Vol. 41, No. 1
THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE N.H. FARM BUREAU FEDERATION
COMMUNICATOR NH Farm Bureau Policy Adopted for 2019
Federal News NATIONAL BIOENGINEERED FOOD DISCLOSURE ESTABLISHED
Scooping Up Something Sweet ABOVE PHOTO
By Rob Johnson, NHFB Policy Director
From ice cream to apple crisp and award-winning pies, oﬀering homemade goodness and focusing on quality ingredients has led to success for Jim and Sue Richardson of Richardson’s Farm in Boscawen. Jim’s family has a rich history in the dairy industry and the couple lean on lessons learned over 100 years in a changing dairy landscape. Since 2001, Jim and Sue have built their own reputation for providing excellent products.
WHO SUPPORTED THE FARM BILL? HISTORIC FARM BILL PASSES Page 21
State News GREENHOUSE CONFERENCES PROMOTE INDUSTRY Page 9
WORLD MAPLE LEADERS MEET IN CONCORD Page 10
NHFB 102ND ANNUAL MEETING RECAP Pages 14 & 15
ASIAN LONGHORNED TICK IDENTIFIED IN NH Page 23
Sullivan County Farm Bureau President Bob Cunniﬀ takes roll call at the meeting of the House of Delegates on the second day of the 102nd Annual Meeting of New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation
wenty-five county Farm Bureau delegates – representing NHFB’s 10 county Farm Bureau organizations - along with NHFB oﬃcers, convened Saturday morning, November 3rd at the Mountain View Grand in Whitefield. The meeting of the “House of Delegates” as it is termed 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 House of Delegates convened at 8:00 a.m. Following roll call they got down to their schedule of business of electing oﬃcers (see report on page 14) and NHFB’s delegate to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual meeting being held this January in New Orleans, LA. President Ward was elected NHFB’s voting delegate and POL IC Y - CON T I N U ED ON PAGE 17
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Meet the 2019 NHFB Board of Directors! NHFB Executive Board and County Presidents listed on page 3!
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New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation President Denis Ward, Old Homestead Farm, Monroe, NH
he 2018 Annual Meeting is behind us. Coos County did a stellar job of hosting the event at the beautiful Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield. Thank you to the Forbes family and to the Fuller family for opening their businesses to the tour group on Friday. I did not go on the tour but have been to both places before and know what a great job they do and how much they contribute to their communities. The Coos County history review given to us after the dinner by our featured speaker, Chris Brady, was informative and interesting. Farming has evolved over the years, yet some of the crops we are trying now were grown to make a living years ago. It is also interesting that when you go back generations how often you find a link between families that you did not know existed. Congratulations to the award winners announced at the banquet. I won’t list them here, but you can find a recap of the Annual Meeting and a list of all the award winners on page 15 of this issue of the Communicator. I have, however, met or have seen many of the nominees and the winners of the diﬀerent awards and don’t envy the judges who had to choose who gets the top prize. There are a lot of shining stars in New Hampshire. Every county was represented well at the delegate session and the discussion and resulting policy adoptions should help our Policy Director, Rob Johnson, in the coming year. Congratulations to Joyce Brady, Matt Scruton and Rebecca Stevens for being elected as Vice Presidents and to Howard Pearl who is our treasurer again. I am pleased to have
been elected President for another year. I take the job seriously and as I head into my fourth year as President I know, that while I may get the title, our members are the backbone of this organization. Your participation and dedication to helping us to advocate for and educate about agriculture is very much appreciated. Last December I congratulated Representative Shawn Jasper for his nomination to be the NH Agriculture Commissioner. This year I say thanks to Commissioner Jasper for his dedication to helping the agricultural community this past year. He jumped into the job with both feet and has helped whenever needed. I particularly enjoyed chauﬀeuring Shawn and Rob around the state for four days this summer as we tried to visit as many farms as we could so that both the farmers and Shawn could get to know each other. Though we may have picked farms to visit that we are familiar with or are particularly active in Farm Bureau, we filled in with farms we knew that existed along our route. Let us know if you have a burning desire to meet the Commissioner and maybe we can build a route by your place when we venture out again. We intend to visit more farms and agricultural enterprises in the future. The American Farm Bureau Federation Resolutions Committee meetings happened on December 10, 11, and 12 in Washington, D.C. We went over proposed policy from all the states to organize what goes to the full delegate session at the AFBF Annual Meeting in January. Since we were already in Washington, all the state Presidents were invited to attend the unveiling and signing of the new proposed Clean Water Rules by the EPA. If all goes well this will replace the extremely unpopular WOTUS rules adopted by the Obama administration. It was an exciting event attended by several prominent Senators and Representatives, the Secretary of the Interior, and other prominent people including our AFBF President, Zippy Duvall. It was obvious from many of the comments that Farm Bureau played a big part in the process. Of course, while the Farm Bureau Presidents were in Washington, we also got the Farm Bill through both houses of Congress and sent on to the President. (It must have been because of us, right?) Pretty enjoyable week down there. Thanks for being a member!
INSIDE January/February 2019 County & Committee News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Local Meat Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Eye on Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
State Farm Bureau Presidents from across the country, already in Washington, D.C. for a Resolutions Committee Meeting ahead of the AFBF Annual Convention, were invited to attend the EPA announcement of a new Clean Water Rule on Decemeber 11th. NHFB President Denis Ward noted the eﬀorts of AFBF President Zippy Duvall in securing the new, common-sense water protection rule. (Photo Credit: American Farm Bureau)
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2019 NH Farm Bureau Board of Directors
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Denis Ward, Monroe Old Homestead Farm 638-2282 email@example.com
Joyce Brady, Columbia CJEJ Farm 922-3305
Matt Scruton, Rochester Ten Rod Farm 312-2142 firstname.lastname@example.org
President Associated Women
Howard Pearl, Loudon Pearl & Sons Farm 435-6587 email@example.com
Elaine Moore, Westmoreland 313-1806 firstname.lastname@example.org
Second Vice President Rebecca Stevens, Epsom 848-0579 email@example.com
Young Farmer Committee Chair Alicia Pedemonti, Hopkinton 504-2679 firstname.lastname@example.org
Belknap County President
Carroll County President
Cheshire County President CoÖs County President
Grafton County President
Brian Matarozzo, Ctr. Barnstead LorrenJoyce Farm 235-5780 email@example.com
Dave Babson, Ossipee Run Away Farm 539-4928 firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Linnenbringer, Winchester Joyce Brady, Columbia 239-6569 CJEJ Farm email@example.com 922-3305
Glen Putnam, Piermont Winsome Farm Organics 667-0097
Hillsboro County President Merrimack County President Trevor Hardy, Hollis Brookdale Fruit Farm 860-1657 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Stevens, Epsom 848-0579 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Cunniﬀ, Langdon 835-2226 Rcunniﬀ45@gmail.com
CJEJ Farm Turkey Flies the Coop, Recieves Pardon Board of Directors Executive Committee President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denis Ward 1st Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joyce Brady 2nd Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matt Scruton 2nd Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rebecca Stevens Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Howard Pearl President, Associated Women . . . . . . . Ruth Scruton Chair, Young Farmer Committee. . . . . Alicia Pedemonti County Presidents Belknap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Matarozzo Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . David Babson Cheshire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Linnenbringer Coos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Brady Grafton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glen Putnam Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trevor Hardy Merrimack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Stevens 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
New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation 295 Sheep Davis Rd. Concord, NH 03301 Phone: 603-224-1934 Fax: 603-228-8432 www.nhfarmbureau.org 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
(Left to Right) Governor Chris Sununu meets with ‘Brook’ the Turkey before she faced a pardon vote in front of the Executive Council. Joyce and Chris Brady raised the bird at their farm, CJEJ Farm, in Columbia. Joyce serves as the NHFB 1st Vice President.
overnor Chris Sununu and the Executive Council pardoned ‘Brook’ the turkey on Wednesday, November 14th with little time to spare before poultry processing time at CJEJ Farm in Columbia. Brook, who was raised at the north country farm by Joyce (NHFB 1st Vice President) and Chris Brady, stood accused of multiple crimes including flying the coop.
Tractor Diagnostic Workshop Held for NHFB Members
(Vice-Chair) Nicole Glines, Canterbury
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A unanimous decision from the Executive Council confirmed Brook’s pardon and the Bradys, who raise various livestock, grains, and forage crops, transferred custody of the bird to students and staﬀ at Crotched Mountain School in Greenfield. Brook will live out her days as part of the Farm School Project at Crotched Mountain School, a residential school for children with autism.
bout 30 Farm Bureau members attended a discussion and demonstration about tractor diagnostic software systems hosted by North Country Tractor on November 27 at its Pembroke location. The demonstration was in response to “Right to Repair” legislation introduced in New Hampshire earlier this year. Expert technicians ran through software capabilities, explaining diagnostic systems – managed through control units - are driven by emissions and safety requirements as well as features tractor buyers are looking for. Information and service tools being made available by equipment manufacturers and dealers to tractor owners to help maintain, diagnose problems and make repairs can be found at www.R2RSolutions.org.
