swanzey Richard Hamilton Memorial Group Class for Steers 3rd Group of Anna Fredrickson of Wolfeboro, Erik Fredrickson of Wolfeboro, Adam Grace of Fremont Don Gaylord Bred & Owned Award Essay Contest 1st Pierre Allard of Pittsburg 2nd Gretchen Hall of Keene 3rd - Anna Fredrickson of Wolfeboro

ESE 4H Beef committee Scholarship - 1 of the 3 - $1000 scholarships went to Melody Robar of Marlow 4-H Beef Marketing Project Steer Division - 2nd Hannah Majewski of Westmoreland, 3rd Jeremy JochumsChickering of Swanzey, 4th Gretchen Hall of Keene Heifer Division - 1st Olivia Briggs of Sullivan 4-H Beef Heifer Show Belted Galloway Summer Yearling Heifer 1st Iris Larochelle of Webster Belted Galloway Reserve Champion Heifer Iris Larochelle ofWebster

Simmental Sr. Heifer Calf 3rd Mason Fields of Swanzey Simmental Reserve Champion Heifer Pierre Allard of Pittsburg Overall Grand Champion Heifer Anna Fredrickson of Wolfeboro Overall Grand Reserve Champion Heifer Olivia Briggs of Sullivan 4-H Beef Steers Light Lightweight Division 1st Adam Grace of Fremont, 3rd Gretchen Hall of Keene

Commercial Heifer Summer yearling heifer 1st Hannah Majewski of Westmoreland

Light Heavyweight Division 1st Anna Fredrickson of Wolfeboro, 5th India Clark of Stoddard

Commercial heifer spring yearling heifer 1st Sarah Cody of Swanzey

Champion Lightweight Anna Fredrickson of Wolfeboro

Comercial Heifer Champion heifer Hannah Majewski of Westmoreland

Reserve Champion Lightweight Adam Grace of Wolfeboro

Hereford Spring Yearling Heifer 1st Anna Fredrickson of Wolfeboro Hereford Jr. Yearling Heifer 1st Rebekah Hardwick of Francestown Champion Hereford Heifer Anna Fredrickson of Wolfeboro Other Breed Spring Yearling Heifer 1st Olivia Briggs of Sullivan Other Breed Spring Yearling Heifer 2nd Iris Larochelle of Webster

Louis A. Malkus Sweepstakes Award 1st Anna Fredrickson ofWolfeboro

Other Breed Champion Heifer Olivia Briggs of Sullivan

Sweepstakes Award 2013 NH 4-H Beef Team

Simmental Sr. Heifer Calf 2nd Pierre Allard of Pittsburg

Medium Heavyweight Division 3rd Erik Fredrickson of Wolfeboro Commended Mediumweight Erik Fredrickson of Wolfeboro Heavy Lightweight Division 3rd Hannah Majewski of Westmoreland Heavy Heavyweight Division 1st Jeremy Jochums-Chickering, 3rd Derryck Hildreth Highly Commended Heavyweight Hannah Majewski of Westmoreland Commended Heavy Weight Jeremy Jochums-Chickering of Swanzey


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With House Passage, Waterways Bill on its Way to Conference Source: FBNews - Oct. 25, 2013

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ouse approval of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA) (H.R. 3080) is welcome news for America’s farmers and ranchers, who consider passage of a waterways infrastructure bill a top legislative priority, according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman. “Having an efficient and reliable inland waterway system linked to competitive ports is vital to America’s ability to provide affordable farm products domestically and to compete internationally,” Stallman said in a statement. “More than 60 percent of grain grown by U.S. farmers for export is transported via inland waterways. New projects for flood protection, port improvements and upgrades to the nation’s aging locks and dams infrastructure authorized under WRRDA are long overdue.” Included in WRRDA are provisions that reform the project delivery processes of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, create a prioritization of authorized improvements based upon risk of failure and economic return, and provide needed adjustments to the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF). WRRDA sets target expenditures from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF), increasing each year so that by fiscal 2020 and beyond, no less than 80 percent of the funds collected go to operation and maintenance activities. The bill also adjusts the responsibility of cost share for Olmsted Lock and Dam project from 50 percent federal/50 percent IWTF to 75 percent federal/ 25 percent IWTF.

