The Communicator - January/February 2021

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THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE N.H. FARM BUREAU FEDERATION

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COMMUNICATOR National News ZIPPY DUVALL: FARM BUREAU’S POLICY PLATE IS FULL Page 5

AFBF Stands-Up for Farmers in Predatory Shakedown

A Mountain of Mushrooms

AFBF Newsroom

Mountain View Farm in Monroe, NH, has played host to mulitple types of farming over it’s centuryplus history. From dairy to eggs, the Ward family has proudly accepted their role as stewards of the land. The search was on for a new crop to cultivate after they got out of the egg business. Tina Ward (pictured above), her husband Gary, and his two brothers brainstormed until Tina had the perfect solution to fill the former chicken barns: Mushrooms!

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NASA, USDA SIGN RESEARCH AGREEMENT Page 17

State News NHFB ELECTS LEADERS AND SETS POLICY Page 7

ASSOCIATED WOMEN OF NHFB: MEMBER SPOTLIGHT Page 14

MEET NEW HAMPSHIRE’S YOUNG FARMERS Page 15

NH ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATION DISTRICTS AWARDS ANNOUNCED Page 23

MUSHROOMS – Page 9

Meet the 2021 NHFB Board of Directors

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he American Farm Bureau Federation is standingup for hundreds of dairy farmers being targeted by predatory lawyers representing the estate of Dean Foods, which is currently undergoing bankruptcy proceedings. Almost 500 dairy farmers who once sold milk to Dean Foods received letters threatening legal action unless they refund money legitimately earned prior to the bankruptcy filing. “Shame on these predatory lawyers for bullying dairy farmers at a time when many are struggling to keep their farms running,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. “It’s ludicrous to suggest the meager profits from regularly scheduled and routine milk sales – sales that are heavily watched and regulated by the federal government – were outside the regular course of business. Someone needs to have the farmers’ backs and

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ForWard Thinking By Denis Ward, New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation President

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

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he most important task we do as leaders of Farm Bureau is to turn policy adopted by our members into our action plan when advocating for our members throughout the year. Through our grassroots process, policy is initiated by our members and put into place by the elected delegates from each county. This year we didn’t feel it would be appropriate to have our usual annual meeting session to celebrate the year but did feel it was important to hold a delegate session where the county delegates could discuss new policy proposals, update old ones and elect officers. The session was held on November 7th at The Johnson Barn in Northwood where we had room to distance and, as it turned out the weather was good enough that we opened the barn up to the outdoors and enjoyed the sunshine as well. In addition to policy, officers were elected, and we had a great meal. More on policy and election results later in this paper. I am honored to have been voted in to be your President for another year. The plan is that this will be my last year. I can’t think of a better organization to lead. While talking to a non-FB member recently, I had to clarify to him his misconception that we are just another government agency. Probably something we should be clear about to anyone who doesn’t know who we are. We aren’t from the government, but we are here to help.

If you haven’t checked out the farm listing map for NH that UNH Cooperative Extension put together, you should. It is a great map with more farms being added whenever they get their information to Extension. The map can be found at: https://unhcoopext.maps. arcgis.com/home/index.html I guess we knew even before the first of the year that much of the news of 2020 was going to be about the elections, but who would have guessed how much attention COVID-19 was going to get. While the news may have been primarily about the election and the pandemic, there has been a lot of positive activity in agriculture throughout the state. Our farmers, as they always seem to do, adapted to the issues before them and some farmers have actually done better than they expected. It shows the resiliency and capability of our farmers. We worked with old partners such as Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, and with others that we don’t work with as often, to help our members figure out the myriad of new rules, regulations, and procedures that came along due to the pandemic. Farm Bureau remains strong. Our Young Farmer Committee continued their tradition of helping people in need with their Thanksgiving baskets. They gathered enough ingredients - potatoes, squash, apples, eggs, cider, and turkeys, as well as other donated items to make up 30 baskets which they distributed to several areas of the state prior to Thanksgiving. Several businesses have also initiated programs where they accepted donations toward the purchase of milk and then donated the milk to those in need. Probably thousands of gallons of milk have been donated this way. As well, many of our farmers donated extra fruit and vegetables to food pantries and other organizations in need throughout the state. Though there is need for some government programs to insure those most in need are helped, farmers show how they are always helping, neighbor to neighbor, just because that is the kind of people they are. Have a g great winter!

Denis

INSIDE January/February 2020 County, Committee & Member News . . . . . . . . 6 Local Meat Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Eye on Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

New Hampshire Farm Bureau President Denis Ward speaks at the 2020 House of Delegates Meeting in Northwood on November, 7th alongside NHFB Second Vice-President, Tom McElroy. Although NHFB did not have a typical Annual Meeting this year, the House of Delegates Meeting, where officers are elected and policy is voted on, did take place. Read more on page 7.


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2021 NH FARM BUREAU BOARD

President

First Vice President

Second Vice President

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

Joyce Brady, Columbia CJEJ Farm 922-3305

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

Treasurer

President, Associated Women

Young Farmer Committee, Co-Chair

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

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

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

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Second Vice President Jay Phinizy, Acworth 835-2852 jamesphinizy@gmail.com

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

Belknap County President

Carroll County President

Cheshire County President CoÖs County President

Grafton County President

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

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

Beth Hodge, Hinsdale Echo Farm Puddings 336-7706 beth@echofarmpuddings.com

Kristen May, North Haverhill 787-2388 office@hatchland.net

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

Steve MacCleery, Chichester 798-5720 jdeere7@tds.net

Joyce Brady, Columbia CJEJ Farm 922-3305

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

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

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


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NHFB Office Gets a Facelift You may have noticed some changes at the NHFB office in Concord if you’ve driven by recently. In preparation for new roofs, several large pine trees were removed from around the Farm Bureau office and the former American National office. This work will help protect the new roofs from falling pine needles and other debris from the trees. With such large trees and tight spaces, a crane was needed to complete the work as shown in the photo to the left.

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

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Young Farmers Continue Tradition of Giving Back

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: Ammy Rice, Milford Amelia Aznive, Concord

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This November, members of the NHFB Young Farmer Committee delivered 20 Thanksgiving baskets to the Salvation Army of Concord and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Concord. These baskets included farm-fresh NH-raised turkeys, potatoes, squash, apples, apple cider and milk, thanks to donations and purchases from Farm Bureau members. The baskets also included canned and box goods donated by Farm Credit East and the Baylis Insurance Agency. An additional 10 Thanksgiving baskets were delivered to several locations in Coos County. Above: NHFB Young Farmer Co-Chairs Amelia Aznive and Ammy Rice deliver Thanksgiving baskets to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Concord. Below: Kate Osgood and sons Hunter and Henry drop off turkeys for the baskets from Birch Rise Farm.

Above: Kyle Baylis drops off canned and box good donations from Baylis Insurance Agency. Below: Patrick Hostetter stands with donations he organized from the Farm Credit East office in Bedford.


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The Zipline Farm Bureau’s Policy Plate is Full It’s almost curtains for 2020, and what a year it has been! Now that we can put 2020 in the rearview mirror, we also can look ahead to what’s on our plate for 2021. We started this year with hopes of achieving policy wins on ag labor, regulatory reform, expanding broadband, addressing mental health in rural America, and expanding trade. While those goals have seemed, at times, to be overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and all the crises it brought our way, I’m proud that we still brought home some big wins for farmers and ranchers on our original goals. While we need Congress to act on ag labor reform, we applauded the Administration’s release of new H-2A guest worker rules. The Administration changed the calculation of wage rates and locked them in for two years, a move that will bring more predictability and stability to farmers who rely on those workers. Trade is headed in the right direction, with USDA recently issuing a forecast that ag exports will increase to $140.5 billion next year, with China leading the increase. In addition to the new U.S.-China Phase 1 Agreement that commits China to greater purchases from the U.S., the U.S.- Mexico-Canada Agreement took effect this summer, the U.S.Japan agreement took effect last January, and negotiations are well under way with the United Kingdom. Signed into law in March, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated more than $500 million to help rural communities connect to broadband internet. Also in March, the Broadband DATA Act was signed into law, changing the way the government collects data on broadband access so that maps correctly show the areas that are lacking and need help. On mental health, the House and Senate passed language in the Defense Authorization bill that would provide more training, improve awareness through public service announcements, and require federal agencies to work together to determine best practices in responding to rural mental health challenges. On the regulatory front, we made progress on modernizing Endangered Species Act rules and, finally, delisting the gray wolf, which has seen population growth for years and now will be managed appropriately at the state level. We also welcomed decisions from the Environmental Protection Agency that will preserve farmers’ and ranchers’ access to critical crop protection tools. Through Farm Bureau’s legal advocacy, we have defeated early efforts to block implementation of new rules that provide a reasonable definition of “navigable waters” and commonsense reforms of the process for environmental reviews under the

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

National Environmental Policy Act. The litigation is ongoing, and AFBF remains fully committed to defending these and other administrative wins of the past few years. All of these achievements came as we worked for assistance to farmers and ranchers as markets were decimated by COVID-19 and as they struggled to provide adequate protection for their farm workers. Farm Bureau membership always has been a great value for our members, but I believe we showed that value more than ever this year. Looking ahead to January, we will work with elected leaders to bring home more wins for farmers and ranchers. We have work to do on taxes—protecting the tax cuts enacted in 2017 and making agricultural estate tax relief permanent. We must be engaged in the discussion on climate, ensuring that voluntary incentives are part of the solution. We must work to strengthen our food and agriculture system in light of what we’ve learned during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discussions about the next farm bill will get under way, and we’ll be hard at work to ensure that farmers and ranchers have adequate risk management tools and conservation programs. We must maintain the hardwon regulatory reforms of the past few years, continue to work for a regulatory environment that allows farmers and ranchers to be productive, and implement renewable energy mandates. Infrastructure improvements, broadband buildout and agricultural research are also on the plate. We must continue to expand global markets, improve access to mental health services in rural America, and continue working for real, lasting reform of immigration and ag labor. Clearly, we have our work cut out for us, and if 2020 has shown us anything it’s that Farm Bureau, with our grassroots-developed policy and our army of engaged farmer and rancher member advocates across the nation, is up to any task. We are STRONGER TOGETHER. I look forward to reporting on more policy wins in the days and weeks ahead.

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County, Committee & Member News Secretary – Lee Ann Childress will continue until the end of 2020. Treasurer – Barbara Angevine. During our Annual Meeting, we all agreed to update the AW Past President’s Plaque. This will be worked on in 2021. The AW are a determined group of ladies who have worked on a project called “No Taste for Waste” all year. AW members submitted recipes using leftovers and tips for eliminating food waste to Josh, our Communications Director, that were shared via social media and in The Communicator. We have sent posters to various organizations, and Ruth Scruton appeared on 107.7’s morning radio show to discuss the project.

Some recent investigative work surfaced the citation to accompany presentation of the AFBF Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award to NHFB’s first President of the Associated Women, Abbie Sargent. This citation now hangs in the NHFB office.

