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THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE NH FARM BUREAU FEDERATION

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014

Vol. 36, No. 1

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Federal News FDA WILL RE-PROPOSE FSMA Rules

Farmers Have a Full Plate in 2014 By Bob Stallman AFBF President

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NO NEW FARM BILL Until New Year Page 5

State News WORKING TOGETHER AITC meets with National Grange Page 11

ANNUAL MEETING Review Page 12

he old expression “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” is fitting as we ring in the new year. As we begin 2014, farmers are facing down many of the same legislative issues we were a year ago: farm bill, immigration, waterways infrastructure, taxes and the list goes on. But, while on the surface it looks like not a heck of a lot was accomplished in the past year, in spite of what was a contentious political year, solid progress was made on several of Farm Bureau’s priority issues.

Moving the Needle As the popular Christmas/New Year song goes: “What have you done? Another year over, and a new one just begun,” I can’t help but look back at 2013 and think that Farm Bureau definitely moved the needle on our key issues. A farm bill will likely be completed early in the new year, the Senate and House passed a waterways bill and the labor issue progressed further than it has in its history. I daresay that the issues on our agenda moved as far, or farther, than those of any other policy advocacy organization. Further, Farm Bureau had a huge judicial win with the Lois Alt case. We joined Mrs. Alt in standing up to the Environmental Protection Agency when it threatened her with enormous fines for ordinary storm water runoff. Unfortunately, agriculture is increasingly going to have to use the judicial branch to stop agencies like EPA from overreaching and trying to make political hay by targeting farmers. And rest assured that Farm Bureau will keep working to protect farmers and ranchers on these important issues. On the Horizon Looking ahead, farmers and ranchers will have a full plate in 2014. In addition to completing the farm bill and implementing a new five-year law, passing waterways and port infrastructure legislation out of Congress and continuing our work on ag labor, a lot more work remains on other

NEW POLICY Approved by House of Delegates Page 17

FARMERS HAVE A FULL PLATE IN 2014 – page 15

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Now That it’s Built — Let it Grow The future looks bright. New Hampshire livestock producers knew there was a demand for locally raised meat but didn’t have much choice when it came to processing facilities. The lack of infrastructure created a bottleneck situation for years, resulting in a stagnant livestock industry. Now, things are changing. Just over a year and a half ago, there was only one USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) inspected meat processor in New Hampshire. Today, there are four. This is a game changer for livestock producers and local meat connoisseurs. In the above photo, Brian Farmer of Yankee Farmer’s Market, LLC is one of New Hampshire’s major distributors of local meat. NOW THAT IT’S BUILT — LET IT GROW – page 19

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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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Babson 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 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 Equine: Julie Perron, Barrington Lee Sawyer, Jaffery 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: Beth Hodge, Hinsdale Sandy Salo, Marlow Policy Development: Denis Ward, Monroe Profile Award: Ernie Vose, Walpole Young Farmer: Valerie Drown, Webster

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Current Use

NHFBF Support Continues

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n important birthday was celebrated in 2013 that deserves recognition for its past and future impact on agriculture and open space in N.H. On July 1, 1973, the N.H. General Court enacted RSA 79-A, the current use taxation law. The groundwork was actually done in the late 60s with passage of a constitutional amendment, proposition to allow land to be taxed at its “current use value,” rather than “highest and best use value.” The simplicity and effectiveness of the concept has allowed the law to maintain its support over the years. The original rally cry to pass Proposition 7 in 1968 was emphatically endorsed by Farm Bureau and other like-minded organizations as part of the SPACE coalition (Statewide Program of Action to Conserve our Environment). The law was crafted to provide fair taxation of undeveloped farm and forestland as the Constitution now directed. Several other states enacted similar land taxation statutes during that time but N.H.’s ever growing dependence on the property tax to fund municipal services highlights its importance.

Plant Growers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Cooperative Extension. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Foodie Finds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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NHFBF President Jeff Holmes captured the above photo of the Washington Monument while visiting DC during the American Farm Bureau Federation resolutions meeting on December 18. The scaffolding is in the process of being removed from the monument as repairs from the earthquake of several years ago are done.

In Memoriam

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 January/February 2014

Year in year out, preserving and defending current use is one of N.H. Farm Bureau’s highest priorities. Recent years have seen some proposals to meld taxation of certain agricultural structures into the current use law. It has been NHFB’s inclination to keep farm building taxation issues separate from the current use program as it starts to get away from the basic objective of preserving open space. Overreach of program scope could easily lead to dwindling support. Some county Farm Bureaus have reached out to landowners with land in “current use” to inform them of Farm Bureau’s role in the creation of Current Use law and promise to defend it into the future and keep land ownership a possibility for as many residents as possible. The dissolution of SPACE has left a void in terms of an organization explicitly tied to current use. Farm Bureau is just one of many groups worthy of support based on their advocacy of the program. The three-million acres enrolled in the program by some 27,000 landowners go a long way toward maintaining our landscape and traditional land uses. As we plunge headlong into 2014, all the best to one and all for a happy and healthy New Year!

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arm Bureau lost a good friend and strong member with the passing of Sabrina Matteson on December 21. She lost her battle with breast cancer and passed away at her home in Washington, DC. She is survived by her husband, Gary Matteson; three sons: Tyler (Sarah) Matteson, Myles Matteson and Tucker Matteson; and one granddaughter, Aurelia. Sabrina and Gary had a greenhouse cut-flower busi-

ness in Epson, N.H. where they grew anemones for 25 years. Farm Bureau was a significant part of Sabrina’s life for over 30 years. While operating New England Anemones, Gary and Sabrina served on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s national Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee (1986-1988). Sabrina’s involvement in Farm Bureau guided her to the position of information director at the state office in Concord. During that time, she was the managing editor of the N.H. Farm Bureau’s newspaper, The Communicator and Young Farmer coordinator. In the winter of 2007, Sabrina moved to Washington, D.C. when she was hired by the American Farm Bureau Federation as the director of rural affairs and to be with her husband, Gary. She will be missed by her Farm Bureau family, extending from New Hampshire to across the country. A memorial service was held in Epson at the New Rye Congregational Church on December 28. There will be a

second Memorial Service in Greensboro, Vt. over July 4th weekend at the Landon Lake House. This will be more of a celebration of Sabrina’s life, and a chance to revel in the rural town of Greensboro in holiday mode with the parade, the Church chicken supper, and fireworks all happening on Saturday, July 5. Memorial contribution may be made to either of the following: The New Rye Church (289 New Rye Road, Epsom, NH 03234), the church is where Sabrina directed Christmas pageants, sang in the choir, and gathered in Christian fellowship while living in Epsom. The Farmer Veteran Coalition (farmvetco.org) is a non-profit charitable organization that assists returning military veterans entering into farm businesses or employment. Sabrina had been very involved in making the Farmer Veteran Coalition an organization of national significance, encouraging participation of a wide variety of farm groups.


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FDA Will Re-Propose Rules in Response to Farm Credit East Cares Concerns From Bipartisan Coalition of Lawmakers Donates $30,000 to Senators Shaheen, Blunt and Representatives Courtney, Gibson, Kuster requested second draft of proposed rulemaking and additional public comment opportunities for farmers, stakeholders Washington, DC — A successful bipartisan effort led by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT), Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Annie Kuster (D-NH), has resulted in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) planning to revise regulations and seek additional comments from the public before finalizing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules. The FDA’s announcement comes less than a month after the lawmakers led a bipartisan coalition of 75 Republicans, Democrats and Independents expressing concern about the impact of proposed FDA rules on farmers and businesses, which re-proposing the regulations for public comment could help alleviate. “The FDA is making the right call,” Senator Shaheen said. “There are serious concerns that have been raised by farmers and consumers in my state and across the country that the FDA must consider before finalizing rules. Submitting a second draft of key aspects of these rules for public comment will allow farmers and other stakeholders to further inform the rulemaking process, which I hope will better protect our national food supply while preventing the issuance of overly burdensome or ambiguous regulations.”

