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NH Farm Bureau Policy Adopted for 2020 By Rob Johnson, NHFB Policy Director


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Coos County Farm Bureau delegates Mary Tichy and Scott Mason chat prior to the meeting of the “House of Delagates,” where new policies that will guide NHFB advocacy in the coming year are debated and adopted. (Photo Credit: Denis Ward)

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wenty-one county Farm Bureau delegates – representing NHFB’s ten county Farm Bureau organizations - along with NHFB officers, convened Saturday morning, November 16th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lebanon. The meeting of the “House of Delegates” was presided over by President Denis Ward with assistance from First Vice-President and Chair of the Policy Development Committee Joyce Brady. The House of Delegates is responsible each year for the key tasks of electing our organization’s officers and determining NHFB policy for the coming year. Solely delegates (and not officers) vote on these matters. Following breakfast, during which NH Commissioner of Agriculture Shawn Jasper addressed the gathering and answered questions, the meeting convened at 8:00 a.m. Following roll call they got down to their schedule of business of electing officers (see report on page 10) and NHFB’s delegate to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual meeting being held this January in Austin, Texas. President Ward was elected NHFB’s voting delegate with Ruth Scruton elected the alternate delegate in the event President Ward is not available. POL IC Y - CON T I N U ED ON PAGE 7

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January/February 2020

ForWard Thinking

By Denis Ward, New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation President

New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation President Denis Ward, Old Homestead Farm, Monroe, NH


e recently held our annual meeting, hosted by Grafton County Farm Bureau, at the new Hilton Garden Inn in Lebanon. There are articles in this edition of The Communicator summarizing the event as well as informing you about the policies adopted, officers elected and other business that was attended to. From my perspective the event accomplished what it should. We celebrated, we honored our members, we had great discussion about issues we have, and we set policy for the coming year. I think everyone had a good time as well. Grafton County Farm Bureau President Kristen May did a great job as emcee at the dinner and I also want to thank Dave Salmonsen and Robin Kinney, who came from American Farm Bureau Federation to share their expertise and knowledge with us. Because of many years as a Farm Bureau member, his service on many committees, his community work, and his conservation efforts the Profile Award winner, John Hodsdon, clearly earned his recognition. Scott Mason, the President’s Award winner, Jay and Leandra Pritchard, winners of the 2019 NHFB Achievement Award, the Excellence in Agriculture Award winner, Nicole Glines, the Animal Husbandry Award winner, Peter Glines, the discussion meet winner Caroline Crouch, and Dr. Christina Murdock, winner of the Kenneth R. Marshall Memorial Award,

all beat out nominees that were deserving of winning as well. Congratulations to all. I seldom stray too far into the political world here as part of my diatribe, but I just can’t help myself occasionally. With the constant barrage of impeachment news, I feel compelled to comment on the seeming disfunction of our government at the Federal level. Wouldn’t the time used by the House of Representatives to impeach a President be better spent moving the USMCA trade agreement up for vote, getting a reasonable immigrant labor bill to the floor, working on our nation’s infrastructure and passing a myriad of other bills that might be good for the country? Personally, I don’t think the partisan politics that overrides everything else in Washington will be fixed until we have term limits so that our elected officials go to Washington for a period of time, work hard to accomplish something, then go home and have to live with whatever they have done. I would give them one, six or eight-year, term. They could spend the time in Washington on governance rather than raising money to get reelected and would not be beholden to the lobbyist with the deepest pockets. For what it is worth! As I see many agricultural enterprises throughout the state, I marvel at what many of my generation and previous generations have built for businesses. Their success is pretty amazing considering the obstacles put in place for most agricultural ventures. The greater achievement, however, may lie in the children they have raised and who are coming into the business behind them. These new generations are adding so much to the success of the operations. We always seem to have concern that there aren’t enough younger farmers, but if you look closely there may be more than we think, and they are pretty darn sharp. Enjoy reading more about the annual meeting, the policies adopted, Young Farmer news, articles from AFBF, farm safety and more in this issue of The Communicator. Thank you for being a member and cheers to a Happy New Year!


INSIDE January/February 2020 County & Committee News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Local Meat Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Eye on Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Grafton County Farm Bureau hosted this year’s annual meeting in Lebanon. GCFB member Henry Ahern (right) took the opportunity to have a little fun with NHFB President Denis Ward during the 103rd NHFB Annual Meeting in November; presenting Ward, a well known New York Yankees fan, with the book “For the Love of the Yankees.”

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First Vice President

Second Vice President

Denis Ward, Monroe Old Homestead Farm 254-0832 denwar@roadrunner.com

Joyce Brady, Columbia CJEJ Farm 922-3305

Tom McElroy, Newton Newton Greenhouse 382-5289 newtonghse@aol.com


President, Associated Women

Young Farmer Committee, Co-Chair

Elaine Moore, Westmoreland 313-1806 mklmfarm49@gmail.com

Ammy Rice, Milford 234-4771 bartlettyarnsgirlnh@gmail.com

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

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Second Vice President Leandra Pritchard, Pembroke Pritchard Farms 210-2460 pritchardfarms13@gmail.com

Young Farmer Committee, Co-Chair Amelia Aznive, Concord 731-4036 amelia.aznive@gmail.com

Belknap County President

Carroll County President

Cheshire County President CoÖs County President

Grafton County President

Brian Matarozzo, Ctr. Barnstead LorrenJoyce Farm 235-5780 bmatarozzo@yahoo.com

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

Beth Hodge, Hinsdale Echo Farm Puddings beth@echofarmpuddings.com

Kristen May, North Haverhill 787-2388

Hillsboro County President Merrimack County President Trevor Hardy, Hollis Brookdale Fruit Farm 860-1657 tractortrv@aol.com

Leandra Pritchard, Pembroke Pritchard Farms 210-2460 pritchardfarms13@gmail.com

Joyce Brady, Columbia CJEJ Farm 922-3305


Rockingham County President Strafford County President Sullivan County President Phil Ferdinando, Derry J + F Farms 234-5603

Matt Scruton, Rochester Ten Rod Farm 312-2142 tenrodfarm@gmail.com

Robert Cunniff, Langdon 835-2226 Rcunniff45@gmail.com

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Sanbornton Turkey Issued Official Pardon Board of Directors Executive Committee President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denis Ward 1st Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joyce Brady 2nd Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom McElroy 2nd Vice President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leandra Pritchard Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Howard Pearl President, Associated Women . . . . . . . Elaine Moore Co - Chair, Young Farmer Committee. Ammy Rice Amelia Aznive County Presidents Belknap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Matarozzo Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . David Babson Cheshire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beth Hodge Coos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Brady Grafton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristen May Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trevor Hardy Merrimack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leandra Pritchard Rockingham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Ferdinando Strafford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Matt Scruton Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Cunniff Staff Executive Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Diane Clary Policy Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Johnson, II Communications Director. . . . . . . . .Josh Marshall Office Assistant/Receptionist. . . . . . . . . . Portia Jackson

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Kate Osgood and her son Hunter (center) answer questions from media after ‘Joanna’ the turkey was officially pardoned during a ceremony at the State House on Monday, November 25th.


ne lucky turkey was spared making an appearance at anyone’s dinner table as Governor Chris Sununu and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald asked the Executive Council to pardon ‘Joanna’, an 18-pound female turkey raised at Birch Rise Farm in Sanbornton, just days before the Thanksgiving holiday. Kate Osgood, who serves on the Belknap County Farm Bureau board of directors, and her husband Ken brought

Hop to It

NHFBF Standing Committee Chairs Dairy: Beth Hodge, Hinsdale Energy: Henry Ahern, Plymouth Equine: Jozi Best, Unity Government Affairs: Erick Sawtelle, Lee Horticulture: Seth Wilner, Newport Livestock & Poultry: Henry Ahern, Plymouth Ernie Vose, Walpole Membership: Sandy Salo, Marlow Policy Development: Joyce Brady, Columbia Profile Award: Ernie Vose, Walpole Young Farmer: Alicia Pedemonti, Hopkinton (Vice-Chair) Nicole Glines, Canterbury

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their two sons Hunter and Henry to escort Joanna through the State House Monday morning to take part in the ceremony. While Executive Councilors asked some tough questions, a unanimous vote ultimately granted the pardon for Joanna. She will now find a home at Crotched Mountain School in Greenfield where she will join last year’s poultry pardon recipient, Brooke.


hile some farms were wrapping up their seasons, another was laying the groundwork for next season. Above and to the right, a new planting of hops at Cold River Tree Farm in Acworth. The pictures show the setting of poles which will support the hop bines. Sullivan County Farm Bureau member Robert Cunniff, Jr. has 200 hops rhizomes planted and plans to add more in the spring. The poles are Locust from New York and are 24 feet long. Holes were dug with a skid steer and stone was packed around the base of the poles. Hops are used in the process of brewing beer. Visitnh.gov lists over 90 craft breweries across the state...and they all need hops! They also need other items to flavor all those special creations. Local fruit like blueberries and pumpkins are often used in craft beers as well!

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WELCOME - NEW Members! (October October 14, 2019 - December 8, 2019) 2019

Carrying our Farm Values Into the Future We are closing out this year of celebrating our centennial at the American Farm Bureau. We stand at the start of a new decade, and a new century of Farm Bureau. Many of us are ready for a new year and a new season. Farming is always about looking to the future with the hope the next season will be better than the last. I am amazed and humbled by how much has been accomplished through generations of farmers and ranchers working together. Some years—or decades—are tougher than others, but we have always pressed on with diligence and faith. Here are a few things in farming that I hope never change with the passing years and decades. A lot has changed in 100 years, but farmers’ and ranchers’ most essential needs and concerns have not. Then and now, we need markets for what we produce, labor to grow and harvest it, infrastructure to transport it, and fair prices to keep our businesses moving forward.

Our Commitment to Our Communities

Farmers and ranchers are the lifeblood of our communities. For many of us, our families have been in our communities for generations. Our neighbors are family, and we come together to celebrate the good times and to lift each other up in the hard times. Our commitment to strengthen our communities is another reason we’re a part of Farm Bureau. We want to advocate for policies and programs that will keep rural America going strong for our children and our grandchildren.

Our Commitment to Future Generations Farming give us the opportunity to work out in God’s creation, which

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Vincent “Zippy” Duvall, a poultry, cattle and hay producer from Greene County, Georgia, is the 12th president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

reminds us every day that we are not the beginning and the end of the story of our land. We always remember that we are caretakers, and if we take care of the land, it will take care of us. I am so grateful every day to farm the land that my father and grandfather farmed before me, and I can tell you the soil on my farm is healthier than ever, thanks to modern practices and new technology. The land I farm today will be productive for generations to come, and I know that same story is told on each of your farms and ranchers across this great land.

