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

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2019

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COMMUNICATOR USDA Announces New Dairy Margin Coverage Signups

Federal News USDA ANNOUNCES NATIONAL PORK BOARD APPOINTMENTS

United States Department of Agriculture

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NHFB MEMBER HELPS AFBF TACKLE FEDERAL MILK MARKETING ORDER Page 17

State News ABBIE SARGENT SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS Page 7

WET WEATHER PAUSES PLANTING THIS SPRING Page 9

THE FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION Pages 17

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announces that signup begins June 17 for the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program, the cornerstone program of the dairy safety net that helps dairy producers manage the volatility of milk and feed prices, operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). The 2018 Farm Bill allowed USDA to construct the new DMC, which replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy). This new program offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the allmilk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. “In February I committed to opening signup of the new Dairy Margin Coverage program by June 17, I am proud to say that our FSA staff worked hard to meet that challenge as one of the Department’s top Farm Bill implementation priorities since President Trump signed it last December.” said Secretary Perdue. “With an environment of low milk prices, high economic stress, and a new safety net program with higher coverage levels and lower premiums, it is the right time for dairy producers to seriously consider enrolling when signup opens. For many smaller dairies, the choice is probably a no-brainer as the retroactive coverage through January has already assured them that the 2019 payments will exceed the required premiums.” DA I RY M A RGI N - CON T I N U ED ON PAGE 8

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Spider Web Gardens: A Lasting Legacy Spider Web Gardens has been a destination and a landmark in Tuftonboro since 1938. The garden center, which sells plants, vegetables, and garden supplies recently became a 4th generation business when Bill Stockman handed over the reins to his nephew Adam and his partner Jacinda. While the focus is always on the products, farm succession can be its own full time job. LEGACY – Page 14

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July/August 2019

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

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

T

he American Farm Bureau Federation has created a Federal Milk Marketing Order Working Group consisting of three Farm Bureau members from each of four regions of the country plus some AFBF Staff and State Farm Bureau staff. I am pleased that Scott Mason (a great NHFB member for those who don’t know him) was appointed as one of the members on the committee. This group will look at Federal Milk Market pricing to look for ways to improve how milk is priced to the farmer. I had the privilege of helping at the Granite State FFA Convention at the Mount Washington Hotel in April. What great young people this program is educating and what a great program for the students. One of the students explained to me that the life skills, public speaking, checkbook and financial management, and good manners, among other things, that she had learned through FFA were things that she didn’t think she would have learned otherwise. FFA isn’t just teaching agriculture. Thank you to the teachers and volunteers who make FFA happen! In the last issue of The Communicator I mentioned some of the intangible benefits our farmer members get from being a NHFB member, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention why being a member is also valuable to supporting members. Through our partnership with American National Insurance (formerly Farm Family) Farm Bureau members receive a discount that may even pay for your

membership. By taking advantage of the discounts you get if you use Grainger, Avis, Budget or Choice Hotels you save money as well. There is also considerable savings to be had when purchasing from John Deere, Case IH or CAT. You can check out all of the direct benefits on the back page of this paper. In addition to the direct benefits, isn’t it worth a lot to be able to get fresh food produced right here in NH. The beauty of this state is second to none and is due in a large part because our farmers keep the fields open, and along with those in the forestry industry, keep our forests growing and healthy. Farmers are major reasons why the brooks and rivers and lakes and ponds are clean. This in turn provides great fishing, swimming, boating or recreation. The NHFB mission is to advocate for and educate about agriculture. In addition to trying to inform those who are not knowledgeable about agriculture, we work diligently with others such as UNH Cooperative Extension, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Conservation Districts, the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food and others to make sure our farmers have the latest information and tools to do their jobs. At the heart of their job is the passion to follow best management practices to keep our environment healthy and our animals well cared for. New Hampshire Farm Bureau needs all our members, including those who are not farmers, in order to have the resources to do the work we do. Again, thanks for being a member! Many of us in agriculture understand and appreciate President Trump’s efforts in trade negotiations to even the playing field with China and to get them to stop their thievery of our intellectual property. We are, however, wondering if the only tool he has at his disposal is the one that hurts farmers the most. There must be something other than tariffs that would get China’s, and other nations’, attention. Farmers don’t want hand-outs and support, we want markets. The economic base of every nation is either agriculture and/or mining and, of the two, only agriculture is necessary for the survival of every human on earth. Our farmers deserve better. Have a great summer!

INSIDE July/August 2019 County & Committee News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Local Meat Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 NH Grown Fruits & Veggies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Eye on Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 NHFB President Denis Ward knows the value of Farm Bureau membership. From advocacy & knowledge to more tangible benefits like discounts on equipment and services, Farm Bureau membership helps you keep farming. You can find a full list of member benefits, including discounts on John Deere tractors like the one shown above, on the back page of this paper.


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Farm Credit East Northeast Production Cost Index Reaches New High It’s not your imagination – it has been getting more expensive to produce farm products lately. While revenues have been largely stagnant, Farm Credit East’s Northeast Production Cost Index reached a new high in March after three consecutive months of increases. The Index, updated monthly, represents the relative costs of producing farm products in the Northeast U.S. data is taken from two primary sources: the USDA’s Census

of Agriculture and the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Agricultural Prices report. The Census of Agriculture, which is published every five years, reports the actual dollars spent in various categories. This provides the weighting for the index. The NASS Agricultural Prices report notes relative changes in a number of cost categories – everything from labor costs to building materials to fertilizer.

As an example, labor costs represented 24.5% of overall farm spending in 2017, so changes in labor costs are weighted more heavily than, for example, changes in land rent, which represented only 1.9% of Northeast farm spending. The index reached a value of 110.91 in March 2019, with 2011’s costs representing a base of 100. This means that overall costs have risen by approximately 11% since 2011. Some notable areas of increase in the last year have been labor costs, gasoline and diesel fuels, and supplies and repairs. Most other costs are slightly higher.

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Remembering Tyler Hardy Board of Directors Executive Committee President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denis Ward 1st Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joyce Brady 2nd Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matt Scruton 2nd Vice President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom McElroy Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Howard Pearl President, Associated Women . . . . . . . Elaine Moore Chair, Young Farmer Committee. . . . . Alicia Pedemonti County Presidents Belknap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Matarozzo Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . David Babson Cheshire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Linnenbringer Coos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Brady Grafton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristen May Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trevor Hardy Merrimack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leandra Pritchard Rockingham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Ferdinando Strafford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Matt Scruton Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Cunniff Staff Executive Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Diane Clary Policy Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Johnson, II Communications Director. . . . . . . . .Josh Marshall Office Assistant/Receptionist. . . . . . . . . . Portia Jackson

New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation 295 Sheep Davis Rd. Concord, NH 03301 Phone: 603-224-1934 Fax: 603-228-8432 www.nhfarmbureau.org NHFBF Standing Committee Chairs Dairy: Beth Hodge, Hinsdale Energy: Henry Ahern, Plymouth Equine: Jozi Best, Unity Government Affairs: Erick Sawtelle, Lee Horticulture: Seth Wilner, Newport Livestock & Poultry: Henry Ahern, Plymouth Ernie Vose, Walpole Membership: Sandy Salo, Marlow Policy Development: Joyce Brady, Columbia Profile Award: Ernie Vose, Walpole Young Farmer: Alicia Pedemonti, Hopkinton

On June 15th, the agricultural community in New Hampshire and the greater Northeast region lost a shining star in Tyler Hardy of Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, NH. The whole Farm Bureau Family offers our sincere condolences to his family and friends, who were many. We are so grateful to have shared the time we did with Tyler as he and his wife Madison were first nominees and later winners of the 2016 NHFB Young Farmer Achievement Award. We will remember Tyler for his passion for agriculture and dedication in the orchard, but more importantly for his kindness, humor, and friendship.