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WELCOME - NEW Members! (September September 25, 2018 2018 - December 10, 2018) 2018
Farmers are Feeding our Growing Economy The U.S. economy is strong. The Gross Domestic Product has grown more than 3 percent this year. The contrast between the agriculture economy, which is struggling, and the overall economy can make it seem they’re on opposite tracks. But the data tell a diﬀerent story: the broader economy is doing well in large part because of agriculture. Consider these points: •
Agriculture and its related industries (things like food sales and other industries that wouldn’t exist or would be much smaller without agriculture) contribute $1.05 trillion to U.S. GDP, according to the latest data. That puts agriculture’s contribution to the overall economy at about 6 percent.
Whether someone works on the farm, for a food manufacturing company, in a restaurant, or in a clothing or lumber store, that person’s job depends on American agriculture. They would not have anything to process, package, market, sell or serve if it wasn’t for farmers and ranchers. In fact, it is estimated that more than 43 million U.S. jobs are connected in some way to agriculture.
Counting the impact of things that farmers and ranchers need to be productive, such as equipment purchases and maintenance, fertilizer, crop protection products, research and development, and a range of services like financial services and transportation, America’s farmers and ranchers play an even bigger role in our nation’s economy.
According to one study, members of the food and agriculture industries and their employees
Vincent “Zippy” Duvall, a poultry, cattle and hay producer from Greene County, Georgia, is the 12th president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
pay almost $900 billion in federal, state and local taxes, helping to support their communities and our nation. Even though this is a challenging time for many farmers and ranchers, we are proud to celebrate America’s economic growth and proud of what we do each day to feed and fuel our nation. Congress right now is putting the finishing touches on a new farm bill. It’s easy to think, based on its name, that the farm bill only benefits farmers. Of course, with nutrition programs making up about 80 percent of the farm bill, and commodity programs and crop insurance only accounting for about 15 percent, it’s obvious that there’s much more to the farm bill than farming. But even if you just focus on the portions of the farm bill that directly apply to farmers and ranchers, those programs are an investment in a significant piece of our national economy. A strong agriculture sector benefits many other sectors and fuels the economy overall—while also keeping food on our tables. When I see reports about the surge in the U.S. economy, I think about the millions of farmers and ranchers who help make it happen—one seed, plant, tree, fish or animal at a time.
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JUDY ARON DEREK HINKLEY LAUREN WITHERS JACQUELINE LEES MICHELLE AMSDEN CONNIE SANTAW JOHN A. CHADWICK HOWARD & LUCILLE CAMPBELL REBECCA HOPKINS THE ASSOC. OF NE OX TEAMSTERS LOBIN FRIZZELL JULIANNE KINCAID THOMAS JELLIFFE SHARI MCBRIDE KATIE & DOUG SCOTT JUDITH BEAUMONT JOEL & AMANDA KINSON RENA BAKER ANGELA MILLIGAN KENNETH & NICKY GRAHAM JUSTIN PRINCE CHUCK & JOYCE VARNEY DANA & PAULA MERRILL LAWRENCE BRANDT TOM & PATTY WILLIAMS GREGORY & XAVIERA HOOKWAY PATRICIA RUFFNER JACEB & EMILY HARDWICK FRANCISCO LOZANO JESSE CUMMINGS LIZA A. REED BRIMSTONE HOLLOW FARM ERIC HARDING EILEEN PETRAITIS JILL MILLER PETER LATUCKY ROB W. CHRISTIE AUTUMN FRANCIS HILDA JANE BAKER PAUL & NANCY REITSMA BRIDGETT SULLIVAN RACHEL LADD ELIZABETH KELLY THOMAS TROW COURTNEY COMEAU CHARLES BOULANGER CHEYRL FOGWILL MOLLY WILSON HENRY BRANDT GERARD MORRISON OLIVIA BORDELEAU PETER GOODWIN GORDON & JILL BRADSTREET TERRY SACKETT PLUMER FARM TRUST MARJORIE MAGLARAS TRUST KELLY SACKHEIM DAVID MACDUFFIE DARLENE FITTS PATRICIA DAWSON GLENN & ANNE WIGGIN JOE GARCIA FLORENCE NEWCUM DARREN HORN COREY AVERY JASON & CRYSTAL HOMAN CELYNNE AMBROSE
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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
Fuel Grade Chips (Per ton)
$1.25 1.00 - 3.00
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.
Wood (Bulk Delivered Ton) Wood (Cord)
Heat Content Per Unit (BTU) 16,500,000 20,000,000
Price Per Million BTU $21.63 $46.72
County & Committee News CHESHIRE COUNTY FARM BUREAU
Dear members, My name is Frank Linnenbringer and I am grateful to be the new president of the Cheshire County Farm Bureau. For those of you who do not know me I grew up on a beef and crop farm in Missouri. I now have a small farm in Winchester, NH. I grew up attending Farm Bureau meetings and understand that the strength of the organization comes from its members. Farmers, agriculture businesses, and supporters who understand the importance of farming and are
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upcoming bills Policy Development – review policy documents and propose new policy to direct the organization Livestock, Equine, and Poultry – focus on issues related to same Dairy – focus on issues related to same Forestry & Maple – focus on issues related to same
Second, a reminder that the county meetings are the second Monday of every month and any member can attend. One of my goals for this year is to increase attendance at the meetings. I believe the best way to do this is to have interesting
The NHFB Young Farmers Committee hosted their annual Silent Auction at the Growers’ Dinner at the Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy in early November. Each year Grainger graciously donates items to be auctioned oﬀ to benefit the Young Farmers Committee
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willing to work together to be the “Voice of Agriculture”. My goal is to strengthen that voice and I have a few requests. First, the county has a number of committees that are important to ensure that we meet the needs of the membership. I am looking for volunteers to serve on these committees. In my experience most of the committees do not require a large amount of time and the more people who participate the easier it will be for everyone. If you are interested in joining a committee or have other input please let me know. Below is a list of the committees and short description of their purpose. •
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Programs & Goals – Plan meeting locations and presenters, set goals for the county Membership – Coordinate recruitment of new members and retention eﬀorts Budget – Plan the county budget for the year Audit – Review the finances at the end of the year Fair Booth – Plan and operate the ice cream booth at the Cheshire County Fair Annual Meeting – Plan annual meeting in October and nominate board members for the next year Scholarship – Review applications and select county scholarship recipients Associated Women – women’s group Legislative – track legislation and inform membership of
New Cheshire County Farm Bureau President Frank Linnenbringer welcomes all CCFB members to get involved through committees and board meetings.
programs at convenient locations. In order to have interesting programs, I would like suggestions for speakers or topics you would like to hear about. To find the best locations, let me know if you would be willing to host a meeting or know of a location where we should have a meeting. If possible I would like to spread the meetings around the county so that everyone has a chance to attend at least one close to home. If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at feladf@hotmail. com.
After hosting the 102nd Annual Meeting of New Hampshire Farm Bureau at the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield back at the beginning of November, we resumed our regular monthly meetings in December. At our meeting on December 12th we had a Yankee Swap with board members and their spouses. Our next meeting will be held on January 9th with a location to be determined. If interested in attending please contact Joyce Brady or Stan Knecht.
SULLIVAN COUNTY FARM BUREAU The Sullivan County Farm Bureau Board of Directors met on November 13th, 2018 at The Holmes Farm in Langdon to plan for 2019. We welcomed new members Ron Batchelder, Jim Grenier, and Mary Grenier to the board. A budget for the year, to be adopted at our December Meeting, was also discussed. During 2019 SCFB will have a meeting in February on using social media to promote your farm business. The membership is invited, so check your next County Newsletter for details. Also planned are School to Farm Day on May 13th,
The NHFB Young Farmers Committe organized and donated 23 Thanksgiving baskets to the Concord Salvation Army and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Concord. Above: NHFB YF Vice Chair Nicole Glines and Ben Davis drop oﬀ the NH-raised bounty at the Concord Salvation Army.
annual Legislative Dinner, and a Board Summer Picnic. The Board is working on a farm safety program for first responders and developing a plan to encourage the formation of agricultural commissions in county towns.
YOUNG FARMERS COMMITTEE The New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers were busy at the 102nd Annual Meeting of New Hampshire Farm Bureau participating in competitive events and the grassroots policy development process. Congratulations to all the nominees, contestants, and winners of the various Young Farmer Awards and keep up the good work (editor’s note: Full list of award winners can be found on page 15). After the Annual Meeting, the YF Committee shifted gears to focus on fundraising and community service initiatives. The annual Growers’ Dinner Silent Auction held at the Inn at East Hill Farm in Troy was another success. YF Chair Alicia Pedemonti and NHFB Executive Director Diane Clary attended the event that serves as a YF fundraiser thanks to donations from Grainger and NHFB members. From there, the group set to work on their Thanksgiving basket project. This year, the group put together 23 baskets including NH-raised turkeys, potatoes, winter squash, apples, and cider from area farms like Apple Hill Farm, Pearl & Sons Farm, J + F Farms, and more. Nonperishable food items were donated through a food drive by Farm Credit East and additional items needed for the baskets were purchased thanks to monetary donations from NHFB members. The baskets were donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Concord and the Salvation Army of Concord. The group also held their Christmas party on December 6 at Cheers in Concord. A dozen young farmers met up to celebrate the Christmas season and the successes of another year.