Our Commitment to Our Families Farming is a family business. It’s no wonder that 98% of U.S. farms and ranches are run by families. Working with my family—first with my parents and brother, then my wife and our children, and now even my grandchildren—is the greatest gift I have known in farming. We have all faced our share of tough days on the farm whether that be rain that won’t come or storms that won’t let up, a truck that won’t start or low prices when loan payments are due. But along with the hardship, farm families also get to share in the joys of working together, bringing in a good harvest and seeing new life come into this world. Even if the kids don’t all come







back to the farm, there’s a lifelong work ethic and love for the land that’ll always be a part of who they are. I am proud of the work we’ve done together across Farm Bureau this year and this decade, from regulatory reform to new trade deals, from greater access to precision technology



to expanding infrastructure for rural broadband. This important work will preserve America’s agriculture and food security. But no matter what new technology we use, our core values, our faith and family, will continue to be the foundation for the next year, the next decade, and the next century.

RECENT STUMPAGE & BIOMASS PRICES Stumpage prices are republished with permission from the most recent New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association Market Pulse Data. For over 25 years, NHTOA has conducted a quarterly survey of the state’s timber markets. For more information visit www.nhtoa.org

Species Product


White Pine











$113 [75-150]

$355 350-360

$162 135-190

$353 330-365

$128 90-150

$311 229-350

Sugar Maple


$413 [325-500]

$675 [600-750]

$275 150-350

$528 [510-550]

$260 200-375

$598 500-693

Fuel Grade Chips (Per ton)


$1.00 1.00

$30 [28-35]

$.43 .25-.50

$25 24-26

$1.25 0-2.00

$25.5 [25-26]

Avg = Average

R = Range

[ ] = Fewer than 4 observations

ND = No Data

STP = Stumpage

Del = Delivered

Biomass data provided by The New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning. Biomass data is updated quarterly. For more fuel price data and full details visit www.nh.gov/oep/energy.

Fuel Type


Wood (Bulk Delivered Ton) Wood (Cord)

$302.00 $318.64

Heat Content Per Unit (BTU) 16,500,000 20,000,000

Price Per Million BTU $22.88 $31.86

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Cheshire County Farm Bureau had six members in attendance at the NHFB State Annual Meeting in Lebanon, NH. A lot of work went into preparing for the meeting. We thank President Denis Ward and everyone at the NHFB office for making this meeting possible and enjoyable. At the December meeting of CCFB we discussed programs and goals for year 2020. President Beth Hodge gave a list of potential programs and goals. We discussed lots of ideas for growing our memberships and keeping all of our members informed of what we are doing. We would like more people in attendance at our monthly meetings. We have a great lineup of events for 2020. Secretary Elaine Moore will be sending the December minutes out to all Cheshire County Farm Bureau members. If anyone who is not a member would like to be informed, just let Elaine know.

The Sullivan County Farm Bureau met on November 20th at the Holmes Farm in Langdon. This was our annual planning meeting and county committees were revised, a tentative budget was developed, and our meeting dates were set. It was agreed to do more fundraising to support the School to Farm program. Our next Board meeting will be on Wednesday, Dec.18th at Ramuntos Restaurant in Claremont. There will be no meeting in January. A Saturday meeting is tentatively scheduled for February 8th. All members will be invited to attend this meeting. Watch for your county newsletter in January for location, program, and time.

MERRIMACK COUNTY FARM BUREAU Greetings from Merrimack County! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and we are looking forward to a prosperous year ahead! A few things to keep in mind in this new year: - Scholarship – We award scholarships each year to student members. Applications are typically due in May each year. - Annual Vet Clinic – held annually the beginning of June, to administer CVI & licensed rabies vaccines for the fair season. All NHFB members receive free and discounted vaccines! More details to follow in the next issue. - We send out a quarterly e-newsletter detailing the activities of our county. If you would like to be on the email list, please reach out to Leandra. - We have MCFB t-shirts and long sleeve shirts for sale! They are available in the NHFB office or can be mailed on request. - As always, feel free to contact MCFB President, Leandra Pritchard, with any questions you may have regarding Farm Bureau at 603-210-2460 or pritchardfarms13@gmail.com.

ASSOCIATED WOMEN OF NHFB Before looking ahead at the coming year, I paused to think about the activities that the Associated Women of New Hampshire Farm Bureau took part in last year. I came up with quite a list: Planting our Past President’s lilac tree at the Farm Bureau office, reading NH Agriculture in the Classroom’s book of the year to elementary school students, fundraising and donation drive for David’s House, touring farms & gardens across the state, our Pollinator Craft Nights, and so much more. Soon after you read this, AW President Elaine Moore will be attending the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Austin, Texas. The first AFBF Annual Convention I attended was a whirlwind. I was new to being the AW President and had so much to learn. This year, I’ve adopted the motto “Moving Forward and Learning.” I look forward to networking with Farm Bureau members from across the country and learning as much as I can from the workshops and presenters who will be there. I’m looking forward to celebrating with AFBF and learning more about their efforts this year. I’m also happy that past AW President Ruth Scruton will be attending this year’s AFBF Convention with me once again. Ruth is definitely ‘Farm Bureau Proud’ and has been a great help as I get more comfortable with my role as AW President. I appreciate the help and patience of the AW group, Office Staff, and President Denis Ward in my first full year as AW President. AW would like to have more women

Members of the Associated Women of New Hampshire Farm Bureau gathered for a Christmas party in early Decemeber. LeeAnn Childress hosted the pot-luck party and Ruth Scruton led the group in building snowman crafts.

(Left to right) Ben Davis, New Hampshire Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee Co-Chair Ammy Rice, and Olivia Pittman delivered 10 Thanksgiving baskets to the Salvation Army of Concord. The YF Committee donated a total of 30 Thanksgiving baaskets including locally raised turkeys and produce.

Members of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee got together for a Christmas party at the home of committee Co-Chair Ammy Rice in early December.

involved. If you or someone you know, even if they aren’t a Farm Bureau member (yet), would like to get involved with our work, we’d love to hear from you! -AW President, Elaine Moore

YOUNG FARMER COMMITTEE The New Hampshire Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee has had a busy fall between holiday gatherings, meetings and completing projects. At our October business meeting, the NHFB YFers voted on a new Board of Directors. For the 2019 - 2021 term, the YF board consists of Co-Chairs Ammy Rice of Strafford County and Amelia Aznive of Merrimack County, Ben Davis and Caroline Crouch both from Merrimack County and Amy Matarozzo from Belknap County. Congratulations to all! November was busy for us as we held fundraisers, competitions, and gave back through some community service. First, we attended East Hill Farm’s annual Growers’ Dinner in Troy. Each year East Hill Farm provides us the opportunity to hold a silent auction fundraiser during the event. NHFB members and staff donate items for the auction along with support from Grainger. As always, Grainger’s donations to the auction included some big ticket items that kept the bids coming! After that we set our sights on the state annual meeting. YF members Joe Garcia, Olivia Pittman, Caroline Crouch, Ammy Rice, and Amelia Aznive joined American Farm Bureau Federation’s Robin Kinney for a discussion on strengthening the bonds between Farm Bureau, FFA, and 4-H. The winners of the various Young Farmer Awards were announced as well.

In November the group also completed its annual Thanksgiving Basket donation. This year we were able to continue working with the Salvation Army of Concord and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Concord and were happy to expand our reach to various locations throughout Coos County. A special thanks to NHFB First Vice President Joyce Brady for her help coordinating the Coos county donations. Overall food donations totaled more than 1300 pounds to 30 families in need. Many thanks to all the NHFB member farms who helped us achieve this goal and to our friends at Farm Credit East in Bedford, who once again held a nonperishable food drive to complete the baskets. The annual holiday party was held at Ammy Rice’s house in early December with a potluck and a yankee swap. It was fun and relaxing way to celebrate the holidays with our fellow young farmers. Looking forward, we are hoping to increase our active membership throughout the ensuing term. Official business meetings will be held bimonthly and a fun group activity will be planned for the months business meetings do not occur. Networking with other Young Farmer groups in the region is another goal of the group in an effort to build relationships and increase support and awareness for the unique agricultural landscape that makes New England what it is. The YF Co-Chairs are challenging every county to get at least two members actively involved in the NHFB YF program. Please email either Ammy at bartletyarnsgirlnh@gmail. com or Amelia at amelia.aznive@gmail. com if you have any questions. You can also follow along with us on Facebook, where we try to regularly post meeting dates and future plans!

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NH Farm Bureau Policy Adopted for 2020 By Rob Johnson, NHFB Policy Director Continued from Front Page


ver forty policy proposals were deliberated. These proposals came from resolutions adopted at county Farm Bureau annual meetings, by NHFB committees, and offered at the meeting by Delegates. In addition, the House of Delegates approved a number of non-policy changes to language in the policy document. These changes were made with the purpose of clarifying and/or updating existing language in the document. The meeting also included a brief financial report provided by Treasurer Howard Pearl, showing a strong financial position for the organization, before adjourning shortly after at 11:30 a.m. Reprinted below are the newly adopted policy resolutions. The underlined headings indicate the section of the policy document to which the resolutions have been added. Resolutions followed by an asterisk* have been forwarded for consideration by the delegates to the AFBF annual meeting for inclusion in the AFBF policy document which guides AFBF policy work in Washington D.C. The NHFB policy document guides the NHFB 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 www.nhfarmbureau.org. Agricultural Representation We support increased agricultural representation on UNHCE Advisory Councils. Agricultural Research We support funding for research into the health risks and strategies for mitigating risks associated with perchlorate and perand polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in water and food and support using the best available science and appropriate risk assessment for the establishment of health goals or regulatory standards.*

Dairy We support requiring raw milk sellers to participate in the NH brucellosis and tuberculosis disease testing programs. We support allowing producer processors the right to appeal adverse actions of the Milk Marketing Administrator through the USDA appeals hearing system.* • Note: the Delegates also adopted a number of additional policy resolutions regarding the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) proposed by the AFBF FMMO Working Group. Change existing policy by striking language and adding language in bold italics as follows: We support a U.S. Farm Bill that makes changes to the Dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP). Changes must include use of regional energy, feed, and transportation costs in determining margin values. We also support providing greater than $8 margin level protection options. We support allowing the Dairy Margin Coverage program to set different margin targets based upon regional differences in costs. * We support replacing the NH Milk Producers Emergency Relief Fund (Revised Statute Annotated (RSA) 184:107) with the Commissioner of Agriculture’s proposed the Dairy Premium Plan (RSA 184:106111). We support allowing milk producers to sell raw milk directly to consumers, provided it is labeled as such and purchaser name and contact information are collected for recall purposes. We encourage inspection and licensing. Farming Opportunity Add the following language in bold italics to existing policy as follows: We support federal and state legalization of the growing and sale of industrial hemp.

Crop Protection Materials

Fish and Game

We support the Pesticide Control Board as the authority responsible for regulating pesticide use in New Hampshire.

We support the rights of all farmers, regardless of size, to defend their livestock and fowl from predators.