WRRDA authorizes about $8 billion in spending for 23 projects, while deauthorizing around $12 billion in projects authorized before the 2007 WRDA bill. Environmental reviews are also streamlined to a three-year limit and a $3 million cap for Army Corps’ feasibility studies would be put in place. Since the Senate passed its version of WRRDA legislation in May, the two chambers can now move to conference to draft a single bill they’ll both approve and then send to President Barack Obama for his signature. Like the House WRRDA bill, the Senate’s Water Resources Development Act (S. 601) includes provisions to annually increase the amount of funding that is provided from the HMTF for port maintenance and dredging; to streamline the process for Corps projects and reduce project completion times; and to free up money and increase the capacity of the Inland Waterways Trust Fund (IWTF). In both chambers, the bills passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, which bodes well for conference, said Andrew Walmsley, AFBF transportation specialist. Out of the more than 500 votes related to final passage of the legislation in the House and Senate, only 17 votes were against the bill. “Of course, there are differences between the bills, but that’s why Congress comes together in conference,” Walmsley explained. “Although we don’t know which lawmakers will be appointed to the conference committee, we’re off to a great start with strong Republican and Democratic support.”

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Eye on Extension From UNH Cooperative Extension Reports DECEMBER 2 - GROWING WINTER VEGETABLES IN HIGH TUNNELS, GREENHOUSES, LOW TUNNELS, & COLD FRAMES, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Boscawen Municipal Complex, 116 Main Street, Boscawen. This workshop is for home gardeners. Extension Food and Agriculture Field Specialist Amy Papineau will discuss the basics of growing winter vegetables in tunnels. Which vegetables work best? What to expect? How to get started? Amy will also share some results from winter vegetable production research being done at UNH.

DECEMBER 3 - QUICKBOOKS FOR FARMERS & NATURAL RESOURCES BUSINESSES 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm., Granite State College, Concord. A four-session series December 3, 5, 10, and 12.

Participants will be led by Carol Zintel through a process where they will set up QuickBooks for their farm or natural resource operations. They also will learn how to set up this electronic record keeping system, add and assess information, increase understanding, create reports, and much more. Participants must have a laptop computer with QuickBooks so that they can create their own system.

DECEMBER 17-19 - NEW ENGLAND VEGETABLE & FRUIT CONFERENCE Radisson Hotel, Manchester. The 18th New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference and Trade Show runs for three days with more than 30 educational sessions, farmer-to-farmer meetings to discuss specific issues, and an extensive trade show. Visit the conference website, http://www.newenglandvfc.org/, to learn more.

American Farm Bureau Appeals Chesapeake Bay Ruling Source: AFBF Executive Newswatch Oct. 8, 2013

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he American Farm Bureau Federation took action Monday to appeal a recent court decision that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s “pollution diet” for the 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed. AFBF filed a notice to appeal the Sept. 13 federal district court ruling, seeking reversal of a decision that gives EPA wide latitude to dictate local land-use and development decisions. “This is a wrongly decided case that has dangerous implications for farmers and many others in the Chesapeake Bay area and nationwide,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “This case isn’t about whether or not to protect the Chesapeake Bay – we all share that goal. This case is about whether EPA can dictate where farming will be allowed, where homes can be built, and where businesses can

be established. By taking over decisions like that, EPA has turned the whole concept of cooperative federalism out the barn door.” AFBF seeks an appeal to preserve the primary role of states in setting land use policy and determining how to achieve water quality goals. According to AFBF, the Clean Water Act puts states in the drivers’ seat to determine how farmers, builders, homeowners and towns will share the responsibility of achieving clean water. EPA’s framework puts EPA in control of those decisions. “Win or lose on appeal, farmers and ranchers will continue their dedicated efforts on the farm to improve water quality and the natural environment,” said Stallman. “In the meantime, AFBF will continue to oppose what we see as a remarkable power grab.”