CHESHIRE COUNTY At our Annual Meeting the following were voted to positions for 2021: President – Beth Hodge Vice President – Frank Linnenbringer Secretary – Elaine Moore Treasurer – Mark Florenz With COVID-19, 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone. The CCFB Board agreed that if we could meet in person, wear masks, and stay six feet from each other, that we would like to continue in person. We have held our meeting in person most of the time. Our membership is down, whether due to the pandemic or other reasons is unclear. We are still dedicating our efforts towards reaching out to others to let them know they are valuable assets to Farm Bureau. We look forward to continuing our efforts in teaching people to promote agriculture and sustainability in farming. We are all willing to discuss who we are, what we do, and, most importantly, how all aspects of farming are most valuable to our communities. Let us speak at a function you are planning or just get some friends together and we will come visit and discuss the importance of Farm Bureau. Did you know we have Rob Johnson working diligently for Farm Bureau? Rob, NHFB’s Policy Director, follows the goings on of the House of Representatives and Senate, helping to make laws that are beneficial to all farmers. We thank everyone who has joined Cheshire County Farm Bureau and look forward to gaining new members in 2021.

the spring of 2022. The Board plans to resume in person meetings in the spring when we can meet outdoors. If a meeting is needed during the winter, it will be a zoom meeting. The Board discussed the need to keep our membership involved by continuing our county newsletter. It was also agreed to investigate reviving the County Facebook Page. We encourage members to reach out to the board with any concerns.

COMMITTEE NEWS ASSOCIATED WOMEN OF NHFB The Associated Women of New Hampshire Farm Bureau held their Annual Meeting on October 19th by Zoom. We thank NHFB President Denis Ward for attending our meeting. Six counties were represented. Your slate of officers for 2021-2022 is as follows: President – Elaine Moore Vice-President – Jozi Best

This year has been very difficult with COVID-19. I wish to thank all New Hampshire Farm Bureau Associated Women for their determination to promote agriculture and sustainability. We always welcome anyone who wishes to join our organization or just sit in on one of our meetings. In other AW news, Wayne Mann has worked diligently to locate an award given to the first President of AW, Abbie Sargent. His hard work and determination were rewarded with a call from American Farm Bureau regarding the presentation of the AFBF Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award to Abby Sargent in 1938. The Award is now hanging in the conference room of NHFB office. We look forward to 2021 with anticipation of all the good AW will accomplish for the benefit of Farm Bureau and our communities.

MEMBER NEWS Dedicated Farm Bureau Member, John Hodsdon Passes

County Farm Bureau stalwart John Hodsdon. John passed at his home, Picnic Rock Farm in Meredith, on November 7, 2020. John grew up on the farm that has been in his family since 1801. He attended school in Meredith and graduated from Laconia High School where he excelled in mathematics. He studied at the University of NH. While there he was active in the Outing Club, and was a rock climbing instructor. John was also an avid skier and mountaineer. His graduate studies took him all over North America including the University of Alaska, eventually earning a PhD in Biochemistry from University of California Berkley. In the late 1970s, John returned home to take over managing the farm from his father, Marshall, where he continued the business of growing vegetables, Christmas trees, running the farm stand and the bakery. In 2008 John’s cousin, Ward Bird, took over operation of the farm to be the 7th generation to continue the tradition. He served at both the county and state level receiving the President’s Award in 2006. He served as Belknap County Farm Bureau’s voting delegate to the NHFB House of Delegates Meeting every year from 1988 – 2017 as well as serving as the Chairman of their Policy Development Committee for many of those years. At the state level, John was a member of the State Policy Development Committee for most of his years as a Farm Bureau member and received the 2019 NHFB Profile Award for his contributions to the agricultural community of New Hampshire. We at Farm Bureau will miss his frequent visits to the Concord office to check in on legislative updates, which doubled as an opportunity to hear wonderful stories about his past travels around the world.

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Belknap

Elaine Moore – Secretary

SULLIVAN COUNTY The Sullivan County Farm Bureau met on Zoom on December 9th. The Board developed and approved a budget for the coming year. We reviewed our calendar noting that there will be no Sullivan County School to Farm again this year due to the pandemic. We plan to restart School to Farm in

Belknap County Farm Bureau member John Hodsdon passed away on November 7, 2020. In a long list of accolades and contributions, his most recent recognition was the 2019 NHFB Profile Award. John is shown above at the 2019 Belknap County Farm to School event.


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2020 Annual Meeting Report: Leaders Elected and Policy Set for Coming Year By Rob Johnson, NHFB Policy Director

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n Saturday, November 7, the New Hampshire Farm Bureau (NHFB) “House of Delegates” consisting of 23 representatives of the county Farm Bureau organizations met at The Johnson Barn in Northwood to elect NHFB officers and set NHFB policy for the coming year. Those elected were: President Denis Ward, Monroe First Vice-President Joyce Brady, Columbia Second Vice-President Tom McElroy, Newton Second Vice-President Jay Phinizy, Acworth

(UNH) COOPERATIVE EXTENSION (UNHCE) Replace existing policy: #11. We support the return of decision making authority to UNHCE Advisory Councils. with: We support the increased role of UNHCE Advisory Councils to partner with UNHCE to identify agricultural program needs and priorities, advocate for continued funding at the county level, and provide input and increased decision making authority on the hiring of county-based staff. CRIME AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

Treasurer Howard Pearl, Loudon All were re-elected with the exception of Jay Phinizy, who was elected to a vacant seat on the Board. They will be joined on the NHFB Executive Committee by Associated Women’s President Elaine Moore from Westmoreland and Young Farmer Committee Co-Chairs Ammy Rice from Milford and Amelia Aznive from Concord. President Denis Ward was also elected to serve as NHFB’s Delegate to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual meeting being held remotely in January. In addition, the Delegates approved 18 of 23 proposed policy resolutions and/or changes to the existing NHFB policy document proposed by county Farm Bureau membership or NHFB Committees. These are printed below. 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 for national Farm Bureau policy to be taken during 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.

We support stricter laws against littering with tougher penalties and more enforcement. Replace existing policy: #8. We support housing in place as the first option for care in animal cruelty cases.

New Hampshire Farm Bureau President Denis Ward addresses the House of Delegates meeting in Northwood, NH, on November 7 flanked by First Vice-President Joyce Brady and Second VicePresident Tom McElroy. At the meeting, NHFB leaders were elected and policy set for the coming year.

We support an analysis of the Class I price mover used to establish the price of fluid milk. We support dairy cooperatives using a supply management formula for quota or base programs that supports reasonable annual growth for all farms and encourages milk production to stay in New Hampshire. FAMILY LIFE We support efforts to make broadband and cell phone coverage available to areas of the state where it is now limited. INSURANCE

with: In animal cruelty cases where the animal(s) are not in imminent danger, we support allowing them to remain on site provided they are cared for as determined by the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food (DAMF). Dairy We support policies by dairy cooperatives which create programs that allow startup dairies in NH to have access to milk markets. We support a comprehensive study of de-pooling rules in the Federal Milk Marketing Orders and the impact on farm gate milk prices of de-pooling practices used by processors. We support policies to ensure risk management tools used by farmers cover any adverse effects on farm gate milk prices from processing plants depooling.*

Add language in bold italics print to existing LIVESTOCK philosophy section as follows: The availability of slaughter and processing facilities, particularly those offering USDA or equivalent inspection, are critical to a viable commercial livestock industry. Processing and marketing options and facilities, a skilled workforce, and the continued promotion and marketing of locally grown livestock products will support, maintain, and enhance the livestock industry in NH. PROPERTY RIGHTS

We support a state law limiting the liability of farmers providing agritourism activities to the public.

We support state law clearly stating landowner permission is required for the harvesting of any wild or domestic crop on private and public property.

LIVESTOCK

USDA: FSA AND NRCS/DAIRY

We support expanding meat and livestock processing opportunities for New Hampshire producers.

We support continuation of the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program beyond the end of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program due to its proven success in bolstering commodity prices as well as providing critical nutrition for those in need. We encourage the USDA to prioritize local products in the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.*

We support allowing the interstate sale of state inspected meat.* We support implementing the state meat inspection program (RSA 427) within the DAMF with state funding provided for a program administrator. We support implementing a long term training program to provide a skilled workforce for the livestock and poultry processing industry in New England.

We support USDA planning for a critical supply of animal use vaccines, antibiotics, antiparasitics, and other essential animal health products to be produced domestically.*

We support full funding of a state Chronic Wasting Disease program to comply with USDA rules for the importation and exportation of deer and elk.

New Hampshire Farm Bureau Position Announcement – Administrator We are looking for an Administrator to lead and manage activities and general dayto-day operations of New Hampshire Farm Bureau. Key responsibility areas will be: membership recruitment & retention, leadership development, organizational support, financial management, and office management with the potential for some of this work to be contracted out. To apply send cover letter (including salary expectation) and resume to: robj@nhfarmbureau.org or Robert Johnson, II, 295 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, NH 03301. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. A job description as well as skills and qualifications we are looking for can be found at www.nhfarmbureau.org/jobs. New Hampshire Farm Bureau (NHFB) is a non-profit federation, established in 1916, of New Hampshire’s 10 county Farm Bureau organizations which consist of nearly 2,000 NH farm families and over 1,000 supporting members statewide. NHFB is dedicated to advocating for and educating the public about agriculture. NHFB is a general farm organization where the members establish policy and direction through a member driven policy development process. We are “The Voice of Agriculture” in New Hampshire.


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Alliance Wins Grant to Assemble a Food Access Plan

January/February 2021

Department of Labor Stablilizes Farmworker Pay

“Farmers are committed to paying their employees a fair wage, but the existing system sets unpredictable rates that make it hard for farmers to remain competitive. The Department of Labor’s decision to maintain current pay rates for the next two years for the majority of H-2A employers provides stability during the uncertainty created by the pandemic and trade imbalances. While this decision does not solve all of the wage issues, it is a step in the right direction. We look forward to continuing our work on meaningful agricultural labor reform through the regulatory or legislative processes.”

AFBF Newsroom The Department of Labor announced in November it will stabilize the wages paid to guest farmworkers. The Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) will remain at 2020 rates for the next two years. The following statement may be attributed to American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall:

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ew Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation awards the County of Cheshire a $20,000 grant to fiscal sponsor a project with Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition (MFCC) and Healthy Monadnock, who will form the Monadnock Children’s Food Access Alliance. The Alliance will regularly assemble during 2021 to work towards a long term goal to improve the overall health of children in the Monadnock region. The Alliance’s key objective is to identify opportunities for children and families to access affordable healthy food and increase participation in programs. This will be accomplished by conducting a comprehensive analysis of assets and gaps in present children’s food security programs, coordinating existing services and programs to increase program efficiencies, convening stakeholders (e.g., focus groups, listening sessions) to examine data and information, co-designing a plan with community members to fill identified gaps in programs and services, and enabling community members to access existing programs. Success of this project will mean that children in the Monadnock region have excellent health and easy access to nutritious food, regardless of their economic or family status. The intent of this project is to help leaders design effective programs. Presently, food security and access programs in the Monadnock region are underused and little data exists as to why that is or if vulnerable people know about resources and assistance available. Numerous anecdotes in the region from school professionals and medical providers reference families cutting back or going into debt to feed their kids. Yet programs like SNAP, Granite State Market Match, and EBT benefits are underutilized. The region’s food access providers and public health officials will be better positioned to help these people if they had more information about the people who need services and their barriers to accessing those services. MFCC is the ideal organization to lead efforts to closely examine the local food system because it works with about 140 members to cultivate community action, connect people to resources, and foster relationships that benefit local farmers and public health. According to Roe-Ann Tasoulas, MFCC director, “Three of the Coalition’s goals tie directly into this effort: increase food production and consumption in the region, and provide resources and encourage advocacy for an equitable food system. Our members are passionate about healthy food and making it available to all Monadnock residents.” Healthy Monadnock and Cheshire Medical Center’s Center for Population Health will support the Coalition’s efforts and provide technical assistance, network connections, and use of the Healthy Monadnock brand. It provides education and advocacy, oversight for public health projects, and supports the implementation of the Community Health Improvement Plan. Cheshire County government will provide fiscal sponsorship, and will manage the contractual aspect of the grant award and its subcontracts. “Being a part of bring this project to fruition is what our work is all about,” says Tricia Zahn, Center for Population Health and MFCC board member. “It is energizing to know so many people in the Monadnock Region are passionate about food access improvements and to have our project ideas validated by an external competitive funder is no small feat.” Funding for this project was made possible by the New Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation through a competitive application program for reducing food insecurity in children and families by increasing access to affordable healthy food. The Alliance seeks stakeholder participation at their meetings and other various stages of the planning project. To sign up or for more information, contact Roe-Ann Tasoulas, MFCC Director at coordinator@ mfccoalition.org or 802.271.4191