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Mary M. Grimes – (1929 – Sept. 22, 2018) Mary (Murray) Grimes was born and raised in Concord where she was a member of 4-H and graduated from Concord High School in 1947. In 1953, she married Stanley Grimes Sr., and the couple actively farmed for many years at their Buck Street farm in Pembroke. New Hampshire Farm Bureau members since the early 1980s, Stanley & Mary were honored with the prestigious Profile Award in 1993. John Amey – (Dec. 25, 1949 – Nov. 3, 2018) John Amey was born on Christmas of 1949 and passed away on November 3rd 2018. A longtime New Hampshire Farm Bureau member and past Coos County Farm Bureau President, John was an icon in his hometown of Pittsburg, and the North Country in general. Taking over the day-to-day responsibilities of his family’s farm on Indian Stream Road at the age of 15, John continued operating the dairy farm, with his wife Cindy-Lou, until it closed in 2018. John loved to be on his farm, in the woods, and with his family and friends who will miss him dearly. Harvey Woodward – (May 9, 1952 – Nov. 5, 2018) Harvey Woodward was a lifelong advocate and leader in the forestry industry. Graduating from the UNH Thompson School in 1972 with a degree in forestry, Harvey began his logging career which would include receiving the Outstanding Forest Products Trucker award in 2006 and the Outstanding Logger of the Year Award in 1993. He was a member of New Hampshire Farm Bureau and heavily involved with the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association serving on their policy committee from the late 1990s to early 2000s. Clarence Leroy Fife – (Aug. 30, 1929 – Nov. 15, 2018) Clarence Leroy Fife was born and raised on Grand View Farm in Canterbury and farming was always a part of his life. Clarence worked with his father caring for their Milking Shorthorn herd and eventually expanding to Holsteins. Clarence would also work just over the hill at Sloping Acres Farm, which was owned by his Uncle Raymond Glines, haying, gardening, cutting cordwood, and more. In 1960 he and his wife Peggy bought what is now the Fife Dairy Farm in Franklin. Through his membership in the Merrimack County Conservation District, NH Farm Bureau, and NH Society for the Preservation of Forests, the importance of being a good steward of the land was clear. Roy Hutchinson – (May 19, 1930 – Dec. 1, 2018) Roy Hutchinson began his career in New Hampshire agriculture after purchasing a farm in Canterbury with his brother in the early 1950s. In 1967 he became involved with the NH Maple Producers Association and was a strong leader in the maple industry ever since, serving as Treasurer, Vice President, and President of the Maple Producers at various times. He managed the NH Maple booth at The Big E, and served as Editor of the Maple Syrup Digest for 24 years. Roy, along with his wife Mary Ellen, was a New Hampshire Farm Bureau member since 1992. Dot Perkins – (April 28, 1958 – Dec. 9, 2018) Dorothy ‘Dot’ Perkins was born in Beverly, Massachusetts, and worked her way north graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in Plant Biology and a Master’s degree in Animal Sciences which led her to a role as Agricultural Field Specialist for Merrimack County Cooperative Extension. Through her dedication as an educator and her unforgettable personality, Dot expressed her passion for agriculture and empowering New Hampshire farmers.
Forestry Mowing, General Excavation, View Enhancement, Field Reclamation, Vegetation Control, Headland Clearing Ben Davis (603) 998-3642 firstname.lastname@example.org www.brdavisland.com Canterbury, NH
Establishing the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard USDA
.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, on December 20th, announced the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, passed by Congress in July of 2016, directed USDA to establish this national mandatory standard for disclosing foods that are or may be bioengineered. The Standard requires food manufacturers, importers and certain retailers to ensure bioengineered foods are appropriately disclosed. “The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard increases the transparency of our nation’s food system, establishing guidelines for regulated entities on when and how to disclose bioengineered ingredients. This ensures clear information and labeling consistency for consumers about the ingredients in their food,” said Secretary Perdue. “The Standard also avoids a patchwork state-by-state system that could be confusing to consumers.” The Standard defines bioengineered foods as those that contain detectable genetic material that has been modified through lab techniques and cannot be created through conventional breeding or found in nature. The implementation date of the Standard is January 1, 2020, except for small food manufacturers, whose implementation date is January 1, 2021. The mandatory compliance date is January 1, 2022. Regulated entities may voluntarily comply with the Standard until December 31, 2021. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) developed the List of Bioengineered Foods to identify the crops or foods that are available in a bioengineered form throughout the world and for which regulated entities must maintain records. The records will inform regulated entities on whether the food must have a bioengineered disclosure to be communicated to consumers. Regulated entities have several disclosure options: text, symbol, electronic or digital link, and/or text message. Additional options such as a phone number or web address are available to small food
manufacturers or for small and very small packages. The implementation of the Standard concludes a rulemaking process begun in July 2016. AMS gathered information needed to develop the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard and program, in part, through a public comment period. More than 14,000 comments were received and taken into consideration during the rulemaking process. Prior to this, AMS received over 112,000 comments in response to 30 questions provided on the AMS website regarding establishment of the Standard.
Manufacturers of food items on the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service List of Bioengineered Foods will have to maintain records to disclose which items are in the bioengineered form. Regulated entities have several disclosure options including text, symbol (shown above), electronic or digital link, and/or text message. Additional options such as a phone number or web address are available to small food manufacturers and very small food manufacturers.
The final rule will be published in the Federal Register on December 21, 2018. Following publication of this rule, USDA will provide outreach and education to inform regulated entities and the public about the new disclosure terms. The entire record of the rulemaking is available at www.federalregister.gov/ documents/2018/12/21/2018-27283/ n at io n a l- bio e ng i n e er e d-fo o ddisclosure-standard.
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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 gorwn on our farm with our own homeade grain. Store open year round.
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Great Bay Farm - Greenland Allen Smith - 969-9948 firstname.lastname@example.org Various Cuts USDA inspected frozen beef.
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Pinewoods Yankee Farm - Lee Tina Fottler & Erick Sawtelle 659-8106 or firstname.lastname@example.org Grass fed beef. Belted Galloway and Angus crosses. Individual retail cuts and custom cut sides. Find us on Local Harvest and Facebook.
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Value of New England Greenhouse and Nursery Industry on Display: Conference and Open House Spotlight Practices and Production By Cris Blackstone
n the heels of the 2018 Northeast Greenhouse Conference in Boxborough, MA, D.S. Cole Growers’ production greenhouses were opened for the public to learn about how they grow the 40,000 poinsettias they will oﬀer for sale this season. With New Hampshire’s greenhouse/nursery industry currently the top agricultural commodity in the state, touring D.S. Cole’s greenhouses oﬀered just one example of the 450,000 acres of agricultural land operated by 3,400 horticultural companies across the state. Pausing at two extensive table displays with samples of each color and texture poinsettia imaginable, visitors could take a moment and vote for their top three favorites before continuing on their tour of the facility. This tour didn’t disappoint, nor did the Expo and Conference held November 7-8. Arriving at the conference, and being swiftly registered, it was welcoming to be enthusiastically greeted by Geoﬀrey Njue, UMass Extension, and Rick Simpson, Rolling Green Nursery, Greenland, NH, who were taking care of the necessary details for attendees earning pesticide credits during the event. NH’s presence was evident, by meeting numerous attendees, and included a presentation on Native Plants by Peter van Berkum of Van Berkum Nursery in Deerfield, NH. This conference is a collaboration of the New England states: NY, CT, MA, RI, VT, ME and NH along with their Cooperative Extension branches and many industry representatives. Taking place every other year, it’s an exceptional conference because of its “relevant and viable” topics, keynote, and exhibitors, according to Simpson. Presenting material that’s relevant (and I would include “vibrant” as an adjective) makes the conference well worthwhile for the cost of attending, especially including time for employees to devote to the trip and be oﬄine from their usual business. The keynote presentation was by Carmen Johnston, a garden writer, author, and well-known designer, who addressed the group about the importance of their business’ presence on Social Media. While maintaining the importance of the faceto-face business relationships being conducted at an event such as this, the trend now of a more robust digital presence is stronger than ever. Customers learn a lot from their own research with sites such as
Shortly after the 2018 Northeast Greenhouse Conference in Boxborough, MA, which featured presentations from regional growers, researchers, and communicators, D.S. Cole Growers opened up their production greenhouses to show oﬀ the wide variety of poinsettias they oﬀer each year. Above, poinsettias grow in the D.S. Cole greenhouses in Loudon, NH. (Photo credit NHFB)
Pinterest, Instagram, and some website review. It’s up to businesses to develop their messages online, increasing their ability to entice and educate their current customers and solicit business from new customers alike. Additionally, a breakout session on improving writing skills was presented by C.L. Fornari, podcast and radio personality based on Cape Cod and member of Garden Comm (formerly Garden Writer’s Association) along with Rochelle Greayer, internationally accomplished garden designer and “Pith + Vigor” blog. With humor and encouragement, these two delivered specific takeaway suggestions, such as how to convey your business identity authentically. The spectrum of presenters was remarkable – from nationally recognized authors to research
New England Farm to Institution Summit 2019
ave the date for the third biennial New England Farm to Institution Summit on April 2-4, 2019 at UMass Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts! The Farm to Institution Summit is designed for foodservice operators, people who work at institutions, and local food advocates as well as farmers, fishermen, processors, and distributors. The goal is to maximize collective impact and overcome challenges to buying more local food. The summit will feature programming that focuses on farm to school, farm to campus, farm to health care, as well as crosssector themes. The 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit is hosted by Farm to Institution New England in partnership with Health Care Without Harm, the Northeast Farm to School Collaborative, the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network, and UMass Amherst. Visit www.f2isummit.org to learn more. Do you have an innovative idea, a set of best practices, or a policy proposal to share? Has your institution been leading the charge to improve our food system? Are you a student mobilizing your school to support regional producers, protect the environment, and pay food chain
workers a fair wage? Are you running an institutional dining program while tracking your sustainability impact? Are you a regional producer selling to institutions? Do you want to brainstorm some big solutions with other great food systems practitioners in the region? This conference is for you! The New England Farm to Institution Summit program is chock full of engaging sessions, inspiring speakers, exciting tours, fun social events and more! Get the latest at www. f2isummit.org/program. Early bird registration will open in January and we oﬀer dozens of partial scholarship to people who request financial assitance to attend the Farm to Institution Summit. Farm to Institution New England is a six-state network of nonprofit, public and private entities working together to transform our food system by increasing the amount of good, local food served in our region’s schools, hospitals, colleges and other institutions. The FINE network consists of non-profit organizations, government agencies, institutions, foundations, farms, food distributors, food processors, food service operators and others.