We support that the Fish and Game Executive Director must be a hunter or trapper and demonstrate a sound understanding of the significant impact wildlife poses to agricultural crops and livestock. Motor Vehicles Law and Transportation We oppose the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act requirement of schooling to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License. * We oppose the NH Division of Motor Vehicles requirement that Non-U.S. citizen agricultural visa workers obtain a NH driver’s license after 60 days. Product Labeling We oppose the false labeling or “greenwashing” of non-meat products as having less impact on the environment.*

(UNH) Cooperative Extension (UNHCE) We support each NH County providing their share of funding a full-time UNHCE Food and Agriculture Specialist position in their county. We support continued efforts and corresponding ongoing funding to obtain accreditation and membership of the UNH Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory with the National Animal Health Laboratory Network. We support the return of decision making authority to UNHCE Advisory Councils. Water Resources and Environmental Regulation We support efforts to have farmers engaged in discussions related to carbon and climate issues and their on farm contributions recognized.

Greenwashing is defined as the practice We support government or market-based of making an unsubstantiated or climate change requirements based on misleading claim about the environmental sound science with farmers receiving benefits of a product, service, technology, credit for existing agricultural and forestry or company practice. practices that sequester carbon such as: · Tree credits We oppose changes to USDA’s definition of “spring lamb” and “genuine spring lamb”.* Taxation We support exploring ways, other than additional taxation, to cover the costs of an adequate education that helps to relieve the burden placed on local communities while improving the quality of education.


Pasture credits


Hay credits


Local or reduced transportation credits


Byproduct usage credits


No-till planting credits


Cover crop credits

We support reimbursing farmers for costs associated with mandated government or market-based climate change programs. We support climate change policies that are size neutral and that do not push farms into getting bigger in order to comply. We oppose a carbon tax on energy. We support any government or marketbased climate change program giving consideration to voluntary aggregation of multiple, separately owned farm and forest parcels for purposes of carbon sequestration credits. We support legislative efforts to study and mitigate climate change. We oppose prime wetlands designations (RSA 482-A:15). Internal Affairs We will use the Oxford standard for comma use in our policy document.

NHFB Officers and policy are set each year at the meeting of the NHFB House of Delegates. Above, delegates, NHFB staff, and guests prepare to discuss and vote on policy resolutions to decide wheter to adopt them as official policy for the coming year. (Photo Credit: Denis Ward)

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StoneFen Farm, llc - Haverhill

Local Meat Producer List Belknap County Beans & Greens Farm - Gilford

Andrew Howe - 293-2853 beansandgreensfarm@msn.com www.beansandgreensfarm.com Grass fed beef, GMO free pork, chicken, turkey.

Birch Rise Farm - Sanbornton

Kate Osgood - 259-6660 birchrisefarm@gmail.com www.birchrisefarm.com Pasture raised Berkshire pork by the cuts, halves, or wholes and poultry by the cuts or wholes. Pasture raised eggs. Like us on Facebook!

Hammer Down Farm - Gilmanton

Alicia & Ryan Smith - 387-3448 hdfarmllc@yahoo.com Locally and naturally raised beef by the cuts, halves and wholes. Pork by the cuts, halves and wholes. Raw milk and butter from our jerseys. Like us on Facebook!

HT Farm LLC - Belmont

Tim Duval - 630-5505 tcbw275@gmail.com Find us on Facebook at HT Farm LLC. Gras fed, farm-rais3ed, USDA beef. Produce and maple syrup.

LorrenJoyce Farm - Barnstead

Amy & Brian Matarozzo - 235-5780 lorrenjoycefarm.com Naturally raised beef. USDA approved. All cryovac packaging.

Shepherd’s Hut Market - Gilford

Jeff & Joyce Keyser - 527-1873 or 393-4696 or jekeyser@metrocast.net Certified USDA freezer lamb. Various cuts fresh frozen and vacuum sealed.

Wooded Valley Acres - Gilmanton IW Elizabeth and Cory Bower - 393-1083Woodedvalleyacres@gmail.com Pasture raised pork, free range chicken and duck eggs, free range turkey, free range rabbit.

Carroll County Mountain Laurel Farm - Sanbornville Robert Bevard - 986 - 8480 rbbevard@yahoo.com USDA Labels, homegrown, pasture raised pork, lamb, and chevon.

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 - Ossipee

Dave Babson - 539-4928 davbab@worldpath.net Naturally raised beef. Fed grain, hay and grass only.

Top of the Hill Farm - Wolfeboro

Alan Fredrickson - 569-3137 topofthehillfarm@metrocast.net Beef - pasture exposed and all natural by the piece, 1/4, 1/2 or whole

Cheshire County Archway Farm - Keene

Mark Florenz - 352-3198 mark.florenz@gmail.com http://www.archway.farm/ Pasture raised heritage pork; whole, half, or individual cuts. See our website for details.

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.

Earth Haven Farm - Marlborough

Mary & George Iselin - 876-4036 earthhavenfarm.com USDA labeled pkg hamburger, roasts, steaks at our farm store or 1/4, 1/2, or whole for cuts to customer specifications.

JHF Stable & Livestock - Alstead

John & Hazell Fuller - 835-6509 USDA vacuumed packed Beefalo and grass fed on the farm Alstead.

Mad Brook Farm - Alstead

Tom Hancock - 835-6526 madbrookfarmllc@gmail.com www.madbrookfarmllc.com Meat rabbits, breeding stock, & meat. Cross between NZ, Satin, Creme d’Argent, Calif, Flemish, Silver Fox.

Manning Hill Farm - Winchester

Sarah Costa - 239-4397 Grass fed heritage beef, pasture raised heritage pork, by the individual cut or in bulk-half and whole sides. Pasture rasied whole roasting chickens.

Coos County CJEJ Farm Meat House - Columbia

Chris & Joyce Brady - 922-3305 USDA inspected cuts of beef, pork, lamb, and chevon. Chicken (whole and parts) and Thanksgiving turkeys also available. All grown on our farm with our own homeade grain. Store open year round.

Northwinds Farm – N. Stratford

Scott & Heidi Mason - 922-8377 northwindsfarm1@yahoo.com USDA inspected, vacuum packed beef, lamb and veal. Sold by the side or cut. Also available through the Barn Store of New England in Salisbury, NH.

Grafton County Bonnie Brae Farms - Plymouth

Henry Ahern - 536-3880 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.

Field Acres Farms - Canaan

Tim and Lynn Braley - 523-4943 fieldacresfarm@earthlink.net Farm raised Beef by the individual cut and Pasture Raised Heritage Pork by the individual cut or by the 1/2 or whole pig. All individual cuts of beef and pork are USDA processed and fresh frozen with vacuum seal. We also sell free range chicken eggs.

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

Slow Grown Farm - Plymouth Jean Poulin - 412-2133 We have various cuts of Scottish Highland beef. USDA cut, shrink wrapped, and frozen. Fresh eggs are available daily, as is our goat’s milk soap.

Lora Goss - 481-0017 Our Herefords and Red Devons were carefully selected for the efficient conversion of natural grasses and legumes into a better beef. Our beef is 100% grass fed & finished yielding a nutrient dense meat that is both tender and delicious. Please call for more info or for a visit!

Hillsboro County Barrett Hill Farm - Mason

The LeClairs - 878-4022 barretthill@myfairpoint.net or visit our website barrethillfarm.com Beef, pork and lamb.

Butternut Farm/Milford Goat Dairy - Milford Noreen O’Connell - 732-2654 noreenoc@comcast.net or visit our website butternutfarmmilford.com USDA Processed goat. Various cuts and sausage. Flash frozen and vacuum sealed. Raw goat milk and cheeses.

Kinney’s Farm - Brookline

Travis & Marcalyn Kinney - 673-5956 kinneysfarm@yahoo.com Selling our own naturally raised grass fed beef, pork, poultry and fresh eggs at our farm stand. Check us out on Facebook for all our products and hours. Open year round.

Paradise Farm - Lyndeborough

Wayne & Adrienne Colsia - 345-0860 wayne@paradisefarmnh.com www.paradisefarmnh.com 100% grass-fed beef, grass-fed lamb, pasture raised pork, free-range eggs, all natural goat milk.

Leel Farm – New Ipswich Butch Leel - 562-0860 bleel@comcast.net Pasture Raised Beef.

Temple Mountain Beef - Temple Mark Salisbury - 878-4290 Beef by the side – cut and packaged to order.

Trombly Gardens - Milford Sean Trombly - 673-4725 Beef, pork, lamb and chicken.

Merrimack County Bokaja - Webster

648-2520 or 470-6276 Local turkeys - various sizes.

Elior Acres, LLC - Bradford

Denise Renk - 938-2771 info@EliorAcres.com EliorAcres.com USDA heritage pork and goat. Heritage Chocolate Turkey, Rouen Duck, and Buckeye Chicken.

Miles Smith Farm - Loudon

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

Off A Bit Farm LLC - Danbury

Laura Kilkenny - 530-2496 offabitfarm@yahoo.com We are a small family farm offering naturally raised, USDA processed and packaged goat meat. We also sell rabbit meat, eggs, raw goat milk and raw goat milk yogurt. See our website: www.offabitfarm.com for all our offerings. Like us on Facebook!

Schroeder Farm - South Newbury

Bill Schroeder - 938-5911 bangus@tds.net Black Angus beef by the side or individual cuts. USDA inspected, all grass fed. Roaster Chickens 10-12 pounds, all natural grain fed.

January/February 2020 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.

Rockingham County Great Bay Farm - Greenland

Allen Smith - 969-9948 greatbayfarm@gmail.com Various Cuts USDA inspected frozen beef.

J&F Farms Inc. - Derry

Melissa Dolloff - 437-0535 farmstand@JFfarms.com All cuts of frozen beef.

Mandico Farm Cattle Co. - Nottingham Conrad & Kathy Mandsager - 770-1948 Kathy.mandsager@comcast.net Farm-raised, Grass fed Highland natural beef.

Strafford County 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.

Diamond B Farm - New Durham

Meghan Bickford - 762-0190 or diamondbfarm14@gmail.com All natural, pasture raised beef, pork, chicken, turkey and eggs. Visit our website at http://www.bickfordsdiamondbfarm.com for more information.

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.

Sullivan County Beaver Pond Farm - Newport

Bennie Nelson - 542-7339 beaverpondfarm1780@gmail.com tinyurl.com/bpondfarm Raising beef and lamb. For sale at our retail store on the John Stark Highway between Newport & Claremont. Open year ‘round.

Eccardt Farm Inc. - Washington

George, Sandy & Ryan Eccard 495-3830 or Eccardtfarm@gsinet.net Our home grown grass fed, USDA certified beef. We have an array of steak cuts and roasts all vacuum packed for longer freshness. Lamb & pork when available.

Far View Farm - Langdon

Marilyn Stuller - 313-7115 m.stuller@yahoo.com Lamb - naturally raised on pasture. Icelandic lamb is naturally lean with a mild flavor.