Conservation Moose Plate 2021 Grant Awards Announced By NH State Conservation Committee

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he New Hampshire State Conservation Committee’s 2021 Conservation ‘Moose Plate’ Grant Program has awarded $431,901 in grant funds to twenty-one projects that will protect, restore, and enhance the state’s valuable natural resources. The NH State Conservation Committee’s competitive grant program awards grants annually to exceptional projects that enhance conservation benefits in one of six project categories: Water Quality and Quantity, Wildlife Habitat, Soil Conservation and Flooding, Best Management Practices, Conservation Planning, and Land Conservation. Eligible grant applicants include county conservation districts, municipalities, qualified conservation nonprofit organizations, county

cooperative extension natural resource programs, public and private schools (Kindergarten through Grade 12), and scout groups. To view a list of the 2021 grant recipients and to learn more about the State Conservation Committee’s annual Conservation Grant Program, visit http:// www.nh.gov/scc/grants/ (or see below). The SCC Conservation Grant Program is funded through the sale of Conservation and Heritage License Plates, known as “Moose Plates”. Vehicle owners may purchase conservation license plates for $38 the first year, and $30 in succeeding yearswhen renewing or registering a vehicle.To learn more, visit www. mooseplate.com.

NH State Conservation Committee ~ Conservation Moose Plate 2021 Grant Recipients Recipient

Project Name

Grant Award

Town

County

Audubon Society of New Hampshire

Urban Habitat Restoration: A Communitybased Approach for Wildlife & People

$23,534.00

Manchester

Hillsborough

Belknap County Conservation District

Restoration of Hurd Brook and Alton Culvert Assessment

$15,552.00

Alton

Belknap

Bear Paw Regional Greenways

Barnes Conservation Easement

$11,550.00

Strafford

Strafford

Town of Campton Conservation Commission

West Branch Brook Forest: Miller Property Acquisition & CE

$24,000.00

Campton

Grafton

Carroll County Conservation Restoration of Linscott Brook District

$22,500.00

Eaton

Carroll

Town of Chichester, Conservation Commission

Valley View Conservation Area

$23,156.00

Chichester

Merrimack

Town of Durham

Wagon Hill Farm Sustainable Trail and Bridge Improvement

$24,000.00

Durham

Strafford

Five Rivers Conservation Trust

Pletcher Farm (Vegetable Ranch) Conservation Easement

$22,000.00

Warner

Merrimack

Green Mountain Conservation Group

Microplastics in the Ossipee Lake System

$21,328.00

Effingham

Carroll

Hillsborough County Conservation District

Siergiewicz Lot Reclamation and Wildlife Restoration Project

$14,953.00

Hollis

Hillsborough

New Hampshire Association NH Conservation Planning Project of Conservation Districts

$24,000.00

State

Statewide

Rockingham County Conservation District

Gateway Enhancement Odiorne Point State Park, Coastal & Pollinator Habitats

$17,828.00

Rye

Rockingham

Strafford County Conservation District

New Hampshire IPM Cost Share Demonstration Program

$24,000.00

Hampton

Strafford

Southeast Land Trust of New Leighton Forest Hampshire

$20,000.00

Barrington & Stafford

Stafford

Seabrook-Hamptons Estuary Hampton-Seabrook Estuary Management Alliance Plan

$21,900.00

Hampton

Rockingham

Society for the Protection of Harvey Addition to Moose Mountains New Hampshire Forest Reservation

$15,000.00

Middleton

Strafford

Society for the Protection of Nason Addition to Moose Mountains New Hampshire Forest Reservation

$15,000.00

Brookfield

Carroll

The Nature Conservancy

Enhancing Ecosystem Services and Coastal Resilience at Philbrick Pond

$24,000.00

North Hampton

Rockingham

Upper Saco Valley Land Trust

Pine Hill Community Forest Expansion Project

$24,000.00

Conway

Carroll

Upper Valley Land Trust

Putnam Farms Inc.-Hunter Meadow

$24,000.00

Claremont

Sullivan

Winnisquam Watershed Network

Winnisquam Watershed Plan - Public Outreach and Needs Assessment

$19,600.00

7 Towns

Belknap


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A Mountain of Mushrooms

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arrying on a family farming tradition can look many dierent ways. Sometimes it’s continuing to do the same thing the previous generation did before you. Other times it means expanding operations or injecting a healthy dose of new technology to the equation. For Tina and Gary Ward of Monroe, NH, the latest vision of carrying on a farming legacy meant stepping into unknown territory with a crop they had no experience with: Mushrooms. For five generations Gary’s family cared for their idyllic 1000-acre Monroe property as a dairy operation, appropriately named Mountain View Farm. After the passing of Gary’s father, the operation switched to organic egg production for Pete & Gerry’s. The dairy barns were replaced with long, purpose-built chicken barns filled with a wide array of infrastructure and automated gadgets. After a decade or so endeavoring in the organic egg business, the Wards decided to go in another direction once more. What could they do with the barns that had housed 28,000 birds for a decade? While there were suggestions of storage units or other non-agricultural work spaces, those ideas were never seriously considered by Gary or his two brothers, Bryan and Phillip. The Ward brothers were born into agriculture on this very land and they had a deep respect for it. Being good stewards of this ancestral homestead was the number one priority in any decision to be made. Surprisingly enough, it wasn’t one of ‘the boys,’ as Tina aectionately refers to them, but Tina herself who had the vision for the next chapter in the farm’s story. “Gary, I figured out what we can grow on the farm!â€? Tina recalled telling him excitedly. “Mushrooms.â€? She explained her idea and the basics of what would be needed while ‘the boys’ dove into their own research. After some careful contemplation

Mushrooms are grown on a substrate that acts as a base and food for the growth of mushrooms. The white growth that covers the substrate blocks is called mycelium and it is the vegetative state of the mushroom. Eventually these blocks are brought into warm, humid growing rooms where the familiar fruit bodies of the mushroom will grow out from the blocks.

Gary, Bryan, and Phillip greenlit the new project under one important condition. “They agreed to doing the setup and growing but I needed to do the marketing and selling,� she said. This would be no problem for Tina, whose gregarious nature is apparent as soon as you meet her. With a diverse set of skills including running her own cleaning business, property management company, providing catering, and even owning a restaurant, Tina had connections and an outgoing spirit that has proven useful in getting the Mountain View Mushroom Farm brand a foothold in the area. The team quickly went to work repurposing the barns and turned the operation around in remarkable time. “We started July 1st and were selling mushrooms by October 1st,� Tina said. That time was spent not just on demolition and remodeling but also on education. Tina spoke with

Mountain View Mushroom Farm in Monroe, NH, grows nine dierent varieties of mushrooms for sale to retailers and restaurants. Above, Tina Ward displays a box of Black Oyster mushrooms that were recently harvested. Tina, her husband Gary, and Gary’s brothers Bryan and Phillip operate the farm that was once a dairy farm and an organic egg farm.

Tina Ward prepares a mixture of yellow and black Oyster and Shiitake mushrooms at her home in Monroe. With a wide ranging background, including work in the restaurant industry, Tina’s passion for growing mushrooms stems from her passion for preparing and eating them.

consultants and took a course on mycology, the study of fungi, and investigated what types of mushrooms they may want to grow. Based o market research and flavor preference, they settled on varieties like Oyster Mushrooms, Lion’s Mane Mushrooms, and Shiitake Mushrooms to start. While any new challenge comes with a learning curve, the Wards are adapting quickly to their new vocation. Figuring out the perfect temperature and humidity controls to foster a healthy growing environment is an ongoing process, but they’ve got the essential procedure down. First, they buy in blocks of substrate that are inoculated with mushroom spores. The substrate consists of hardwood sawdust along with organic rice and soybean hulls and needs to be kept in a cold dark environment. From there, mycelium, the vegetative stage of mushroom growth, overtakes and uses the substrate as food. Next the blocks are moved to the hot and humid growing room, where the fruit bodies of the mushroom springs out of the mycelium. The mushrooms are then harvested fresh and stored in the cooler until delivery or pickup. The next step for the Wards is expanding their markets to broader distribution. Already being certified organic and Mushroom Good Agricultural Practices (MGAP) certified, Mountain View Mushroom Farm has all the qualifications in place to be picked up by larger regional distributors. Their facilities are also prepared for that scale up. “If we can get all the big distributors to take our mushrooms, we have the capability of growing 12,000 pounds of mushrooms a week,â€? Tina said. No matter what facility or marketing you have, there is only one way to truly test the quality of your product and that is to taste it. While this author went into the interview absolutely knowing he didn’t like mushrooms, Tina’s preparation of yellow and black Oyster and Shiitake mushrooms proved a dierent story. Sauteed in butter to the perfect point just before charred and deglazed with red wine, not even a self-acknowledged picky eater could resist this treat.


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Local Meat Producer List Belknap County Beans

Greens Farm - Gilford

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

Half a Penny Farm - Ctr. Barnstead Shane & Jenn Forest 603-345-5277 or 603-591-2910 www.halfapennyfarm.com We carry pasture raised black angus beef. USDA Certified. Cryovac packaging. Individual assorted cuts of beef. Whole, Half and Quarter shares available. Check us out on Facebook and Instagram.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remick Country Doctor Museum Farm - Tamworth Sheena Harte - 323-7591 sharte@remickmuseum.org Farm-rasied ground beef, breakfast and sweet Italian sausage.

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

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

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

East Hill Farm - Troy

Slow Grown Farm - Plymouth

Dave Adams - 242-6495 info@east-hill-farm.com Whole, half, or individual cuts available of pork, beef, lamb and goat.

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

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

JHF Stable

Livestock - Alstead

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

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

Manning Hill Farm - Winchester

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

Hillsboro County Barrett Hill Farm - Mason The LeClairs - 878-4022 barretthill@myfairpoint.net or visit our website barrethillfarm.com Beef, pork and lamb.

Kinney’s Farm - Brookline

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

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

Up Top Farm - Winchester

Paradise Farm - Lyndeborough

Earl Beaman - 603-355-0818 kathy@kbsunspaces.com Born and raised in New Hampshire, these beef cattle are pasture raised and corn finished, making the meat much more tender than just plain grass fed beef. They are hormone and antibiotic free and are processed in a federally inspected USDA facility. They are sold as “freezer sides”, meaning that you would purchased a side of beef (of split one with a friend or relative), have it cut to your specifications (steaks, roasts, size of packaging, etc) and pick it up in Athol, Massachusetts.

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

French Hill Farm – Milan Jason Huter - 603-326-9778 jasonhuter@gmail.com Whole frozen chicken, duck, and rabbit. Beef and pork on the hoof.

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

Grafton County Bonnie Brae Farms - Plymouth Henry Ahern - 536-3880 bonniebraefarms.com Farm-raised Red Deer venison, velvet antler, hard antler and hides. Also breeding stock. The deer are primarily grass and hay fed. USDA inspected.