10 Gallon Challenge Brings Milk to Those in Need The NHFB Young Farmers accepted the 10 Gallon Challenge once again this summer donating 10 gallons of milk to various soup kitchens and food pantries across the state. (Left) NHFB YF Vice Chair Nicole Glines makes a stop at the Community Kitchen in Keene, NH. Overall, the group was able to donate 30 gallons of milk in each county across NH!

(Vice-Chair) Nicole Glines, Canterbury

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Sullivan County Farm Bureau Hosts Legislators Sullivan County Farm Bureau held its annual Legislative Dinner in late April at the Sugar River Valley Regional Technical Center in Newport. Before policy discussions began, SRVRT Alum CJ Howe spoke about his recent FFA National Officer Candidate nomination.


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The Zipline Leader-to-Leader is a Winning Combo More than 140 Farm Bureau grassroots leaders from around the country are flew in to Washington, D.C., in June to advocate for agriculture. They swarmed Capitol Hill to push for passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement, solutions to our shortage of agricultural labor and high-speed Internet access for more rural areas. They’ll make, or renew, connections with lawmakers and each other. With so many new members of Congress, our Advocacy Fly-In is a great opportunity to grow understanding of agriculture. These grassroots leaders also will carry on a great Farm Bureau tradition. Grassroots advocacy is what has made Farm Bureau an effective voice for farmers and ranchers for 100 years. The American Farm Bureau centennial has been an opportunity to reflect on some of our greatest wins. From the first farm bill in 1933 to the most recent one in 2018, all have been shaped and made possible by Farm Bureau leaders reaching out and engaging with their elected leaders in Washington—leaderto-leader advocacy. The Food for Peace program, which donates U.S.-grown food around the world, grew from Farm Bureau policy and advocacy. We’ve worked to open global markets for what we produce, and we’ve achieved tax policies to maintain the economic incentive to invest in our farms and ranches for generations to come. Even with our long history of leader-to-leader wins, the grassroots advocate’s work is never done. Today’s to-do list is long. First, we must persuade Congress to pass a bill implementing the U.S.Mexico-Canada Agreement, so we can build on the tremendous growth in U.S. agricultural exports over the past 30 years with Canada and Mexico— currently our No. 1 and No. 2 markets for U.S. agriculture. With trade challenges in China and a multi-year downtown in farm prices, it’s more important than ever to expand our foreign markets. Second, agricultural labor is an issue that farmers talk with me about everywhere I go. They tell me the lack of workers is the main thing that limits their potential. It’s a problem that weighs heavily when they think about whether to pass their farms and ranches on to the next generation. We’ve been

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

talking about this issue for as long as I can remember; it’s time to fix it. Third, increasing access to highspeed Internet is just as important today as rural electrification was to our parents and grandparents. We need it to benefit from modern farming technology, access customers, educate our children and provide a quality of life that can grow our rural communities. The grassroots leaders flying in to Washington this week will advocate for passage of the Broadband Data Improvement Act to make broadband coverage maps more accurate, helping to secure funding to build out the broadband infrastructure. I’m sure that every person who is participating in our Advocacy Fly-In has several things he or she could be doing at home. Many are behind on planting this year’s crops because of flooding. There’s never a shortage of work on the farm and ranch, but we can’t afford to do just the work that’s in front of us on the farm and ignore the work that needs doing miles away in our nation’s capital. As I have said many times, we must “get outside our fencerows.” That’s the only way to have an impact on things that may seem far away, but really hit close to home. Throughout Farm Bureau’s history, leader-to-leader advocacy has been our superpower. A staff leader in the early days of Farm Bureau explained it in farming terminology: Congress is a team of horses, the farmer is at the plow and Farm Bureau is the line in between. Thank you to the grassroots leaders who are taking the time to plow and plant seeds for more wins for all farmers and America’s food security.

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County & Committee News MERRIMACK COUNTY FARM BUREAU Merrimack County Farm Bureau hosted our annual Vet Clinic for CVI & Licensed Rabies on June 1st at Osborne’s Agway in Concord. We had a great turnout of farmers and 4-H members who show in state and county fairs! We got 3 new members from this event as well! Also, Mike Bertolone, an agent from the Concord American National office, grilled hotdogs during the event to benefit our scholarship program. We want to say a huge thank you to Christina Murdock, DVM of LAVender Veterinary Services for donating her time during this clinic, and to Osborne’s Agway for hosting the event, and Mike for his contributions to our scholarship! MCFB nominated two young farmer families for the annual Young Farmer Awards this year. Jay & Leandra Pritchard of Pritchard Farms in Pembroke were nominated for the Achievement Award. Morgan Mewkill of Pittsfield was nominated for the Excellence in Agriculture Award. Congratulations and good luck to the nominees! MCFB awarded three $500 scholarships at our June meeting! The recipients were: Carter Haley of Contoocook, who will be studying Wildlife & Conservation Biology at UNH, Derek Ladd of Epsom who will be studying Sustainable Agriculture at UNH, and Jacob

Fisher of Warner who will be studying Applied Animal Science at UNH. Congratulations to all of the recipients! Save the Date! We will be holding our Annual Meeting on October 23rd at 6:30pm at Alan’s of Boscawen Restaurant. Keep an eye out in your mailbox this summer for the invitation with more details.

SULLIVAN COUNTY FARM BUREAU The second annual Sullivan County School to Farm Day was held on May 13th. Jointly sponsored by NH Agriculture in the Classroom, Sullivan County Conservation District, and Sullivan County Farm Bureau, this year’s event welcomed over 250 county fourth grade students to the County Complex in Unity. Students rotated between fifteen different presentations including: Dairy, Sheep, Wool and fiber, Poultry, Draft Horses, Forage Crops, Apples, Vegetables, and Maple. Six of the fifteen presenters were Sullivan County Farm Bureau Members. All of the students enjoyed Soft-serve Maple Ice Cream from Macs Maple in Plainfield. There was a craft project led by Sullivan County 4-H and the Newport Historical Society taught the students local history. In spite of cold, cloudy weather the day was successful and the students were enthusiastic.

American National Insurance Agent Mike Bertolone grills up hot dogs at the Merrimack County Farm Bureau annual Vet Clinic to raise funds for the MCFB Scholarship Fund. (Photo Credit: Leandra Pritchard)

Christina Murdock, DVM of LAVender Veterinary Services prepares to administer a vaccination at the Merrimack County Farm Bureau annual Vet Clinic. Each year, Dr. Murdock volunteers her time to offer an affordable, and easy to get to vaccination clinic for Farm Bureau members, especially those preparing to show their animals at fairs across the state. (Photo Credit: Leandra Pritchard)

The June meeting of the SCFB Board of Directors was held at Edgewater Farm in Plainfield. Owners Ray and Pooh Sprague spoke about their operation and we toured their new Pack/Wash Facility. The next Board meeting will be at the Holmes Farm in Langdon on July 12th.