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he second Great Garden GrowoďŹ&#x20AC; was held at Garlic Day in Canterbury on September 14. Event leader, Valerie Drown encouraged all Farm Bureau members and attendees to participate by bringing a vegetable from their garden to display. Categories included the largest pumpkin or squash, the largest zucchini and peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice. The peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choice category was an eclectic mix of fun, crazy items that were discovered growing in local gardens. Those who stopped to visit the booth had an opportunity to vote on the vegetable that made them laugh, smile or question what happened during germination. It included all sorts of vegetables, such as a tomato that looked like a cozy chair and a sunflower gone wild. The booth was designed to be fun and promote the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Young Farmer program. In the photo to the left is Valerie Drown manning the booth.

Winners of the competition are as follows: Largest Squash â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mindy Beltramo Largest Zucchini â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ruth Mann Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jacob Cress

Livestock Cruelty Reporting - continued from front page investigations conducted by the proper authorities. Animal-rights activists have a history in other parts of the country of going undercover to record what appears to be animal abuse. These recordings often lack context, are of questionable intent and are not reported to law enforcement. There is a record of these recordings being used for political purposes and in eďŹ&#x20AC;ect farmers are being tried in the court of public opinion. At a January work session on HB 110, State Veterinarian Steve Crawford, speaking in support of the bill, noted that since 2005 there have been 33 of these video releases by activists groups. This is an attempt to get ahead of this issue in New Hampshire. Opponents of HB 110 who include the Humane Society of the United States and Mercy for Animals have attempted to label the legislation with the red-herring term â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ag-Gagâ&#x20AC;? legislation. Ag-Gag is a term used to describe laws passed in some Midwestern states starting in 1990 that place a blanket prohibition on making recordings of animal facilities, including farms. HB 110 does not prohibit anything. It simply requires the reporting of abuse and that law enforce-

ment be notified of the existence any evidence. During the Committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s September 10 executive session, discussion on the bill included Rep. John Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor pointing out the legislation would simply place another tool for enforcement in the abuse law; one that speaks specifically to livestock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we are not stopping abuse quickly, under what moral authority would we allow it to continue?â&#x20AC;? Haefner asked. The bill is also being sponsored by Rep. Tara Sad (Walpole) chair of the House Environment and Agriculture Committee, House Majority Leader Stephen ShurtleďŹ&#x20AC; (Concord), Sen. Sharon Carson (Londonderry) and Sen. Bob Odell (Lempster). The Environment and Agriculture Committee voted by an 11-6 margin to make its ought-to-pass recommendation. The Environment and Agriculture Committee recommendation will now go before the full House for a vote in January. If it passes, House leadership has ruled the bill will be referred to the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee who will then look at the criminal code aspects of the proposal

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Tilton Winter Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market to Open Weekend of December 7-8 Tilton, NH â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The 2013-2014 Tilton Winter Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market will open Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 at the old Agway Building on Route 3 in Tilton. Now in its third year, the market features more than 45 vendors, oďŹ&#x20AC;ering the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest fresh and locallyproduced food products, along with carefully selected, agriculturally-based crafts. Conveniently located oďŹ&#x20AC; I-93 at Exit 20 (diagonally across from AutoServ of Tilton), the market will operate weekends from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, from December 7 to March 30. Throughout the winter, Tilton Winter Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market attracts shoppers from throughout the Lakes Region and beyond, including vacation-home owners and other out-of-state visitors. The market oďŹ&#x20AC;ers a wide range of locallyproduced, farm-fresh and organic produce and greens, winter storage crops, meats, eggs, dairy, cheese, breads, pastries, gourmet popcorn, gluten-free products, vegan foods, tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms, veggie burgers, fudge, apples, cider, honey, granola, maple syrup, jams, jellies, freshly roasted coffee, teas, beer, wine, gourmet food items, body care products, information on composting worms, herbal products, dog treats and more. Each Saturday and Sunday will also feature live music, in-