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

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

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

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

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

Jessica Morin - 603-986-0359 jessmorin912@gmail.com pineshillfarm.com We are a small family farm selling pasture raised USDA processed beef and pork. We also have whole chickens and turkeys available seasonally.

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

Rockingham County Great Bay Farm - Greenland Allen Smith - 969-9948 greatbayfarm@gmail.com Various Cuts USDA inspected frozen beef.

J F Farms Inc. - Derry Melissa Dolloff - 437-0535 farmstand@JFfarms.com All cuts of frozen beef.

Mandico Farm Cattle Co. - Nottingham Conrad & Kathy Mandsager - 770-1948 cmandsager@gmail.com Farm-raised, Grass fed Highland natural beef.

Strafford County Coppal House Farm - Lee John & Carol Hutton - 659-3572 coppalhouse@comcast.net USDA certified pasture raised lamb and pork products. All cuts are flash frozen and vacuum sealed. Various cuts available at the farm stand, but special requests are filled when available.

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

His Harvest Farm - Madbury Bruce Smith - 603-834-5012 farmer.hisharvestfarm@gmail.com hisharvestfarm.com Pasture raised chickens and eggs.

Pinewoods Yankee Farm - Lee Tina Fottler & Erick Sawtelle 659-8106 or esawtelles@aol.com Grass fed beef. Belted Galloway and Angus crosses. Individual retail cuts and custom cut sides. Find us on Local Harvest and Facebook.

Sullivan County Beaver Pond Farm - Newport

Bokaja - Webster

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

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

Eccardt Farm Inc. - Washington

Merrimack County

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

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

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

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

Yankee Farmers’ Market - Warner Pines Hill Farm – Lisbon

January/February 2021

Brian & Keira Farmer - 456-2833 yankeefarmersmarket.com Offering farm raised, all natural certified USDA buffalo, venison, elk, grass fed beef, lamb, chicken, turkey and pork. Our farm has an on farm store open year round, distributes to retail and wholesale acounts, offering a wide variety of individual cuts.

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

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

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


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The 2021 American Farm Bureau Convention is going virtual.

JAN 10 - 13, 2021 T

he Farm Bureau Virtual Convention will be held January 10-13, 2021, and for the first time ever, registration fees are being waived to give all Farm Bureau members and anyone interested in agriculture the opportunity to experience one of agriculture’s premier events from the comfort and safety of home. The Farm Bureau Virtual Convention theme of “Stronger Together” underscores the importance of unity and finding creative ways to engage and support our friends, neighbors and industry. Mike Rowe will join the Farm Bureau Virtual Convention as our special guest for a fireside chat in the closing general session. Land

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AGR ICULTURE OUTLOOK WHAT W ILL 2021 BR ING?

LOOK ING FORWARD Reflections from 2020 – Learning for 2021 By Jeremy DeLisle, Field Specialist, Food and Agriculture, UNH Extension

Jeremy DeLisle, Field Specialist, Food and Agriculture, UNH Extension

Having worked as an Extension Field Specialist for roughly fifteen years, I have never experienced a season quite like this before. All of our best laid plans for educational programming went right out the window in March as COVID-19 began to ramp up. Conferences, workshops and demonstrations were cancelled one after another, and we all seemed to be left with more questions than answers for a while. Here in New Hampshire, the need for rapid exchange of information concerning best practices on farms, access to available relief funding, alternative marketing and delivery models, and consumer awareness around how to access local farm products all pulled at the attention of farmers and agricultural service providers alike. Looking back over the past season, I like to think about the many positives that that have resulted from this pandemic for local agriculture. Talking with farmers throughout the state, many saw record support from customers this year. It’s a testament to the trust we all have for NH agriculture, that in the worst of times, we turn to our local farms for the nourishment required to keep our families healthy. Our farms have certainly made it easier than ever to buy from them and feel safe doing so. Have a look at the NH Farm Products Map for a better idea of how and where to access products: https://extension.unh.edu/resource/newhampshire-farm-products-map. From shifting to provide online ordering and curbside pick-up, to home deliveries, pop-up markets, revamped farmers’ markets, reconfigured farm stands and redirected u-pick operations, our farmers showed just how nimble and adaptable they can be. While it remains unknown if this trend of strong local sales will continue in 2021, savvy farmers are busy refining their production and marketing plans in anticipation of another marketing season with potentially high demand for local products. When asked about highlights of 2020, several farmers and colleagues commented about the importance of retaining as many of the new customers from this season as possible. Strategies

implemented on some farms this season included a customer reservation process in order to keep the number of people on farms at a given time to a manageable level. Customers seemed to appreciate this practice, and some farmers feel that it contributed to the overall experience those customers had while visiting the farm. Some u-pick farms say they will continue this practice going forward. Focusing on the customer experience, paired with maintaining top notch product quality seems to be a recipe resulting in success for many New Hampshire Farms. Preparation is the name of the game right now. Supply orders should be planned and submitted well in advance, as some materials have been hard to come by or require significant delays to source. If farm records allow, taking some time to analyze sales volumes and strategize on how to capitalize on strong direct-to-consumer demand and farm traffic for next season. Make some time during the next couple of months to focus on the business side of your farm. There have been so many lessons learned as a result of things being turned upside down in 2020. More than anything, my work was impacted most by new collaborations, and leaning upon existing relationships to support agricultural community while navigating new territory. I witnessed new partnerships formed out of efficiency and necessity, and watched as professional colleagues and farmers form new collaborations and adopted new technologies. As we near the end of this year and anticipate the new one, I’ll certainly be taking stock of the people, ideas and lessons learned that have strengthened my belief in the resiliency of NH agriculture. To the farmers reading this, I was reminded by a colleague about the importance of taking time when we can to care for ourselves. Be it body or mind, I hope you all find some time to rest and refuel. Thank you for what you do every day. Happy Holidays!

Spring was right around the corner with people stuck at home and grocery shelves getting sparse. It seemed like everyone wanted to get their hands into some form of agriculture, whether it was animal agriculture for some type of food source or horticulture/landscaping to keep busy. This year we are looking forward to hosting a few different types of workshop at the grain store to help the new agriculture enthusiasts to better understand the needs of their animals. Whether the ones that tried raising any type of animal this past year choose to continue or not, their hand ran through the agriculture community. If they enjoyed it we have more to talk to them about, if they didn’t then they might be more supportive of those of us that choose to. Either way, more people have been connected to some form of agriculture this year than normal. More questions about how, why, and with what all spur longer conversations and educates more people about the importance of agriculture. I guess we are looking forward to more homes talking about agriculture around their kitchen tables in 2021.

The Future of Horticulture in New Hampshire By Tom McElroy, Newton Greenhouse

Bringing the Importance of Agriculture to Light By Joyce Brady, CJEJ Farm Tom McElroy, Newton Greenhouse

Chris and Joyce Brady, CJEJ Farm & Blue Seal Grain Store

2020 has been a wild ride for Chris and I. In February we signed papers and purchased the Blue Seal grain store in Colebrook. Within a week or two, the country shut down due to COVID-19.

2020 has been a challenging year at best. COVID-19 had an affect on everyone and every agricultural businesses. Like many commercial greenhouses, when the shutdown started in Massachusetts around March 12, we were very concerned. Our wholesale business (about 80% of our total sales) took a big hit. Easter 2020 was just around the corner and our Church business suffered with Churches being closed. Following Easter, our retail business went through the roof. People in general were working from home. Many planted vegetables, perennials, trees, shrubs and new lawns. The question now is will this trend continue? I think it will. Maybe not at the current level. If people were successful with their vegetable gardens, flowers, and indoor house plants, many will continue to buy and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Only time will tell.


January/February 2021 Looking Hopeful By Jay Pritchard, Pritchard Farms

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FIRST GLIMPSE AT 2021 ACREAGE AND Y IELDS

BY JOHN NEW TON, Ph.D. - AFBF CHIEF ECONOMIST Every November, USDA releases a 10-year baseline projection including longterm supply, use and price projections for major U.S. crops and livestock products. These supply and demand projections come in advance of the department’s annual Agricultural Outlook Conference during which commodity supply and use projections, projections for farm income and expectations for global commodity trade are reviewed. Today’s article reviews planted acreage and yield expectations from the recently released USDA Agricultural Projections to 2030 report for the 2021/22 crop year for corn, soybeans and wheat.

BACKGROUND

Jay & Leandra Pritchard, Pritchard Farms

I am looking forward to spring with average moisture and good field conditions, as well as testing out some of the newer crop inputs and corn varieties. I am hopeful that the incoming administration maintains the relationship with farmers as good as it has been these past few years.

Moving Forward By Glenn Brunkow, Kansas Farm Bureau

Building on the October World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, USDA’s long-term agricultural projections represent the department’s consensus projections for U.S. supply and demand for major crop and livestock sectors over the next 10 years. The projections are based on economic models and judgment-based analyses. Importantly, these baseline projections do not represent official USDA forecasts, but rather reflect a long-run outlook based upon specific assumptions about macroeconomic conditions, policy, weather and international developments given current policies, e.g., the 2018 farm bill or the Phase 1 agreement with China. This baseline projection does not include external weather or policy shocks, so in other words, it assumes business as usual for U.S. commodity markets.

ACREAGE EXPECTATIONS FOR 2021/22 On the back of strong export demand, lower ending stocks and higher prices, USDA projects soybean acreage will increase by nearly 6 million acres, or 7%, from 2020 to 89 million acres planted. If realized, 2021 soybean acreage would be the third-highest acreage on record, behind only 2017 and 2018. Despite higher corn prices in recent weeks and current expectations for shrinking stockpiles, USDA projects corn acreage for 2021 will decline by 1 million acres, or 1.1%, from 2020. If realized, total corn and soybean planted area would be 179 million acres, the second-highest acreage on record, behind only 2017 when more than 180 million acres were planted. During 2020, all wheat planted acreage was 44.3 million acres, the lowest wheat acreage on record. Headed into the 2021/22 marketing year with a lower wheat inventory and higher expected prices, USDA projects wheat acreage will increase by more than 1.6 million acres, or nearly 4%, to 46 million acres. Figure 1 highlights actual and projected acreage for soybean, corn and wheat.

Glenn Brunkow, Kansas Farm Bureau

Yes, there have been harder years than 2020 in the ag community. Years of more extreme drought, heat, rain or pests. I am sure we have seen years with worse markets and more trying times. Although maybe not – bad years and good years are so personal to each of us. If you were touched by COVID-19, 2020 may very well have been your worst year ever, and if that is the case, my heart goes out to you. My point is, 2020 was not a good year, and I am sure that most of us hope that 2021 will be a much better one. The one thing I do know is those of us in agriculture have learned to deal with adversity and keep moving forward. We know how to absorb the blow of a bad year and pick ourselves up and keep on keeping on. That is what we do, that is who we are, and that is why agriculture is the backbone of the United States. What will 2021 look like? Who knows? I have seen long-range forecasts, but I do not put much faith in them. As far as the pandemic goes, we have no idea. Even the experts are split on what the next 12 months will look like. But I do know this. We will plant the next crop this spring, and we will help new lambs, calves, pigs, goats, chickens and horses come into this world. We will persevere with the faith of a farmer and rancher because that is what we do. We will go to the field and to the pasture with the same optimism that our parents and grandparents carried with them, even through the toughest of times. I also know Farm Bureau will be right there alongside us in state capitals and in Washington, D.C., coming up from the grassroots and making sure those of us who feed the world are heard. No, I had no idea what was ahead of us at this time last year, but we made it through. I have no idea what is ahead of us in 2021. We will change and adapt just like we have in previous years and we can all be proud knowing that as part of Farm Bureau, we are leading the way when it comes to ensuring our farms and ranches survive and thrive no matter what the year brings.