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY FARM BUREAU Rockingham County Farm Bureau is pleased to announce our 2019 scholarship award winner Nyklaus Lytle. Nyklaus will be attending SUNY Cobleskill for the two-year John Deere Agricultural Power Machinery program. Congratulations!

Sullivan County Farm Bureau member Jozi Best presents a station on wool at the Sullivan County School to Farm Day at the Sullivan County Complex in Unity.


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USDA Announces National Pork Board Appointments

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he U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the appointment of five members to the National Pork Board. All five appointees will serve three-year terms. The appointed members are: Russell A. Nugent III, Lowell, Ark. Gene Noem, Ames, Iowa Bill Luckey, Columbus, Neb. Alicia Pedemonti, Hopkinton, N.H. Michael P. Skahill, Williamsburg, Va. The National Pork Board is composed of 15 pork producers nominated by the National Pork Producers Delegate Body, which is made up of 132 producer and importer members. The program was created and is administered under the authority of the Pork Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1985. It became effective September 5, 1986, when the Pork Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order was implemented. Assessments began Nov. 1, 1986. Since 1966, Congress has authorized the development of industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool their resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing

Emily Lents Northwood, NH Studying to be a veterinarian at UNH

NH Farm Bureau member and Young Farmer Committee Chair Alicia Pedemonti was one of five appointees to the USDA National Pork Board announced in May. Photo Courtesy USDA.

Sydney Wilson Nottingham, NH

markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides oversight of 22 boards, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity. More information about the board is available on the AMS National Pork Board page and on the National Pork Board website, http://www.pork.org.

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

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Del

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$170 170-180

$335 335-365

$155 130-185

$300 145-350

$145 120-165

$320 260-350

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AVG R

$290 215-350

$515 450-650

$285 200-400

$555 500-600]

$260 200-350

$575 450-700

Fuel Grade Chips (Per ton)

AVG R

$2.00 .25 - 4.00

$34 27-40

$1.00 0.0-1.0]

$27 25-30

$1.00 .5-2.00

$26 25-28

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R = Range

[ ] = Fewer than 4 observations

ND = No Data

STP = Stumpage

Del = Delivered

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

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Wood (Bulk Delivered Ton) Wood (Cord)

$289.50 $467.22

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

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USDA Dairy Margin Coverage (Cont. From Front Page) USDA The program provides coverage retroactive to January 1, 2019, with applicable payments following soon after enrollment. At the time of signup, dairy producers can choose between the $4.00 to $9.50 coverage levels. The Farm Bill also allows producers who participated in MPP-Dairy from 2014-2017 to receive a repayment or credit for part of the premiums paid into the program. FSA has been providing premium reimbursements to producers since last month and those that elect the 75 percent credit option will now have that credit applied toward 2019 DMC premiums. The Department has built in a 50 percent blend of premium and supreme alfalfa hay prices with the alfalfa hay price used under the prior dairy program to provide a total feed cost that more closely aligns with hay rations used by many producers. At a milk margin minus feed cost of $9.50 or less, payments are possible. With the 50 percent hay blend, FSA’s revised April 2019 income over feed cost margin is $8.82 per hundredweight (cwt). The revised margins for January, February and March are, respectively, $7.71, $7.91 and $8.66 – triggering DMC payments for each month. DMC payments will be reduced by 6.2 percent in 2019 because of a sequester order required by Congress and issued in accordance with the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

DMC offers catastrophic coverage at no cost to the producer, other than an annual $100 administrative fee. Producers can opt for greater coverage levels for a premium in addition to the administrative fee. Operations owned by limited resource, beginning, socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers may be eligible for a waiver on administrative fees. Producers have the choice to lock in coverage levels until 2023 and receive a 25-percent discount on their DMC premiums. To assist producers in making coverage elections, USDA partnered with the University of Wisconsin to develop a DMC decision support tool, which can be used to evaluate various scenarios using different coverage levels through DMC.

Dairy producers also are reminded that 2018 Farm Bill provisions allow for dairy operation to participate in both FSA’s DMC program and the Risk Management Agency’s Livestock Gross Margin (LGM-Dairy) program. There are also no restrictions from participating in DMC in conjunction with any other RMA insurance products. On December 20, 2018, President Trump signed into law the 2018 Farm Bill, which provides support, certainty and stability to our nation’s

All dairy operations in the United States are eligible for the DMC program. An operation can be run either by a single producer or multiple producers who commercially produce and market cows’ milk. Eligible dairy operations must have a production history determined by FSA. For most operations, production history is based on the highest milk production in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Newer dairy operations have other options for determining production history. Producers may contact their local FSA office to get their verified production history.

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services, which MFBF strongly disputed. Later that year, MFBF partnered with the Mississippi Public Service Commission to challenge the accuracy of the map. MPSC ultimately submitted more than 8,400 individual consumer speed test data points to the FCC, but not one single challenge to the map was successful. McCormick said this was largely due to the overall complexities of the challenge process and the complications that would prevent anyone – especially the average consumer – from successfully participating in the process. “We feel that the FCC must do more to establish an accurate understanding of mobile broadband coverage before moving forward with the Mobility Fund II program. Any effort to move forward with the current maps will lock rural America into the digital divide for at least a decade,” McCormick warned. He continued, “As efforts to improve access to broadband in rural areas continue, the ability of the FCC and all other relevant agencies to utilize accurate coverage maps is the highest priority.” McCormick urged the commission to improve its National Broadband Map by seeking much more detailed information. The FCC currently relies on census block data for the map. “Farm Bureau recommends that more granular data be used to determine areas of coverage. Additionally, we recommend the inclusion of cropland and ranchland as a metric of broadband access,” McCormick said.

farmers, ranchers and land stewards by enhancing farm support programs, improving crop insurance, maintaining disaster programs and promoting and supporting voluntary conservation. FSA is committed to implementing these changes as quickly and effectively as possible, and today’s updates are part of meeting that goal. For more information, visit farmers. gov DMC webpage or contact your local USDA service center. To locate your local FSA office, visit farmers.gov/ service-locator.

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(for the covered production history that is 5 million pounds or less)

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ith farmers as dependent on broadband as they are on highways, railways and waterways to ship their products across the country and around the world, the Federal Communications Commission must improve its maps to more accurately reflect rural Americans’ access to high-speed broadband internet — or lack thereof, Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation President Mike McCormick told a Senate committee in April. McCormick testified on behalf of MFBF in front of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. According to the FCC, fixed broadband is available to 72 percent of people in Mississippi. That’s the lowest percentage of availability in the nation. However, McCormick explained, data from Microsoft and other groups shows that only 16 percent of the Mississippi population use the internet at broadband speeds. “This 56-percentage point difference in broadband availability marks a substantial gap in the perceived number of citizens able to participate in a growing digital economy. From my time traveling the state talking to rural Mississippians, I feel very confident disputing that 72 percent of our population has access to the internet at broadband speeds,” McCormick said.I In February 2018, the FCC released a map showing areas across the United States presumed eligible to receive support for the deployment of 4G LTE service as part of its Mobility Fund Phase II auction. The map showed that Mississippi was 98 percent covered with mobile broadband

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The chart above shows Premium per cwt (based on production history) for various coverage levels within the new Dairy Margin Coverage program.