Stone Farm - Cornish

Charlie Stone - 469-3559 5cstone@comcast.net USDA inspected. Vacuum wrapped. Seasonal turkeys. Fresh eggs. Saturday farm stand May-October 9-12.

Every Day is a Blessing

By Diane Clary, NHFB Executive Director


very day is a blessing. It’s not always easy to remember this in the midst of everyday life, especially when you are a farmer. When equipment is breaking down, prices are falling and you are tired all the time, blessings are not what you are thinking about. In fact, you may even want to punch me in the face for just writing it. But risking a black eye, I am challenging all of you to start everyday thinking that it IS a blessing. Do it for 365 days in a row and before you know it, you will start to believe it. Wake up in the morning thinking Thank You for another day and hopefully the rest of the day will follow with a

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positive spin (at least until the first equipment breakdown). I know I get tied up in what isn’t going right and forget to celebrate my successes. I am going to make a concerted effort to change and I want anyone that sees me to remind me of this plan. Join me in this 365 day challenge and check in with me from time to time to let me know how it is going. I will give you updates here in the Communicator or if you want you can give me a call anytime. Here is to a great 2020!

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USDA Designates Eight New Hampshire Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas United States Department of Agriculture


griculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated eight New Hampshire counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, and Sullivan counties who suffered losses caused by extreme cold and temperature fluctuations resulting in winterkill, that occurred between Dec. 1, 2018, and April 20, 2019, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. Producers in the contiguous New Hampshire counties of Rockingham and Strafford, along with Oxford and York counties in Maine; Essex, Franklin, Middlesex, and Worcester counties in Massachusetts; and Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Windham, and Windsor counties in Vermont, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans. The deadline to apply for these

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emergency loans is Aug. 17, 2020. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; and the Tree Assistance Program. Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at farmers. gov/recover.

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Farm Bureau Federation

103rd Annual Meeting The 103rd New Hampshire Farm Bureau Annual Meeting started off with tours of Tullando Farm Dairy in Orford and Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon. Above, Nate Tullar welcomes NHFB members before leading them on a tour of the farm’s robotic milking barn. At Poverty Lane Orchards (not pictured), owner Stephen Wood explained the history of the farm and showed attendees just how their hard cider is made using some unique apple varieties.


During lunch, New Hampshire Farm Bureau President Denis Ward recognized the important partnership between American National Insurance and NHFB and thanked all of the agents in attendance for their contributions to growing Farm Bureau membership.

These high rollers were feeling lucky after winning the ‘poker’ game during the 103rd New Hampshire Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. Attendees were given a playing card at registration and tasked with networking with other Farm Bureau members to form the best poker hand they could. (left to right) Joyce Brady, Glenn Pierce, Heidi Loring, Deb Robie, and Jeff Holmes took home the prize.

New Hampshire welcomed two members of the American Farm Bureau Federation staff to our 103rd Annual Meeting. Above, Senior Director of Member Engagement for AFBF Robin Kinney leads a panel of young farmers in a discussion of how Farm Bureau can strenghten its relationship with FFA and 4-H. Senior Director of Congressional Relations Dave Salmonsen (not pictured) spoke about important advocacy work currently going on and his experiences in Washington, D.C. as well.

ew Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation (NHFB) held its 103rd Annual Meeting on November 15th and 16th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Lebanon, NH. As part of the multi-day event hosted by Grafton County Farm Bureau, attendees toured local agricultural operations Tullando Dairy Farm in Orford and Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon. “It’s inspiring to see the diversity of agriculture around the state,” said NHFB President Denis Ward. “Our members enjoyed learning about the robotic milking machines at Tullando Farm and the hard cider operation at Poverty Lane Orchards.” Workshops, speakers, and competitions covering production techniques, advocacy, and the future of agriculture took place throughout the day in support of the theme “Reflection, Innovation, and Diversification.” The culmination of NHFB’s grassroots policy development process occurs during the Meeting of the House of Delegates as part of each year’s Annual Meeting. Delegates, elected by their county Farm Bureau, met the morning of November 16th to adopt nearly forty new policies on issues such as dairy production, climate change, and UNH Cooperative Extension. Those policies, along with established NHFB positions, will guide NHFB’s work in the coming year. The House of Delegates is also tasked with electing a slate of officers each year. The elected slate of officers for 2020 is as follows: President - Denis Ward of Monroe, 1st Vice President - Joyce Brady of Columbia, 2nd Vice President - Tom McElroy of Newton, 2nd Vice President - Leandra Pritchard of Pembroke, and Treasurer - Howard Pearl of Loudon. The Annual Meeting Banquet, held the evening of November 15th, recognized outstanding achievements and contributions to agriculture from NHFB members. The following is a list of awards given out that evening.

NHFB President’s Award NHFB President Denis Ward recognized the 2019 NHFB President’s Award winner Scott Mason of North Stratford at the 103rd Annual Meeting of New Hampshire Farm Bureau. Scott has been actively involved at every level of Farm Bureau with a focus on policy and advocacy. Through serving on the state Policy Development Committee and testifying on agricultural issues at the New Hampshire State House, Scott has contributed to the success of numerous NHFB initiatives. Scott also represented the northeast this year as part of the American Farm Bureau Federation Federal Milk Marketing Order Work Group. The President’s award is handed out annually to acknowledge an individual for their outstanding service to New Hampshire Farm Bureau.

Kenneth R. Marshall Memorial Award The Kenneth R. Marshall Memorial Award was created in honor of long time Farm Bureau member and employee Ken Marshall to recognize current Farm Bureau members who exemplify not only dedication and service to the agricultural community, but those who do it with kindness, generosity, and selflessness. This year’s recipient is Dr. Christina Murdock, DVM of Dunbarton. Dr. Murdock operates a mobile large animal veterinary

practice that serves farmers across the state. She has shown a dedication to NHFB through her work serving on the NHFB Young Farmer Committee, at the county level through her annual Merrimack County Farm Bureau Veterinary Clinic providing affordable animal vaccinations, and to her greater community through volunteering and mentorship of FFA and Alvirne High School students.

Above: NH Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food addresses the NHFB House of Delegates on the second day of the 103rd Annual Meeting. (Photo Credit: Denis Ward)Below: NHFB President’s Award winner Scott Mason. Bottom: Dr. Christina Murdock (right) is presented with the Kenneth R. Marshall Memorial Award by NHFB Executive Director Diane Clary.

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January/February 2020 Profile Award Each year, NHFB has the honor of presenting the Profile Award to recognize a New Hampshire person or persons for distinguished service to agriculture and rural life. Nominations for this award come from County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and are judged by a panel of past Profile Award winners. This year’s Profile Award winner is John Hodsdon of Meredith, NH. John grew up on the farm in Meredith that his family has owned since 1804, today known as Picnic Rock Farm. John had many responsibilities as a youth and kept up with his farm chores, but he also showed promise as an excellent student, especially in mathematics. His education took him all over the world, eventually earning a PhD in Biochemistry from University of California Berkley. From the time he returned from out west in the late 70s until 2005 John operated the family farm growing vegetables, small fruit and Christmas trees. The farm also sold local

products and baked goods he made on the premises himself. In 2008 John’s nephew Ward Bird took over operation of the farm to be the 7th generation to continue the tradition. John has been a NH Farm Bureau member since the 1980s and served at both the county and state level receiving the President’s Award in 2006. He served as Belknap County Farm Bureau’s voting delegate to the NHFB House of Delegates Meeting every year from 1988 – 2017 as well as serving as the Chairman of their Policy Development Committee for many of those years. At the state level, John was a member of the State Policy Development Committee for most of his years as a Farm Bureau member and most notably contributed to the issues of water quality standards, Current Use Law, and GMO legislation. In addition to Farm Bureau, John has also been active in the Belknap County Conservation District. Following in his father’s footsteps (John’s father Marshall founded BCCD), he became a Supervisor of the BCCD in 1982 and served as Chairman for over 32 years. More recently he stepped back

John Hodsdon (right) is presented with the NHFB Profile Award by Jeff Holmes at the 103rd NHFB Annual Meeting.

to serve as Associate Supervisor. John became the BCCD representative on the North Country Resource Conservation & Development Council in 1980, which he continues to be today. In 2016 John represented the Hodsdon family as the

Young Farmer Awards Discussion Meet Winner

Caroline Crouch of Loudon, NH was named the winner of the 2019 NHFB Young Farmer Discussion Meet. Competitors in the Discussion Meet prepare thoughts and opinions on various subjects facing agriculture and cooperatively work towards a solution. The goal of the Discussion Meet is to develop leaders for effective problem solving through group discussion, similar to the organization’s grassroots policy development process. The competition provides an opportunity for Young Farmers to build basic discussion skills, give and receive criticism in a helpful manner, develop an understanding of important issues, explore and pool knowledge to reach consensus, and solve problems. Caroline will go on to represent New Hampshire at the American Farm Bureau Discussion Meet competition in Austin, Texas this January. Ammy Rice of Milford, Joe Garcia of Strafford and Olivia Pitman of Deerfield also participated in this year’s competition.

Animal Husbandry Award Winner

Peter Glines of Sloping Acres Farm in Canterbury, NH is the recipient of this year’s NHFB Young Farmer Animal Husbandry Award. Peter operates

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the farm along with his brother. They milk 140 cows, producing a rolling herd average of 23,500 pounds, and raise an additional 110 head of replacement calves/heifers. The farm also grows 110 acres of corn for silage along with 60 acres of corn for snaplage and 160 acres of hay crops that they use for their own feed. The Animal Husbandry Award has been developed by the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer program to promote sound animal husbandry and to recognize individuals who have implemented exceptional livestock welfare practices on their farm. Candidates for this award are nominated by their fellow Young Farmers and the judging is based on a set of criteria, including best management practices. Also nominated this year was Erik Fredrickson of Top of the Hill Farm in Wolfeboro.

Excellence in Agriculture Award Winner

The 2019 NHFB Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture Award was given to Nicole Glines of Canterbury, NH. The award acknowledges the efforts of Young Farmers who do not derive the majority of their income from farming, but are actively contributing to agriculture and to their community. Nicole grew up in Milton, NH and her first agricultural passion was in equestrian sports, where she competed and gave riding lessons. After being introduced to dairy cattle at the University of New Hampshire, she changed course and eventually completed a master’s degree in Dairy Nutrition. She went on to be the herd manager for the UNH Organic Dairy Farm and currently works as a dairy nutrition and forage consultant for Agri-King Nutrition. Nicole has also served as Vice-Chair of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee. Nicole will move on to compete with other Excellence in Agriculture Award winners from across the country at the American Farm Bureau

National Association of Conservation Districts recognized the family for their “decades of commitment to conservation.”

Annual Convention in Austin, Texas. A panel of judges consisting of State Representative and Barbara Comtois, NHFB President Denis Ward, and John Scarponi from American National Insurance selected Nicole from among four nominees. Also nominated for the award were Ammy Rice of Milford, Morgan Mewkill of Chichester, and Zachary Mason of North Stratford.