Y IELD EXPECTATIONS FOR 2021/22 Corn yields for the 2021/22 marketing year are currently projected at a recordhigh 180.5 bushels per acre, 2.1 bushels per acre, or 1.2%, above the current marketing year. Soybean yields are projected to decline by 1.3 bushels per acre, or 2.5%, to 50.6 bushels per acre. If realized, 2021/22 soybean yields would be a tie for the second-highest on record. Wheat yields are projected to decline by 0.6 bushels per acre, or1.2%, below prior-year levels. Figure 2 highlights actual and projected corn, soybean and wheat yields.

SUMMARY USDA recently released a 10-year baseline projection including long-term supply, use and price projections for major U.S. crops and livestock products. Recent improvements in corn, soybean and wheat demand and prices are contributing to expectations that total acreage planted to these three crops will increase by nearly 7 million acres or 3%. Corn acres planted are projected at 90 million, soybean acres are expected at 89 million, and all wheat acres are expected at 46 million. Record yields are expected for corn, while lower crop yields are expected for both soybeans and wheat in 2021.


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Associated Women Of NHFB Member Spotlight:

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ou’ve probably heard the saying, “I didn’t grow up on a farm, but I got there as fast as I could!� Well, that’s true for myself. I am a first-generation farmer alongside my husband Jay, and our secondgeneration farming children, Millie and Walt. I got the farming bug when I started working at LaValley Farms in Hooksett at age 16. I loved the idea of working outside, producing food for our community, and the potential to build a life filled with rewarding hard work. After working there for a couple of years, I decided I wanted to pursue a career in the agricultural industry and applied to UNH for their Environmental Horticulture program. To my elation, they accepted me and I was happy to finish out my senior year of high school looking forward to this new chapter. After graduation, I continued working at the LaValley Farms farmstand and there was a handsome young foreman on the farm who always caught my eye. Danielle told me one day, “You and Jay both want to be farmers, so you should date!� Now Jay doesn’t really have a way with the ladies, so one day I asked him to go on a date with me and well here we are nine years later! I enjoyed all of the ag classes and business classes that I took while attending UNH, but Jay and I were itching to start our farm and our lives together, so I completed my degree and we got married that fall. Also, that year is when we were introduced to the Young Farmer program which ignited our enthusiasm for Farm Bureau. We happily attended meetings and started new friendships with other farmers, which we thought was fabulous. It is

truly wonderful to have a group of friends who understands the lifestyle of farm families and the dedication we all have to our industry. Since we were ready to start a farm of our own, Jay had his eye on “the other farm in town.â€? He worked alongside many of the fields owned by Green Gold Farm in Pembroke and became friends with Keith Richard, the farm’s owner. For many years he asked Keith what his selling price would be and it was always way too much. One day Jay must have caught Keith on a bad farming day, because he gave us a reasonable price, and we got to work on figuring out how to buy a farm. Thankfully, the USDA Farm Service Agency took a chance on us with their beginning farmers program, and we were able to oďŹƒcially purchase the farm in 2015. Our farm has evolved over these past six years, but we are currently raising beef cattle, dairy heifers, corn for silage, and grassland for hay. My job on the farm has evolved as well. I have always handled all of the farm’s finances and bookkeeping, which comes with a lot of communication between Jay and I. I worked at NH Farm Bureau for a few years and all the while, Jay operated the farm and we continued to attend Young Farmer activities and joined the Merrimack County Farm Bureau board as well. The year I became pregnant with our first child, I decided to start working full-time with Jay on the farm. I’m sure many farm moms can imagine this – an 8-month-old pregnant farm wife running a tractor, hauling hay bales, and mucking stalls! It was a great year working together and I learned a lot about what exactly Jay does all day!

Leandra Pritchard owns Pritchard Farms with her husband Jay and their children Millie and Walt. In addition to her work on the farm, which raises beef cattle, dairy heifers, corn for silage, and grassland for hay, Leandra has been involved with NH Farm Bureau as both a volunteer and an employee.

After having Millie, I helped Jay part-time on the farm, raising calves and our daughter. We had our son, Walt two years later and I continued assisting Jay on the farm. Recently, I started working again for NH Farm Bureau as their interim Administrator and it has been enjoyable getting back into the workforce and aiding our organization. I will end on this note: It has been wonderful learning about agriculture over these influential years in my life. It’s amazing what two people can create together when they are dedicated to one another, and their industry, and have a strong support system of family and friends that understand the importance of agriculture.

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MEET NEW HAMPSHIRE’S YOUNG FARMERS New for 2021, we’ll be introducing you to some of New Hampshire’s Young Farmers in each issue of The Communicator. Meet some of the next generation of farmers working the land of the Granite State!

AMY MATAROZZO: BELKNAP COUNTY A

my Matarozzo owns and operates LorrenJoyce Farm in Center Barnstead with her husband Brian. Raising a 55-head herd of registered Jerseys, they bottle, distribute, and market their own raw milk and raw milk products. They currently produce between 300 and 450 gallons of milk a week selling a majority of that to Bell & Goose Cheese in South Hampton, while the rest is sold right from the farm or from select area retail outlets like Mikes Meat Shoppe in Pittsfield, Moore Farm in Alton, Wolfeboro Food Market, or Johnson’s Golden Harvest in Hooksett. “We’re at the point right now where we can’t really get any bigger without new facilities,” Amy explained. As it is, they’ve filled up two barns, one full of heifers, and gotten rid of their flock of chickens to make more space. Those new facilities would also call for a pastuerizer and automated bottling equipment. That would allow them to sell more product to a wider base of consumers. Expansion also comes with challenges. One hurdle young farmers like Amy encounter is how capital intensive the profession can be. Growing a farm business typically means taking

Young Farmer Amy Matarozzo, her husband Brian, and their two children, Hayden and Emerson. Amy and Brian own and operate LorrenJoyce Farm in Center Barnstead.

Young Farmer Amy Matarozzo, her husband Brian, and their two children, Hayden and Emerson. Amy and Brian own and operate LorrenJoyce Farm in Center Barnstead.

on more debt. “People underestimate the amount of capital you need to run a business like this,” Amy said while pointing out the recently installed

170-gallon milk tank, new bunker, and 20KW generator system. In addition to raw milk products, LorrenJoyce Farm also raises beef cattle, selling half or whole animals as well as meat by the cut. The long-term goal is to eventually have a larger on-farm retail building to expand their offerings. LorrenJoyce Farm looks a lot different today than when the couple first moved there in 2014 because of Amy and Brian’s hard work. “When we moved here we didn’t have anything but a goat shed!” All that hard work demands motivated and dedicated stewards. “I do it because I’m dedicated to providing food for people,” Amy said. Farming is

not only a calling for Amy, but it also provides an opportunity to teach the next generation. She takes great pride in raising her children on the farm and teaching them how to take care of the animals. “I want them to have a work ethic and to see their parents working hard.” While dairy farming is a particularly hard industry for young farmers to get into, Amy is bucking that trend to pursue what she loves. “The cows are my passion,” she said. “If you don’t love it, your’e not going to keep going.” You can learn more about LorrenJoyce Farm by visiting Lorrenjoycefarm.com


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Ammy Rice to Represent NHFB as Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture Award Winner

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ew Hampshire Farm Bureau President Denis Ward announced at the December Board of Directors meeting that Ammy Rice of Milford would represent New Hampshire Farm Bureau as the Excellence in Agriculture Award winnner in the 2021 American Farm Bureau Awards Competition. Although there wont be an inperson AFBF Annual Convention this year, a virtual Convention and Young Farmer Award competition will take place. Ammy has been involved with the Young Farmers Committee for several years participating in meetings and events including spring clean-ups, thanksgiving basket donations, the 10 gallon challenge and more. She currently serves as the Young Farmer Committee Co-Chair alongside Amelia Aznive of Concord. This year, the Young Farmer Committee received the 2020 Harvest for All Most Innovative Award for their efforts, the second time the group has won this award. Ammy had been an active member of the Strafford County Farm Bureau and recently became the Hillsborough County Secretary after moving to Milford. Ammy’s agricultural background is in wool production and she is also heavily involved in the NH Sheep & Wool Growers’ Association and currently serves as the FFA Alumni Organization President. The AFBF Virtual Convention will take place January 10 - 13. Learn more about this and other events by visiting https://www.fb.org/events/afbfconvention/.

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USDA Launches AskUSDA to Improve and Streamline Customer Experience USDA

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oday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the official launch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) AskUSDA Contact Center program. The AskUSDA Contact Center will serve as the “one front door” for phone, chat, and web inquires, transforming how the public interacts with USDA and providing an enhanced experience for the public. “Part of our work here at USDA to be the most efficient, effective, and customer-focused agency in the federal government is to ensure our customers and Americans across the country can easily get support from our Department and answers to their questions,” said Secretary Perdue. “The AskUSDA Contact Center will act as one, centralized front door, ensuring good customer service is given to everyone

who interacts with USDA.” The public can contact AskUSDA by phone at (833) ONE-USDA with representatives available 9:00am5:30pm EST weekdays. The website (https://ask.usda.gov/) is available 24/7 and includes live chat agents available 10:00am-6:00pm EST on weekdays. Inquiries can also be sent via email at any time to askusda@usda.gov. Background: Prior to the creation and implementation of AskUSDA, members of the public had to navigate dozens of phone numbers and had no chat function or online platform for self-service, creating frustrations and inefficiencies. AskUSDA was created to make USDA more responsive to the public by providing a single destination for

CCCD Launches Second Year of “Conservation Opportunity Fund” Cheshire County Conservation District

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he Cheshire County Conservation District is excited to announce the second year of a new grant program which will provide small grants up to $1,500 for wildlife habitat improvement projects. The Conservation Opportunity Fund’s mission is to provide funding for owners of small tracts of land who are interested in improving the wildlife habitat on their property. This program is an annual opportunity to support environmental stewardship and the ecological integrity of Cheshire County, NH. Four excellent applications were accepted in 2020 and progress is underway towards completing those projects. The CCCD now seeks a new round of proposals from landowners of small tracts of land, less than 25 acres, who are interested in funding to make meaningful long-term impact on wildlife habitat and biodiversity. Eligible applicants include individuals, businesses, farmers, and/or forestland owners. Types of projects eligible to receive funding from the Conservation Opportunity Grant include: • Installation of native pollinator habitat • Installation of rain gardens • Creation/maintenance of early successional habitat • Creation of vegetated buffers on surface waters (e.g. lakes, streams, etc) • Conversion of lawns and/or fields to native plant gardens The above list of project ideas is not exhaustive - if you have a project idea that is not listed above please call the CCCD office to inquire about eligibility. Request for Proposals and the 2021 Application forms, along with some resources related to eligible projects

can be found on the CCCD’s website at www.cheshireconservation.org/ conservation-opportunity-fund Completed applications are due to the CCCD no later than March 1, 2021 and can be submitted digitally or by hard copy in the mail. Applications must be postmarked or received by email by the due date. Proposals can be mailed to Conservation Opportunity Fund, Cheshire County Conservation District, 11 Industrial Park Dr. Walpole NH 03608 or emailed to amanda@cheshireconservation.org Successful grant applicants will be notified of award by mid-April 2021. The Conservation Opportunity Fund is a grant program that is privately funded and administered by the Cheshire County Conservation District. For further information, and to discuss project proposals contact: Amanda Littleton at 603-756-2988 x4 or amanda@cheshireconservation.org

phone, chat, and web inquiries. Whether it’s talking to a USDA representative via phone, chatting with a live agent on our website, or communicating with USDA via e-mail, the public will have streamlined access. The launch of AskUSDA delivers a centralized contact center that offers customer service and consistent information for the public. With over 29 agencies and offices, USDA’s mission impacts every single person in the U.S. and hundreds of millions around the globe. AskUSDA assures that farmers, researchers, travelers, parents, and more have efficient access to the information and resources they need. AskUSDA is set up to handle common questions across programs that service a variety of audiences. For example, customers who may have basic questions about USDA’s nutrition services can be assisted across phone, e-mail, and web chat by trained AskUSDA representatives, and customers who may have complicated

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questions about loan programs can be quickly connected to agency experts. AskUSDA also hosts over five thousand articles for a self-service option to help with more common questions such as food safety inquiries or pet-travel guidance. Over the course of its pilot program, AskUSDA successfully assisted with over 93,000 citizen inquiries, and the AskUSDA website resulted in over 1.4 million knowledge article page views. USDA looks forward to continuing to implement this enhanced best in class contact center across the Department.