specialists, there was much for attendees to learn in order to make their time in Boxborough meaningful. Trends to watch included “Transforming the Way Food is Grown” which was presented by Paul Sellew of Little Leaf Farms, which paired in a beneficial way with “Managing the Greenhouse Environment: Light, Temperature, Carbon Dioxide and Humidity” by Christopher Curry from Iowa State University. Cutting edge information was shared, but, more importantly, the access to the presenters was exceptional, with their clear passion and willingness to share and help evident throughout the Conference. Thank you, to New England Floriculture, Inc, comprised of these grower representatives. Congratulations on providing this event, which was perfect on any rubric!
World Maple Leaders Meet in Concord NH Producers Win Awards Story By Barbara Mills Lassonde Photos By Michael Moore
he crowd rose to its feet as the flag-bearing delegates marched into the room. It was the start of the annual meetings of the North American Maple Syrup Council and the International Maple Syrup Institute. Delegates from 14 maple producing states and four Canadian provinces carried their state and provincial flags into the conference room in a heart-warming display of the unification of maple producers. The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association hosted this year’s meeting in late October at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. During the four-day event, over 200 maple producers from across the maple belt came to vote, learn, socialize and support their organizations. After the business meetings concluded, technical educational sessions began. These classes were conducted by some of the world’s top maple experts who informed maple producers about how they can make their maple operations more productive and eﬃcient. They also learned how the most recent discoveries, techniques, laws, and threats could aﬀect the maple industry. One room at the convention center was filled with Maple vendors from the U. S. and Canada, showing oﬀ the latest equipment and supplies available to improve maple production. Another room held a wide variety of gift baskets and maple-related items for the silent auction, as well as a fascinating display of antique maple artifacts. Bidding continued throughout the convention, and the thousands of dollars raised will go to the North American Maple Syrup Council for maple research. The maple photography contest drew scores of entries, but the competitions for the world’s best maple syrup, cream, sugar and candy were paramount, with well over 100 entries from all around the maple belt. A dedicated team of volunteer judges worked half a day testing and tasting the entries.
New Hampshire maple producers who placed in these contests were: Martin Boisvert of Journey’s End Maple Farm in Pittsfield, who took first place in the very dark syrup category, and Michael Moore of Sunnyside Maples in Loudon, who placed third in the maple sugar contest. Three of the maple photography contest awards went to Lester Colby of Out Back Sugar Shack in Boscawen, Edie Kemp of D & D Maple Supplies in Jaﬀrey, and Bradley Rice of Willow Creek Sugar House in East Kingston. The top maple award, “Best of Show,” went to Jacques Couture of Westfield, VT for his very light syrup. A convention would not be complete without some entertainment. This one included a historical program on the Concord Coach and a slide show of maple producers at work in the orchard and sugar house. For those who chose not to attend the business meetings, tour busses whisked them oﬀ to interesting places, such as the NH Telephone Museum, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and Shaker Village. At the closing banquet, sixteen-year-old Kaylah Hansen of Jaﬀrey led the singing of the national anthems of the United States and Canada, accompanied by Don Lassonde on the guitar. After dinner, awards were presented and the winners of the auction items were announced. On the final day of the convention, all-day bus excursions brought convention-goers for tours of Sanborn Mills Farm, Pleasant View Gardens, the Bolduc Farm, Windswept Maples Farm, NH Motor Speedway, Mac’s Apples and Moonlight Meadery. This year’s program booklet was dedicated to the memory of Hank Peterson, a long-time maple producer, supporter of the NH Maple Producers Association, promoter of the maple industry and advocate of Ag in the Classroom. Next year’s international maple convention will be held in Duluth, Minnesota, and many NH producers are expected to attend.
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Above: Henry Huntington, Sr. of Pleasant View Gardens welcomes a bus load of maple producers for a tour of his facilities during the North American Maple Syrup Council and International Maple Syrup Institute annual meetings. Below: Martin Boisvert of Pittsfield celebrates his first place finish in the very dark syrup category.
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Army Greens Uniform Heavy on American Wool American Sheep Industry Association
U.S. Wool Facts • In 2017, the U.S. produced 24.7 million pounds of greasy wool. • The average weight of a fleece in the U.S. is 7.2 pounds. • As of January 1, 2018 Texas ranked #1 in total number of sheep and lambs with 750,000. The New England states combined had 43,000. Data from American Sheep Industry Association Fast Facts Sheets
Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey stands with Soldier models wearing the proposed Pink & Green daily service uniform at the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania December 9, 2017. (US Army photo by Ron Lee)
he United States Army announced on Veteran’s Day that it is adopting an iconic uniform - the Army Greens - as its new service uniform. This is the uniform worn by America’s Greatest Generation in World War II. The good news for the sheep industry is that each uniform will use a heavy dose of American wool. “Obviously, this is a pretty big deal for our industry,” said ASI President Mike Corn of New
Mexico. “American wool has a long history with the United States military, and I think I can speak for all of our nation’s wool producers when I say we’re happy to see that the Army is incorporating the classic look of American wool into its uniforms of the future.” For the first time since World War II, every item in the Army’s dress uniform will contain American wool including in the shirt, jacket, slacks and socks. This isn’t the first use of American wool by the
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Army as it looks to dress its soldiers. Army researchers announced in late 2016 that they were working on a wool-based fabric for new combat uniforms. The material contained 50 percent wool in an eﬀort to create a flame-resistant uniform capable of keeping soldiers safer on the front lines. “The new dress uniform incorporates a proven design, and at the same time acknowledges that American wool is the best fiber for the job,” said ASI Military Consultant Mitch Driggers. “As this new uniform is being introduced, ASI is leading the way with research and development of new wool-based, cold-weather fabrics for the Army using a proven processing technique that improves the next-to-skin performance of American wool.”
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Scooping Up Something Sweet at Richardson’s Farm Story and Photos by Josh Marshall NHFB Communications Director
Since 1907 the Richardson family has been in the dairy business. From doorto-door milk deliveries to today’s Richardson’s Farm ice cream business in Boscawen. Above, Jim Richardson as a child (in the truck) gets ready to help on a delivery.
Every summer, customers flock to Richardson’s Farm for their homemade ice cream. Favorites like strawberry-rhubarb, pistachio, and mint chip keep people coming back for more as Sue Richardson says, “We don’t really advertise, it’s all word of mouth.”
ow do you measure the quality of ice cream? Texture, smoothness, mouth-feel, flavor, butterfat? Those are a few of the characteristics that Jim and Sue Richardson of Richardson’s Farm in Boscawen would oﬀer as a good place to start. Judging from the long lines of return customers that fill the front patio of the farm’s store and processing facility each summer, Richardson’s ice cream aces quality tests in each category. “We really don’t advertise, it’s all word of mouth,” Sue explains. Their product, a truly homemade ice cream, does the job for them. Using a traditional vat pasteurizing milk processing system, Jim and Sue start with raw milk and crème from Hatchland Farm in North Haverhill to create their ice cream base. Their recipes feature real ingredients to freeze up popular flavors like strawberry-rhubarb (with rhubarb you can see growing as you order), pistachio (made with real pistachios), and a pink mint chip flavor that has evoked a range of interesting reactions from customers expecting to see green. While the couple has been serving scoops in Boscawen since 2001, they’ve been farming together since 1972. Their original plans found them living in Pelham, New Hampshire and splitting time between their own farm and the established creamery owned by Jim’s parents. G.H. Richardson’s in Dracut, Massachusetts is where Jim cut his teeth pasteurizing and bottling milk, and making ice cream. As time went on, Jim and Sue were ready to start something new, so they headed north to Boscawen where they continued farming.