“I’m pleased the FDA has agreed to issue a second draft of proposed rules and give farmers and businesses the opportunity to provide additional input,” Senator Blunt said. “I thank Senator Shaheen and my colleagues in the House and Senate for their work to alleviate the impact of these burdensome regulations on farm families in Missouri and nationwide.” “I am pleased to see that FDA is being responsive to the bipartisan feedback from lawmakers about the need to reexamine the proposed FSMA rules,” Congressman Gibson said. “FDA’s goal of guaranteeing produce safety is certainly admirable, but as the Representative of a district that relies on an agriculture-based economy, I am also concerned with ensuring flexibility and practical implementation for our family farmers. It is encouraging to see FDA recognize this as well.” “I am pleased to see that the FDA has taken our input into account, revised its proposals, and will seek further comment, so that Connecticut farmers have an additional opportunity to have their voices heard,” Congressman Courtney said. “The FDA’s willingness to listen provides an avenue to promote food safety rules that will not unduly burden Connecticut farms. I look forward to continuing this

work with my congressional colleagues, state agricultural officials, and producers so that we can get these rules right for everyone.” “I’m very pleased that the FDA responded to our request and will seek additional input from New Hampshire farmers and stakeholders before issuing final food safety rules,” Congresswoman Annie Kuster said. “It’s vital that farmers across the Granite State have a chance to raise concerns about the unintended and harmful consequences of these proposed rules.” In March, the FDA issued two proposed rules implementing FSMA, a 2011 law that overhauled food safety laws to increase the safety of our domestic food supply. These rules addressed preventive controls for human food and standards for the growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of produce for human consumption. But as proposed, the 1,200-page rules have left food producers and processors across the country concerned about a number of issues including those specifically surrounding facility compliance and environmental standards. The FDA’s announced plan to re-propose key rule language will allow farmers and stakeholders to lend critical input toward the FDA-rulemaking process.

Charitable Organizations throughout the Northeast Enfield, Conn. — Farm Credit East announced today that its Farm Credit East Cares Community Fund has donated $30,000 to various charitable organizations throughout the Northeast, including food banks, agricultural community and youth organizations, charitable health and research organizations and various other notfor-profit organizations. “We are pleased to be able to provide this support to our local communities and those in need,” said Bill Lipinski, CEO of Farm Credit East. “We started Farm Credit East Cares at the request of many of our employees who were looking for a way to support the farmers and rural communities we serve. Two years later, we continue to be overwhelmed by their generosity and hope these donations can be used to brighten the holidays for those less fortunate.” The donations were provided as part of Farm Credit East Cares, a charitable community fund established in 2011 after tragic storms swept through the Northeast late summer into fall. This fund was created as a way for Farm Credit East employees to work together to support the farm community and charitable organizations that serve rural areas. Nearly $15,000 was raised through the contributions of Farm Credit East employees across the organization’s 19 branch offices during the past year. Farm Credit East matched all employee contributions, allowing the Farm Credit East Cares Community Fund to provide $30,000 to local charitable efforts. Donations were provided to 32 various organizations, including food banks, 4H organizations, land conservation efforts, disaster relief funds, the American Cancer Society and the Ronald McDonald House, to name a few.

“The Entwistles file returns for three entities, as well as nine personal returns. It gets complex during tax time. My goal is to help them use good strategies to succeed, including the use of prepayments, timing capital purchase decisions and/or transferring assets to the next generation.” Paul VanDenburgh

Successful Tax Strategies “As far as taxes are concerned, our business is complicated. Paul keeps us up to speed on tax law and lets us know about changes ahead of time so we can plan our year. He’s always looking out for our businesses’ best interest.” James Entwistle For more information, call 800.562.2235 or your local branch office or watch our video on tax preparation services at FarmCreditEast.com/Taxes.

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every farm has a story 2016

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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.

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earl and Sons Farm, LLC, was established on Loudon Ridge Road, Loudon, Merrimack County, in the early 1880’s. Four generations, Leroy, Charles, Cecil and Howard, farmed here, originally calling it Sunset Hill Farm for the beautiful views to the west. Earlier generations settled at Pearl’s Corner near Route 106. The Pearls consistently produced maple syrup, hay, milk from a herd of Guernsey cattle, vegetables, hatching eggs, cord wood and timber. Charles Pearl was awarded a trophy in 1929 from Merrimack Farmers’ Exchange for potato production at 300 bushels per acre. These were wholesaled in Boston along with squash and pumpkins. The Guernsey herd was bought by the state of New Hampshire in the 1950’s because of a positive TB test. The herd was replaced with Holsteins and milk was sold to Manchester Dairy, then Weeks’ Dairy and Crowley Foods until 1998. Maple syrup was produced on four different sugar bushes with outlaying sap KRXVHVXQWLOZKHQDIRUHVWÀUHGHVWUR\HGPDQ\WUHHVDQGWZRVDSKRXVHV Today, Howard makes syrup from 10,000 taps at a modern sap house on the Ridge. He also raises many acres of sweet corn, pumpkins and squash for local markets. Farming continues with an eye to a possible easement in the future. Cecil and Eleanor Pearl were Merrimack County Farm Bureau members for many years. Howard has been a member for over 20 years, serves as NHFB Treasurer and as NH Maple Association Treasurer. He is on the Loudon Zoning Board of Adjustment, Vice President of the Speedway Childrens’ Charity and is on the New Hampshire Republican Committee. In 2000, he received the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Young Farmer Achievement Award for successful farming, Farm Bureau leadership and community involvement.

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Communicator Correction Article: Balance in the Field The Communicator, November/December 2013, Vol 35, No. 6 Correction regarding, the statement, “Roundup is not regulated; anyone can buy it and spray it.� The intension of the statement was referring to residential use where there is no need for a license. As noted by the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, in a letter to the managing editor, Roundup is regulated. Per the letter dated December 2, 2013, signed by Commissioner Lorraine Merrill and Director, Division of Pesticide Control David Rousseau, “The product is registered as a pesticide with New Hampshire and anyone applying pesticides in conjunction with producing an agricultural commodity must be licensed as a private applicator. Pesticides are heavily regulated by the state of New Hampshire. Although certain products are available for residential use without the need for a license, the use of pesticides in conjunction with the production of an agricultural commodity, or when used on the property of another, requires a license.�

Please call the Farm Bureau office at 2241934 if you have had difficulties with your Farm Bureau member number. There has been a computer software glitch when generating numbers. Please check your number, address and expiration date.

Income Encourage your customers to pay you in January. This reduces your 2013 income. Most customers will like this. Expenses Pay as many bills as possible in December to reduce your taxable income. If possible, stock up on feed and supplies. If you need farrier or vet services, book a December appointment or pay him or her in advance. Depreciation of Big-Ticket Items If you make capital improvements such as a new tractor, barn, new fencing or a major piece of oďŹƒce equipment buy it in December. If you finance it, you still can take that December purchase against your 2013 income. The IRS allows you to take these sorts of large expenses all at once or spread the cost over time. If you take it all at once it reduces your current tax—by a large amount. But if you’re in a lower tax bracket you may be wasting some of that expense. Consider depreciating it. Depreciation means you claim a portion of the cost against your taxes for a defined period, usually five to seven years. Another approach is to claim a larger portion initially, then spread the remainder over time.

You have until the date of filing your taxes to decide how you want to claim this expense. Personal Deductions If you itemize your personal deductions—property taxes, medical expenses, charitable contributions and so on— whenever possible, make payments in 2013. The reality is that the standard deduction is generous enough so most people do better by not itemizing. If you are on the cusp of being able to itemize you can pay your property taxes in January on alternate years. This may enable you to itemize on those years. Looking Ahead Retirement Planning. Conventional wisdom is to contribute as much as possible into a 401(K), SEP or IRA. The idea is to reduce your taxable income now and pay at a lower rate later. Roth IRAs make sense if you expect a higher tax rate in retirement. Exceptions If you expect your income to rise sharply in 2014, do the opposite to maximize expenses. Pay bills in January, collect receivables in December, schedule purchases for 2014, itemize if possible and front load your depreciation. A Final Word These suggestions are general in nature. You need to look at your own situation. Consider seeking the advice of a good accountant or tax preparer or, if you do your own taxes, use your tax software to play around with dierent scenarios.