NASA, USDA Sign Agreement to Improve Agricultural Earth Science Research

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ASA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening their longstanding partnership on space-based assets benefitting life on Earth. The agreement brings together NASA’s experience with technology development and space-borne Earth science measurements and USDA’s scientific experience and knowledge of agricultural production, resource conservation, food security and safety, and forests and working lands. NASA and USDA will explore research gaps of importance to the agricultural community that could be addressed through innovative Earth observation systems and technologies developed over the next decade. The collaboration also will address recommendations made in the 2017 National Academies’ Earth Science Decadal Survey. “When we combine research on the International Space Station with the amazing capabilities that Earth observation provides, I believe that NASA, in partnership with USDA, could transform farming and bolster agricultural production in ways we can’t even imagine today,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “Microgravity research can unlock secrets in a wide variety of fields, and I’m particularly excited about our agency’s potential impact on next-generation agricultural techniques.”

The agreement also will leverage USDA’s connections with the agricultural community and the global marketplace. “As we’ve seen over the past 100 years, increasing innovation in agriculture is limitless,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “This partnership between USDA and NASA will bring together the best research, science, and technology we have to offer to help produce more food to feed the growing world. We are continuing an already great collaborative effort to utilize space-based technologies across sectors and into agriculture.” The partnership outlined in the agreement will benefit a variety of Earth and space-based goals, including activities in support of NASA’s Artemis program, which will land the first woman and the next man on the Moon and establish sustainable exploration with our commercial and international partners. Plant-related research on the International Space Station, and other space or ground platforms, may lead to creative new ways to improve American and global agriculture, protect the environment, and contribute to better human health. In addition, the agencies collaborate to inspire youth in America to pursue careers in STEM and agriculture through various education and communication activities, such as the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on STEM Education.

Farm Credit East Donates $45,500 to Northeast Charities

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arm Credit East recently announced it has donated $45,500 to local charities throughout the Northeast. The donations were raised as part of a virtual customer appreciation meeting held in November. The financial cooperative donated $25 on behalf of each attendee and the attendees’ branch office then selected a local charity to receive the funds. “We look forward to our customer appreciation meetings each year and being we couldn’t hold this year’s meetings in person, we wanted to give back to the communities Farm Credit East serves,” said Mike Reynolds, CEO of Farm Credit East. “We hope these donations help the recipient organizations continue to serve local communities during the holiday season.” Farm Credit East’s 20 branch

offices donated a total of $45,500 to 38 organizations throughout the Northeast. Recipient organizations included food banks and pantries, community and health support organizations, youth programs, and various other charitable efforts.


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Eye on Extension Extension Food & Agriculture specialists are here to help New Hampshire farms and agricultural businesses respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re taking your questions and responding with the best current information available to help keep businesses running. Extension has developed extensive online resources and is continuing to connect with farmers remotely. We are also still available for on-farm visits while maintaining appropriate physical distancing protocols. Please visit our website to access all of this information and resources: https://extension.unh.edu/tags/agricultural-resources-covid-19

Gardening Questions Gardeners: Please contact us at answers@ unh.edu or 1-877-EXT-GROW (398-4769) with any questions you have. Photos are welcome and may help us identify any weed, disease or insect problems you encounter.

The Soil Testing Lab, Plant Diagnostic Lab and Insect Identification Service are Open for Mail-in Samples Only Due to COVID-19, these labs and services will only be accepting samples by mail until further notice. Your safety and the safety of our students, faculty and staff are our highest priority. Please do NOT drop off a sample to the Durham campus or any county office. FMI, contact Shyloh Favreau, 603-862-3200, Shyloh.Favreau@ unh.edu. Mailing Information Soil Testing Lab: Please mail all Soil Testing Lab samples to UNH Cooperative Extension Soil Lab, Spaulding Hall Room G28, 38 Academic Way, Durham, NH 03824. Plant Diagnostic Lab: Please mail all Plant Diagnostic Lab samples to UNH Plant Diagnostic Lab, Spaulding Hall – Room G37, 38 Academic Way, Durham, NH 03824. Visit unhpdl.org for the submission form. Insect Identification Service: Please mail specimens to Insect identification Center, University of New Hampshire, Spaulding Hall - Room G28, 38 Academic Way, Durham, NH 03824. Download a submission form here: https://extension. unh.edu/programs/insect-identificationservices. Additionally, staff are accepting digital samples sent by email to answers@ unh.edu. $10 fee per specimen.

Looking for continuing education credits for your NH pesticide license? UNH Extension and NH Department of Agriculture Markets and Food, Pesticide Certification Program have collaborated to offer online or Zoom-based applicator credits. Many UNH-CE online workshops that are being offered this winter have been approved for continuing education credits. Furthermore, the New England states have reciprocity with applicator credits. If you see UMaine, or UMass or another New England extension offering a workshop with credits that you are interested in, those can be applied to your NH license. If you need credits, please know these are still being offered. Any onlinebased meeting can also be joined in from a telephone. If you are unable to participate in an online meeting from your computer, cellular or landline telephone, please be in touch with us.

Extension Events

For a full list of events and to register, please visit our website.

Tri-State Greenhouse IPM Workshop [Online] January 14 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM “Bugging Out” Featuring Suzanne Wainwright-Evans, Buglady Consulting January 21 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM “Disease Disaster” Featuring Margery Daughtrey, Cornell University Cost: $40 for BOTH sessions

The Tri-state Greenhouse IPM Program is a collaboration among growers and specialists from ME, NH and VT. This year’s virtual workshop program will be an intensive two-part online (Zoom) session focusing on insect (session 1) and disease (session 2) management. Through popular demand, featured speaker Suzanne Wainwright-Evans of Buglady Consulting will discuss the effective use of biocontrols. She has over 30 years of experience as a pest management consultant with some of the biggest greenhouses in the U.S. Featured speaker Margery Daughtrey from Cornell University is a top disease specialist and will deliver the hottest new strategies for avoiding disease disasters. Other speakers are your favorites from UVM, UNH and ME Dept. of Agriculture to cover new research and things to look out for in the tri-state region. These workshops are for growers with greenhouses or high tunnels, extension specialists and professional pest managers. Growers of all experience levels and from any state are welcome to attend. Preregistration is required. Spots will be limited! Up to 4 pesticide recertification credits for ME, NH and VT applicators. Must be in attendance and actively participate to receive credits.

Beginning QuickBooks for Farm Businesses [Online Course] January 15 - February 5 from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Cost: $100 This online course will teach farmers how to set up a bookkeeping system using QuickBooks. This is a beginnerlevel course, yet those who have some experience may also gain from the recordkeeping concepts that will be covered. Topics covered in this course include recordkeeping and accounting principles, how to record common business transactions in QuickBooks and how to utilize reports to guide business decisions. Online classes will run for 90 minutes, with an additional 30 minutes before each class starts for optional individual questions with instructors. Additional materials including instructional videos and practice problems will be given to participants to complete between online sessions. This course teaches the desktop version of QuickBooks and does not cover QuickBooks online. Participants are expected to have a copy of the desktop version of QuickBooks installed and ready to use on the first day of class. An optional practice session will be scheduled prior to the first class to test the online connection and ensure QuickBooks files are compatible with participants’ software. Class size is limited to ensure that participants receive individualized instruction in this online format. If you have questions about the suitability of this course for your situation, the QuickBooks software, or if accommodations are required, please contact Kelly McAdam at kelly. mcadam@unh.edu or (603) 527-5475. Also, if you desire a course for the online version of QuickBooks, contact Kelly to make your request.

Dealing with Drought: A Workshop for Landscapers, Gardeners and Property Managers January 26 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Cost: $20 The drought of 2020 will have long-term impacts on the health of landscape plants, trees and shrubs. This webinar will discuss the effects of drought on plants and will give strategies for managing and adapting to drought in the landscape. Two NH pesticide recertification credits have been applied for. One NH Certified Landscape Professional (NHCLP) recertification credit will be awarded. This webinar will include: • Applied approaches to drought management in urban landscapes — Dr. Raul Cabrera, Extension Specialist in Nursery Production & Management, Rutgers University • Legal issues of taking water for landscape use — Ted Diers, Watershed Management Bureau Administrator, NH Department of Environmental Services • How drought affects plants — Dr. Muhammad Shahid, Greenhouse & Nursery Production State Specialist/ Extension Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire • Drought: Charting the environmental factors — Dr. Cheryl Smith, Plant Health State Specialist, University of New Hampshire • Moisture sensing technology and its use in irrigation — Jeremy Delisle, Fruit & Vegetable Production Field Specialist, University of New Hampshire • Selecting drought tolerant plants for NH landscapes — Emma Erler, Education Center Program Coordinator, University of New Hampshire

New England Women in Livestock Business Winter Virtual Conference February 2,3,4 from 12:00 - 3:00 PM Want to fine-tune your marketing and financial management skills and build a more resilient livestock farm business? Join us for three afternoons in February to learn, network and share ideas with regional specialists and fellow women livestock farmers. This conference is intended for New England women livestock producers of all experience levels. Breaks and opportunities to network will be provided throughout the day and sessions will be recorded and shared. This is all for free; all you have to do is register. Link to join the meeting will be sent upon registration. Tuesday, Feb. 2. 12-3 p.m. Mind Your Business: On the first day, we’ll kickoff with a Keynote and dig into details about financial management, learn how to analyze and use your records to make decisions, how to successfully work and talk with grant and loan agencies, and break out your numbers to gain tips to analyze the profitability of your products. Wednesday, Feb. 3. 12-3 p.m. Strengthen Your Markets: On day two we’ll discuss ideas for how you can strengthen, pivot or develop your marketing plan. How are you communicating with customers in a virtual world? What strategies have you developed to target your customers, tell your story and get your products to people? What can we do to amplify quality products, from the farm to the table? Thursday, Feb. 4. 12-3 p.m. Innovation and Collaboration: We’ll focus on innovative ways producers in

the region have successfully found their niche for selling meat and milk. We’ll also discuss some of the challenges producers have faced in 2020 in marketing their products and how collaborating for cooperative marketing might work in favor of the typical New England livestock producer. Day three will be closed with a final Keynote to send participants home with motivation and food for thought. Demand for local livestock products is booming this year; don’t miss out on this opportunity to take a look at your business and see how you can better attain your financial goals through strategic marketing that is suited to your business. When you register for this conference, you will be eligible to participate in part three of the New England Women in Livestock Business, which includes field days in the spring/ summer to see other New England farms who are selling in innovative ways and producing top-quality products using sustainable practices, meet your fellow participants and learn how you can strengthen your livestock farm business to also be resilient and sustainable!