American National Welcomes New Agent American National Insurance

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lease join American National/ Farm Family Insurance in announcing the appointment of Kyle Baylis to Insurance Agent, working out of the Concord, NH office. Kyle, a life-long NH resident, is assisted by his wife, Renee. They have four children and have resided in Allenstown, NH for the past seven years. Kyle spent 17 years in the Army Reserve, graduating Basic Training from Fort Leonardwood, Missouri. During his time with the Army, Kyle was a health inspector, learning about pest mitigation and application of pesticides. For the last 20 years he has volunteered with the NH Special Olympics. Kyle says of his new career with American National/Farm Family, “I just love what the Farm Bureau does for our farmers. It truly is a, ‘No Farms, No Food,” mantra and I am excited to be a part of that movement.” Kyle holds two Associates Degrees: one in Radio and TV Broadcasting, and one in Graphic Design from Hesser College, Manchester. His true love, though, is enjoying the great outdoors of NH, whether it’s hiking, swimming, or boating. “What I know is that NH offers some amazing attractions, from our mountains and rivers to our seacoast and beautiful mountains. We just love it here.” Farm Bureau members may find Kyle on the road selling or pursuing his latest hobby: spinning

American National Insurance recently appointed Kyle Baylis to Insurance Agent working out of the Concord, NH office.

yarn. “It’s kind of amazing, really,” Kyle says. “I went to one event and found myself learning how to spin yarn in a matter of minutes. Where else are you going to find that?” Please reach out to Kyle and Renee in their new roles and wish them all the success! Kyle.baylis@ american-national.com at 603-2236686.


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FIELD BRIEF By Josh Marshall

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ith every new season comes a fresh set of challenges for farmers and ranchers across the country. This spring has been no different. The fickleness of weather is an age-old tale that most farmers are used to hearing and have prepared themselves to adapt to. Over the last few years it seems we’ve been scrambling to deal with droughts more often than mitigating too much moisture, but this spring has thrown a wrench into plans throughout New Hampshire as well as other parts of the country. Here in the Granite State most of the difficulties have come as a result of above average rainfall. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), New Hampshire experienced 5.71 inches of rainfall in April, a 2.15 inch departure above the mean, and an additional 4.31 inches in May. In the last decade we’ve only experienced double-digit rainfall totals for April and May two other times. For better or worse, farmers are more used to doing rain dances this time of year rather than wishing for it to dry up. What that amounted to was delayed planting and harvesting along with other logistical headaches. “Everything is going to be late going in,” said NH Farm Bureau President Denis Ward. “I’m not even going to bother cutting hay until I get fields dried out.” Ward, who retired from Hatchland Farm in North Haverhill a few years ago, still produces hay at his home farm in Monroe. As you follow the Connecticut River further north, the problems intensified. “We’re usually done planting corn at the end of May,” Coos County dairy farmer Scott Mason told me a week into June with no seed yet in the ground. While 7-10 days of delay may not seem like a major problem to some, the short growing season of the North Country means real consequences for extended postponements. Mason explained that the biggest problem is whether the corn will mature for harvest. That means hoping for an extended fall and no early frost. Some farmers even resorted to sending corn seed back in exchange for earlier maturing varieties. Trading down to a 75-day corn seed can help get mature corn in time for harvest, but it also reduces yields. All across the state farmers were in a holding pattern waiting for fields to dry out at times when they would normally be planting corn and mowing first cut. However, it wasn’t just forage crops that were affected. Fruits and vegetable fields were not immune to the wet weather either. Dan Hicks of Sunnycrest Farms in Londonderry reported delays in planting new blueberry bushes and apple trees due to wet fields while Keith Marshall of Wilson Farms in Litchfield pointed to cooler than normal temperatures for causing slow growth in fields that were accessible.

Even in the face of these difficulties, farmers in NH have expressed optimism that they can overcome the slow start and will eventually get everything planted and make some hay. The same may not be the case for other parts of the country, specifically the Midwest. Missouri Farm Bureau Vice President Todd Hays, whose family farms around 2,400 acres of soybeans and runs a hog finishing operation in Northwest Missouri, told me that as of mid-June the majority of folks in his region had planted less than 75% of their usual corn crop. The culprit was again above average moisture, but the results were far worse than what we saw in NH. NOAA data shows that Missouri saw 10.24 inches of rain in May alone, 5.58 inches more than normal. “There’s been just enough rain off and on all spring to keep us from getting on the ground,” Hays said. He recalled only five or six full working days through the months of April and May. The situation is similar just across the Mississippi River in Illinois. “It’s certainly been a struggle since last fall,” Mike Orso, News & Communications Strategist from Illinois Farm Bureau, said. “We had an unusually early harvest in 2018 and by mid-October got hit with excessive moisture.” In fact, between October of 2018 and May of 2019, Illinois had 10.27 inches more rain than normal –a record departure from the mean for that time period. On the ground, farmers pushed through as hard as they could. Illinois farmer Bruce Hendrick told me that while attempting to plant corn in early June his crew brought two extra tractors –one positioned on each end of the field ready to pull out the planter. “Only got stuck ten times on an 80-acre piece,” Hendrick joked. As June slogged on, farmers essentially had three options to choose from. They could keep planting corn, losing yield and crop insurance rates by the day, they could switch over to more soybean acreage, or they could take prevented planting payments. Those payments, as part of an overall crop insurance policy, provide coverage in the event that extreme weather causes a ‘failure to plant an insured crop with the proper equipment by the final planting date.’ While the prevented planting payments are there for the worst case scenario, farmers would much rather get seed in the ground. Orso recalled one farmer he spoke to who resorted to planting at 2:00 AM. “Any window that opened he was going to go.” Back in Missouri, Hays was hopeful the weather patterns would soon break. “And the sunshine will make a big difference in a person’s attitude on the farm after all these rainy days.”

(Above) Flooded fields in Illinois, due to an historic 8-month span of above average rainfall, left farmers facing some tough decisions. While farmers wanted to get corn in the ground, some had to shift acreage to soybeans and others were prevented from planting entirely. Photo credit: Catrina Rawson/Illinois Farm Bureau. (Below) Illinois farmer Bruce Hendrick sent in this photo of a common occurance during the wet spring saying, “Only got stuck ten times on an 80-acre piece.”

Farm To Table Dinner JULY 20TH 4:30 PM Belknap County Farm Bureau Farm to Table Dinner on JULY 20th following Barnstead Open Farm Day! Belknap County Farm Bureau is a membership based organization that is dedicated to advocating for agriculture through educational opportunities like our school to farm program and farm tours. We also help advocate for farmers through legislative action on the state level. We welcome everyone who cares about agriculture and local food to become a Farm Bureau member today! All of our menu items will be locally sourced from farms and establishments in Belknap County. Our menu will include: x Make-Your-Own Pasture Raised Burgers & Cheeseburgers (local cheese, bacon, etc.)