Young Farmer Achievement Award

This year’s NHFB Young Farmer Achievement Award winners are Jay & Leandra Pritchard of Pritchard Farms in Pembroke, NH. The NHFB Young Farmer Achievement Award competition recognizes young people between the ages of 18 to 35 who have excelled in their farming operation and have shown leadership abilities through Farm Bureau and in their community. The ideal candidate for the award is an individual or couple involved in production agriculture with the majority of their income subject to normal production risk. Jay & Leandra Pritchard were nominated by Merrimack County Farm Bureau. They are first generation farmers who own and operate Pritchard Farms in Pembroke, NH. They raise dairy replacement heifers and own a beef herd and laying hens. They farm over 300 acres of corn and grassland. They love living the lifestyle of a family farm along with their two kids, Millie & Walt, and are very passionate about the agricultural industry. They are both active members on the Merrimack County Farm Bureau Board of Directors and have been active members of the Young Farmer Committee. As part of the award, the Pritchards will receive the use of a new Kubota tractor for six months or 250 hours from Pinnacleview Equipment in Walpole. They will also move on to compete in the national Achievement Award competition at the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Austin, Texas this January. State Representative Howard Pearl, Cheshire County Farm Bureau President Beth Hodge of Hinsdale, and Farm Service Agency State Director Jeff Holmes of Langdon conducted the judging for this award.

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can purchase the hard cover book for $5 which includes the Resource Guide. Take a copy to your local elementary school to share with the students, maybe expand the learning opportunity with an activity and leave the book behind for continued learning. Books are available at the Farm Bureau in Concord or they can be mailed for an additional $2.50 per book. Email nhaitc@nhfarmbureau.org if you are interested in helping out.

By Debbi Cox, NHAITC State Coordinator TEACHER OF THE YEAR Congratulations to Christine Stillwell for being named as the New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year. A high school math teacher at the Robert J. Lister Academy in Portsmouth, Christine’s attention to the success of each individual student and her passion for handson learning are just a couple of the qualities which make her an amazing teacher. Five years ago, Christine and her students were inspired to tap four maple trees, purchase a barrel evaporator and made a little syrup under the cover of a tarp. Fast forward to today, the program has grown by leaps and bounds. Thanks to fundraisers, donations and grants, the program now boasts a sugar house/classroom, a new evaporator and other

professional equipment, community involvement and school-wide involvement. After recruiting the help of the science teacher, Christine created a math/science curriculum which incorporated tree identification, tree anatomy, data collection, and the science/math behind the maple syrup process. They have now taken the program on the road to all ten of the elementary schools in Portsmouth along with four preschools. Christine’s students visited the schools and taught the third graders about tree identification, tree anatomy, and how to tap trees. Robert Lister Academy also offers a school garden and other agricultural activities. Christine is no stranger to awards. Not only is she the 2020 NH Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year, she was also a finalist for the 2020 NH Teacher of the Year. We are proud to have such an impactful teacher championing the efforts of agricultural education in New Hampshire. Christine will be recognized at the Granite State FFA Convention in April and she may receive a registration scholarship for the National Agriculture in the Classroom Convention.

SCHOOL TO FARM DAYS NH Agriculture in the Classroom offers a series of fourth grade field trips inviting students to a working farm for a day of hands-on agricultural education. Classes are exposed to dairy, maple, poultry, fiber, crops and much more. Support the education efforts of your county Farm Bureau by joining us for the day to share your specialty. We are always looking for people to present a station using props, quick activities and educational demonstrations. You don’t need to be an expert! Please contact Debbi for more information at nhaitc@nhfarmbureau.org. Merrimack County Carter Hill Orchard in Concord - Thursday, 5/7/20 Sullivan County County Complex in Unity - Monday, 5/11/20 Grafton/Coos Counties The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem - Thursday, 5/21/20


NHAITC Teacher of the Year, Christine Stillwell.

“Right This Very Minute” has been selected as the 2020 Agricultural Literacy Program book. Come explore a variety of commodities inspiring younger readers to discover where their food comes from. Find out about the maple syrup on your pancakes, why pollinators are so important or how food finds its way to the grocery store. Volunteers

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Grafton County Farm Bureau Members:

You Are Needed! There are vacancies on our board of directors that need to be lled... and we want YOU! Get involved and become more of an agricultural advocate for your county & state as a Grafton County Farm Bureau Board Member For more information please contact: Kristin May, GCFB President office@hatchland.net 603-787-2388


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NH Farm Bureau Hay Bale Creation Showcase

Leading up to the 103rd New Hampshire Farm Bureau Annual Meeting this past fall, we challenged NHFB members to get creative and show us their best ‘hay bale creations.’ To take part in the fun, NHFB members were encouraged to post photos of their decorated hay bales to Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #NHFBHayBaleShowcase. Members could also upload their photos to the NHFB website or email them directly to staff. We recieved 11 entries overall, which each displayed creativitiy, artistry, and talent. We promised to show off the top three examples, but we’ve instead decided to show them all off here! If you didn’t get in on the fun this year, start thinking up your ideas for next year’s Hay Bale Creation Showcase!

Judge’s Choice Submitted by Christie & Andrew Morrill Morrill Farm, Penacook

Honorable Mention Submitted by Lawreen & David Strauch No-View Farm, Wolfeboro

Most Liked Submitted by Trish & Adam Crete Highway View Farm, Boscawen

Honorable Mention Submitted by Sean Trombly Trombly Gardens, Milford

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Submitted by Beth Hodge Echo Farm, Hinsdale

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Submitted by Remick Farm Museum Tamworth Submitted by Trish & Adam Crete Highway View Farm, Boscawen

Submitted by Trish & Adam Crete Highway View Farm, Boscawen

Submitted by Sean Trombly Trombly Gardens, Milford

Submitted by The Hardy Family Brookdale Fruit Farm, Hollis

Submitted by Christie & Andrew Morrill Morrill Farm, Penacook

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Sweet Baby Vineyard:

New Hampshire in Every Bottle Story and photos by Josh Marshall, NHFB Communications Director


hen you think of wine production in the United States, you might think of places like the Napa Valley in California or the Finger Lakes of New York. However, you can find a unique brand of fruit wines that have won over consumers while championing local agriculture right here in southern New Hampshire. Sweet Baby Vineyard in Hampstead, NH has grown from a hobby in the garage of owner Lewis Eaton to one of the top selling New Hampshire wines through an ethos of hard work and promoting local agriculture. “I thought it was going to be a glorified hobby,” Lewis said. “But it quickly became more than that.” In 2008, his first year in business, Lewis expected to produce around 100 cases of his signature wine, but he ended up with 750. Eleven years later and Sweet Baby Vineyard is pumping out 5000 cases a year spanning 19 variations ranging from blueberry, its leading seller, to apple cranberry, a limited-edition holiday special. What stands out through the entire lineup of interesting intoxicants is its ingredients. “We are proud of what we use,” Lewis said. It’s evident from the label on each bottle, which proudly promotes what New Hampshire farms were responsible for growing the fruit inside. Sweet Baby Vineyard has approximately two acres of grapes growing on site to form the base of its red and white wines, which still isn’t enough to keep up with demand. So, they purchase what else they need from Flag Hill Winery in Lee. Their catalogue of fruit wines are always made from 100% New Hampshire grown fruits, sourcing from farms like Applecrest Farm in Hampton Falls and Taylor-Brown Blueberry Farm in Alton. “We know what we are. We’re New Hampshire and we embrace that.” Like all farmers, Lewis has to be proficient in a multitude of skills. Creating a quality wine starts on the vine and it’s a constant learning process. Attending week-long educational seminars each year and working closely with UNH Extension, there is always an opportunity to improve growing practices. He does make sure to find time to stop and smell the roses, so-to-speak, especially during pruning season. “I love putting my headphones on and pruning,” Lewis disclosed, “Every vine is different and you have to think of it that way.” He also helps his fellow vintners learn more through his role as President of the New Hampshire Winery Association. Over the years, he’s written grants to bring industry experts from across the country to come in and speak to the association. Navigating the business end of wine production and sales is complicated by both Federal and State regulations. In order

to produce and sell wine commercially you have to be licensed federally through the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and here in New Hampshire as an approved Liquor and Wine Vendor. Along the way they each take cuts through taxes and permitting fees and require their own sets of rules that all producers must follow. Lewis explained how different alcoholic beverages are classified by their percent alcohol by volume or ABV. The distinctions are important because of the ways the different classifications can be sold and how they are taxed. Beer, for example is taxed by volume sold and is measured in ounces. Wine and spirits, on the other hand, are taxed per sale and are measured in milliliters. A beverage is identified as beer by the state of New Above: Sweet Baby Vineyard’s proprietor Lewis Eaton demonstrates the bottling Hampshire up to a 12% ABV while wines process. In 2019 Lewis bottled 5,000 cases (60,000 bottles) of wine by hand in his fall between 6% and 24% ABV. Liquor Hampstead Facility. Below: Sweet Baby Vineyard’s grows two acres of grapes on site to use in its wines (photo courtesy: Sweet Baby Vineyard). is defined in statute more broadly but consumers typically recognize alcoholic beverages above 24% ABV as spirits. Lewis also knows the importance of being an advocate for his industry. While diving into the weeds of legislation is not his favorite thing to do, he has found it essential to fostering a climate where small farms and wineries can succeed here in New Hampshire. Lewis has been appointed by Governors Maggie Hassan and Chris Sununu, over the years, to serve on various committees looking at changes to liquor laws and regulations. Most recently, he has been appointed to a committee focusing on agritourism. A challenge that has been identified by wine producers and While Lewis runs the bulk of the Sweet Baby farmers alike is the onerous process of Vineyard business on his own, none of it would be getting signage for their agritourism possible without the support of his wife and children. operations on state roads. In order to Back in 2008 when he was working in heavy highway get one of the blue tourist oriented construction during the night and chasing his dream directional signs (TODS), placed to during the day, Lewis found himself sleeping only 12 attract motorists to local New Hampshire or 13 hours a week. This untenable schedule forced businesses, the New Hampshire him to make a choice. With the full support of his wife Department of Transportation states that, Stacey, he set out on a journey that has led Sweet Baby “the applicant’s facility must be open to Vineyard to where it is now. While the couple have the public for a minimum of 5 hours per four kids, Lewis isn’t sure yet if there will be a next day, 5 days per week.” If a facility is open generation taking over the business. He did joke that for less than three consecutive months he may have to draft his 24-year-old daughter into the during its season, it is also disqualified business if he expands distribution to Massachusetts. from being permitted a TODS. For both He also has a 10-year-old son who is enthusiastic small farms and wineries, this can be a about the vineyard, even if he’ll have to wait another burdensome standard to meet. Lewis 11 years before he can sample the product. For now, hopes that having a seat at the table for Lewis will continue to produce his award-winning these discussions can help his business wines and promoting New Hampshire agriculture. and others like it.