Plant Production Webinars Tuesdays, Feb. 2 - March 30 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM The UNH Cooperative Extension Landscape and Greenhouse Team is hosting a Plant Production Lunch and Learn Webinar Series. This webinar series will include nine webinars every Tuesday from February 2 to March 30, 2021. Participants will learn about the beneficial effects of biochar applications in container nursery production, water and nutrient management, greenhouse and production system sanitation, indoor leafy production, effective and efficient plant propagation techniques, weed management, plant growth regulators to manipulate growth and energy efficiency. Greenhouse growers, landscapers, garden centers and nurseries throughout the northeast will benefit from this event. New Hampshire pesticide applicator re-certification credits are pending for several of these webinars.

Future of the Farm Webinar Series, “Finding a Farm” February 9 from 12:00 - 1:30 PM The Future of the Farm Webinar Series will begin on the second Tuesday of the month from February to March at noon, beginning with Finding Your Farm on February 9. Presenters will share resources and information on ways to acquire farm real estate, considerations when evaluating property and innovative ways to access farm properties in New Hampshire. Making Your Farm Available to a Successor and Making Sense of Trusts as an Estate Planning Tool will be held in March and April, consecutively. Additional information, including how to register, can be found at https://extension.unh.edu/tags/farmestate-and-succession-planning.

Cover Crop Series February 23: Livestock & Dairy from 1:00 - 2:30 PM February 25: Vegetables & Fruit from 1:00 - 2:30 PM The 2021 Cover Crops Series starts out with two webinars in late February. One focuses on cover crop basics for vegetable farms. Topics will include


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Eye On Extension - Cont. species selection, uses and mixes. Another February webinar will focus on the basic system approach of using cover crops in silage corn. These events will be followed by another webinar in April that will be centered around farmer-to-farmer discussion with lightning round presentations. Stay tuned for additional follow-up cover crop meetings and demonstrations. Visit www.extension.unh. edu/events for dates and times.

4-H Events National 4 H Youth Summit on Agri-Science March 5 - 7 Get connected, build your skills, and take action in your community through this exciting, free opportunity! Picture yourself as a 4-H Ag Ambassador. Join 4-Hers from around the country to: learn about the challenges facing agriculture, food security, and sustainability; participate in handson activities lead by experts in the field to develop the skills and knowledge needed to address those challenges; attend workshops presented by your peers who are already creating change; and bring back what you have learned and put it to work here in NH as a NH 4-H Ag Ambassador! Deadline to apply is January 15, 2021 via a Qualtrics Survey link (Note: attending the 2021 virtual summit does not prevent you from applying for future inperson summits).

Scholarship Opportunity for NH Students: Earn up to $20,000 to Attend UNH by Participating in 4-H New Hampshire students who participate in 4-H may receive up to $20,000 to attend the University of New Hampshire. The UNH 4-H Scholarship was established to support New Hampshire 4-H’ers who wish to study at the state’s flagship research university. 4-H is a part of UNH Cooperative Extension. 4-H’ers can earn a $500 scholarship for each year of active 4-H participation, up to a maximum of $5,000 per year of UNH undergraduate enrollment. The award is available every year a student is enrolled at UNH, which includes both the Durham and Manchester campuses. 4-H is a national youth development and mentoring organization with a mission to help youth acquire knowledge, develop life skills and form attitudes to enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society. 4-H emphasizes the importance of involving youth in the learning process. 4-H project areas include: animal sciences; citizenship; healthy living; creative arts; horticulture; and science and technology. From making mousetrap cars to engaging with civic leaders to learning how to grow food, there are numerous ways that youth can benefit from 4-H programming in every county of the Granite State. By joining a club, students gain lifelong friendships and support from volunteers who serve as role models while developing skills in areas of their choosing. “This is another great opportunity for UNH to keep New Hampshire’s best and brightest students in the state,” said Ken La Valley, vice provost for university outreach and engagement and director of UNH Extension. “This scholarship program is an amazing show of support for 4-H and we hope it will encourage students to join or stay in 4-H.” Youth who meet the requirements will automatically be awarded the UNH 4-H Scholarship when they enroll at UNH. For students who receive need-based financial aid, the UNH 4-H Scholarship award will be part of their institutional financial aid award. Families who are interested in joining 4-H can reach out to their local county office. Learn more about the UNH 4-H Scholarship: https://extension.unh.edu/resource/unh-4-hscholarship-program Learn more about 4-H: https://extension.unh. edu/topics/4-h-youth-development

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Farmers’ Market Classified

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

FOR SALE

FOR SALE: Fairbanks cast iron 100-year old

FOR SALE: International Harvester Farmall countertop/bench scale, includes all weights, Model C and Super C equipment: 2-bottom land plows w/all attaching parts, bolts on rear axle clamps, excellent condition, painted - $200. Scraper-grader blade/plow. 6’ wide, manual angle, have no mountin brackets, painted, 5’ push arms, very HD construction - $75. Cordwood saw, rear mounted, flat belt pulley, plus angle drive. 26” blade, painted, saw table folds in - $150. 5’ wide disc haroow, 15” disc, tractor or ATV hitch - $60. One row 5’ disc harrow, 15” disc w/no hitch, brackets to bolt behind other harrow - $25.

FOR SALE (OR TRADE OF EQUAL VALUE): Three Jersey bulls. Organic, grass-

very good condition, photo available. $120 Firm Leave a message 603-284-6990

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SALE: ALPACA PRODUCTS -

WARM, HYPOALLERGENIC alpaca socks, throws, gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, and other items, starting at $15. Contoocook Alpaca, LLC, 746-3385.

FOR SALE: Alpacas: Breeders, proven and unproven; 1 beige male with many ribbons and top EPDs, 3 females, white, medium brown, and bay black. Price range $200-6000. Hopkinton, 746-3385.

fed. One - 5 YO, excellent offspring on-site w/ WANTED proven history. Need to move on to next generation. Two - 15 Month-old bulls. chesleymtnWANTED: Looking for a tree fruit/berry farm@yahoo.com. PYO farm to purchase. Ideally there would FOR SALE: Set of 18 John Deere Jingle be an existing residence, 30+ acres and an Bell Christmas ornaments. Very good condi- established, diversified retail business on the tion, from the Thomas Kincaid Collection - $35. farm. This might include things like a farm Mary’s Moo Moos Collectible Christmas figu- stand, corn maze, hayrides and other seasonal rine, “Snow Place Like Home for Christmas.” attractions. Looking to connect with farm Very good condition, one small chip on back owners who may be considering to retire or of figurine - $35. Photos on request. Email tamtransition in the next 1-3 years and would be tom@metrocast.net open to having a conversation. Please contact FOR SALE: John Deere 516 Rotary Cutter/ Link at link@linkmoser.com or 603-581-7345. Brush Hog. 5 Ft. Very good condition. $1,200. WANTED: New or used 36in. tractor tires. Located in Boscawen. Call 603-796-2779. New or used chest size toolbox. One and a half FOR SALE: Handmade unused wooden or two year old heifer or steer. 603-789-4570 show box, the dimensions are approximately 36in. long, 16in. wide, and 20in. tall. This box SERVICES features a clear stain finish with sturdy handles, lock, and hinges. It contains a sliding tray. $125. Veterinary Services: Now accepting new Pin $50 for a six ft. pickup or $60 for a eight ft. farm and equine clients in New Hampshire & Can deliver for fee. 603-798-4570. Vermont within a 40 mile radius of Canaan, New Hampshire. Also specializing in Equine FOR SALE: 12’ Timberwolf Firewood Con- Dentistry with over 25 years of experience. veyor, v.g. condition, Used little $4500.00. 603Able to travel further for larger barns. Cardigan 827-3630, leave message Veterinary Clinic. 603-632-7500.

FOR SALE: Small Brother arch 2’X8’ AGRICULTURAL FENCING soldered pans. 5’ raised flue back pan. 3’ Front INSTALLATION: Some of the fencing we pan all floats + 15’ stack included. Excellent install is high tensile electric, woven wire stock cond. $4,000. Call 603-558-5539 fence and open to other requests. Other services FOR SALE: 3 Apline does. 2 1/2 years old, available include field perimeter and fence line ready to breed. From good milking stock. $200 mowing with mini excavator with flail mower ea. or $500 for all 3. Contact Noreen O’Connell, head. Please call Nate @ 603-648-6211 or email mockangus@tds.net Butternut Farm - Milford, 603-732-2654 FOR SALE: 1984 Long model 460 2wd CONTRACT PRUNING: We are a contract tractor for sale. 42 horse 3 cylinder diesel, 4 speed manual (shuttle shift) transmission with high and low, 3 point category II hitch with numerous adjustments for float or down pressure, draw bar, bucket loader, telescopic (adjustable width) front axle, rear differential locker, rear hydraulic take offs (for a log splitter or other), rear pto can be set for off engine or to match wheel speed, hand and foot throttle and much more. Many extra parts included as well as owner and maintenance manual. Asking $4500. Tractor is located in western Meredith near Sanbornton, NH. Please call 603-279-8838 or email silentnightfarmNH@gmail.com for more info.

pruning service for the management of orchard crops and landscape specimens. We’re equipped to prune standard, dwarf, and TSS varieties to maximize productivity and increase disease resistance. For landscapes, aesthetics are also taken into consideration. Call 919-478-3788 to request a quote.

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I’m proud to say AFBF is stepping-in to do just that.” AFBF sent a letter to the law firm managing the Dean Foods estate calling for an immediate reversal of their “predatory shakedown” and threatening potential legal action if the firm fails to withdraw the letters sent to farmers. In the letter, AFBF General Counsel Ellen Steen says the letters sent to farmers “are deceptive and constitute an abuse of process that attempts to extract funds that the Debtor (Dean Foods) is not entitled to under the threat of a lawsuit. Put plainly, your letters are

a predatory shakedown, written in legalese.” Many recipients of the Debtor letters are independent farmers already struggling through difficult economic times made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. The letters put producers in an impossible position—either pay the amounts demanded or incur the cost of legal counsel to defend against the Debtor’s allegations. The AFBF letter outlines the legal legitimacy of the payments made to dairy farmers and admonishes the lawyers representing Dean Foods for knowingly taking advantage of farmers, saying, “Sending the Letters under these circumstances is not only deceptive, but outrageous because they

Alliance Unveils Unprecedented Climate Policy Recommendations AFBF Newsroom

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n alliance of groups representing farmers, forest owners, the food sector, state governments and environmental advocates today unveiled an unprecedented set of recommendations to guide the development of federal climate policy. The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) was formed in February 2020 by four groups that now co-chair the alliance: American Farm Bureau Federation, Environmental Defense Fund, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, and National Farmers Union. The alliance has since expanded to include FMI – The Food Industry Association, National Alliance of Forest Owners, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, and The Nature Conservancy. Together, the group developed more than 40 recommendations based on three principles: agricultural and forestry climate policies must be built upon voluntary, incentivebased programs and market-driven opportunities; they must promote resilience and adaptation in rural communities; and they must be science-based. These recommendations share an overarching goal to do no harm. Climate policies will impact farmers, forest owners, ranchers, rural

and limited-resources communities, wildlife and natural resources and must be thoughtfully crafted to account for any potential inequities, consequences and tradeoffs. “We are proud to have broken through historical barriers to form this unique alliance focused on climate policy,” said Zippy Duvall, FACA Cochair and President of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “We began discussions not knowing whether we would ultimately reach agreement. It was important to me to reject punitive climate policy ideas of the past in favor of policies that respect farmers and support positive change. Our final recommendations do just that.” “The wide array of perspectives represented in this group — farmers, ranchers, forest owners and environmental advocates — sends a powerful message to Capitol Hill about the urgent need for bipartisan climate legislation,” said Fred Krupp, FACA Co-Chair and President of Environmental Defense Fund. “More resilient farms and forests protect the agricultural economy, reduce risk from the climate impacts that are already here and help prevent worsening climate impacts in the future.” FACA Co-chair Chuck Conner,