No New Farm Bill Until the New Year Source: AFBF - Executive Newswatch - Friday, December 13, 2013

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armers won’t be getting one thing they were asking for this Christmas, but Mary Kay Thatcher, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s farm policy specialist said in Thursday’s Newsline that it looks like it could come early in the new year. “Unfortunately we’re going to talk about a 2014 farm bill instead of a 2012

or 2013, but I’m still very optimistic we’ll finish this by January,� Thatcher said. There’s just not time to get it through a conference committee before Congress goes home for the holidays. Because of that, Thatcher explained, the House has passed an extension of the current bill because it expires on December 31. But the Senate is unlikely to do the same.

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The Communicator Wraith acknowledges the key efforts of Macfarlane Greenhouse Facility Manager David Goudreault and Greenhouse Technician Jonathan Ebba, NHAES Faculty Fellow Anita Klein, grower Doug Cole, the UNH Facilities and Energy offices, and many others for their data gathering assistance that contributed to the audit’s positive outcome. “We had been keeping records for our own use of a portion of the multiple metrics used by MPS, and expanded these efforts to achieve the full suite of those when we decided to enroll,” says Wraith. “Arthij and others have been very accommodating in taking on what is for them an atypical greenhouse operation. Now we have a clearer understanding of what more we can do to increase and solidify our score.”

Van der Veer & Goudreault in the Macfarlane Greenhouse Facility. Story & Photo by Victoria Courtland.

Greening the Grade The Macfarlane Greenhouse Facility gets an A from an independent sustainability certification program. The Macfarlane Greenhouse Facility at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) has achieved a position within the highest-rated category (A) designated by an independent sustainability certification company. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the Milieu Project Sierteelt (MPS) Group facilitates a greenhouse sustainability certification program that assesses energy, water, and fertilizer use; crop protection methods; and waste management (including CO2) in commercial—and now research and teaching—greenhouses around the globe. The Macfarlane Greenhouse Facility is one of five facilities operated by the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) at UNH. Dean of COLSA and Director of NHAES Jon Wraith initiated UNH’s involvement with the MPSECAS certification program after learning about it from alumnus Doug Cole who owns DS Cole Growers in Loudon—the first MPS-qualified commercial greenhouse in North America. The Macfarlane Greenhouse Facility is the first research and teaching greenhouse in the world to participate in this international sustainability certification program. Such a partnership strengthens the University’s leadership role, setting the benchmark for responsible operations in agriculture and food research and teaching. UNH’s participation in MPSECAS’s certification program provides the greenhouse staff with immediate access to knowledge, innovation, and advice on quality assurance, the environment, and social issues in horticultural production. With this certification, the Macfarlane Greenhouse can proudly display the MPS logo, and the details of its sustainable practices will be available to growers and associations via MPS’s central database. MPS records and analyzes a comprehensive list of information to categorize a participating greenhouse along a continuum with a letter grade of A, B, or C. While A is considered the most environmentally friendly, there is a range within each letter grade, leaving room for improvement even at the most advanced facility. This past September, Goudreault welcomed MPS-ECAS auditor Arthij van der Veer and, during the initial audit, gave him a tour of the operation. Accustomed to reviewing commercial facilities, van der Veer and MPS had adjusted their evaluation to accommodate the University’s research and teaching greenhouse. “Coming from the Netherlands where most universities have horticultural programs, I was pleasantly surprised by the practical influence of the Macfarlane Greenhouse,” said van der Veer. “This is a very good program that has already implemented a lot of sustainability practices.” Van der Veer commended Goudreault on the greenhouse’s cleanliness, organization, and recycling practices in addition to recognizing its value in providing students with a venue for hands-on experience with industry-relevant research.

Upon reviewing the informative results of the audit, Goudreault has made plans to work with his staff to further increase the sustainability of the greenhouse through modifications to its energy usage. “Given the age and structure of our facility, we have limited choices in what we can do to improve our energy consumption,” said Goudreault of the 25,000 square foot greenhouse facility built in the 1940’s. In addition to improvements such as switching from florescent fixtures to LED lighting, Goudreault will collaborate with Professor of Horticultural Technology Rene Gingras to implement a rainwater catchment system that uses gutters to transport water into a submerged tank. “We need to address all concerns about water quality,” says Goudreault about the studentcentered project that takes into account the importance of filtering and monitoring water for pH, alkalinity, and impact on plant growth. Wraith noted that having achieved an MPS qualification has amplified excitement about the responsible practices within the facility, and the resolve to do even better. COLSA offers a wide spectrum of associates, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in the life sciences, agriculture, and natural resources. NHAES, housed within the college, supports regionally and nationally relevant research and engagement related to sustainable agriculture and forest resources management. Students have access to diverse teaching and research opportunities at our farms, dairies, and greenhouse facilities. COLSA’s renowned faculty combine teaching with a passion for research and public service. Their work to understand the nature of biological systems, manage and conserve natural resources, improve agricultural profitability and sustainability, enhance health and nutrition, and foster economic development has earned UNH nationwide recognition as a top-tier land, sea, and space grant university.

This also afforded an opportunity to promote NHPGA’s current focus and related activities. Membership packets were available and several were given out over the course of the day. The home page from the updated website was prominently displayed and banner ad information was included as a handout. The Horticultural Endowment and Student Scholarship programs were highlighted as well. The board members who participated felt that the event increased our visibility to those in the legislature as well as the community as a whole.

Joint Winter Meeting NHLA/NHPGA & UNH Cooperative Extension Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 Register at hƩp://www.nhfarmbureau.org/ jointwinter_meeƟng_registraƟon.htm

Agenda 8:00-9:30 Registration open/ Flex time for networking, visiting vendors and Table Topics 8:15 - 9:15 Table Topics - back by popular demand! Find a topic of interest to you, whether you’re a grower, landscaper, retailer or plant geek….informal, small group discussion allows you to share ideas with your peers and see what’s up in the industry. Drop in for a minute or stay for the duration. 9:30-10:45 Keynote Speaker sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension through a grant from USDA Risk Management Agency “ Positioning for the Future of the Green Industry Marketplace” by Dr. Charlie Hall, Texas A&M University 11:00 – 12:00 Concurrent Sessions Plant Disease Problems in 2013, and How to Prepare for 2014. Cheryl Smith, UNH Cooperative Extension Plant Health Specialist.

NHPGA Board Member, Linda Zukas, attends the Centenary Celebration.

NHPGA Participates in Centenary Celebration The New Hampshire Plant Growers’ Association was represented at the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food Centenary Celebration on October 22nd. Held in Concord on the State House lawn, the celebration included exhibits, demonstrations, and activities involving the state’s many commodity and educational groups. A beautiful fall day allowed visitors to tour the outside displays and learn about the history of agriculture in New Hampshire. Speakers on topics concerning the history of agriculture in our state were enjoyed. The Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food created an outstanding visual timeline of events leading to where the industry is today. The NHPGA display included the trifold featuring information about membership benefits and the NHPGA mission. In keeping with the theme of agricultural history in the state, there were several past issues of The Plantsman available for visitors to browse through. Covers of additional past issues were also included. Laminated NHPGA pages from recent Communicator issues illustrated recent activities.

Mulch Issues - Supply, Sources, Practices and Quality Concerns. Bill Fonteno, NCSU. 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch/Visit with Vendors 1:00 Announcements 1:15-2:15 Concurrent Sessions Greenhouse and Nursery Substrates. Bill Fonteno, NCSU. Changing the Conversation on Ecological Design. Lisa Cowan, Studioverde. 2:20-3:20 Concurrent Sessions Health Insurance Options in Dept. of Insurance.