formation about sourcing local products and services and abundant sampling of delicious foods. Tilton Winter Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market Founder and Director, Joan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor, says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thanks to AutoServ of Tilton, this will be our third winter in the old Agway building, which provides shoppers easy access from Route 93 at Exit 20. The Gaudet family and AutoServ staďŹ&#x20AC; lend ongoing, generous support by providing the space and a wide variety of services that help make the market possible.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are happy to partner with Joan Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor to support the Tilton Winter Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market again this year,â&#x20AC;? says AutoServ General Manager, Dennis Gaudet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The market fills a huge need for farm-fresh, healthy, local food. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become wildly popular and attracts as many as 1600 people every weekend day, providing a great local food resource for our community and vital outlet for our New Hampshire vendors.â&#x20AC;? Tilton AutoServ has sponsored the market since it opened in 2012 and is a long-standing supporter of healthy eating and healthy lifestyles in the greater Lakes Region community. For more information on the Tilton Winter Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market, visit www. tiltonwinterfarmersmarket.com or visit the market on Facebook.

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n October 30, 41 House and Senate conferees formally began work to resolve the diďŹ&#x20AC;erences in the two chambersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; versions of the farm bill. The kick-oďŹ&#x20AC; proceedings largely focused on opening statements. Committee staďŹ&#x20AC; are shifting into higher gear and will begin sorting out the major diďŹ&#x20AC;erences between the two bills from those that can be more easily resolved.

How often the conference will formally meet is currently unknown. Final approval on decisions made at each meeting of the conferees is expected to be delayed until the last, and likely toughest, diďŹ&#x20AC;erences are resolved. Farm Bureau continues to work to ensure attention is focused on the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farm bill priorities.

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Balance in the Field Story & photos by Maureen Duffy NHFBF Communications Director

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don’t grow GMOs but I would like to,” said Chris LaValley while traveling to the fields. “Let me show you why.” On a quest to develop individual opinions and perspectives about GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), NHTI, Concord’s Community College professors arranged a local farm tour. Thirty-eight, firstyear STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students along with four professors climbed onto hay wagons to see where Chris LaValley grows his crops. Traveling by a cornfield harvested for silage by a dairy farm, Chris points out the weed-free field and a small area where the weeds, missed by being sprayed with Roundup, are choking the corn left behind. Chris and his wife Danielle plant 45 acres of sweet corn that requires herbicides such as Atrazine and Dual for weed control. The problem with these sprays is that Chris is not able to rotate certain crops due to spray residuals, and they do not stop Indian corn from growing, which cross-pollinates with sweet corn making it inedible. “Roundup would solve this problem,” explained Chris. “Because it would kill the Indian Corn and stop cross pollination, as well as allow sensitive crops such as beans to grow in this area.” A day or two after the sweet corn is planted, Chris applies Dual and Atrazine to prevent weeds from growing and creating a canopy over the small corn plants. After the corn comes up, weeds are controlled by cultivation. The plants are hilled and the weeds are buried. “The problem with cultivating plants is that it doesn’t matter how accurate you are, plants are always accidentally chopped up — no one is perfect,” noted Chris. “Roundup Ready crops seem friendlier, in regard to the environment, drift and overall production. I use an air-blast sprayer, which is required for the types of spray I use, and there is some drift because the nozzles spray out. However, Roundup requires a boomsprayer, which is very accurate and sprays closer to the crop resulting in little drift.” Another issue with cultivating is that it aerates the soil causing it to dry out. When farmers use Roundup Ready corn they do not need to cultivate, hence preserving soil moisture and increasing corn production by not chopping up corn plants by accident. Chris explained that Roundup Ready crops are genetically engineered to resist glyphosate (Roundup). The farmer plants the crop and once it comes up the crop is sprayed with Roundup, killing all weeds but not the plant. Roundup works by inhibiting amino acids with the use of N-(phosphonomethyl) glycine, better