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Behind the Bar: Farm Bureaus Recognize the Farmers Who Make Local Beer and Wine Possible By Cole Staudt


cross the country, the rise of craft beers, local wineries and small distilleries has opened new opportunities for farmers. Multiple state Farm Bureau organizations have acknowledged this growth by partnering with breweries and wineries in their states to launch limited edition products to celebrate farmers and pay tribute to the hard-working farm families that made these special products possible. On International Beer Day (Aug. 2) the Indiana Farm Bureau and People’s Brewing Company launched 100th Harvest as Indiana Farm Bureau’s centennial craft beer. 100th Harvest is a honey wheat ale created with ingredients produced in Indiana. The honey came from RJ Honey, the malt from Sugar Creek Malt Company and the hops from Pine Hops Farm. “100th Harvest is the perfect way for Farm Bureau to celebrate its 100th anniversary while making that important connection between farmers, Indiana agriculture and a good craft beer,â€? said Debra DeCourcy, chief marketing oďŹƒcer for the Indiana Farm Bureau. The Colorado Farm Bureau partnered with Square Peg Brewerks, a company already known for growing its own ingredients, to launch an amber lager named Centennial Farmer. The owner of Square Peg, Derek Heersink,

FBNews and Colorado Farm Bureau board member Marc Arnusch led the sourcing process and ensured all the ingredients came from Colorado. Both Arnusch and Heersink had a personal stake in the Centennial Farmer, growing some of the grains for the beer. Centennial Farmer was launched at the 1919 ball – Colorado Farm Bureau’s centennial celebration – and their members loved it, making it a favorite at the bar. The organization plans to continue to promote their creation throughout the holiday season. The Maine Farm Bureau launched The Maine Farmer in early October in partnership with the Orono Brewing Company to honor their state’s hardworking farmers. This IPA features 100% Maine-sourced ingredients such as grains from Buck Farms and wet hops from The Hop Yard. Using wet hops requires the beer to be brewed within 24 hours of harvest, making a speedy and eďŹƒcient transition from the field to the brewery essential. “We are very excited for the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for Maine Farm Bureau while featuring the best of what Maine agriculture has to oer in a special seasonal brew,â€? said Julie Ann Smith, executive director of the Maine Farm Bureau. It’s not just beer state Farm Bureau organizations are creating, wine is

The Maine Farm Bureau launched The Maine Farmer in early October in partnership with the Orono Brewing Company to honor their state’s hard-working families. This IPA features 100% Mainesourced ingredients such as grains and hops. (Photo credit: Maine Farm Bureau)

also on the menu. The Montana Farm Bureau partnered with Yellowstone Cellars to launch two wines, Branding Iron Red and Windmill White. A year and a half before starting the celebration for their centennial, Montana Farm Bureau decided to partner with Yellowstone cellars in Billings, Montana, to produce wines to commemorate the special occasion. After the names were selected, wine made and labels printed, the local county Farm Bureau held a

bottling party during which members came together to bottle and label the wines. In communities across the country, Americans are enjoying locally sourced and brewed beer, wines and spirits. These creations are the product of hours of work from farmers who proudly grow each ingredient that gives every creation a distinct smell, color and taste.

Monadnock Food Co-op & Cheshire Co. Conservation District Announce 4th Year of Farm Fund: Supporting Sustainable Local Food Production Monadnock Food Co-op & Cheshire County Conservation District


he Monadnock Food Coop Farm Fund program, in partnership with the Cheshire County Conservation District, is now accepting applications from local farmers. Currently, in its fourth year, the fund has supported nine farms in the Monadnock Region. This year, the Farm Fund will award up to $27,000 to help farms in Cheshire County and abutting New Hampshire towns develop or expand their production for wholesale markets, including selling to the Monadnock Food Co-op and Food Connects. Farmers may apply for grants ranging from $500 to $10,000. Funds can be used to support a range of projects, including the purchase of equipment and infrastructure, packaging and labeling design needs, and technical assistance. “The Farm Fund empowers local farmers to grow their businesses to help them become more financially sustainable,â€? said Michael Faber, Monadnock Food Co-op General Manager. “It also helps the coop broaden its oerings of locally grown, raised, and made foods - that means more local food for you, your family, and our community.â€? Tax-deductible donations to this

fund can be made to the Cheshire County Conservation District at http://www.cheshireconservation. org/make-a-donation. Additional fundraising activities will occur at the Monadnock Food Co-op, including a Round It Up Donation Drive in January & February 2020. The Monadnock Food Coop Farm Fund’s mission is to support local farmers in increasing sustainable food production and wholesale sales to contribute to a thriving local farm economy. This grant supports several of the co-op’s goals, including building a healthy, sustainable food system, supporting local farmers and producers, and contributing to a strong, sustainable, and improving local economy. A Request for Proposals and an application are available at https:// monadnockfood.coop/farmfund. Applications are due February 1, 2020. For more information on eligibility, to apply for a grant, or to make a donation to the fund, please visit https://monadnockfood.coop/ farmfund or call Amanda Littleton at the Conservation District at 603756-2988 ext. 4.


   Archway Farm (Keene, NH) Mark at Archway Farm built a new walk-in freezer to store his own pastureraised pork products and provide freezer space for other local producers to utilize at a reasonable cost. Being able to freeze and store pork has enabled Mark to better meet customer demand, for example, he was able to double his supply of Easter hams to our co-op in the first year.

Manning Hill Farm (Winchester, NH) Sarah & Sam installed a large energy-eďŹƒcient cooler to increase the storage capacity of their grass-fed milk before distribution. Sam says the new walk-in cooler also reduces his back ache, which is worth a lot to a farmer!

Echo Farm (Hinsdale, NH) Courtney oversees pudding production and knew it was time to replace their 20-year-old packaging machine. The Fund Fund award allowed her to purchase a more reliable, eďŹƒcient machine that will help increase sales of their 16 oz line of puddings, as well as add larger containers for food service kitchens. She expects sales to increase by 10-20%.

Bascom Farm (Charlestown, NH) Dean & Donna will use their grant to remodel and equip their current barn to serve as a packaging and processing area for their produce.

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Eye on Extension For a full listing of our upcoming agriculture events, visit: extension.unh.edu/AgEvents

EVENTS & WORKSHOPS Commercial Pesticide Applicators: Supervisory Trainings Jan 7 - 17 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Various Locations This series of all-day training workshops are designed for those seeking a Supervisory Registration Certificate—General Use from the State’s Division of Pesticide Control. Training will prepare participants for the State of NH certification exam. Workshops include a chance to take the Core training, which reviews the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual & NH Code of Administrative Rules, and a training day in each of the following categories: Turf (G2), Shade & Ornamental (G1), Right-Of-Way (B), Mosquito & Black Fly (F2) and Forestry (C1). Cost: $150 per class per day (includes light breakfast, lunch, & snacks) and additional cost for study materials. 6-8 recertification credits. Learn more & register: http://bit.ly/supervisory2020

2020 Creating A Sales Forecast for Your Agricultural Business An Advanced Marketing Short Course Wednesdays, Jan 8 to 22 from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM NH Farm Bureau Office 295 Sheep Davis Rd., Concord This short series course will teach participant growers the importance of understanding the market to forecast their sales. It is most beneficial for farmers with at least 2-3 years of experience in selling an agricultural product and wanting to explore a new idea for a product or market. This class will be small and will engage in a farmer-to-farmer discussion. Topics covered will include how to define your product, market area, understanding your target market and potential customers. Instructors: Extension Agricultural Business Management Field Specialist Nada Haddad and Extension Agricultural Business Management State Specialist Kenesha Reynolds. Guest speaker and 2019 graduate of this course, Donald “DJ” Grandmaison (sales & marketing manager for lēf Farms Corp.), says, “This class provided the tools needed to better understand the market and gauge the potential of growing our business.” Cost: $25. Learn more & register: http://bit.ly/salesforecast2020

Industrial, Institutional, Structural and Health Related Pest Control Training - Category F1 Jan 10 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM This all-day Industrial, Institutional, Structural, and Health Related Pest Control Training, category F1, will focus on individuals and businesses in the field of Urban IPM. This course will be conducted by Urban IPM professionals. A structural pest control applicator must be able to identify and

know the basic life history, habitat and damage of structural pests. From this information, the applicator must be able to determine a method of control, and if that method of control involves the use of pesticides, the applicator must ensure that pesticides are used safely and effectively. This training will cover the minimum amount of information that all structural pest control applicators must know to be a proficient pesticide applicator in category F1. Guest speakers will share information and expertise in the areas of Principles of IPM, Current Topics in Pest Management, Pesticide safety- what’s in that active ingredient, Insect ID Lab: Key pests found in NH residences, Bedbugs and their Resurgence, Rodent Management in Residential Areas and Pesticide Use and Record Keeping requirements. Hands-on training will be provided in an Insect Identification Lab, equipped with microscopes and hand lens, to help professionals identify key pests found in NH residences based on anatomical features. Cost: $150.00. Learn more & register: http://bit.ly/ pestcontrol2020

NHLA, NHPGA, UNHCE Joint Winter Meeting Jan 15 from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Grappone Conference Center 70 Constitution Ave., Concord This meeting is co-sponsored by New Hampshire Landscape Association (NHLA), New Hampshire Plant Growers Association (NHPGA) and UNH Cooperative Extension (UNHCE). Sessions will include: The Transformative Power of Customer Reviews, How to Build a Sustainable Landscape System, Neonicotinoids in Context: A Crash Course on Pesticide History, Including Uses and Environmental Concerns, Art in the Landscape, Training Employees to Water and Invasive Plant Control and Habitat Restoration. Attendees will be able to meet the Extension Agriculture Business team to discuss how their expertise can help with business needs. Please direct all vendor display and arrangement inquiries to Pam Moreau (nhla@comcast.net). Cost: $65/person on or before January 6th. $80/person after January 6th and for all walk-ins. Learn more & register: http://bit.ly/ wintermeeting2020

New Hampshire Winery Association (NHWA) Winter Workshop Feb 12 from 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM Flag Hill Winery 297 North River Rd., Lee Vineyard managers, winemakers and agricultural professionals are invited to this workshop, which will focus on viticulture and practices to successfully grow cold-hardy grapes (morning session) and oenology with a specific focus on cold-hardy grapes (afternoon session). Discussion will be encouraged. To register, contact Flag Hill Winery at 603-659-2949 or wine-info@flaghill.com. If you email, please make sure that you receive a confirmation email. Learn more: http:// bit.ly/winery2020