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State and Federal Quarantine Pests: Updates, Changes, and Steps You Can Take. Piera Siegert, NH DAMF

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News from the Corn Crib Straord County Farm Bureau

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appy New Year and best wishes for a very successful year for agriculture from your friends at the Straord County Farm Bureau. As we wrap up 2013, I would like to Bruce Cilley this opporStrafford County take tunity to thank FB President our great Board of Directors as well as our valuable volunteers who contributed of their time and talents over this past year. Their eorts produced a very successful year that culminated in the Straord County Farm Bureau receiving the Shining Star Award for 2012-2013. Additionally, I received the President’s Award for 2012-2013. While I am humbled by and appreciative of the recognition, I also recognize that this would not have been possible without the support and contributions of our Board and members. Although we set and achieved a high bar for 2013, we are looking forward to continued success and new achievements in the upcoming year. We began with a strategy meeting at Horseshoes Plus, Inc. in December to map out our activities for 2014. As we celebrated the holidays with homemade soups (thank you Jackie for your contributions) and side dishes by our Board members, we reviewed our agenda for the year ahead. Members from all over the county have oered to host future meetings at their facility and as a result we have some very exciting future events with plenty of opportunities to learn about innovative activities

in agriculture. For example, we will be visiting the new NH Veterinarian Diagnostic Lab on the UNH campus in June right after they open the new facility. We will also be visiting the new Stuart Farm in Lee hosted by Commissioner of Agriculture Lorraine Merrill. Our calendar is filled with exciting visits such as these. Watch for News from the Corn Crib for future activities and please remember that our meetings and activities are open to all Straord County Farm Bureau members and their guests. On January 9 the Straord County Farm Bureau Board of Directors will hold our meeting at the Durham Police Dept., 86 Dover Road (Rt. 108) in Durham hosted by the Durham Agricultural Commission at 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, February 13 our meeting will be hosted by the Dover Chapter of the Future Farmers of America and held at the Dover High School at 6:30 p.m. Again, all of our meetings are free and open to Farm Bureau members and their guests. Please join us at one of our upcoming meetings. We are interested in hearing your thoughts and how your Board can better meet your needs as a member. Toward that end, if you are not on our email list, please send your email address along for inclusion. This is the most convenient way of letting our members know about events and activities in which they may be interested. You may send your email address directly to my attention at bcilley@NHFarmbureau.org. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming meetings. In the meantime, please accept our warmest wishes for a prosperous year ahead.

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ullivan County Farm Bureau (SCFB) is happy to announce this year’s oďŹƒcers as follows: President Cassy Sullivan, Vi c e - p r e s i d e n t Jozi Best, Treasurer Lisa HolmCassy Sullivan es and Secretary Sullivan County Mary Woodman. FB President As many of you know the oďŹƒcers cannot do it all by themselves. Therefore, the members you voted in to serve as directors on the SCFB board are also very important. Just as the title indicates, they are in charge of directing and achieving SCFB goals. This year’s board of directors are as follows: (in no particular order) Steve Woodman, Robert Cunni, Ron Simoneau, Marilyn Stuller, Lori Cook, Jessica Warkentien, Seth Wilner, Sandy Redlands and Andy Jellie. One of our goals is ag-education. In order to accomplish this goal we will be working with Agriculture in the Classroom and participating in their Ag-Literacy program. We are

seeking volunteers to go to schools and read the book, Chickens (Down on the Farm) by Hannah Ray. The purpose is to teach children pre-kindergarten to grade six about chickens. This is a very important project that students and teachers look forward to every year. To educate children about agriculture we need help and would appreciate assistance from our membership. The SCFB board of directors meets every fourth Wednesday of the month (except on holidays). Please feel free to call Cassy Sullivan (603) 826-5089 if you are interested in attending any of our events or volunteer for the AgLiteracy program. There are a number of opportunities for anyone interested in Farm Bureau. We hope becoming involved will be one of your New Year’s resolutions! SCFB would like to welcome and thank all of our new and renewing members. We are a grassroots organization and every member is important to us. Here’s to a happy and healthy New Year and we are looking forward to seeing everyone at Farm Bureau events throughout the year!

USFRA Seeking Farmer and Rancher Input Source: AFBF Executive Newswatch, December 17, 2013

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identify ways to address people’s misconceptions about farming and ranching. The link to the survey is: https://hrgisurvey.com/survey/html. pro?ID=710.

Transferring the Farm March 6, 2014 7 p.m. Farm Bureau office, 295 Sheep Davis Rd, Concord Learn about what is required to transfer the family farm to the next generation. Merrimack County Farm Bureau will be hosting an informational session on estate planning, which includes basic information on wills and trusts.

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AITC Chalkboard Notes Ag in the Classroom - Then, now and in the future By Deb Robie, Grafton County AITC Coordinator

State Coordinator Announced

AITC Coordinator Debbi Cox

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ebbi Cox of Derry has taken on the role of State Coordinator for New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom (NHAITC). She comes to NHAITC with a strong back in equine, 4-H and FFA. Ten years ago Debbie became very active in FFA when her daughter started attending Pinkerton Academy. Since then she has specialized in areas of public speaking and food science. President of New Hampshire Ag in the Classroom Bob Spoerl, is pleased with the new hire. “Debbie stood out from the rest,” said Spoerl. “Her enthusiasm for ag-

education and experience with FFA makes her a good fit for the position.” Debbie started on December 16 and is looking forward to her new career. “It is my goal to promote the program within the school system,” said Debbie. “The Agricultural Literacy program is my main focus right now and FARMO for Farm and Forest. I’m also looking forward to getting more people involved with Ag in the Classroom.” Please welcome Debbie to her new position. She is available at 315-4993 or email at nhaitc@nhfarmbureau.org.

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ack in 1981 when Ag in the Classroom was established, Ken Marshall with the New Hampshire Farm Bureau (NHFB) was appointed by the American Farm Bureau Federation to manage the program. By the early 1980s many folks around the state knew that many students in the schools were becoming further and further removed from having a working knowledge of where their food, fiber, and fuel came from. For those of us that grew up on a working farm, that made no sense. When my family went on a very rare day trip to the White Mountains we visited a little zoo. Among the animals in the petting zoo was a small Holstein heifer. I asked my dad why a heifer was there and he said not everyone knew what it was and had never been close to one. I thought he was kidding me but after having worked with hundreds of young people for the past several years it is very hard to hear that some kids have never touched an animal except for domestic dogs and cats. Over the years NHFB has continued to house, provide technical assistance, financial support and volunteers to help Ag in the Classroom succeed. In other states the program might be administered by Farm Bureau, Extension Service or some other group but in New Hampshire we

have always been housed and mainly financed through NHFB members. A few years ago, N.H. Ag in the Classroom was adopted by the N.H. Department of Agriculture as a line item in their budget. However, with budgetary issues we never know from one year to the next if we will receive any monies from the state. We have one employee (the State Coordinator) who is responsible for promoting the overall program throughout the state. Grafton County has a part-time person that works just in Grafton County. Anyone can help by bringing a lesson or program to a local school, host a field trip to your farm, donate or bid for items at our annual silent auction or simply stuff envelopes for our annual appeal. If you haven’t already contacted the state office to help with this year’s Ag-Literacy program now is the time to do it. The National Ag in the Classroom website at www.agclassroom. org has lesson plans, web quests, and a huge amount of information available for anyone to use. Most of the plans and programs are free and downloadable. Designed by educators from across the country lesson plans and programs are easy to use and very user friendly. Give it a try and help to educate the future consumers and voters of our state.


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Working Together For a Better Future AITC Attends National Grange Annual Meeting

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Agricultural Literacy

By Deb Robie, Grafton County AITC Coordinator

Get Involved - Educate & Promote Ag!