Richardson’s had updated its delivery vehicle from horse to automobile and built its own bottling plant. We often see trends come and go… and then come back again. You see it in fashion fads, music tastes, and, yes, even agricultural enterprises. “Before I was born there was a whole bunch of small bottling plants that were all making money doing it and during my lifetime they’ve all gone away because of economics,” Jim Richardson recalled. “Now, it’s almost to the point where it’s the only way to go.” Jim and Sue see a lot of potential in the market for young ambitious farmers willing to learn the skills and put in the work it takes to pasteurize, bottle, and turn their fluid milk into value-added products. The Richardson’s pull no punches in stressing the hard work part of that equation. Although the lessons learned in Dracut and Pelham helped them hone their craft, they’ve also lived through the challenges of uprooting and moving clear across the state to begin anew. It’s obvious that Winter is not the most ideal time to visit an ice cream shop, however, upon entering the Richardson’s store, it’s also obvious that they do more than serve ice cream. They cultivate around 4 ½ acres of apples, some peaches, and were raising flowers, bedding plants, and vegetables in their first few years in Boscawen. Now, they’ve forgone all but the fruit in favor of focusing on more of their homemade products. Sue’s Kitchen, the commercial kitchen at Richardson’s Farm is well known for its pies, apple crisp, pastries and more. Their apple pie was even ranked the best apple pie in the state in Mental Floss Magazine.
In addition to their homemade ice cream, Richardson’s Farm also makes homemade pies, pastries, and (shown above) apple crisp. Over the years, the demand for these products has increased, leading to the growth of Sue’s Kitchen.
Richardson’s Farm prides themselves in producing a quality truly homemade ice cream. The vat pasteurizer shown above is at the center of the process to make their own ice cream base.
Sue and Jim Richardson have owned and operated Richardson’s Farm in Bosacwen since 2001. The couple had been farming together in Pelham since 1972. Priding themselves on making superior quality products, the Richardson’s have built their business on reputation.
The legacy of the Richardson family’s dairy operation goes back to 1907 when Jim’s grandfather delivered milk door-to-door. In those days, the milkman was a well-trusted staple of the community, with direct access to consumers’ homes. Knowing just what each family wanted for products, and how often they wanted them, the milkman would leave it at your doorstep -or even better, directly in your ice box- and collect the money you left. This idyllic arrangement didn’t disappear overnight, but through the growth of individual enterprises and the waves of a changing society, dairymen and processors had to evolve their approach. By 1948, when Jim’s parents took over operation of the business, G.H.
The Richardson’s plan to keep making the high quality homemade products that have driven their success in the last two decades for as long as they can, but that doesn’t stop them from thinking about what they might do if they were back at the beginning of the journey with the knowledge they have now. With the system they have in place to make their ice cream base, Jim thinks it would be possible to add a few more pieces of equipment and bottle their own milk too, which would require them to have a small dairy herd and do all the chores that come along with that enterprise. Without much hesitation Jim laughed, “I’m old enough to have done it already, and I’m too old to start doing it again.”
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NH Farm Bureau Hosts 102nd Annual Meeting New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation (NHFB) held its 102nd Annual Meeting on November 2nd and 3rd at the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield, NH. The event, hosted by Coos County Farm Bureau, oﬀered tours of local agricultural operations Fuller’s Sugarhouse and Forbes Dairy Farm, workshops, and competitions all in support of the theme “A Harvest of Farming History” 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 3rd to vote on the policies that will guide NHFB’s work in the coming year and to elect a slate of oﬃcers for 2019. The elected slate of oﬃcers is as follows: Denis Ward of Monroe – President, Joyce Brady of Columbia – 1st Vice President, Matt Scruton of Rochester – 2nd Vice President, Rebecca Stevens of Epsom – 2nd Vice President, Howard Pearl of Loudon – Treasurer. The Annual Meeting Banquet, held the evening of November 2nd, recognized outstanding achievements and contributions to agriculture from NHFB members. The following page lists all awards given out that evening.
Top: The House of Delegates meets, as par tof the 102nd Annual Meeting of New Hampshire Farm Bureau at the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield, to discuss policy proposals. Bottom Left: Commissioner of Agriculture Shawn Jasper speaks to House of Delegates prior to the meeting. Bottom right: Carroll County Farm Bureau member and delegate Bill Stockman reads over proposed policy changes prior to the start of the meeting of the House of Delegates.
Coos Cou nty Farm Tours
The Coos County farm tours held as part of the 102nd Annual Meeting of New Hampshire Farm Bureau began at Fuller’s Sugarhouse facility in Jeﬀerson. Top: Dave Fuller of Fuller’s Sugarhouse (left) explains how he gets sap from his sugarbush into the newly constructed processing facility in Jeﬀerson while Stan Knecht looks on. Below: Gretchen Scruton takes a quick break from the tour to share a laugh with son, Grant.
Farm tours continued on at Forbes Dairy Farm in Lancaster. Scott Forbes (Top photo) showed attendees around the largest dairy farm in the state including the milking parlor, manure storage, and the calf barn. Below: The calves at Forbes Dairy Farm don’t mind when guests stop by, and neither does the group of barn cats!
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Above Left: Coos County Food and Agriculture Field Specialist Steve Turaj retired from UNH Extension on November 30th, capping a 30-year career in NH agriculture. Coos County Farm Bureau President Joyce Brady recognized his service at the 102nd Annual Meeting of New Hampshire Farm Bureau. Above Middle (Left to right): Steve and Lora Goss chat with NHFB First Lady Jeanne Ward and NHFB President Denis Ward during the banquet. Above Right: NHFB Executive Director presents Henry Ahern of Grafton County Farm Bureau with a Membership Award.
1 02nd A n nual M eeting Ba nq uet & A wards “A Harvest of Farming History” President’s Award Archie & Helen Coll Win Profile Award This year’s Profile Award winners are Archie and Helen Coll of Jaﬀrey, NH. Archie and Helen Coll moved to their farm in Jaﬀrey in 1961 where they began raising broilers and eventually added laying hens to the mix. By 1979 they had a newly-built, state-of-the-art cage house for 20,000 layers. At one point, they were processing eggs from 120,000 hens. This included working with Amish farmers in New Holland, Pennsylvania and operating a farm in Weedsport, New York. Along with the chicken business, the couple also started Coll’s Farm Stand, which opened in 1961 and is still in operation today. Growing 25 acres of sweet corn, 20 acres of other vegetables, plus greenhouse strawberries, they oﬀer direct to consumer sales from the farm stand and support their local community by employing local young people. The Colls have always belonged to Cheshire County Farm Bureau, like their parents before them, and have served in multiple capacities throughout the years including as active Young Farmer Committee Members. Archie even served on the National Young Farmers Board. Their Profile Award Application sums it up best, saying: We have planted seeds, raised chickens, sold produce, and always promoted agriculture. Two farm people fell in love, started a family, bought a farm, and now we are 38 members strong and still growing. What a testament to love, family values, and farm living!
Ruth has been a committed member and volunteer for NHFB and a true advocate for agriculture. She has most recently served as the NHFB Associated Women’s President for six years, has testified before various committees in the NH House & Senate, and recently retired from running the Travelling Barnyard for many years. 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 LeeAnn Childress:
The Kenneth R. Marshall Memorial Award is awarded by the NHFB Staﬀ to a member volunteer who represents the values so much a part of Ken’s life: Someone who unselfishly gives of one’s time and talents, helping to better the organization and the greater community. The inaugural award was given to LeeAnn Childress of Loudon. LeeAnn is a past staﬀ member at NHFB and in her retirement has become an incredibly valuable volunteer always stepping up to the plate when called upon and never looking for anything in return.
Young Farmer Achievement Award Glen & Meredith Putnam:
Meredith and Glen met at the Lancaster Fair in 2005, Glen was showing cows and Meredith was the ribbon girl. Thirteen years later they own and operate Winsome Farm Organics with their two children Ella, eight and Nathaniel, three. Glen is a fifth-generation farmer in his home town with the hopes of his children someday taking over. Meredith didn’t live on a farm but she grew up neighboring a potato and hay farm where she actively worked through most of her formative years. She also showed cows from a farm in a neighboring town and occasionally worked for that farm as well. They both are excited to see what the future holds for their family and farm in the years to come!
Young Farmer Discussion Meet Winner Zachary Mason:
Zachary Mason grew up on his family’s dairy farm, Northwinds Farm, in North Stratford and has always had a passion for animal agriculture. Despite losing the complete use of his right eye and a great deal of use in his left eye at the age of four, Zac says he has never let his disability stand in the way of his goals. He attended Cornell University studying animal science and belonged to the Cornell Dairy Fellows Program. He is now a Master’s Student at Mississippi State University studying in the department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. He looks forward to a career in livestock production consulting, agricultural policy, or farming.
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NH Farm Bureau Policy Adopted for 2019 (Cont. From Front Page) By Rob Johnson, NHFB Policy Director Grafton County Farm Bureau President Glen Putnam was elected the alternate delegate - as he is already planning to attend as NHFB’s Young Farmer Achievement Award recipient. Thirty-one policy proposals were deliberated with twenty-seven being adopted and added to the NHFB policy document. The proposals came mostly from resolutions adopted at county Farm Bureau annual meetings and a few put forward by NHFB committees. In addition, the Delegate body 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 concluded with a brief financial report, showing a strong financial position for the organization, before adjourning shortly after at 11:00 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.