NH Farm, Garden and Forest Expo February 14 & 15 DoubleTree Manchester Hotel 700 Elm St., Manchester The NH Farm, Garden and Forest Expo is open to the public and features a trade-show with over 100 exhibitors, free educational workshops, demonstrations and farm animals. The theme of this year’s event is “The heart of New Hampshire is rooted in agriculture.” Now in its 37th year, the change to its title reflects the important work the organization is doing in gardens throughout the state. Market your products and services to decisionmakers, influencers, buyers and endusers at the only NH show exclusively targeted to the agriculture, forestry and gardening industries. Admission price is $7 per person; age 16 and under admitted for free. Attendees may save $1 off the admission price by bringing at least one non-perishable food item to benefit the NH Food Bank. This event is co-sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension, the NH Division of Forests & Lands and the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food. Contact: Amanda Gourgue (603) 397-0505 or education@nhfarmandforestexpo.org. Learn more: http://bit.ly/NHexpo2020

Master Gardener Training Thursdays Feb 21 to May 14 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Cornucopia Project 49 Vose Farm Rd., Suite 110, Peterborough UNH Cooperative Extension will offer a 12-week Master Gardener training in Peterborough, NH starting in February 2020. The Master Gardener Program is part of a national effort to train people who are passionate about gardening so that they can become volunteers who share science-based horticultural knowledge with the public. Weekly sessions will cover topics such as basic botany and plant physiology, soil science and ecology, entomology, plant pathology, horticultural research, and various gardening techniques. In addition, trainees receive instruction in adult learning, project management, and public speaking. After completing the 12-week training, participants are expected to complete a 55-hour internship to become a Master Gardener. As a Master Gardener, a commitment of 20 hours of volunteer time and 10 hours of continuing education are required annually. Volunteers fulfill that commitment in various ways such as, responding to questions through the UNH Extension Education Center Infoline, providing garden-related talks to community groups or working on educational gardens in schools, nature centers, museums, community gardens, health care facilities and more. Participants must submit an application and be interviewed before being accepted into the program. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. Space is limited. To apply, visit: http:// bit.ly/mastergardener2020. A $300 fee will be charged to all accepted

participants. Scholarships are available. For questions, contact UNH Extension Master Gardener Coordinator, Ruth Smith at ruth.smith@unh.edu.


To see all of our upcoming 4-H events, visit  extension.unh.edu/4-HEvents Design, Make, Code Afterschool STEM Program Thursdays, Jan 1 to March 5 From 3:30 - 5:30 PM UNH STEM Discovery Lab 88 Commercial St., Manchester This program offers middle and high school youth an opportunity to explore a STEM topic in depth through hands-on, minds-on activities and investigations. Youth can choose from these programs: SeaPerch—build your own underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in this innovative underwater robotics program; Biotech Challenge—become a biomedical engineer and explore how to prepare for outbreaks of highly contagious diseases; or VEX Robotics—learn game-based engineering challenges by coding a robot controller. Cost $15; contact Sarah Grosvenor at sarah. grosvenor@unh.edu for scholarship information. Learn more & register: http://bit.ly/NHSTEM2020

4-H Animal Science Bonanza Jan 11 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Walpole Elementary School 8 Bemis Lane, Walpole Beef, sheep, goat, dairy and horse workshops with guest speakers. Cost: $5. Learn more: http://bit.ly/ animal2020

4-H Food Show

February 1 Haverhill Cooperative Middle School 175 Morrill Drive, N. Haverhill

Entry Deadline: January 22, 2020. Snow Date: February 15, 2020. Cost: Free. Learn more: http://bit.ly/ foodshow2020

NEWS & INFORMATION Merrimack County 4-H Foundation Scholarships The Merrimack County 4-H Foundation provides scholarship opportunities and financial assistance for Merrimack 4-H youth and their families for areas like higher education, Barry Conservation 4-H Camp and Teen Conference. Funds are made available yearly for youth who apply. Learn more: http://bit.ly/ merrimack2020 There are several statewide scholarship opportunities for 4-H youth and their families. Learn more: http://bit.ly/4Hscholarships

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Farmers’ Market Classified

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 emailed to editor@nhfarmbureau.org or faxed to 228-8432. Want more information? Call us at 224-1934.


partly furnished), The farm business and farm assets, including 4 greenhouses, caterpillar FOR SALE: 1 year old Belted Galloway tunnels, tractors, implements, supplies and Dun colored heifer named Bonnie, comes with much more. This is a great opportunity to buy all her papers. Small build, will be 2 in June. a going profitable vegetable farm. For more Perfect for backyard operation or 4-H project. information, and an equipment list, please Friendly, trailers fine. $1200 OBO. Located in reply to Steve Fulton at Steve@blueoxfarm.com Belmont. Call 603-707-6640.

FOR SALE: Herd reduction sale. 2 Guernsey cows - $850 ea. 4 Angus/Hereford cross cows $850 ea. 2 Angus/Herford cross heifers - $700 ea. 1 Hereford heifer - $700. 1 Holstein heifer - $700. Mature cows and heifers bred to Red Angus or Hereford Bull, due from March to May, 2020. 8 month old Guernsey/Red Angus cross heifer calf, not bred - $500. Call Mark in Ashland 603-968-7937.

FOR SALE: 1949 Cub Cadet Farmall


HELP WANTED: Great Opportunity -

Independent Sales Rep Selling Lawn, Garden and Hardscape Supplies. Territory: ME, NH, VT. 50 year old Rep Firm - K&S Associates. Would prefer rep who currently has a few lines. Please contact Rich Knoener - 413-357-8706 or kandsassoc@comcast.net.


tractor. Comes w/side cutter bar, pulleys for WANTED: Do you have an old york rake saws & original attachments. Excellent running rusting in the grass? I want to rebuild it onto condition - $2500. Call after 6pm 875-3842. a skid steer plate and am willing to pay up to $300. Email Lanette lmechtwombly@gmail.com FOR SALE: Hay conveyor. 23 ft. long. Can be 3 sections. Good motor & belts, new chain WANTED: Cows, heifers, and steers. - $400. 3-pt hitch culitvator. 6 tines, can be Between the age of 17 mo. and 3 yrs. Cows mounted for different spacing. Near new cond. must not be pregnant. Call Luke - 603-798-4570 - $150. Call 603-399-7210(h) or 603-439-1711(c). (please leave a message).

FOR SALE: Ford tricycle tractor. Restored WANTED: Looking for someone to restore diesel model 4000. Select-o-speed trans. New rear tires, tubes, and wheels. $3,900. Call Roger in Westmoreland - 603-399-7775.

two old buggies. email nhmapr@aol.com


FOR SALE: 8x14 ft. flat bed, 2 axle. Good FOR RENT: Garden Center opportunity

conditon $350. Horse trailer $800. Good Haverhill, MA. 20k sq feet greenhouses + 2 condition. Call Lois 539-8436 Ctr. Ossipee. retail hoophouses. Storage container, golfcart & retail shed & stands. Growing field option. Bob FOR SALE: 2013 Ski Doo 600 etec MXZX, Dudley 978-373-1510 in amazing shape. About 800 miles, new carb boots last fall. Always ski doo oil used. $7500 FOR LEASE: Equestrian facility includes obro. Pics on request. Ski Doo 600 SDI MXZ, elegant 18th century colonial w/new kitchen, studded track, serviced every year. Always ski heating & floors, barn and riding rink – doo oil used. Custom paint job - PINK - in 2017. Around 8,000 miles. Electric and pull start w/ adjacent to 400 acres of conservation land with reverse. $2,100 obro. Pics on request. Call 603- established trails. $4500/mo. Goffstown. Email: admin@nebcast.com 969-7461.

FOR SALE: Four y/o pure bred polled and bred hereford. Good condition. Halter broken. 1,300 lbs. Steer - 11 mo. 600 lbs. $1,850/pair. Call Luke. 603-798-4570


install is high tensile electric, woven wire stock FOR SALE: Two new tires mounted on fence and open to other requests. Other services steel wheels. LT245/75R16. $135. 603-465-2672. available include field perimeter and fence line mowing with mini excavator with flail mower FOR SALE: Five 36-inch Aerotech, head. Please call Nate @ 603-648-6211 or email Advantage exhaust fans with shutters and mockangus@tds.net winter covers. $250 each or bro. Call 756-3589. WELDING & FABRICATION: Farm & FOR SALE: 6-Ton Low Bed Trailer, 22’ - heavy equipment welding repair and custom fabrication. Gates, Feeders, Headlocks etc. $2250. Call Robert 603-224-3036. Please call Dan at 603-746-4446 or danp@ FOR SALE: Blue Ox Farm, a certified organic skytrans-mfg.com vegetable farm in Enfield, NH is for sale. Due ESTATE: Farms, Woodlots, to personal reasons, my wife and I are selling REAL the farm as a going, profitable, farm business. Recreational Land. Broker Tom Howard is an The farm has good land, good markets, good Accredited Land Consultant with expertise records / financials, and a good assortment of in Conservation Easements, Agriculture equipment and supplies. We own 25 acres, and Forestry. NH Conservation Real Estate, and rent more land and a local barn. We are (603)253-4999. selling: Our house and land (The house is

You’re Invited NHFB County Farm Bureau’s Monthly Meeting Info (Dates may change from month to month depending on directors’ schedules - call first to verify. Contact information available on page 3. )

Belknap 1st Thursday Carroll 3rd Wednesday Cheshire 2nd Monday Coos 2nd Wednesday Grafton 2nd Monday every other month Hillsborough 3rd Tuesday Merrimack 2nd Thursday Rockingham 3rd Tuesday Strafford 2nd Thursday Sullivan 4th Tuesday

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Think Safe, Work Safe: Winter Weather Safety Tips By Josh Marshall, NHFB Communications Director


ew Hampshire farmers don’t need to be told that winter weather means ice, snow, and frigid temperatures, but it can’t hurt to be remined of some of the serious safety concerns those conditions present. From slips and trips to carbon monoxide poisoning, winter hazards can be dangerous but they can also be prevented. The most recently available agricultural safety survey data compiled by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that 18% of all work-related injuries to adults on farms stem from floors, walkways, and ground surfaces. Snow and ice make these surfaces even more difficult to navigate raising the risk of injury. Using salt or sand in outdoor work areas should be a priority and you may want to consider adding cleats to your footwear for added traction. Farm machinery that is exposed to the elements can be just as dangerous, so be sure to take your time climbing on and off of tractors and other machinery. When driving on public ways also be sure to clear your vehicle of all snow and ice; it’s the safe thing to do and it’s also the law. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 430 people die each year in the United States due to accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Fumes produced from portable kerosene heaters, vehicle exhaust, or portable generators build up in enclosed areas and are nearly undetectable due to their colorless, odorless nature. CO poisoning is most likely to happen in a vehicle or in your home/