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By Deb Robie, Grafton County AITC Coordinator

ou all made the N.H. Ag in the Classroom (NHAITC) silent auction a fantastic success! With Farm Bureau members and others donating over 45 items ranging from a romantic weekend at a winery to hand-knit hats we made over $850 for our program. Donations are only half of the equation; I would also like to thank everyone who bid on items. With your help we will continue to bring fun and useful programs to young people around the state. The week after the N.H. Farm Bureau annual meeting, I along with Jozi Best, George Mayo from National Ag in the Classroom, and Willie Grenier from Maine Ag in the Classroom attended the National Grange annual meeting in Manchester, N.H. This was a wonderful opportunity to show folks from all over the country what Ag in the Classroom is all about. We all spent three days networking with and showing them what we have to offer. Our two organizations have many things in common. Just one of which is to help educate people of all ages. The opening charge in the Granges instillation ceremony is as follows: Since God placed man on earth agriculture has existed.

There is no occupation that precedes it, no order or association that can rank with the tillers of the soil. Before literature existed, before governments were known, agriculture was the calling of man. And all the fruits of social progress since then grew from the brown soil. Agricultural toilers, therefore, “claim this precedence over royal dynasties and titles of nobility—that they represent the oldest and the most indisputable lineage, and hold a patent that issues from the ancient gardens of Eden. A few years ago NHAITC started to build a relationship with the N.H. State Grange. We continue to work with them to spread the word about NHAITC. At the National Grange annual meeting we were able to establish connections with the leadership at the National Grange level and will broaden our friendships and working relationships. They have volunteers looking to help educate students and we have the programs to do it. Farm Bureau and the Grange are a natural fit. With these friends working together the Ag in the Classroom message will be heard loud and clear. Call our state office at 224-1934 or go online to www.agclassroom do see how you can help.

Impressive Results for Granite State FFA at National Convention

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he N.H. Vet Science team from Alvirne received gold and placed 9th in the country with member Alyssa Miller finishing 8th individually. Teams finishing silver are as follows: Floriculture (Alvirne); Environmental & Natural Resources (Sugar River Valley); Job Interview (Dylan Sullivan of SST); Creed Speaking (Ryan Cox of Pinkerton); Forestry (Alvirne), Agri-sci-

ence Fair (Pembroke) and Dairy Showmanship (Heather Berlo of SST). There were many bronze teams and lots of silver and bronze individual winners. We also had two members receive their American FFA Degrees: Michelle Stover and Sophie LaRochelle (both of Winnisquam). Andy Andersen, retired agriculture teacher, received his Honorary American FFA Degree.

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or the last several years New Hampshire Ag in the Classroom (NHAITC) has worked to educate children about farming, through the Agricultural Literacy program (a concept created through the Agriculture Council of America, the organizers of the National Ag Day). This year we will be reading the book, Chickens (Down on the Farm) by Hannah Ray. If you are interested in educating children about chickens by reading the book, we with NHAITC would greatly appreciate your efforts. The Ag Literacy program runs from the first of March through the end of April. The book is about chickens in general, with bright colors, fun facts and most importantly accurate information. It is age appropriate for pre-kindergarten to the sixth grade. We also provide lesson plans to go along with the book and ask that you donate it to the school library.

You may have noticed that I just said “you.” That’s because you volunteer to go to a local school and read the book. We have contact information for you; if you don’t have it, and you and the school arrange days and time that fit your schedule. We also have letters to give the school, either snail mail or electronic, for an explanation of the program. It only takes a little while and you will be surprised at how interested the students and teachers are. If you happen to know about chickens you can add your own personal knowledge and “eggperiences.” NHAITC is very fortunate this year to have had some financial sponsorship for this program from Pete and Gerry’s Organic Egg Farm in Monroe, NH. Please contact the NHAITC office at 224-1934 to see how you can get involved.

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NH Farm Bureau Annual Meeting November 8, 2013, UNH - Durham

President’s Award recipient Bruce Cilley with President Jeff Holmes

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Achievement Award winner Trevor Hardy of Hollis with State Representative Janice Gardner

inners of the Young Farmer Achievement Award, Excellence in Agriculture, Discussion Meet and 4-H/FFA Discussion Meet competitions were announced at the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation 98th Annual Meeting. Young Farmers from around the state competed for awards by demonstrating knowledge of and achievement in agriculture, as well as commitment to promoting the agriculture industry. Trevor Hardy of Hollis won the Achievement Award. Trevor is the sixthgeneration to operate Brookdale Fruit Farm, the largest wholesale grower in New Hampshire. As the state Achievement Award winner, Trevor receives an expense paid trip courtesy of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau to compete nationally at the American Farm Bureau Convention in San Antonio, TX this January. As well as the use of a Kubota M Series Utility Tractor for six months or 250 hours, thanks to Kubota Tractor Corporation and Pin-

nacleview Equipment in Walpole. The Achievement Award recognizes young farmers between the ages of 18 to 35 who have excelled in their farming operation and exhibit superior leadership abilities. Participants are evaluated on a combination of their agricultural operation’s growth, Farm Bureau and community leadership. Jill Dumont of Salisbury won the Excellence in Agriculture Award. Jill’s 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 the winner of the Excellence in Agriculture award, Jill receives an expense paid trip courtesy of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau to compete nationally at the American Farm Bureau Convention in San Antonio, TX this January. The Excellence in Agriculture award recognizes young farmers who do not derive the majority of their income from an agricultural

operation, but who actively contribute and grow through their involvement in agriculture, their leadership ability and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations. Ray Conner of Pittsfield won the state Young Farmer Discussion Meet. The competition is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected. Participants are evaluated on their ability to exchange ideas and information on a predetermined topic. Granite State FFA Vice President Erica Comeau of Derry, won the 4-H/FFA Discussion Meet competition. The competition enables participants to build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems. Each winner received a monetary prize thanks to the following Young Farmer supporters: Everythingfarm. com, Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs, and Poulin Grain.

Excellence in Agriculture award winner Jill Dumont of Salisbury with State Representative Scott Burns

Young Farmer award recipients and Discussion Meet winners received 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!

Chair of the N.H. Young Farmer program Valerie Drown (L) congratulates Ray Conner of Pittsfield on winning the 2013 Discussion Meet.

Profile Recipients Announced and rural life. The 72nd consecutive Profile Award was presented at the NHFBF annual meeting banquet on November 8 at Huddleston Hall, University of New Hampshire, Durham. Chuck’s and Diane’s contributions to agriculture are immense. Chuck has been a Farm Bureau member for over 20 years and has served on the Merrimack County Farm Bureau board Chuck and Diane Souther with NH Farm Bureau Federation President Jeff Holmes and was vice president for three years. As an active Farm Buew Hampshire Farm Bureau Fedreau member he has served on several eration (NHFBF) honored Chuck committ ees, everything from, policy and Diane Souther of Concord with development, long range planning, the Profile Award for outstanding serlegislative, nominating committ ee and vice to New Hampshire agriculture

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N.H. Young Farmer program Chair Valerie Drown (L) congratulates Erica Comeau of Derry on winning the 2013 4-H/FFA Discussion Meet.

probably more than can be remembered. He also served and represented the Granite State on the American Farm Bureau Natural & Environmental Affairs Committee. Chuck is also one of the founding directors of the New England Fruit Growers Council, a director of SPACE and director of the New England Apple Association. In addition to serving on committees and boards, Chuck frequently speaks on behalf of the New Hampshire farmer at Statehouse public hearings. Diane has also been active in the industry and has been a Farm Bureau member for over 20 years. During that time she has been the state treasurer, served on the membership committee and was a Merrimack County Farm Bureau board member for eight years. In addition to Farm Bureau, Diane’s involvement in the farming community over the years includes the following: secretary/ treasurer of the New Hampshire Fruit Growers Association, board member and chair of New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom, director of

the New Hampshire Farm & Forest Exposition, board member and chair of New Hampshire Made, secretary of the Concord Farmers’ Market, treasurer of the New Hampshire Farmers Market Association and member of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development Advisory Council. When Chuck and Diane are not serving New Hampshire agriculture, they farm. The couple have owned and operated Apple Hill Farm in Concord, since 1978. They grow apples, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. Diane’s homemade jams, jellies and baked goods are signature items in and around Concord. Diane and Chuck are true advocates of agriculture and frequently hold public tours and hosted the Merrimack County School to Farm day for many years. Chuck and Diane have truly impacted New Hampshire agriculture. The Profile Award is Farm Bureau’s way of acknowledging and honoring their contributions.