Crime and Law Enforcement We oppose requiring veterinarians to report animal cruelty.* We support timely prosecution of animal cruelty cases.* We support housing in place as the first option for care in animal cruelty cases. We support the establishment of a list of qualified veterinarians, determined by the State Veterinarian, to set probable cause criteria for the taking of animals in cruelty cases. This list will consist of veterinarians skilled in large animal, small animal and exotic animal care. Any investigating oﬃcial will utilize a veterinarian from this list when called to animal cruelty situations where a judgement needs to be made.
Crop Protection Materials We support enhanced bird control methods for bird suppression.
Dairy We support an interim federal milk
diversion program for short term relief of milk prices.* Change existing Dairy policy by striking language and adding language in bold italics as follows: We support inclusion the development of a flexible base to the MPP in order to reduce the supply of milk when prices are low by reducing producers’ base after a period of low milk prices. We support full funding of replacing the NH Milk Producers Emergency Relief Fund (RSA 184:107) with the Commissioner of Agriculture’s proposed Dairy Premium Plan.
Energy We support programs that improve the reliability and security of the electric grid.
We oppose the labeling of plant-based beverages as milk.
We support classifying season extending tunnels with removable covers sited on land under Current Use assessment as equipment. We oppose requiring the removal of these covers from the tunnels to maintain eligibility.
We support the FDA’s decision to withdraw its proposal requiring added sugar labeling on maple and honey products.* We support the definition of meat as “any edible portion of livestock, poultry, game animals or fish.”
We believe the Meals and Rooms (Rentals) Tax should be distributed to municipalities as originally established in 1967.
We oppose labeling and marketing of cell cultured products derived from livestock or poultry and plant based products as meat.
Water Resources and Environmental Regulation
Promotion We support a rule change to enable orchards and other farms providing services to the motoring public to take part in the state Department of Transportation’s Tourist Oriented Directional Signs program.
We support the exploration of an agricultural exemption for large groundwater withdrawal permitting to provide for flexibility in operational needs on a limited time during the growing season. We oppose regulations relative to “fugitive dust” and other “fugitive emissions” from agricultural operations.
We support increasing the availability of three-phase power. We support increasing the state’s renewable energy net metering limit for customer-generators to 3 megawatts.
Fish and Game We support RSA 207:26, enabling the killing of wildlife found in the act of damaging property. We support the current NH Fish and Game Commission structure with each county having one commissioner that is a licensed hunter or fisherman in NH. We support NH Fish and Game conducting a survey of NH farmers to determine the full extent of damage to crops and livestock by game animals and then using the results to establish seasons and game taking limits.
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Food Safety, Health, and Public Safety We support the establishment of a mechanism that allows farmers with a grievance relative to FSMA to have a hearing in front of the Commissioner of Agriculture, or a committee of the Commissioner’s choosing, in the event of issues arising with FSMA compliance in NH. If a committee is formed it should consist of members well versed in the applicable rule, including at least one farmer, with the Commissioner of Agriculture empowered to make the final rule.
Livestock We support New England regional cooperation to create one standard for testing requirements for interstate transfer of livestock. We support the continuation of research into antibiotic use in domestic animals and the overall implications of the use or non-use.
Maintenance Mechanic - Farm Automotive Equipment -- LEXINGTON, MA Wilson Farm, Lexington, MA is adding an experienced mechanic position to our maintenance team to service tractors, farm equipment, trucks & other various equipment repairs. Description: Responsible to perform automotive maintenance tasks. All basic maintenance work on small vehicles, farm equipment, electric jacks, tractors and trucks. Routine maintenance (replacing fluids, lubricating parts etc.) aimed at vehicle functionality and longevity. Inspect vehicles according to the states requirements for emissions and safety. Keep logs on issues reported and work performed to correct those issues. Maintain equipment and tools in good working condition. Qualifications: Good mechanical skills, with the ability to operate diagnostic equipment. Willingness to participate in in-house training. Knowledge of mechanical, electrical and electronic components of vehicles. Valid certification (i.e.ASE) and working experience a positive. Ability to operate vehicles including farm tractors, a plus. Valid driver’s license and must be over 18 years of age. The position is full time, year-round and oﬀers competitive wages based upon experience. Full benefits including health insurance, life insurance, paid time oﬀ, 401k plan with match. Housing is a possibility. All employees oﬀered discount in our retail store! Come and join the great crew at Wilson Farm! Contact: Cindy McAuley, Wilson Farm, Inc., 10 Pleasant Street, Lexington, MA 02421. (781) 862-3900 Oﬃce (781) 863-0469 Fax firstname.lastname@example.org
New Hampshire Farm Bureau President Denis Ward and 1st Vice President Joyce Brady preside over the meeting of the House of Delegates during the second day of the 102nd Annual Meeting of New Hampshire Farm Bureau.
Applications may be submitted by email as attachments. Wilson Farm, Inc is an E/O/E
Eye on Extension EVENTS & WORKSHOPS Advanced Marketing Short Course: Creating a Sales Forecast Jan. 9 - 30 from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM Granite State College 25 Hale St., Concord Are you thinking of expanding your agricultural operation by adding a new product, growing more of an existing product or moving into a new line of products? This four-week course is for you. Business owners will learn how to evaluate market demand, segment the market and better understand their customers. Find out how to plan for marketing risks, track and forecast sales, evaluate marketing costs and understand business rules and regulations. Guest speakers include livestock producers Liz and Jeﬀ Conrad of Riverslea Farm in Epping; vegetable grower John Moulton of Moulton Farm in Meredith, and UNH Extension specialists and service providers. Co-sponsored by the USDA Risk Management Agency. Sessions take place each Wednesday beginning on Jan. 9. $65 per person/$115 per farm (up to two people). Register at bit.ly/ AdvMktSales or contact Nada Haddad at email@example.com or 603-6795616.
Farm Transfer Planning Basics Jan. 11 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM AMC Highland Center Bretton Woods This full-day workshop covers what farm families need to know as they plan the future of their farm. UNH Extension specialists and experts in estate and succession planning will lead presentations on legal considerations, business and estate planning and how to transfer business ownership. We encourage farm owners and nextgeneration farmers to attend together. Lunch is available for purchase on-site, or you can bring your own. Coﬀee and light refreshments will be available. Free, register at extension.unh.edu/ events/basics-farm-transfer-planninggetting-conversation-started. For more information, contact Kelly McAdam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-5275475.
Online Course: Reducing Legal Risks to Your Farm Jan. 14 - Feb. 21 This online workshop series helps farmers better understand the legal risks aﬀecting their operations. Learn about employment law, business structures, how to protect your farm’s assets, contracts, agritourism and much more. Participants will learn about regulations and engage in personalized activities to apply these principles to their own situations and create a legal risk management plan for their farms. Work at your own pace with the online course module beginning on Jan. 14 or take part in Zoom sessions on Jan. 17 and 24 and Feb. 7 and 21, 10:30 a.m.noon. $15 for the series, register at bit. ly/FarmLawCourse.
Improving Negotiation Skills for Women Farmers Jan. 17 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM Franklin Savings Bank Learning Center 67 Laconia Road, Tilton
Kelly McAdam at kelly.mcadam@unh. edu for more information.
Supervisory Pesticide Trainings
The 36th annual NH Farm & Forest Expo returns in February. The public event features a tradeshow with more than 100 exhibitors, free educational workshops, demonstrations and farm animal exhibits. UNH Extension staﬀ will present workshops throughout the weekend. Sponsored by UNH Extension, the NH Division of Forests & Lands and the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food. Admission is $7. Visit nhfarmandforestexpo.org for more information.
UNH Extension will host a series of allday training workshops in February for anyone seeking a supervisory registration certificate–general use from the state’s Division of Pesticide Control. Classes will take place in the Concord area from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Individuals wishing to obtain this certification need to participate in a series of training classes, pass a written and oral exam, and show proof of insurance. Training will prepare participants for the state certification exam. Instructors will provide a review of the information found in the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual and the NH Code of Administrative Rules during the core class. Additional training will be oﬀered for the following categories: turf (G2), ornamental (G1), right of way (B), and forest (C1). Training programs cost $150 per day. Study materials are not included in the registration and must be purchased before the class begins. Visit extension.unh.edu/programs/ pesticide-safety-education for more information. Recertification credits are also available for individuals already licensed.
Webinar: Passing Your Farm on to the Next Generation
Initial Pesticide Safety Education
Feb. 12 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Grafton Co: March 11, 18, & 25 From 2:00 -5:30 PM Pease Library, Plymouth
Build your negotiation knowledge and skills! Mary Peabody of UVM Extension presents a talk on the art of negotiation for women farmers. An Annie’s Project reunion will follow the talk. Free, snow date scheduled for Jan. 24. Contact Kelly McAdam at kelly. email@example.com or 603-527-5475 or Elaina Enzien at elaina.enzien@unh. edu or 603-679-5616 for information.
NH Farm & Forest Expo Feb. 1 - 2 DoubleTree Manchester Hotel 700 Elm St., Manchester
UNH Extension’s webinar series on farm estate and succession planning continues with a session on inheritance. Often an easy way to pass the family farm to the next generation, this method can put stress on the finances of surviving spouses and heirs. Learn how property passes through an estate and what to watch for when considering this plan. Free, register at bit.ly/2CC7KDq. Contact Kelly McAdam at kelly.mcadam@unh. edu for more information.