January/February 2020

Farmers Win In

Washington, D.C. American Farm Bureau News Roundup

Disaster Aid, Farm Stress, Broadband Funding Wins for Farmers and Ranchers

garage/workshop. Maintaining your vehicle or equipment’s exhaust system and checking regularly for leaks/loose connections is one way to lessen your risk. The CDC also recommends you never run a generator, pressure washer, or any gasoline-powered engine inside a basement, garage, or other enclosed structure even if the doors or windows are open. For more farm safety resources, consider visiting the following websites: National Ag Safety Database – www. nasdonline.org USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture – nifa.usda.gov/topic/ agricultural-safety CDC Carbon Monoxide Resources – www.cdc.gov/co UMaine Extension ’10 Tips to Stay Safe Farming in Winter’ – extension. umaine.edu/agrability/2012/12/20/10tips-to-stay-safe-farming-in-the-winter

Legislation to fund the government adopted by Congress this week contains many wins for American farmers and ranchers. From muchneeded disaster aid to increased broadband access, rural communities will benefit from this legislation. “We are grateful to members of Congress from both parties for their work to develop and pass budget bills that will help farmers and ranchers on multiple fronts,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. Wins for American farmers and ranchers: • $1.5 billion in additional disaster aid will expand recovery efforts to those impacted by severe weather in 2018 and 2019. • Full funding of the Farmer and Rancher Stress Assistance Network at $10 million will help those struggling to cope with a tough year in agriculture. • $550 million in grant funding for the ReConnect program will help expand broadband access to historically underserved communities. This will allow people living in these underserved areas to utilize new technologies to reach customers, access precision agriculture technology and connect to communities worldwide. • Retroactively extending the biodiesel tax credit to apply to 2018 and 2019 and extending it through 2022 will bring stability to producers after years of debate in Congress. Ten biodiesel plants have halted production since the $1-per-gallon credit expired in 2017. • Delaying the requirement for implementation of electronic logging devices on livestock haulers through Sept. 30, 2020 will help safeguard the welfare of livestock during transportation.


USMCA Is a Victory for Farmers and Ranchers American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved USMCA: “Farm Bureau commends the House for approving the United StatesMexico-Canada Agreement. It was a bipartisan effort as shown by the overwhelming 385 to 41 vote, and we appreciate the work of members of Congress on both sides of the aisle in getting this deal done. “This trade agreement could not come at a more critical time for U.S. agriculture. Farmers and ranchers have been hit with a perfect storm of low commodity prices, weather disasters, trade disruptions and a severe downturn in the farm economy. The USMCA will provide continuity in the growth of the North American market and will strengthen our trading relationships with Canada and Mexico, which are our numberone and number-two export markets, respectively. “We are hopeful that USMCA can be a model for future U.S. trade agreements, as these modernized rules will be a strong guide for addressing continuing issues. We urge the Senate to quickly approve the USMCA.”

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The House of Representatives passed Farm Bureau-backed legislation that will improve the accuracy of broadband coverage maps to better identify needs. The Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act (H.R. 4229) requires broadband providers to report more specific data to create a significantly more accurate and granular National Broadband Map. With more precise data, federal agencies can target funding to areas that need it most. “Broadband is a necessity and many rural areas still don’t have access to it or are underserved. With limited funding, it’s critical we target resources where they are needed most,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. “Farm Bureau thanks members of the House who worked diligently to pass this legislation and who are committed to delivering broadband access to rural communities. We strongly encourage the Senate to take up this issue without delay.” Current broadband coverage maps are inadequate because they rely on census block data to determine which areas are covered. Census blocks are too large in rural and remote locations to accurately determine need. If even one household in a given census block is reported by a provider as being served, then the entire block is considered served. Census blocks larger than 2 square miles comprise more than 64% of the U.S. land area, so every rural area is impacted by this problem in some way. In addition to creating more accurate maps, the bill requires the FCC to establish an audit process that ensures internet service providers are providing accurate data used to create the maps. It also would create a user-friendly process to challenge the data. For more news from the American Farm Bureau, visit www.fb.org/newsroom

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The Post is a weekly e-mail blast from the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Office providing you with an extensive list of workshops, events, resources, and much more. Want to keep up to date with the latest in New Hampshire agriculture in between issues of The Communicator? Then make sure you are opening up The Post in your e-mail inbox.

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$200,000 - and over............................. $175 Retired Farmer, over 65.. ........................ $35 Supporting Members (Based on Age) Adult.. ................................................... $60 Student (under age 24).......................... $26 Seniors, over 65.. ................................... $35

Recipe submitted by Sandy Salo of Marlow, NH


Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until a silver knife comes out clean.

No. Acres Owned/Leased ___0-49 ___50-99 ___100-249 ___250-499 ___500 and over Do you have land under Current Use Taxation? ___Yes ___No

Pour 1 inch of hot water in a baking pan and place cups in the pan.

Degree of Farming ___Full-time Farmer Phone ________________________________ E-mail ________________________________________________ DOB ___/____/____ ___Part-time Farmer Solicitor _ _____________________________ NHFB#_ ________________________________________________________________ ___Retired Farmer ( For Office Only) ___Agribusiness Membership Dues (Please circle one) Credit Card Payments Dues $__________________ ___Ag Professional Farmer Members (Based on Gross Ag Income) American Express Visa MasterCard Discover Membership Dues NHAITC Donation $__________________ ___Farm Employee $1 - $25,000.......................................... $75 CC#________ ________ ________ ________ $25,001 - $75,000.. .............................. $100 Please consider a donation. ___Ag Student CVV ____________ Exp. Date ______/______ $75,001 - $200,000.............................. $125

Directions: Mix eggs in large bowl. Add sugar, salt, and vanilla. Add milk. Pour mixture in to ovensafe cups. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

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1 quart scalded milk 6 pullet eggs or 4 large eggs 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla

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‘Mom’s Custard’

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A Recipe for Success

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The Many BENEFITS of Farm Bureau Farmu Burea

American National Special Rate Plans for NHFB Members



With VE SA com r. e g grain New Hampshire Farm Bureau members get special member prices on selected categories and brands from Grainger, PLUS free standard parcel shipping on all standard Grainger products.

American National Insurance Company offers two special rate plans for NHFB members personal auto, SFP-10® and Country Estate insurance! The personal auto special rate plan will represent about a 5% savings on your American National personal auto policy if it’s associated with an active NHFB membership. The SFP-10® and Country Estate special rate plan will afford about a 3% savings on your American National farm policy if it’s associated with an active NHFB membership

Go to https://www.grainger.com/farmbureau and establish a new Grainger.com® account using your NHFB Account #: 855922498

Please contact your local American National agent for special rate plan information. To find an agent in your area call: American National is endorsed by the New Hampshire Farm Bureau

or visit

Brandon Coffman, General Agent

*Standard parcel freight is paid by Seller on all orders, unless otherwise stated, to Buyer’s place of business anywhere in the contiguous United States. Other terms and conditions may apply for other than standard parcel delivery (“Other Freight Services”), including expedited same-day delivery, air freight, freight collect, sourced orders, export orders, hazardous materials, Buyer’s carrier, shipments outside the contiguous U.S. or other special handling by the carrier. Charges incurred for Other Freight Services must be paid by Buyer.

603-223-6686 - www.americannational.com

New Hampshire Farm Bureau members can save up to $5,000 on Cat excavators, skid steers, wheel loaders, and more!


Call 1-877-202-2594 grainger.com/farmbureau

John Deere now offers John Deere Rewards to members of New Hampshire Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau members receive discounts, special low rate financing, and all other benefits associated with Rewards Platinum 2 status. It’s easy to become a John Deere Rewards member too! Just sign up for John Deere Rewards program using a valid member ID and zip code for membership verification, and become a Platinum 2 level by visiting www.JohnDeere.com/FarmBureau!

www.nhfarmbureau.org/member-benefits for more info lifelinescreening.com/nhfb Or call us toll free at (800) 718-1169 Life Line Screening can evaluate your risk for most critical – and often undiagnosed – healthcare conditions. Stroke, Vascular Disease and Heart Rhythm Package … $135 for NHFB members. Because you are a valued member of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau, call to make an appointment today and receive a FREE Osteoporosis Risk Assessment.

New Farmer Toolkit

Members can save up to 20% off the Best Available Rate at over 8,000 participating hotels worldwide.

Visit www.wyndhamhotels.com/ farm-bureau

800-258-2847 “ WE WANT A GREAT RATE.” SAVE 20% WITH YOUR

N.H. Farm Bureau Rate Code: 00209700

You’ll get a great rate using your NEW Rate ID!

Excl u NHFsive Mem B Bene ber fit

NHFB offers this guide, filled with individual fact sheets addressing topics pertinent to planning and operating a farm business, as a NH Farm Bureau Member benefit. Call the office at 603-224-1934 or visit www.nhfarmbureau.org to view the toolkit!

New Hampshire Farm Bureau

Health & dental insurance available for qualifying Farm Bureau members. Call NEEBCo, our exclusive broker at (603) 228-1133 for more information.

CALL the FB office at

224-1934 to obtain the Farm Bureau members New Special Rate ID #. enjoy exclusive savings when renting from AVIS.

To take advantage of your NEW HAMPSHIRE FARM BUREAU benefit, remember to enter your New Special Rate ID #. To earn Choice Privileges points, book at ChoiceHotels.com and be sure to provide your Choice Privileges member number upon check-in.


CREDIT CARD Processing

- Credit & Debit Card - E-Commerce Solutions - Gift & Loyalty Card Programs - Terminal Sales & Servicing - Wireless Payments

Use Avis Worldwide Discount code: A298829. Visit: http://www.Avis.com/nhfb


Advance reservations required. Discount subject to availability at participating hotels and cannot be combined with any other discount. © 2012 Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved. 12-114/02/12

Do you need wireless payment capabilities at farm stands or farmers’ markets?

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For information call Joel Breton at (603) 623-0561 or email sales@mjmassociates.net.

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Farm Bureau members also enjoy exclusive savings when renting from BUDGET. Use Budget Customer Discount Number (BCD): Y775729. Visit: http://www.Budget.com/nhfb

Farm Bureau members receive a 10% discount on Carhartt apparel at The Barn Store in Salisbury and Osborne’s Agway locations in Concord, Hooksett, and Belmont. Present your membership card at checkout.


FREE Prescription Drug Card

Call the NH Farm Bureau at 224-1934 to receive your prescription card. NOTE: This card is being provided to you at NO COST. There are no forms to fill out. Simply take this card into a participating pharmacy with your Rx to qualify for discounts on medication.

New Hampshire Farm Bureau members save $500 per unit on the purchase or lease of Case IH Maxxum® tractors; Farmall® C series utility, U series utility and 100A series tractors; self-propelled windrowers and large square balers. A $300 per unit incentive is available for Case IH Farmall® C series compact and Farmall A series utility tractors, Case IH Scout® utility vehicles and other hay tools,

including round balers, small square balers, disc mower conditioners and sicklebar mower conditioners. Visit www.nhfarmbureau.org/memberbenefits for more information!

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The Communicator - 2020 January/February  

The Official New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Newspaper

The Communicator - 2020 January/February  

The Official New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Newspaper