known as glyphosate, a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide that controls broadleaf weeds and grasses. Discovered and manufactured by Monsanto, glyphosate is readily used by homeowners as well as by farmers. Reason being — it works. “The war on weeds has been going since the beginning of time,” said Chris. “And glyphosateresistant crops enable farmers to kill weeds without killing their crops. As for weeds becoming resistant to sprays, it’s another old war for farmers. Weeds are always adapting to sprays and that is a problem because they canopy over seedlings which kill the crop.” Residential Roundup does not require a license; anyone can buy it and spray it. Whereas Atrazine and Dual are restricted according to the amount, per acre, per season, and cannot be sprayed near waterways. In addition, applicators require licenses to apply. As for answering the question of which is better, to spray Atrazine and Dual over the soil, or to have plants with glyphosate genes, Chris can’t answer he doesn’t know. All he knows is that the technology gives farmers another tool in the closet. After worrying about weeds, insects are the next concern. At pre-tassel, the chemical Warrior is sprayed over the corn, followed by an additional application about seven days later. This is to prevent the European corn borer from damaging the ears of corn, as well as the stalks. They are known to chew tunnels, causing the plants to fall over. Once the silky tassels are exposed it is the corn earworm that migrates north that is the next threat to the crop. To combat the earworm, Chris sprays the 12-four acre blocks of corn, two to five more times with Warrior. The balanced discussion then went on to Syngenta Bt corn. The bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is a naturally occurring soil bacterium that forms a toxin that paralyzes specific insects’ (i.e. Corn Borer) digestive system yet is safe for nontarget animals. Bt has been approved for organic farming in the United State for more than 50 years as a microbial pest control agent that comes with its own controversy with respect to possible effects on health, non-target plants and other plants. Considering this debate, students questioned if it is better to spray Warrior on corn or have the genetic material Bt included in the corn. The LaValleys believe in providing a healthy product as well as protecting the environment. Although Chris doesn’t object GMO labeling, he fought HB 660, requiring the labeling of GM food and agriculture commodities. He opposed the bill because

of some fundamental issues with the current version. He opposes the idea that meat, milk and restaurants should be exempt from the legislation. Chris went to the hearing on the bill because he felt it was a half-hearted attempt that tricks the consumer.

about the impact GMOs will have in the future. I think it’s important for people to make their own decisions.” After touring the fields, students were surprised by the complexities of farming, a likely result of a growing cultural disconnect to agriculture.

As part of the educational experience in the field, NHTI students had the opportunity to witness a corn picker operate and pack bags of corn.

If Chris used GMOs he could save $400/block ($4,800), burn less diesel fuel and have more time to spend with his wife and 13 month-old son. “I’m not sure on labeling GMOs,” said Chris. “Labels are not warnings, however the public assumes there is a risk. From my standpoint, I believe in telling my customers what I do in the field so they understand. After talking to them, most say they would like to see me save fuel and not air-blast spray, and reconsider their position on GMOs.” First year NHTI student Steven Kidder, 23 of Concord, appreciates the opportunity to look at both sides of the subject rather than just one approach. “The USDA says GMOs are safe and there’s no scientific evidence,” says Steven. “On the other hand, there are still a lot of unknowns

And many students were sympathetic to the farmer’s perspective that HB 660 was unfair to growers. “Bringing students to a living classroom is a great way to learn, said Elibet Chase professor of general studies at NHTI and Coordinator of the Academic Advising Center. “They understand best when they can see the concepts in action.” In addition to touring the farm, NHTI students had the opportunity to hear Stonyfield Farm founder and anti-GMO campaigner Gary Hirshberg’s point of view. It is with this kind of balanced learning that enables people to make decisions in their own field of study. After learning about GMOs from various perspectives, NHTI students were overwhelmingly in support of labeling.

Chris LaValley (far right) addresses NHTI students in his cornfield about GMOs and his farming practices.