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Eye on Extension

From UNH Cooperative Extension Reports

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for New List of Permitted Currants From Garbage to Gardening: New Hampshire Direct MarketSigns of Emerald Ash Borer and Gooseberries Available Black Gold ing Conference for Farmers, Winter is the perfect time of year to look The New Hampshire Division of For- UNH Cooperative Extension Master Fishermen, and Forest-Based for emerald ash borer (EAB) infesta- ests and Lands has revised the list of Gardener Ruth Axelrod will talk about Businesses tions. “While the leaves are off the trees, look for signs of EAB infestations left by woodpecker marks,” says New Hampshire Forest Health Manager Kyle Lombard. Landowners are encouraged to “stay vigilant in tracking the spread of the pest.” Woodpecker activity on ash trees is a sign that there may be an EAB infestation. The birds peck at the bark of trees, often stripping chunks off of the darker outer layers to search for insects underneath. Noticeable “blonding” or yellowing of the bark can result as layers of lighter-colored bark underneath are revealed. “This time of year, those fresh, cream-colored wood pecks really stand out against the darker outer bark of the tree,” says Nate Siegert, a U.S. Forest Service entomologist. “In heavily infested ash trees, there will be a lot more bark removed and the signs will be more noticeable.” The UNH Cooperative Extension forestry and wildlife staff has been working with the Division of Forest and Lands and the U.S. Forest Service since the emerald ash borer was found in Concord in March. The adult emerald ash borer is dark metallic-green, one-half inch long, and one-eighth inch wide. Find more information about the emerald ash borer and other forest pests at www.nhbugs.org.

currants and gooseberries that can be planted in New Hampshire because of the risk posed by white pine blister rust. A fungus causes white pine blister rust, which damages white pine trees. Currants and gooseberries are also hosts for the disease, and an infection of white pine increases when they are planted in close proximity. “White pine is an important economic resource in New Hampshire and we want to protect it from possible infection from currants and gooseberries that carry this disease-causing fungus,” says UNH Cooperative Extension Forest Resources Specialist Karen Bennett. The new list of approved currant and gooseberry plants is available at www.nhbugs.org.

Old Rules, New Goals: EcoFriendly Gardening Rethink traditional gardening principles and practices, and consider alternatives based on the latest horticultural research and environmental science during a seminar January 6 in Boscawen. UNH Cooperative Extension master gardener Ruth Axelrod will discuss a wide range of ideas gardeners can implement in their own landscape this spring at this free seminar. It takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Boscawen Municipal Complex, 116 North Main Street.

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important issues. Tax reform and the federal budget will take center stage as we continue pushing for rational budget reforms and prioritized spending cuts to put America’s fiscal policy back on track. Instead of continually plunging off of one budget cliff and shooting down the rapids to the next, we must look for fair and balanced solutions. In doing so, we need to make real progress on individual and business tax reforms that affect farmers’ and ranchers’ profitability. This, too, will help bolster economic recovery. Farmers and ranchers will continue to battle perennial regulatory creep in 2014, particularly as it relates to waters of the U.S. Current proposed regulations that we know are under review completely ignore repeated U.S. Supreme Court decisions that uphold congressional intent and deny EPA the right to create law on a regulatory whim. If these regulations are adopted

and enforced, farmers and ranchers can expect that nearly everything they do pertaining to water on their farms and ranches will be regulated by EPA. On a separate note, another year has passed and we are still awaiting Food and Drug Administration clarity on how various proposed food safety rules will affect farmers. With the complexity inherent in each of these rules, Farm Bureau is joining the call with other farm groups and state regulatory officials urging FDA to provide an adequate period of time to thoroughly review all of the “final” proposals together in order to avoid unnecessary, and potentially unfair, regulatory requirements that do little to improve food safety. So, while we have a lot on the horizon this coming year, Farm Bureau stands ready to take these challenges and opportunities head on. It’s time to clean our plate.

It’s a Girl! Young Farmers Debbie & Jim Boyd celebrated the arrival of their baby girl Molly Louise on October 17, 2013.

Congratulations! From your Young Farmer family

recycling botanical discards February 3 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Boscawen Municipal Complex, 116 North Main Street, Boscawen. Axelrod will discuss how to compost plants, leaves, vegetable, and fruit scraps from your kitchen and garden. This free seminar will show gardeners how to get started making their own high-grade fertilizer for their gardens.

Milk Sanitation Topic of Feb. 8 Workshop “Milk Sanitation” is the topic of the New Hampshire Dairy Goat Association workshop February 8 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the New Hampshire Farm and Forest Exposition at the Center of New Hampshire in Manchester. This session will cover food safety and handling steps in the barn and in the kitchen to ensure a quality product. There will be a discussion about transitioning milking operations from a hobby to a commercial dairy. UNH Cooperative Extension Food and Agriculture Field Specialist Dot Perkins will look at the farming side of making quality milk and Food and Agriculture Specialist Catherine Violette will discuss safe milk handling in the kitchen. The cost is $5 per family. The proceeds go toward the conference and New Hampshire 4-H dairy goat activities. Dairy goat publications will also be for sale.

The New Hampshire Direct Marketing Conference on February 18 will offer farmers, fishermen and forest-based businesses tips and practical applications that will help grow their enterprises and expand the local food system. The conference takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland. Roberta MacDonald, senior vice president of marketing for Cabot Creamery, is the keynote speaker. The United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency and Farm Service Agency, the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, Farm Credit East, and New Hampshire Sea Grant are conference sponsors. The conference brochure can be downloaded from http://bit. ly/1cXvzzw. For more information, contact UNH Extension Field Specialist Nada Haddad at (603) 679-5616 or e-mail nada.haddad@unh.edu.

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SKRUNGLOO FARM, INC. STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2014 Skrungloo Farm, Inc. is a private foundation established in 1986, in order to provide direct aid, assistance, and/or services, to the residents of, in order of priority, Sandwich, Center Harbor, Moultonboro, Carroll County, Belknap County, and then the entire State of New Hampshire. This includes providing scholarships for individual residents to educate and better themselves in order to build a stronger community. Skrungloo Farm, Inc. is accepting applications for the 2014 Scholarship Program from students who are legal residents of the United States and who reside in the State of New Hampshire. Students who are enrolling at an accredited postsecondary institution are eligible. Students may be enrolling in a vocational school, technical school, a 2 or 4 year college or university. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, academic merit, and other nonacademic factors such as community service, school activities and work experience. TO BE CONSIDERED DURING THE UPCOMING SCHOLARSHIP PERIOD, COMPLETED APPLICATIONS FROM STUDENTS MUST BE POST-MARKED NO LATER THAN MARCH 1, 2014 AND SUBMITTED TO: SKRUNGLOO FARM, INC. Student Aid Program c/o Bianco Professional Association Attorneys at Law 18 Centre Street Concord, NH 03301 FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO RECEIVE A SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION, CONTACT BIANCO PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION AT 225-7170 or 1-800-262-8112 or email request to: skrungloofarm@biancopa.com


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Farmers’ Market Classified

January/February 2014

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. 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: 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: 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 FOR SALE: Truck Cap for small pickup truck. $350 or trade for haying equipment. Please contact Rick Wendell 603-744-0719. 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: 1926 – 5HP Witte Type B one lunger gas 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 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

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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

ASSOCIATED WOMEN FB Office - 10 AM

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

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS MEETING

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: 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. 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

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.