Women in Livestock Business Feb. 15 & 22, March 1 & 8 From 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Pease Public Library, Plymouth This workshop is a spin on our traditional Annie’s Project program and focuses on livestock production and business management. Learn the skills you need to help your livestock business thrive, from communication skills and rules and regulations to branding and marketing and livestock management needs. Participants must attend the first class in person, but subsequent classes will have remote-access capabilities. The course includes two field days. Registration is $75; limited scholarship opportunities are available courtesy of Yankee Farm Credit. (You must be a beginner farmer or Yankee Farm Credit member to be eligible.) Co-sponsored by UVM Extension and USDA Risk Management Agency. Register at extension.unh.edu/events/womenlivestock-business. Contact Elaina Enzien at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Straﬀord Co: April 8, 15, & 22 From 2:00 - 5:30 PM Dover Public Library, Dover UNH Extension will oﬀer trainings in March and April to prepare prospective applicators for the private applicator certification exams. Attendance at an initial certification training class is not required for certification; however, it does help direct studying. Instructors will provide a review of the information found in the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual, NH Code of Administrative Rules, and the Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides. Private applicator testing will be held the last day of training at each location.
Coos County Food and Agriculture Field Specialist Steve Turaj retired from UNH Extension on Nov. 30, capping a 30-year career in Granite State agriculture.
Recertification credits available for individuals already certified. Visit extension.unh.edu/programs/ pesticide-safety-education for more information.
4-H HIGHLIGHTS 4-H Animal Science Bonanza Jan. 12 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Walpole Elementary School 8 Bemis Lane, Walpole Granite State 4-H’ers and volunteers with an interest in cows, goats, horses and other animals can participate in quiz bowls, skill-a-thons and educational workshops at this annual event. More details TBA. Registration is $2. Visit bit.ly/AnimalScienceBonanza.
NEWS & INFORMATION Extension’s Steve Turaj Retires After 30 Years Coös County Food and Agriculture Field Specialist Steve Turaj retired from UNH Extension on Nov. 30, capping a 30-year career in Granite State agriculture. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in agricultural science from the University of Connecticut, Turaj served in the United States Army as an oﬃcer in the Corps of Engineers. Following his time in the Army, he obtained a master’s degree in agriculture from West Virginia University and pursued a career in agriculture. He began at West Virginia University as a graduate assistant and continued as a county supervisor for the Farmer’s Home Administration in Lancaster, N.H. Turaj joined UNH Cooperative Extension in 1988 as an Extension Educator in Coös County. During his time with Extension, Turaj provided valuable consultation and support to New Hampshire farms as a member of the Livestock, Forage and Dairy team. Turaj’s educational programing and work covered many topics including, but not limited to: rhubarb varieties, grain production for distilleries, exotic weeds, farm record keeping and prairie grasses. Turaj is known to bring not only topical expertise but humor and humility to his work with the farming community. “I remember giving a talk up North, and checking with Steve about what would be the best way to go back home,” said Carl Majewski, Cheshire County Food and Agriculture Field Specialist. “He advised that I avoid Route 2 in Vermont, because there were a bunch of curves in the road, and ‘it gets a little moose-y at night.’” Food and Agriculture Program Team Leader Amy Papineau said that Turaj was an important part of the Granite State’s agricultural story. “Steve has impacted countless individuals over his 30 year career with Extension, both as a colleague and as an ag agent. His dedication to the agricultural community, his mentorship and his humor will be missed. We wish him the very best in his next adventures.”
Farm Bureau - The Voice of N.H. Agriculture
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 email@example.com or faxed to 228-8432. Want more information? Call us at 224-1934.
tractors, implements, supplies and much more. This is a great opportunity to buy a FOR SALE: 2010 John Deere 4520 MFWD going profitable vegetable farm. For more compact enclosed cab tractor. 56HP, turbo, information, and an equipment list, please hydrostatic, has plumed front feature lines, reply to Steve Fulton at Steve@blueoxfarm.com electronic valve selector, skid steer style quick attach bucket plate, low hours. Comes with rear HELP WANTED ice chains and stock bucket. Excellent working condition. $30,000 OBRO. Call Jay - 603-786- HELP WANTED: Hands-on farm 2319 manager for family-owned purebred cattle farm. Job includes care & breeding of livestock, FOR SALE: Alpaca Sale: Buy 1, get 2nd of grounds & equip maintenance. Carpentry & equal or lesser value at 1/2 price. Nationally mechanical skills a plus. Career position, great ranked breeders, proven and unproven; pet/ benefits. Bedford. Please reply by email: hhf18@ fiber; herd guard. Colors range from white to aol.com true black. Prices start at $200. 603-746-3385, Hopkinton HELP WANTED: Full-time career FOR SALE: Farm Opportunity, Bradford, position at Horse Farm in southern NH. Duties NH. 47 acres open land w prime + important include barn/farm chores, working with horses, soils; 93-acre woodlot. 3,600 sq ft farmhouse; riding, etc. Must have impeccable references 40’ x 70’ barn. 4,000 feet along Hewes Brook. and pass random drug/alcohol testings. Send Conservation easement allows for second resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call for more dwelling for family or farm workers. $495,000. information - 603-465-2672 NH Conservation Real Estate. (603)253-4999.
WANTED FOR SALE: Sitrex RT 5800 H four head tedder. 19’ tow behind model with hydraulic fold. WANTED: Wanted to rent: Red Angus bull. Like new, nice lightweight unit, does a good Call Hank - 603-662-7538 job. Call Michael in Loudon @496-5307 WANTED: Covered Round Bale Feeder and FOR SALE: Top quality Timothy/orchard a Calf Creep Feeder. Call Hank - 603-662-7538 grass hay. 4x5 round dry bales from well maintained acreage. Could deliver to bulk buyer. WANTED: Grader/snowplow blade for Call Michael in Loudon @496-5307 1948 Farmall A manual lift. Call Phil - 603-432-
FOR SALE: Rare antique 14 ft traverse sled w/ice tongs. 14” w x 13” h - $1200 or BO. 2 wooden skids both $50. Call (603) 475-8819
FOR SALE: 116 Acres, Tamworth, NH. 5,000 FOR LEASE: Equestrian facility includes feet along Bearcamp River. Great opportunity for limited development w conservation component. 12 contiguous lots of record. Adjacent to White Lake State Park and boat launch. $428,000. NH Conservation Real Estate. (603)253-4999.
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elegant 18th century colonial w/new kitchen, heating & floors, barn and riding rink – adjacent to 400 acres of conservation land with established trails. $4500/mo. Goﬀstown. Email: email@example.com
bar mower for a 3-point hitch, ready to use. CORDWOOD PROCESSING: Will Excellent condition, with an extra knife. New process wood for wood or buy any marketable London - 526-4203 please call after 5pm. stumpage. Call Tim 603-393-7328 or Ron 603744-2686 FOR SALE: 1940’s Farmall A Cultivision tractor. Two bottom plow, 5-foot rear mounted WELDING & FABRICATION: Farm & sickle bar. Has original exhaust lift. $2250. Ctr. heavy equipment welding repair and custom Sandwich - 603-284-6210 fabrication. Gates, Feeders, Headlocks etc. Please call Dan at 603-746-4446 or danp@ FOR SALE: Two polled Hereford bull skytrans-mfg.com calves 10 and 11 mos. $650.00 each. Also hay, $5.00 a bale. Please call cell 603-455-0576. REAL ESTATE: Broker with Farm FOR SALE: Blue Ox Farm, a certified organic Knowledge Representing Sellers and Buyers. vegetable farm in Enfield, NH is for sale. Due Accredited Land Consultant with Expertise to personal reasons, my wife and I are selling in Conservation Easements, Farms, Forests, the farm as a going, profitable, farm business. Recreational Land. NH Conservation Real The farm has good land, good markets, good Estate, (603)253-4999. records / financials, and a good assortment of equipment and supplies. We own 25 acres, and BOOKKEEPING SERVICES: Let us rent more land and a local barn. We are selling: handle your pile of receipts. Accounts Payable/ Our house and land (The house is partly Receivable, QuickBooks, Financial Reports. furnished), The farm business and farm assets, Email AccuracyCountsLLC@gmail.com or call including 4 greenhouses, caterpillar tunnels, 603-598-6620.
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 2nd Tuesday 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
2019 - A Year of Service By Diane Clary, NHFB Executive Director
plan to put something back into society, and not at the head table, not always in the glamour, certainly not with a lot of news attention,” George H.W. Bush These were words by George H.W. Bush shortly before he left oﬃce as the 41st President of the United States of America. I am inspired by these words as I begin 2019. This was a man who lived a life of service and lived it well. I am just a small speck in relation to his accomplishments but I want to give back just the same. I have been blessed with my health, my family, and my freedom, so many people cannot make the same claims. I think that if I can give a little something back every day of 2019, my life will be blessed 365 times more than it is today. I don’t want to sit at the head of the table, I don’t want accolades and glamour, I just want to give back and possibly make a diﬀerence. My thought is that if everyone reading this tries to do the same, even if they don’t succeed 100 percent of the time, our lives will be blessed beyond anyone’s imagination. A life of service isn’t hard it just takes deliberate action. Bring your best self to every situation and your eﬀorts will be noticed. My wish for all of you is a positive 2019 with deliberate and thoughtful actions every day, giving your best in every encounter. Get out there and make a diﬀerence.