Please RSVP by calling Cheryl Ellis @ 603-524-1422 or sign up on Eventbrite.com! $25.00/person, children 12 years and under are by donation. LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE

x All Natural Pulled Pork x Homemade Hamburger Rolls

Hosted by LorrenJoyce Farm 19 Sam Clark Road Center Barnstead, NH

x Baked Beans x Beef Ox Tail Soup x Fresh Picked Corn x Fresh Green Salad

x Homemade Potato Chips x Wild Blueberry Pie & Local Premium Ice Cream


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Goal Setting, A Way of Life By Diane Clary, NHFB Executive Director “The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” -Michelangelo

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ne thing about me that not everyone knows is that I only see challenges, never failures. It’s weird, I know, but it is just automatic for me; failure isn’t an option. One of my main goals in this job is to keep NH Farm Bureau growing and strong far into the future. Every day I think about ways to reach that goal, a goal that is purposefully just out of reach. There will never be enough members, there will never be enough voices, and there is always someone out there that we haven’t reached or convinced yet. As part of that membership goal, we work on membership every single day. We discuss ideas at our weekly staff meetings. We listen to member suggestions and figure out ways to make those suggestions happen. One

suggestion we hear often is using the stores farmers frequent as an opportunity to spread the Farm Bureau word. So that is what we are doing. In your travels this summer watch for our “Member Spotlight Promotions.” We will be placing displays in local stores that will spotlight a member from that county. If you see one be sure to comment to the store owner/employee that you are a Farm Bureau member and you appreciate them displaying the promotion. Engage other shoppers that you encounter and tell your story or reason for being a member. Keep it short but just give it a try. Set a goal to convince ten people to join! Setting the goal too low and reaching it puts the future of Farm Bureau in danger, setting the goal high and adjusting it higher if you get close will ensure the strong future of NH Farm Bureau and Farming in NH. Make the success of NHFB one of your goals!

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AUG 4 - 10 National Farmers’ Market Week & NH Food Alliance Instagram Scavenger Hunt Join in on National Farmers’ Market week Aug 4 - 10 by visiting your local Farmers’ Market. Show off your photo skills and win some great prizes by participating in the NH Food Alliance Instagram Scavenger Hunt!

AUG 11 - 17

Celebrating Farmers Through Sharing Their Stories Celebrate NH’s farmers by following along as NH Food Alliance, NH Farm Bureau and all the NH Eat Local Month partners share the story of NH agriculture through farmer profiles, articles, and more!

AUG 23 -25

Feast On This Film Festival & Farm Tours The Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition welcomes you to join in on the Monadnock Farm Tour & Film Festival. Travel across the region visiting farms and watching shorting films in barns and be sure to catch the feature films being shown all weekend!

Celebrate NH Eat Local Month This August This year’s New Hampshire Eat Local Month is jam-packed with events and celebrations dedicated to our local food system and the farmers who provide it. Join the NH Food Alliance, NH Farm Bureau, and over 70 other Eat Local Month Partners in recognizing the value and contributions of local agriculture in New Hampshire.









Whether you shift your food dollars towards farmers’ markets, take part in the Instagram Scavenger Hunt, or attend a farm tour, you’ll be acknowledging the hard work of NH food producers! To learn more about the events taking place across the state, visit www.nheatlocal.org.









AUG 25 - 31

Take 5 Local Pledge Make the pledge to shift $5 dollars of your food shopping each day to local farm stands, farmers’ markets, or locally owned restaurants. What better way to celebrate NH Eat Local Month!





















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The Communicator Butternut Farm/Milford Goat Dairy - Milford

Local Meat Producer List

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

Paradise Farm - Lyndeborough

Belknap County 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 and pork by the cuts, halves and wholes. Raw milk and butter from our jerseys. Like us on Facebook!

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.

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

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

Leel Farm – New Ipswich

Manning Hill Farm - Winchester

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

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

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

Northwinds Farm – N. Stratford

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

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.

Carroll County

Grafton County

Wooded Valley Acres - Gilmanton IW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Butch Leel - 562-0860 bleel@comcast.net Pasture Raised Beef.

Temple Mountain Beef - Temple

Templeton Family Organics, LLC - Goffstown Christine Templeton (781) 316-5067 Templetonfamilyorganics@gmail.com USDA Pasture raised, non-GMO chicken in cuts or whole and pork.

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

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

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

White Oaks Dairy Farm - Canterbury Steve Cochrane - 783-4494 Dale Cochrane - 234-5067 Sccochrane@comcast.net Dcochrane79@hotmail.com 100% grass fed beef, pasture raised pork, free range eggs.

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

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

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

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

Diamond B Farm - New Durham

Pinewoods Yankee Farm - Lee

Deb Robie - 747-3869 wehunt4@myfairpoint.net Local Lamb.

Hillsboro County

JӕF Farms Inc. - Derry

Merrimack County

Rocky Road Tunis Farm - Bath

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!

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

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

Trombly Gardens - Milford

Schroeder Farm - South Newbury

StoneFen Farm, llc - Haverhill

Great Bay Farm - Greenland

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.

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.

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

July/August 2019

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

Rockingham County Hurd Farm LLC - Hampton Steven Hurd - 944-6869 hurdfarmllc@yahoo.com Beef and pork as whole, halves or individual cuts. Whole chicken and eggs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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NH Grown Fruits & Veggies Belknap County Still Seeking Farm 317 Loon Pond Rd, Gilmanton 267-5326 ssfarmllc@yahoo.com stillseekingfarmllc.com Nutrient dense vegetables, blueberries and much more! Stop by the Laconia Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, or at our Farm Stand.

Carroll County Bly Farm 620 Center St. Route 28, Wolfeboro 569-1411 blyfarm@comcast.net Stop by the farm stand for fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, zucchini, summer squash, lettuce, beets, peppers, carrots, eggplant, swisschard, onions, winter squash, pumpkins, potatoes, stawberries, and blueberries

Sherman Farm 2679 East Conway Road Center Conway, NH 03813 939-2412 mhdutton@shermanfarmnh.com shermanfarmnh.com Visit us at our farm stand.

Spider Web Gardens 252 Middle Rd, Tuftonboro 569-5056 spiderwebgardens@ne.twcbc.com spiderwebgardens.com Wide variety of vegetables, berries and apples. Visit the farm stand!

Hillsboro County Brookdale Fruit Farm Inc. 38 Broad Street, Hollis 465-2240 brookdalefruitfarm@yahoo.com brookdalefruitfarm.com Strawberries, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples, peas, cucumbers, pickles, green beans, wax beans, shell beans, summer squash, zucchini, sweet corn, peppers, tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, pumpkins, sugar pumpkins, various winter squashes, apple cider, and other specialty vegetables. Produce can be purchased at our farm stand and various Hanniford and Shaws supermarkets throughout the state, and other farm stands within the state.

Butternut Farm-Milford 483 Federal Hill Rd, Milford 673-2963 tocnoc@comcast.net butternutfarmmilford.com For a fresh variety of produce and flowers visit us at the farm stand or at the Bedford, Milford and Nashua Farmers’ Markets.

Currier Orchards 9 Peaslee Rd, Merrimack 881-8864 currierorchards@yahoo.com Visit our farm stand. U-pick apples and pumpkins PLUS apple cider, jams, jellies, vegetables, pickles, apple pies, pumpkin bread and peaches.