HELP WANTED AN OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME AWAITS YOU at our one of a kind, secluded 70 acre Central New Hampshire farm! Even though you will not want to leave the farm, Boston, The White Mountains and the Seacoast are all less than an hour and a half drive! We are seeking a hardworking, self-motivated, couple to temporarily take over and revitalize our small family farm operation in exchange for beautiful private living space, farm food, farm income, experience and more! Due to family illness this past spring much of our farming venture has sadly been put on hold. A new business and family priorities still temporarily preclude our attention to the farm. We milk a few cows, raise a few hogs, 1000+ meat chickens, layers, tend a quarter acre veggie garden, a 1 acre field an half acre apple orchard, an expanding wine

WALNUT GROVE FARM ELECTRIC FENCE SYSTEMS

48 Cartland Road Lee, NH 03824 603-659-2044 walgrove@rcn.com John & Laura Gund

Crash says: “This fence keeps me safe!”

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vineyard, and fruit beds. A new 3/4 acre hops yard will be planted spring of 2014. We use our Oxen, “Black and Tan” for field and forest work and “Bear” the easy-going saddle horse likes a leisurely trail walk. At the end of a long day cool off in the pond or unwind in our own Nano-Brewery! Applicants over 18 are selected not based on race, gender, age or religious /lifestyle/political preferences, but on individual aptitude and compatibility. S teve Allman, Hidden Wonders Farm 305 Baptist Hill Rd, Canterbury, NH 03224 603 491 4539 hiddenwondersfarm@gmail.com

SEEKING FULL TIME FARM MANAGER, year-round position, higher education preferred, livestock experience required, operation/maintenance of machinery, property management. submit resume to yfm@tds.net www. yankeefarmersmarket.com

SERVICES BARNS & CUPOLAS, REBUILT, REPAIRED, REMOVED: Call Mike Kirwan at GHE Repair 603-817-8838. Fully insured - gherepair.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS The New England Meat Conference will take place at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH on Friday, March 7, 2014 and Saturday, March 8, 2014. The goal of the New England Meat Conference is to enhance the production, processing, and marketing of sustainable, nutritious, humanelyraised, and delicious meat from New England farms and processors by providing educational and networking opportunities for meat producers, processors and consumers. newenglandmeatconference.org


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New Policy Approved by House of Delegates By Rob Johnson Policy Director, NHFB

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t the 98th meeting of the NHFB House of Delegates held Saturday, November 9 at Holloway Commons on the campus of UNH in Durham, the twenty-four elected county Farm Bureau delegates adopted the following new resolutions and changes to the existing policy document. The underlined headings indicate the section of the policy document in which the new resolutions were added or in which substantive changes to existing policy were made. The policy document guides the federation board of directors and staff in our advocacy work on behalf of Farm Bureau members. The complete document can be found on the NHFB website at nhfarmbureau.org.

Agricultural Representation Language in bold added to existing policy We encourage towns to establish agricultural committees or commissions to assist local decision makers in land use, zoning, and other policy decisions that affect farming and food and fiber production.

Cooperative Extension We support 4-H programs that emphasize positive youth development, readiness for college and professional careers in agricultural and natural resource sciences. Dairy We support adoption of the Dairy Security Act.

Delete from existing policy: We support federal dairy policy that balances supply with demand in order to pay farmers a fair price for their milk. Any supply management system must be mandatory and should be controlled by producers. Language in bold added to existing policy: Up until the new Farm Bill is approved, we urge the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) be extended at reinstituted with pre-September 1, 2012 rules.

Education Change existing policy as follows: As UNH becomes less affordable and with the intent of making a good college education more accessible to in-state students We urge the state to increase its contributions to UNH to place a priority on reducing tuition for in-state students.

Equine Language in bold replaces existing policy We support horseback riding on designated trails on public land. We support equestrian use of DRED properties and other public lands as a listed use on designated trails and roadways.

Food Safety, Health and Public Safety We oppose the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Language in bold added to existing policy: The proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules, released in January of 2013, do not reflect the spirit of the Tester-Hagen Amendment, are not based on sound, demonstrated science and will significantly harm and degrade New Hampshire agriculture if implemented, therefore, we urge the Food and Drug Administration to enact rules that are consistent with FSMA as it was signed into law in 2011, with particular attention to the provisions allowing for the regulations to be based on farm size, science and the cost of implementation. We encourage an educational approach for food safety including educating farmers on safe production and handling practices, as well as educating consumers on safe handling and storage practices post purchase. Food safety should emphasize consumer responsibility as well as farmer responsibility. In order to provide transparency, testing the safety and nutritional quality of genetically modified organisms should follow the scientific method and remain under the direction and control of the FDA for crops, and the USDA for animals, to detect any problems and maintain confidence of the public in the food supply.

Research should be done that would allow the state to declare a zone of concern when a EEE virus detection has been made. We urge state agencies to work together to support the control of zoonotic diseases.

Farming Opportunity We support a farmers’ right to adopt biotechnology and related farm practices. Forestry Every effort must be made to manage the Emerald Ash Borer. Land Use Data used in land use studies must be developed from within the affected area. Livestock We support a mandatory requirement for witnesses of animal cruelty to report such cruelty to proper local authorities within 48 hours of witnessing such cruelty, and to report the existence of any and all evidence, and to agree to maintain such evidence in its entirety, whole and unedited for 90 days. Motor Vehicles Law and Transportation All trucks registered as Farm or Agricultural should be exempt from the federal Uniform Commercial Code when traveling out of state the same way that they are exempt when traveling in state.

Product Labeling Labeling of genetically engineered products should be voluntary and not mandatory. State & County Government Commodities produced with state or county tax dollars should not be competing with farmers in local markets by selling below local prevailing prices. We support the NH Division of Motor Vehicles having a published phone number.

UNH College of Life Sciences & Agriculture We strongly urge the administration of UNH to recognize the integral importance of agriculture and foods to the state and region, and its central role within the University through COLSA. Internal Affairs We will convene a study group to review state and local road posting authority. In Cooperative Extension’s centennial year we will ask UNH to reaffirm its primary Land-Grant mission of providing agricultural research and education to New Hampshire farmers.

2014 Farm & Forest Expo 2014 Women In Agriculture Conference Risky Business: Tools for Success in Today’s Agriculture February 7, 2014 1-4 p.m.

“Celebrating NH’s Commitment to Agriculture, Education & Forestry!”

Friday, February 7, 2014 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, February 8, 2014 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the Farm & Forest Exp Expo Radisson Hotel 700 Elm Street Manchester NH 03101 When it becomes available, additional information can be found at: extension.unh.edu/Agriculture

Radisson Hotel 700 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03101 Admission price is $7 per person; age 16 and under admitted for free. Save $1 off the admission price by bringing 2 non-perishable food items to benefit the NH Food Bank.

Registration will be $10 per person which will include a ticket to the Expo if pre-registered by a certain date.

Questions? Email: nhagriculture@agr.nh.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer. University of New Hampshire, U.S. Department of Agriculture and N.H. counties cooperating.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Fitch Farm - Cornish Jim and Sue Fitch 675-9391 fitchfarm@gmail.com Grass fed Highland beef. Gelinas Farm - Pembroke Joanna Gelinas – Snow 225-7024 Joanne@Gelinasfarm.com Beef cattle, sides of 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

Buffalo Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Source: New Hampshire, From Farm to Kitchen by Helen Brody

Tomato Sauce

Meatballs

¼ cup olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped ½ medium green pepper, chopped 2 medium carrots, chopped 1 cup chopped mushrooms 1 clove garlic, minced 1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes (or whole tomatoes crushed) 2 cups vegetable broth 1 teaspoon salt

1 egg 1/3 cup milk 1 cup fresh bread crumbs 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons chopped parsley 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 pound buffalo hamburger meat

In a 10-inch skillet, heat the olive oil and add the onions, green pepper, carrots, mushrooms and garlic. Over medium heat, cook the vegetables uncovered for 15 minutes. Add the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, vegetable broth, and salt and simmer for 2 hours, uncovered. When the sauce has simmered for about 1 hour, preheat oven to 375 degrees and begin preparing the meatballs.