George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States, inspired service to community and country at every level of his storied career. Shown above, President Bush in 1992 with then American Farm Bureau President Dean Kleckner at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention. (Photo credit: American Farm Bureau)
By Debbi Cox, NHAITC Coordinator
ongratulations to Kindergarten teacher Hannah White of Woodsville Elementary School! Hannah has been named the NH Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year for 2019. The award recognizes her eﬀorts in teaching our youngest students to become stewards of the land and showing them that they can make a diﬀerence in the world. Hannah believes that children learn best with hands on science exploration, so her school year starts out with the study of butterflies. The in-depth unit on saving the Monarch butterfly is packed with activities exploring life cycles, tagging butterflies to follow their journey south and harvesting milkweed seeds. The seeds are then counted into groups of 50 and put into baggies promoting fine motor development and learning math concepts.
By the end of the school year when students have learned to write full sentences, they write letters to family and friends asking them to plant the milkweed seeds. Students then draw a picture and write an informative piece explaining the importance of saving the monarchs to include in the seed packet. The project continues with planting a pollinator garden and creating a news broadcast on why we need to save the pollinators. Students also work in the garden, continue the composting project, monitor the classroom aquarium, build birdhouses and much more. Hanna says that the most important thing that teachers can do is to teach children that they can make a diﬀerence. One of her students was dissecting his snack time apple and pulled out
the seeds saving them for days. Finally, he asked Hanna if they could plant those seeds at school to grow apples for people who are hungry. She is now planning to create a school apple orchard where students will plant and care for the trees. The fruits of their labor will be enjoyed at snack time in the future. Hannah will be recognized at the Granite State FFA Convention in April and will be considered for National Agriculture in the Classroom’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In November, NH Agriculture in the Classroom oﬀered their first stand-alone, full day workshop. Teachers, Cooperative Extension agents and others interested in agricultural education gathered at the UNH STEM Lab in Manchester for the day to delve into the Food, Land & People curriculum. This collection of lessons and activities explores the relationships between agriculture, the environment, and human populations. Participants dug into several lessons such as Buzzy, Buzzy Bee, Go Go H2O and Root for Life. After trying out these activities, the group discussed ways to customize them using other resources such as Nutrients For Life, Journey 2050 and the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix.
Left: 2019 New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Hannah White was recognized for her eﬀorts in teaching agriculture and stewardship lessons at the kindergarten level at Woodsville Elementary School. Right: Participants at NH Agriculture in the Classroom’s first stand-alone, full day workshop for teachers, Cooperative Extension agents, and others at the UNH STEM Lab in Manchester.
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Who Supported the Farm Bill? Last Time A Farm Bill Passed This Early Was 1990 By John Newton, Ph.D., AFBF Chief Economist
he Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, a five-year bill that covers a variety of nutrition and agricultural government programs, was passed by the Senate on Dec. 11 and by the House on Dec. 12, and was signed by the president on Dec. 20. Importantly, completion of the 2018 farm bill marks the first time in nearly 30 years that a farm bill was enacted within the year for which programs were authorized.
Farm Bill in the Senate The Senate first passed the farm bill on June 28 by a vote of 86 to 11, with 3 nonvoting members. All but one Democrat voted to support the legislation, while 11 Republicans voted against initial passage. The Senate agreed on the final conference report by a vote of 87 to 13. Every Democrat and all but 13 Republicans voted to support the bill. Wyoming and Arizona were the only states from which both senators voted against the farm bill. Figure 1 shows the results of the Senate vote on the conference report. During the Senate vote on the
conference report, the farm bill picked up an additional “yea” vote but had two additional “nay” votes. Several states saw support for the farm bill increase. Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Vermont went from a split vote to full support of the final farm bill. Florida, Iowa and Louisiana saw support for the farm bill decline, going from full support to a split vote. Meanwhile, Wyoming flipped entirely, going from full support to voting against the conference report. Figure 2 highlights changes in support for the farm bill between the initial passage in the Senate and the vote on the conference report.
Farm Bill in the House The House passed the farm bill on June 21 by a vote of 213 to 211. At that time, 213 Republicans voted for the bill and 20 Republicans joined all 191 Democrats in opposition to the bill. There were two Republicans and two Democrats who did not vote on the farm bill in June. The House agreed to the final conference report by a vote of 369 to 47. There were 182 Republicans and 187 Democrats who agreed to the conference report, while 44 Republicans and three Democrats voted against it. Sixteen House members did not vote on the farm bill conference report. Figure 3 shows the results of roll call vote 434 on agreement to the conference report on the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. The initial passage of the farm bill in June 2018 was partisan in that all Democrats voted against the bill. It passed on a party-line vote with only Republican support. However, the farm bill conference report picked up 156 “yea” votes, with 190 House
between the introduction of the 2018 farm bill and its final passage. According to the Congressional Research Service, this was the first time in nearly 30 years, i.e., since the 1990 farm bill, that a farm bill was enacted within the year for which programs were authorized and prior to the newcrop planting season.
The current farm bill goes through the 2023 crop year and will cover 2023/24 marketing year crops. Dairy provisions of the farm bill will expire at the end of calendar year 2023. Importantly, through bipartisan support, farmers and ranchers now have the five-year certainty that is provided by the farm bill.
members flipping from a “nay” vote to a “yea” vote. Three members who voted “nay” on the bill initially did not vote on the conference report. Figure 4 highlights changes in support for the farm bill between the initial passage in the House and the vote on the conference report.
Summary Bipartisan support for the 2018 farm bill resulted in final passage by wide margins in both the House and Senate. The bill was ultimately signed by the president on Dec. 20. Notably, there was a relatively short eight months
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tate Farm Bureau presidents from across the nation attended an event at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington on December 11th to witness the signing of the proposed Clean Water Rule. “Farmers and ranchers work every day to protect our nation’s waterways and drinking water. For more than five years we have advocated for a new water rule that protects clean water and provides clear rules for people and communities to follow,” American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall said. “This new rule will empower farmers and ranchers to comply with the law, protect our water resources and productively work their land without having to hire an army of lawyers and consultants.” “We want to protect land and water in the communities where we live and
work. Clean water is our way of life. Preserving our land and protecting our water means healthy places to live, work and play,” Duvall continued. “We believe this new Clean Water Rule is rooted in common-sense. It will protect our nation’s water resources and allow farmers to farm.” “We appreciate the months of hard work that the administration, especially the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers, invested in making sure the new Clean Water Rule was done right. Unlike the 2015 WOTUS rule, this new rule protects our resources, respects the law and provides greater clarity so the agencies and the public can identify regulated federal waterways. We will further analyze this new rule in the coming days and will suggest further refinements during the comment period.”
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American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall at the Clean Water Rule signing at EPA headquarters. (Photo credit: American Farm Bureau)
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The Asian longhorned tick, native to Southeast Asia, where it has been a pest of livestock, wildlife, and household pets, has been found in NH. NH agencies including the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food are asking for residents’ help in monitoring ticks and being vigilant for the presence of ticks on yourself and your animals. Above: Top view of Nymph and adult female Asian longhorned tick. Right: Nymph and adult female underside.
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appreciated and essential. NH agencies do not currently have the ability to perform routine tick surveillance, so we rely on NH residents to remain vigilant. Any unusual ticks should be submitted for identification through either a veterinarian or physician to the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food using this form, https://www. agriculture.nh.gov/publications-forms/documents/ tick-submission-form.pdf. “This tick already appears to be established in the environment in a number of states, so eradication from the US is unlikely,” said Steve Crawford, NH State Veterinarian. “The frequency of people traveling with animals they own, whether it is household pets going on vacation, horses going for trail rides, or livestock going to fairs, increases the potential for this tick to be spread across the country. Our hope with these messages is to prevent, for as long as possible, the introduction of H. longicornis in New Hampshire. We are asking everyone to not only protect themselves from tick bites but to pay close attention to their animals as possible transporters of this tick, or any other, into New Hampshire.” For more information, contact Steve Crawford, NH State Veterinarian at the NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food via email at stephen. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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particularly observant New Hampshire resident recently noticed a tick on a dog visiting New Hampshire from an area in New York where the Asian longhorned tick has been found in the environment. That tick and others were submitted for examination where it was confirmed as the Asian longhorned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis (H. longicornis) by the US Department of Agriculture National Veterinary Services Laboratory. This is the first time the pest has been found in NH, but it may be limited to the visiting dog. The Asian longhorned tick has been identified in nine states since late 2017. Retrospective studies in some of those states show that the tick has been present in the United States since at least 2010. This tick is native to Southeast Asia, where it has been a pest of livestock, wildlife, and household pets. It appears to have less aﬃnity for biting humans, though it will do so. To date no cases of harmful diseases have been found in these ticks in the United States, though it is known to transmit illness in other countries. The NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food, the NH Dept. of Health and Human Services, and the NH Fish and Game Department are asking veterinarians, physicians, animal owners, and outdoor enthusiasts to be alert for the presence of all ticks on patients, themselves and the animals with which they may have contact, domestic or wild. People should use typical tick-avoidance strategies for themselves and the animals in their care – wear appropriate clothing, use insecticides and check yourself and your animals regularly (https://www. cdc.gov/ticks/pdfs/AsianLonghornedTick-P.pdf). The public’s assistance in monitoring ticks is
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