McLeod Bros. Orchards 749 North River Rd, Milford 673-3544 mcleodorchards@gmail.com www.mcleodorchards.com A large variety of spring and summer vegetables, apples, pumpkins, squash and fall ornaments are available. Visit our farm stand from September 1 to late October or at the Bedford Farmers’ Market.

Merrimack County Autumnview Farm 1010 Upper City Rd, Pittsfield 435-5503 autumnviewfarm@hotmail.com An assortment of vegetables, such as corn, green beans, zucchini, many squash varieties, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and much more! Fruit includes, strawberries, peaches, rhubarb and cantaloupe. Autumnview Farm items are also available at Hannafords and Shaws.

Highland Lake Apple Farm 50 Maple Street, East Andover (603) 735-5058

LaValley Farms 1801 Hooksett Rd, Hooksett 485-3541 info@lavalleyfarms.com www.lavalleyfarms.com We grow and sell sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, lettuce, beans, greens, pumpkins, bedding plants and more! Open from April to December.

Spring Ledge Farm 37 Main Street New London, NH 03257 603-526-6253 greg@springledgefarm.com Springledgefarm.com

Two Sisters’ Garlic of Clough Tavern Farm 23 Clough Tavern Rd, Canterbury, 603-783-4287 / 731-5574 twosistersgarlic@yahoo.com GARLIC - scapes, garlic scape pesto, bulbs green and cured, dried garlic spice blends Find our products at the farm stand, Golden Harvest in Hooksett Concord Farmers’ Market (Wed & Sat) also at the Canterbury Country Store and Harmens in Sugar Hill. We also have P.Y.O Raspberries.

Windswept Maples 845 Loudon Ridge Rd Loudon, NH 03307 603-267-8492 wmfmoore1@comcast.net windsweptmaples.com Year-round maple syrup & maple products. Sweet corn, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, green beans, potatoes, cucumbers available when in season. Ornamentals, corn stocks, haybales, mini pumpkins available during the harvest season. Visit the farm stand from late June to Labor Day. Weekdays - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Weekends - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The farm stand is open year-round on Saturdays - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rockingham County JӕF Farms 124 Chester Road, Derry 437-0535 jandffarms@gmail.com jandffarms.net Visit our farm stand for a wide variety of fruits and veggies!

Oliver Merrill ӕ Sons 569 Mammoth Rd, Londonderry 622-6636 Merrillfarmsnh@gmail.com Facebook.com/olivermerrillandsons Visit us at our farm stand and find our eggs, apples, peaches, pears and vegetables at various gocery stores in Manchester, Derry and Londonderry.

Saltbox Farm Route 33, 321 Portsmouth Ave. Stratham 436-7978 bobsaltboxfarm1@myfairpoint.net

Blueberries, raspberries spberries and flowers.

Scamman Farm arm 69 Portsmouth h Ave, Stratham 686-1258 scamman_farm@comcast.net m@comcast.net scammanfarm.com m.com Farm stand open en September and October for pumpkins mpkins and corn maze. Also at Statham m Farmers market on Saturdays. urdays.

Local Meat Producer and Fruit & Veggie Listings Another Farm Bureau benefit! List your farm online at nhfarmbureau.org

Sunnycrest 59 High Range Rd, Londonderry 432-9652 sunnycrestfarmnh.com Family owned and operated apple farm with pick-your-own apples, strawberries, blueberries and cherries, as well as a market with fresh local vegetable & fruits and honey, syrup and milk. We also have a bakery that offers apple donuts and home-made breads.

Strafford County Butternut Farm 195 Meaderboro Rd, Farmington 603-335-4705 butternutfarm.net/home

Sullivan County Beaver Pond Farm 50 McDonough Road, Newport (603) 543-1107 beaverpondfarm1780@gmail.com tinyurl.com/bpondfarm Beaver Pond Farm retail store, John Stark Highway between Newport & Claremont. Open year ‘round. Our own beef, lamb, vegetables, berries, apples, cider, Christmas trees, pumpkins, handmade wreaths, THE BEST homemade pie and jam, maple syrup and PYO raspberries at the farm in July. Local-made and produced products as well. We also wholesale to Shaws and Grazi’s in Newport and Jiffy Mart in Claremont.

Cutting Farm 266 Sanborn Hill Rd, W. Springfield cuttingfarm.com A wide variety of fruits & veggies and much more!


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ou don’t have to work too hard to find a good description of Spider Web Gardens. Just walk through the parking lot with a camera and microphone and customers will approach you to let you know. “It is the heart of the community,” Brooks Campbell told me enthusiastically before scanning the aisles in search of his wife, who had already begun shopping. He said his grandmother started shopping here back in 1938 and her descendants never stopped. There could be something in the water in Tuftonboro because tradition and legacy are fundamental here. Bill Stockman started working for his grandparents, Roger & Bernice Williams, at Spider Web Gardens when he was just a little boy in 1960. They had started their greenhouse business in 1938 and quickly became a destination in the region. By 1980, Bill had graduated from the University of New Hampshire, rented the farm for a few years, and then worked out a purchase and sale agreement to take over the family business.

On the day of my visit Bill, Adam, and Jacinda led me through the labyrinth of cozy greenhouses that make up the front end of Spider Web Gardens, stopping every few feet to describe the contents of each house. Trays of microgreens, sprouting sunflowers, late marigolds, and burgeoning pumpkin plants occupied our first two destinations. The wealth of knowledge Bill has accumulated over a lifetime of farming spills out as he explains the differences in varieties, seeding rotations, and record keeping. Adam has been soaking up that knowledge over the last two years and is clearly a quick study. He has to be in order to make the transition work, but he also relies on Jacinda and their employees to help shoulder the burden. “It takes a lot of good help,” Adam explained. With a dozen or so employees making up the Spider Web Gardens workforce, the process from seeding to sales is like an intricate dance only the tempo keeps changing and new dancers jump in and out. To keep everyone on rhythm, every detail is documented. In one greenhouse Bill pauses over a stack of record books. He paws through the pages to reveal the extent of those records. “Everything from the day it was seeded to when it was transplanted, production we got out of it, and amount of seed we purchased,” Bill said. That was just one page. They also use these records to assess changing trends over the years. Since the Stockman family has record books going all the way back to 1938, Adam can now view the ebbs and flows of customer preference, weather patterns, and more throughout the years.

Bill Stockman looks through record books at Spider Web Gardens in Tuftonboro. Keeping track of inventory in 18 greenhouses requires extensive record keeping. The family has records dating back to 1938.

Nearly 40 years later, the garden center now offers a diverse array of plants, vegetables, and products. Starting in the spring with Easter lilies and moving through the busy season –Mother’s Day to Memorial Day- they sell annuals, potted plants, and hanging baskets. They also cultivate around 12 acres of vegetables which helps carry them through the summer along with landscape and garden supplies. They continue with pumpkins in the fall and finish the season with Christmas Trees and wreaths.

One of the things that sets Spider Web Gardens apart is the amount of direct seeding they do, leading to a greater variety of products. Above, one of dozens of highly organized seed boxes.

Bill learned from his grandparents and then from experience to hone his own methods and processes. At 69 years old, however, he readily admitted he doesn’t get around quite as quickly as he used to. Now it’s his turn to hand down the legacy to another generation. Adam Stockman, Bill’s nephew, and his partner Jacinda Montague have proudly accepted the responsibility of caring for the business, its customers, and the land.