Lightly beat the egg in a medium-size bowl. Add milk, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, parsley and oregano and mix well. Blend the meat into bread crumb mixture and fry a small piece in a small skillet to taste and adjust seasonings. Make twelve meatballs and bake on a sheet pan in the oven for about 15 minutes (they do not have to be completely done). Add the meatballs to the sauce during its last 30 minutes of cooking time. Serve over pasta.

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.

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.

Hazzard Acres Farm - Springfield Donna Abair 763-9105 hazzardacresfarm@yahoo.com USDA Pork all born and raised here on the farm.

Rocky Road Tunis Farm - Bath Deb Robie 747-3869 wehunt4@myfairpoint.net Local Lamb.

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. Miles Smith Farm - Loudon Bruce Dawson or Carole Soule 783-5159 Locally raised beef in retail packages with USDA labels. Partridge Meadow Farm - Westmoreland Richard & Susan Paul 399-4876 richard.paul.1@hotmail.com Naturally raised Belted Galloway beef. 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.

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


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By Maureen Duffy, NHFBF Communications Director Farmer sells as much local chicken, lamb, venison and buffalo as he can without compromising quality from his Warner farm store. His main focus is buffalo and has been raising them for over 23 years. He transports animals frequently to ensure he has enough meat to supply his store and online business. To get the job done, Brian uses five different processors (in and out-ofstate) and is glad that there are more processors to choose from in the Granite State. “It gives the local guy a chance to get his animals in and they do not have to drive two to three hours,” mentioned Farmer. “Plus competition is good. If people are not happy with the results at one processor they can go to another.” Since opening the store in 1998, Brian has noticed a significant increase in demand for local meats. “There are definitely more people looking for local meat than when I first started. In general my customers are not confident with what is in the grocery stores,” mentioned Farmer. “They like to know where their food is coming from. They often make a special trip to come see the buffalo and talk to me directly.” More processors means, greater accessibility and reduced wait times, which has silenced past grumbles. “We are not hearing from producers, which is a good thing,” noted Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets and Food Lorraine Merrill. “We used to hear complaints that there weren’t enough meat processors in the state.” With more meat processors the results are positive on all accounts. Ray Conner of Evandale Farms in Pittsfield is ecstatic about the recently established

USDA-inspected facility, The Local Butcher in Center Barnstead. “I’m so glad they are here,” said Conner. “Before, I was driving three hours to Vermont to get my hogs processed, and then driving back a week later to pick the meat up. The cost of gasoline, time and wear and tear on my vehicle really cut into any profits. Now, I drive 10 minutes and I’m able to build a relationship with my butcher.” Since The Local Butcher opened last September, the ease of accessing meat processing is more than sufficient. As a result, Ray is planning on increasing her swine herd. “I feel confident that I can get my animals in to be processed, so I’m certain I can sell more,” Conner noted. About a year and a half ago the only, USDA–inspected processor was Lemay and Sons Beef in Goffstown. Owner, operator Rick LeMay was busy then and he is still busy. “Our regular clientele were scheduled two to three months out, there is a lighter schedule for the new year but it is difficult to say how it’s (additional meat processors) going to impact us,” said LeMay. “We are very fortunate to have been in business for 50 years and USDA-inspected for 35 years. Our success can be credited to our dedicated clientele.” Fifty years is a great achievement considering New Hampshire lost many of the processors when the state inspected program ended in 1977. Most were lost to economies of scale in the Midwest, as with most food production. However, with the recent local food movement, people are questioning this system.

In 2011 the legislature attempted to address the lack of processing in the state, by approving a state-run meat inspection program with no appropriation beyond $1. “The program was never funded so it never existed,” Commission Merrill pointed out. “At the time, the lack of USDA-inspected meat processors is what caused the bottleneck. Now, the pressure is reduced and we are seeing people taking advantage of the federal services and market needs being met.” To legally sell meat to restaurants, stores and at farmers’ markets, it must be processed in a USDA-inspected facility. These facilities have higher standards than custom slaughter plants, most meat processed in custom facilities are for hunters or for personal consumption and can’t be sold. After a fire destroyed East Conway Beef & Pork in 2011 the owner, Darrell Robinson decided to rebuild to meet USDA specifications. Since opening as a USDA-inspected facility in November of 2012, business has been good. “We were booked solid in fall and have a full schedule into February,” said Robinson. “A good amount of business comes from Maine because there are few USDA-inspected processors there. To accommodate our clientele we built additional hanging space for beef and a USDA-certified smoker.” The farming community is happy to hear business is good for processors. “Having four in the state is helping to reduce the bottleneck problem, but they are still busy,” Commissioner Merrill noted. “They need to be busy to stay in business, that’s good for all of us.” In June of 2012, PT Farm moved

across the border from St. Johnsbury, Vt. to a larger processing facility in North Haverhill. The establishment has been a welcome addition to the community especially for the nearby dairy, Hatchland Farm. “PT Farm is a real asset to the area,” said Hatchland Farm Manager Denis Ward. “For about a year now we have been crossbreeding a few of our Holstein cows with a Black Angus, for a beefier animal. PT has provided us with a second outlet for the rest of our calves so we aren’t locked into one buyer. The competition is good for us.” To study infrastructure and demand for local meat, the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University has developed a project called, Analyzing Meat Processing, Production and Market Demand in New Hampshire. Rachelle Lyons is the Agriculture and Environment Coordinator and is the person in charge of the project. “We are conducting research on relative capacity, producers, processors and market demand through a survey,” Lyons said. “The research is to determine market demand for local meat, alternative processing and how we can regrow and improve food security in New Hampshire. The survey will be available, early January and we are hopeful results will be accessible by June.” For additional information on the project, Lyons is available by calling 603535-3270 or by email rllyons@plymouth. edu. All indicators are predicting growth for the state’s livestock industry. Now that an infrastructure has been built, it is anticipated the farming community and marketplace will respond in a forward direction.

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NH Farm Bureau Board of Directors

President

First Vice President

Second Vice President

Jeff Holmes, Langdon Holmes Dairy Farm 445-7033 holmesfarmnh@comcast.net

Denis Ward, Monroe Old Homestead Farm 638-2282 denwar@roadrunner.com

Dave Babson, Ossipee Run Away Farm 539-4928 davbab@worldpath.net

Treasurer

President Associated Women

Howard Pearl, Loudon Pearl & Sons Farm 435-6587 hpearlpsf@aol.com

Naomi Scanlon, Canterbury Two Sisters’ Garlic 783-4287 twosistersgarlic@yahoo.com

Second Vice President Thomas McElroy, Newton Newton Greenhouse 382-5289 newtonghse@aol.com

Young Farmer Chair Valerie Drown, Webster 431-5381 frmboy13@hotmail.com

Belknap County President

Carroll County President

Cheshire County President CoÖs County President

Grafton County President

Tom Locke, Barnstead 387-4272 fahmajo@gmail.com

Alan Fredrickson, Wolfeboro Top of the Hill Farm 569-3137 topofthehillfarm@metrocast.net

Bethany Hodge, Hinsdale Echo Farm 336-7706 x 11 beth@echofarmpuddings.com

Henry Ahern, Jr. Bonnie Brae Farms 536-3880 henry@bonniebraefarms.com

Hillsboro County President Merrimack County President Sean Trombly, Milford Trombly Gardens 673-4725 sstrombly@aol.com

Stephen MacCleery, Chichester S. E. MacCleery Farm 798-5720 jdeere7@tds.net

Joyce Brady, Columbia CJEJ Farm 922-3305

Rockingham County President Strafford County President Sullivan County President Philip Ferdinando, Derry J&F Farms 234-5603 aferd23@gmail.com

Bruce Cilley, Barrington Horse Shoes Plus 664-9064 bcilley@horseshoeplus.com

Cassy Sullivan, Charlestown 826-5089 cassysullivan@comcast.net


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