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Foodie Finds For those who have a refined interest in food. Image source: tastykitchen.com

Cabbage Rolls 8 cabbage leaves salted boiling water 1 lb. lean ground beef 3/4 cup wheat germ 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 1 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Cabbage & its Health Benefits

1 medium clove garlic, minced 1/2 tsp. crushed oregano leaves 1/4 tsp. crushed basil leaves 2 eggs 1 - 1 lb. can tomato sauce

3/4 cup water 2 tbsp. dark brown sugar 2 tbsp. vinegar 1 tbsp. cornstarch

Drop cabbage leaves into boiling water in large saucepan. Boil gently for 4 to 5 minutes. Drain. In a medium bowl, mix ground beef, wheat germ, onion, salt, pepper, garlic, oregano, basil and eggs. Blend well. Preheat over to 375F. Divide beef mixture evenly into cabbage leaves. Fold sides of leaf over mixture and roll leaf around filling. Place rolls, seamside down, in a 2-1/2 quart baking dish. Blend tomato sauce, water, brown sugar, vinegar and cornstarch until smooth. Pour over rolls. Cover dish with foil. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, spooning sauce over rolls once or twice while baking. Source: 4-H Favorites

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Mighty Meats NHFB Meat Listing Beryl Mt. View Farm - AlsteadJohn & Hazell Fuller (603) 835-6509 USDA vacuumed packed Beefalo and grass fed on the farms in S. Acworth & Alstead. Bonnie Brae Farms - Plymouth Henry Ahern (603) 536-3880 www.bonniebraefarms.com/ Farm-raised Red Deer venison, velvet antler, hard antler and hides. Also breeding stock. The deer are primarily grass and hay fed. USDA inspected. Bokaja - Webster 648-2520 or 470-6276 Local turkeys - various sizes Bo-Riggs Beef - Sullivan Tiffany & Dana Briggs 370-1877 brcc@myfairpoint.net. Black Angus beef, from Bo-Riggs Cattle Company, we deliver in southern NH, now shipping UPS, monthly specials. Coppal House Farm - Lee John & Carol Hutton 659-3572 coppalhouse@comcast.net USDA certified pasture raised lamb and pork products. All cuts are flash frozen and vacuum sealed. Various cuts available at the farm stand, but special requests are filled when available. East Hill Farm - Troy Dave Adams 242-6495 info@east-hill-farm.com Whole, half, or individual cuts available of pork, beef, lamb and goat. Eccardt Farm Inc. - Washington George, Sandy & Ryan Eccard 495-3830 Eccardtfarm@gsinet.net Our home grown grass fed, USDA certified beef. We have an array of steak cuts and roasts all vacuum packed for longer freshness. Lamb & pork when available.

Far View Farm - Langdon Marilyn Stuller 313-7115 m.stuller@yahoo.com Lamb - Naturally raised on pasture, hormone and antibiotic free. Icelandic lamb is naturally lean with a mild flavor.

Fitch Farm - Cornish Jim and Sue Fitch 675-9391 fitchfarm@gmail.com Grass fed Highland beef.

Miles Smith Farm - Loudon Bruce Dawson or Carole Soule 783-5159 Locally raised beef in retail packages with USDA labels.

Gelinas Farm - Pembroke Joanna Gelinas – Snow 225-7024 Joanne@Gelinasfarm.com Beef cattle, sides of beef.

Partridge Meadow Farm - Westmoreland Richard & Susan Paul 399-4876 richard.paul.1@hotmail.com Naturally raised Belted Galloway beef.