Spider Web Gardens also sells flats of microgreens to area restaurants. Trays of greens at varying stages of growth fill one half of one greenhouse.

The production side is just one part of the equation for a successful business. Making sure their retail shop looks inviting, managing employee schedules, and handling customer service has become Jacinda’s forte. “We find what we do best and focus in on that,” Adam said. While they do share duties where possible, Jacinda’s strengths in marketing and retail sales compliment Adam’s predilection for working in the field. Neither one of them could have predicted where they’d be now when they first met. In what can only be described as solid evidence for fate, Adam and Jacinda met at Spider Web Gardens just two years ago, back in 2017. Adam had just come from a career working in kitchens, having previously gone to culinary school, and hoped to now experience the family business. They soon fell in love at the exact time that Bill was beginning to look for someone to carry on the farm’s legacy. Despite neither having a background in agriculture nor in running a business, their positive perspective allowed them to embrace this new challenge. “I look at it as an opportunity for learning,” Jacinda explained. “And

to be able to do the thing I love with the person I love.” Echoes of the past reverberate through this new transition. In fact, the same agreement Bill and his grandfather made back in 1980 was used as a framework for the current one. “People don’t realize how much paperwork there is and how many agreements there are that you end up signing,” Bill said of selling a business. Farm succession planning is too often ignored or not adequately addressed simply due to a lack of time or an undervaluation of its importance.

Adam Stockman represents the fourth generation of his family to own Spider Web Gardens and operates it with his partner Jacinda Montague. The couple met on the farm and fell in love. Jacinda said taking over the operation of the farm is a great opportunity to, “do the thing I love with the person I love.”

“It’s really establishing a new business and then everything needs to be legally transferred to that new business,” Adam said. That means insurance, vehicle registrations, supply chain relationships, payroll, worker’s compensation, and so much more have to be shifted to the new ownership. This all had to be done in a way that didn’t disrupt the function of the farm. Bill points to his experiences, having now been on both sides of a farm succession, and his participation in a farm succession workshop as factors that led to a smooth handoff of Spider Web Gardens. It certainly didn’t hurt that Adam did as much drafting of the 20-some-odd agreements as he could himself. The future looks bright for Spider Web Gardens and its customers as a fourth generation begins its watch over the community treasure. Adam and Jacinda hope to find ways to improve upon the business but not necessarily grow it in size. Fine tuning inventory, labor, and supply chains and finding efficiencies are their first goals. Bill will remain involved as he continues to manage the microgreen operation and help wherever needed, all the while knowing that he has shepherded his family’s legacy into safe and capable hands.

Tradition is important at Spider Web Gardens. That tradition includes utilizing a number of antique Farmall tractors. Not only do these tractors look cool, but they are functional too, making it easier to move around in greenhouses and other tight spaces.


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By Debbi Cox, NHAITC Coordinator

Tucker Mountain Challenge Winners Announced!

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ongratulations to Mr. Prior’s 5th grade class at Fuller Elementary School in Keene for winning this year’s Tucker Mountain Challenge! With 46 taps, support from L&G Propane Company, a dedicated teacher and other community support, these 5th grade students produced a quart of maple syrup that would make any maple producer proud. In a close second place, Mr. Farrington’s class at Rochester Middle School had a very successful sugaring season and Ms. Stillwell’s students at Robert Lister Academy in Portsmouth placed third while sharing their knowledge with local elementary schools. Thirteen samples of classroom produced maple syrup were tested for density, clarity and color before moving on to taste testing

Mr. Prior’s 5th grade class at Fuller Elementary School in Keene were winners of the Tucker Mountain Challenge.

at the state house. In addition to learning about maple production, all of these students learned science, math, history, language arts, economic and other academic concepts using maple themes. Samples of student work were also considered in the scoring process which determined the winners. All three of the winning classes also received support through NH Ag in the Classroom’s Maple Equipment Grant program by receiving buckets, covers, taps, hydrometers, manuals and more in a competitive grant process. Other finalists included Ms. Scarinza’s class at White Mountain Regional High School, Mr. Schmitt’s 4th grade class at Lincoln Street Elementary in Exeter and Ms. Stanley’s 3rd and 4th grade class at Madison Elementary School. Everyone involved should be commended for their hard work. Our spring School to Farm season recently wrapped up after spending eight days in eight counties with over 2,000 fourth grade students. Classes spent time exploring a variety of agricultural topics including dairy, maple, poultry, veterinary science, fiber, forestry, horticulture, soil and much more. Presentations and handson activities help to emphasize the importance of agriculture in their daily lives. A special thanks to the 175 volunteers who participated and made this program such a success. The new events in Hillsborough and Carroll Counties were particularly exciting. We look forward to visiting Ramblin’ Vewe Farm in Belknap County this September.

This extraordinary property includes a classic AnƟque Cape, circa 1850, with an addiƟon, a 4 story barn, an oī grid dwelling, known as the Owl’s Roost all on 330 acres. The Cape has 9 rooms including 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, greenhouse, gorgeous wood Ňoors and beauƟfully landscaped yard and gardens. The Barn, reinforced for use as a 2 car garage, includes poƫng room, breeding kennels, oĸce and storage. The Owl’s Roost, exquisitely built in 2011 from Ɵmber harvested onsite, is 7 rooms, full kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 1 full bath: all powered by gas. The 330 Acres include 275 acres in ConservaƟon easement. This property is currently used for breeding dogs. Could be used as a Vineyard or to grow fruits, vegetables, Christmas trees. Could also be used for bird hunƟng, raising horses, goats or Llamas. 73 Nottingham Road, Deerfield, NH 03037 * $1,040,000 * MLS MLS#4747186 #4758557&&#4717190 #4758532

May Youngclaus RE/MAX Shoreline Direct: 603-944-2414 Office: 603-431-1111 100 Market Street, Suite 200 Portsmouth, NH 03801 May@CBWalsh.com Each office Independently Owned & Operated

(Above) Carroll County Farm Bureau President Dave Babson presents on horses and (below) Strafford County Farm Bureau board member Ruth Scruton helps with a pumpkin presentation the Rockingham County Farm to School Day.


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The Fourth Industrial Revolution By Ryan Amberg

AFBF Focus on Agriculture

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ho is the American farmer? My answer: a professional, a person of integrity and honesty, an expert in his or her field, a steward of the land, a champion of the working class, an employer, a hard worker and an entrepreneur. All these things are true and define most of the people driving the American farm. It’s also true that this same American farmer is generally disconnected and unamplified – an expert with no microphone or soapbox…a champion in a small community but unrecognized on the greater stage as the authority in his or her domain. Food is a constant and pervasive basic need, and a much-discussed topic in our culture. We’re at a rare time in history that some call the fourth industrial revolution – a time after the digital revolution when the current information age is becoming fully integrated. The development of cyberphysical systems, the Internet of Things and the Internet of Systems are all dramatically shaping the future. This connectivity of systems, people, places and things has us teetering toward the death of the “middleman.” We see the shift and development of our industries and businesses, ever moving toward a direct relationship with the customer or end user. Thanks to tweets, blog posts, online product listings, factoryto-market retail, etc., we are seeing a direct line of communication to users and customers. During this “Age of Amazon,” there is a shift away from massive overhead costs and supply chains to more efficient and connected systems. This provides an opportunity for farmers to communicate to their target consumers directly. They have the chance to cut through the noise and display expertise about the products and produce they humbly craft or grow.