January/February 2021 threaten legal action when in fact the Producers have no legal exposure for the reasons set forth herein.” AFBF further calls upon those lawyers to retract their demands by notifying each farmer by separate letter within 10 business days; returning any funds already received; and by ceasing any litigation against farmers who did business with the company. The AFBF letter clearly states a willingness to step-in in the event that the Dean Foods estate pursues litigation against farmers,” To read the full letter, visit: https://www.fb.org/ files/AFBF_Lt_to_Dean_Foods_re_Preference_ Demand_12_4_20.pdf

President of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, said, “Much as a farmer co-op gets its strength from uniting many producers to achieve a single goal, so too does FACA. Through FACA, the food, forestry and agriculture sectors can speak with a single voice on climate and, leveraging the unique perspectives and special talents of its members, help drive the conversation about the role that the food, forestry and agriculture sector can play in addressing climate policy.” Rob Larew, FACA Co-chair and President of National Farmers Union, said, “Climate change is adding another enormous variable to the already unpredictable work of farming. Every year, farmers face more frequent and severe weather events, making it just that much harder to make a profit. There are concrete actions farmers can take to build resilience to weather extremes and pull carbon out of the atmosphere, but they need strong policy behind them. The recommendations we’ve compiled are a good place to start.” Overview of climate policy recommendations • Provide voluntary, incentive-based tools and additional technical assistance for farmers, ranchers and foresters to maximize the sequestration of carbon and the reduction of other greenhouse gas emissions, and increase climate resilience. • Foster the development of private sector GHG markets. The public sector should ensure that verifiable

reductions occur and provide farmers and forest owners with the technical support needed to participate. Use an array of public and private sector tools to incentivize agricultural and forestry producers to prioritize and scale climatesmart practices. Incentivize farmers to reduce energy consumption and increase on-farm renewable energy production, and make continued progress toward reducing the lifecycle GHG emissions of agriculture- and forestry-based renewable energy. Reduce the GHG impact of food waste and loss by streamlining confusing consumer-facing packaging and implementing a public-private partnership to achieve a meaningful and workable food date-labeling program. Increase federal investment in agriculture, forestry and foodrelated research substantially and continuously.

Read the full recommendations at www.agclimatealliance.com. They cover six areas of focus: soil health, livestock and dairy, forests and wood products, energy, research, and food loss and waste. The alliance welcomes additional members. Email inquires@ agclimatealliance.com with questions about membership or our climate policy recommendations.

Downtown Concord Winter Farmers’ Market Moves Online The Downtown Concord Winter Farmers’ Market (DCWFM) has transitioned to an online ordering model for the time being, for the safety of the vendors and our community. Every week, customers pre-order online and pick up their orders at 7 Eagle Square on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The online market at www.HarvestToMarket.com is open until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesdays, and customers can purchase items from multiple vendors, all in one order. Available products include fresh local produce, eggs, meats, mushrooms, breads and baked goods, coffees and teas, soaps, salves, and more. Participating vendors include: Abbott Hill Creamery, Bee Fields Farm, Blakeney’s Bakery, Clayton’s Way Farm Soaps, Granite Ledge Coffee, Lindon Garlic Farm, Huckins Farm, Meadowview Farm, Mt. Dearborn Farm, New Hampshire Mushroom Company, Warner River Produce, and Work Song Farm. Payments are collected at pickup in the form of cash, debit and credit, check, SNAP/EBT, tokens, and Veteran Value Bucks. Like with the summer farmers’ markets, SNAP/EBT customers can double their SNAP dollars, up to $20

per week, to buy fruits and vegetables, and veterans are eligible to receive $10 in “Vet Bucks” per month. “This online ordering model is a great way for community members to continue to access local food and artisanal products and to support our local farmers while we work on an alternative, safer option for the indoor farmers’ market this winter,” says Steve Cook, DCWFM Assistant Market Manager. Supporting local farmers and producers is important now more than ever, as their normal revenue streams — wholesales, fairs, in-person farmers markets, etc. — continue to be affected by the pandemic. Not only do New Hampshire’s farmers feed our communities, but they preserve and protect our land for future generations, too. Merrimack County Conservation District helps landowners and users in the county to manage their soil, water, forest, and other natural resources. The Conservation District serves residents, town officials, educators, members of nonprofit organizations, and others throughout Merrimack County.

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By Debbi Cox, NHAITC State Coordinator New Hampshire in the Classroom continuously looks for ways to encourage teachers to implement our agriculturally-themed lesson plans and activities. We realize it can be somewhat daunting for teachers to incorporate new learning tools, so we have developed a program geared toward simplifying the process of exploring agriculture in the classroom. We are excited to announce Grow Your Classroom, a package of resources designed to help teachers build a path for including a bit of agriculture in their curriculum. Grow Your Classroom provides educators with background information and planning suggestions, commodity sheets, quick activities, full length lesson plans and a classroom activity kit so they can get started right away. Teachers can visit our website at www.agclassroom.com/nh to request free materials. This program is thanks in part to Farm Credit East for their AgEnhancement Grant. New Hampshire Agriculture in

the Classroom continues to support teachers in whatever educational platform they are using at the moment. Many of our resources can be used in the classroom or by individual students in a remote setting. Feel free to direct teachers to our website to check out the section dedicated to remote learning resources. We are looking forward to a great maple sugaring season with classrooms taking on the Tucker Mountain Challenge. Their quart of classroom produced maple syrup will be scored on density, clarity, color, taste, and curriculum integration. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. The Annual Agricultural Literacy Program will be up and running again as we continue on with Right This Very Minute by Lisl H. Detlefsen. Appropriate for grades K-3, this book explores different types of farms that put food on your table from cheese to beef to produce. Included is a Resource

Students from Pine Tree Elementary in Center Conway fired up the evaporator to take part in the Tucker Mountain Challenge back in 2018. Who will win this year’s competition?.

Guide to supplement learning from the book. In January, books will be available for volunteers and teachers to purchase so they can read the book in

Appropriate for grades K-3, ‘Right This Very Minute’ explores different types of farms that put food on your table. Consider purchasing a copy to donate to a local school as part of NHAITC’s Agricultural Literacy Program.

a local classroom and perhaps provide a classroom activity to enhance the learning. This can be done in person or through video conferencing such as Zoom. Or simply donate the book to a local classroom for the teacher to read. New this year, for an additional fee, you can receive supplies and instructions for a supporting activity! Books will be $5 at the Farm Bureau, $2.50 for shipping if you need them mailed and an additional $5 for an activity kit. Visit our website at www. agclassroom.org/nh for an order form where you can pay online. Please remember that we can’t provide any of this programming without your support. Consider a donation when you are renewing your Farm Bureau membership.

— THE GREAT STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE—

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE STATE OF YOUR FARM INSURANCE

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Randy and Carrie Joyner of Alton, NH have 40 acres on Edgerly Rd. and are currently having their forest management plan updated. The Joyners are participating in the Conservation Stewardship Program for woodland stewardship with enhancements such as bird box installation, tree/shrub planting & creating/retaining snag and/or den trees. They constructed a waste storage facility for chicken manure via the NH Department of Agriculture and keep it covered with tarps

Dawn Dextraze, Sullivan County’s coordinator for Place-based Ecology Education (PBEE), is in her fourth year as the Sullivan County Education and Outreach Specialist. Dawn has 17 years of experience in environmental education, including 9 years in educator professional development working for various environmental education centers. She coordinated the creation of a high school field science curriculum for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and is certified to facilitate BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning & Expertise Sharing) professional learning sessions from the University of California’s Lawrence Hall of Science. Dawn’s work as Sullivan County’s Education Specialist has been exceptional. In Sullivan County’s 2020 fiscal year, Dawn coordinated and delivered 63 programs attended by more than 1300 people. Classes for water quality. Randy received a NH Department of Agriculture grant to fix the roof on the chicken building. to prevent the rain water from mixing/leaching with the manure, and also constructed a high tunnel in 2019. To improve the forest trails, they installed water bars and conservation cover. Belknap county nominated the Joyners as their cooperator of the year this year, and NHACD has selected them as our statewide awardees!

2020 Educator of the Year: Dawn Dextraze

and lessons were provided to 8 schools across the county on a wide range of natural resources topics, as well as workshops for adults and families. She has built lasting partnerships with educators and administrators from NH fish and Game; Project Wet; Shelburne Farms; the Four Winds Nature Institute; the Lake Sunapee Protective Association; the Upper Valley Teaching Place Collaborative; the National Park Service; Vital Communities; the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences; NH Ag in the Classroom, and the Claremont, Newport and Mascoma School Districts (SAU #6, #43 and #62). Dawn also served as the interim director of New Hampshire Envirothon in 2019, providing a smooth transition for the program until a new director could be found. We are very thankful for Dawn’s help with Envirothon and her work in the state and are pleased to give her the Educator of the Year award for 2020!

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New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts Awards Announced

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

To assist us in serving you be er, please answer the following ques ons. Note: we do not share your informa on with others.

Courtesy NHACD

Name ______________________________________ Farm Name ____________________________________ Date ___/____/____

2020 Cooperator of the Year: Randy & Carrie Joyner New Members - Please Tell Us About Yourself

NH Association of Conservation Districts

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

New Hampshire Farm Bureau members receive $500 Bonus Cash off the purchase or lease of an eligible new Ford Vehicle Farm Bureau Bonus Cash is exclusively for active Farm Bureau members who are residents of the United States. This incentive is not available on Mustang Shelby GT350®, Mustang Shelby® GT350R, Mustang Shelby® GT500®, Mustang BULLITT, Ford GT, F-150 Raptor, Bronco and Mustang Mach-E. This offer may not be used in conjunction with most other Ford Motor Company private incentives or AXZD-Plans. Some customer and purchase eligibility restrictions apply. Must be a Farm Bureau member for 30 consecutive days prior to purchase and take new retail delivery from an authorized Ford Dealer’s stock by 1/4/21. Visit FordFarmBureauAdvantage.com or see your authorized Ford Dealer for qualifications and complete details.

Please contact your local American National agent for special rate plan information. To find an agent in your area call:

Brandon Coffman, General Agent

American National is endorsed by the New Hampshire Farm Bureau

603-223-6686 - www.americannational.com

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New Hampshire Farm Bureau members get special member prices on selected categories and brands from Grainger, PLUS free standard parcel shipping on all standard Grainger products.

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

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

or visit

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

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

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

nhfarmbureau.org/member-benefits

for more info

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

New Farmer Toolkit

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

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

Visit www.wyndhamhotels.com/ farm-bureau

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CREDIT CARD Processing

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

800-258-2847

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

SAVE 20% WITH YOUR N.H. Farm Bureau Rate Code: 00209700

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

Farm Bureau members enjoy exclusive savings when renting from AVIS. Use Avis Worldwide Discount code: A298829. Visit: http://www.Avis.com/nhfb

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

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

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

10% DISCOUNT

FREE Prescription Drug Card

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

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

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


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