Green Bough Farm - N. Haverhill Justin Smith 787-6622 greenboughfarm1863@gmail.com Grass fed and finished highland beef. Pasture raised heritage hogs and pasture range chicken, heritage turkeys, ducks and geese. Harrison’s Poultry Farm - Candia Frank Harrison 548-9348 Farmbird99@yahoo.com chicken, guinea fowl, turkey, duck, goose, rabbit, liver and more. Haines Hill Farm - Wolfeboro Charles &Erica Horsken 569-1936 haines@worldpath.net Natural Angus/Herford cross beef, pork, chickens. Beef and pork by the whole animal, ½ or ¼, some cuts individually and chop meat. Chickens sold individually. We will also custom grow an animal for you. Beef and pork processed by a USDA approved butcher, Windham Butcher Shop, chickens processed by No View Farm. Hazzard Acres Farm - Springfield Donna Abair 763-9105 hazzardacresfarm@yahoo.com USDA Pork all born and raised here on the farm. Hurd Farm LLC - Hampton Steven Hurd 944-6869 hurdfarmllc@yahoo.com Beef and pork as whole, halves or individual cuts. Whole chicken and eggs. J₊F Farms Inc. - Derry Melissa Dolloff 437-0535 farmstand@JFfarms.com All cuts of frozen beef. Manning Hill Farm - Winchester Sarah Costa 239-4397 100% grass fed beef, and pasture raised pork.

Pinewoods Yankee Farm - Lee Tina Fottler & Erick Sawtelle 659-8106 or esawtelles@aol.com Grass fed beef. Belted Galloway and Angus crosses. Individual retail cuts and custom cut sides. Find us on Local Harvest and Facebook. PT Farm - N. Haverhill Peter and Tara Roy 603-787-9199 ptfarm@charter.net We feed about 175 head of steers and heifers as well as 200+ hogs. We process them at our own USDA plant. Nearly all our product is sold fresh daily. The largest volume goes to New England restaurants and the remainder is sold at our farm store. Remick Country Doctor Museum Farm - Tamworth Sheena Harte 323-7591 sharte@remickmuseum.org Farm-rasied ground beef, breakfast and sweet Italian sausage and eggs. Rocky Knoll Farm - Surry Mike & Kim Parrott 352-2102 kparrott@ne.rr.com Proudly offering all natural frozen beef, pork breakfast sausage, sweet Italian sausage and hot Italian sausage. Fresh eggs. Rocky Road Tunis Farm - Bath Deb Robie 747-3869 wehunt4@paigecos.com Local Lamb. Run Away Farm - Ossippee Dave Babson 539-4928 davbab@worldpath.net Naturally raised beef. Fed grain, hay and grass only. Stonehedge Farm - Tamworth Peg DeLong 323-8335 stonehedgefarm@yahoo.com Lamb - various cuts or ground Mutton - ground or stew meat

Shepherd’s Hut Market - Gilford Jeff & Joyce Keyser 527-1873 or 393-4696 jekeyser@metrocast.net Certified USDA freezer lamb. Various cuts fresh frozen and vacuum sealed. Steele Farm - Wonalancet Helen R Steele 323-8687 Farm raised lamb. Temple Mountain Beef - Temple Mark Salisbury 878-4290 Beef by the side – cut and packaged to order. Top of the Hill Farm - Wolfboro Alan Fredrickson 569-3137 Beef - pasture exposed and all natural by the piece, 1/4, 1/2 or whole topofthehillfarm@metrocast.net Trombly Gardens - Milford 673-4725 Beef, pork, lamb and chicken Windy Hill Natural Beef-Jackson Hank Peterson 383-8917 Beef - 1/4 or 1/2 for sale. Orders accepted year-round for fall delivery. Yankee Farmers’ Market - Warner Brian & Keira Farmer 456-2833 yankeefarmersmarket.com Offering farm raised, all natural certified USDA buffalo, venison, elk, grass fed beef, lamb, chicken, turkey and pork. Our farm has an on farm store open year round, distributes to retail and wholesale acounts, offering a wide variety of individual cuts - steaks, roasts, burger, sausage, jerky. 1/2’s & 1/4’s hides, skulls, breedstock, farm tours also available. For more information check out www.yankeefarmersmarket.com Yellow House Farm - Barrington Joseph Marquette 335-6131 yellowhousefarm@live.com Heritage breeds, Dorking Chicken, Ancona Chicken, Muscovy duck, Saxony Duck, and Narragansett Turkey.


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