Forestry Mowing, General Excavation, View Enhancement, Field Reclamation, Vegetation Control, Headland Clearing Ben Davis (603) 998-3642 brdavisland@gmail.com www.brdavisland.com Canterbury, NH

Ryan Amberg is a Farm Bureau member in New York where he grew up on his family’s apple nursery. He is the marketing and new business development manager at FELCO North America. He graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science, with focuses in food marketing and applied economics and management. He is a former member of AFBF’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and current member of AFBF’s Grassroots Outreach (GO) Team.

having a personal conversation with you and your family. Internet retail is a perfect example. An online retailer can list many more products than any physical store can carry. The cost to add more information and communicate about each product offered is almost zero compared to brick-and-mortar retail outlets, where costs like printing, installation, real estate, turnover and competitive margin all have a much larger impact on the business’s well-being. This transition is already happening, albeit slowly. More and more farmers and agricultural stakeholders are finding ways to market directly to consumers and cut out the overhead of the traditional supply chain.

“Technology is rapidly changing access to information and the cost to distribute it. Individuals or small groups of farmers have a chance to dramatically amplify their message. Farmers can efficiently communicate about their brand, ethics and mission to exponentially larger audiences – as though they were in your living room having a personal conversation with you and your family.” Consider the grocery industry 20 years ago. The traditional grocery store was lined with brand names where communication came down from board rooms regarding new tag lines and slogans. There was an endless push and pull for space on the shelf based on who had command of the almighty marketing dollar. Ten years ago there was a push for healthy, specialty retail, prepared foods and convenience. The control of the message was still in the hands of a select few with the knowledge of the soil, the land and how the raw products were grown or raised. With reduction in costs and ease of communication, this is changing. Technology is rapidly changing access to information and the cost to distribute it. Individuals or small groups of farmers have a chance to dramatically amplify their message. Farmers can efficiently communicate about their brand, ethics and mission to exponentially larger audiences – as though they were in your living room

If done effectively and ethically we have a lot to be excited about. Farmers will be able to reliably communicate accurate, firsthand information, limiting the spread of misinformation about the integrity of their products. Cost savings in the supply chain will allow farmers to benefit from less overhead to get their products to market. This will result in higher values for their products and more transparent pricing to the consumer. Consumers will gain the transparency they crave and have greater access to information and interaction with the agricultural community. Consumers will have more choices than ever on how to purchase products for their families and homes. The opportunity is now for the American farmer to step out onto the world’s stage. Change is hard, but not being willing to change is a high-stakes game to be playing with your legacy. This is the time to take a close look at your business and develop a strategy for your future.

New Hampshire Has Seat at the Table for Federal Milk Marketing Order Reform By Scott Mason

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une was National Dairy month, so what better time to begin a discussion on amending the Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMO)? American Farm Bureau Federation has put together a work group to study the FMMO to suggest potential policy changes. There are three dairy farmers from each of the four AFBF regions of the country serving on this committee. I am among the dairy farmers representing the Northeast region. The question before us: Do nothing, tinker with the system a bit, or build a new system of price discovery. Currently less than 10% of milk solids is used to price all of the milk. Most milk products do not qualify to be used in the pricing formula, especially the value-added products. Is there a better price discovery system? A no vote on an amendment to a FMMO does away with the federal order. Processors are calling for larger make allowances. There are many dairymen calling for some type of a supply management system. Are there too many classes of milk? Has America become the balancing plant for the world’s milk supply? European Union price is up and ours is down after they did away with supply management. We supply China with 14% of their dairy needs, but only 5% of their total dairy value. Do farmers and processors share price risk?

Scott Mason runs Northwinds Farm in North Stratford, N.H. and is one of three dairy farmer representatives from the Northeast region on the American Farm Bureau Federal Milk Marketing Order Work Group.

We will be meeting through conference calls throughout the summer to look at these issues and others impacting the Federal Orders. NH Dairy Committee will be meeting to discuss the issue of FMMO as well. I plan to reach out to the other New England Dairy Committees for similar conversations. You can follow our progress on the AFBF website. The work group will get back together in September to write a white paper for the AFBF board and policy discussion. Visit www.fb.org/market-intel for the latest research from AFBF and the FMMO Work Group.

Members of the American Farm Bureau Federation Federal Milk Marketing Order Work Group meet at AFBF headquarters in Washington, D.C., including NHFB member Scott Mason. (Photo Credit AFBF)


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

EVENTS & WORKSHOPS Swine Producers Field Day July 19 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Short Creek Farm 18 Winding Hill Road, Northwood This on-farm field day will focus on different housing options and management practices for smaller scale, pasture-based swine producers. Pennsylvania State Extension Swine Specialist Dr. Elizabeth Hines will lead an informal discussion outside, rain or shine. Dr. Hines is an animal physiology scientist with 10+ years of academic training and 6+ years of practical, hands-on experience in the swine industry, focused on commercial research. Cost of the field day: $10.00. Register bit.ly/unhext-swine. For questions, or if you require special accommodations, please contact elaina.enzien@unh.edu prior to the event start date.

Swine Producers Nutrition Seminar July 20 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM UNH Cooperative Extension Merrimack County Office 315 Daniel Webster Hwy, Boscawen This seminar will help attendees dial in the varying aspects of feeding pigs at different life stages, from grower pigs to breeding sow nutrition. Pennsylvania State Extension Swine Specialist Dr. Elizabeth Hines will lead a discussion about considerations for performance success in production systems commonly found in the Northeast. This session is primarily for those who reside in Coos, Carroll or Grafton counties and is well suited for established commercial operations or beginners. Cost of seminar: $30.00 (includes lunch). If you are interested in attending the nutrition seminar, but cannot make the drive to attend in person, we will provide you with the ability to access this workshop remotely for a cost of $15.00. Register bit.ly/unhextswine. For questions, or if you require special accommodations, please contact elaina.enzien@unh. edu prior to the event start date.

Why Farm Markets Need Great Merchandising and Marketing Matters July 23 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM UNH Cooperative Extension Coos County Office 629A Main Street, Lancaster July is one of the busiest months of the growing season for harvesting, prepping for the market and selling

agriculture products on or off the farm. This two-part workshop will reflect upon what has been done so far, what’s working or not and what changes can still be implemented this season to increase sales. These workshop sessions will also provide a jump start for developing marketing plans during the slow months of the year. From 10 a.m.11:30 a.m. UNH Extension Food and Agriculture Field Specialist Nada Haddad of Rockingham County will discuss merchandising and marketing tips. From 12:30 p.m.- 3 p.m. Nada will be available to meet one-on-one with individual farmers who have questions pertaining to their marketing efforts. There is no cost to attend either session, but registration is appreciated for the morning and required for the afternoon to schedule a 60-minute meeting with Nada. Come as you are from the field and take a break from the outdoors to talk marketing matters! To register, e-mail Nada Haddad at Nada.Haddad@UNH. edu or call her at 603-679-5616.

Connecting the Dots for Pollinator Conservation: Wildflower Meadows and Pollinator Habitat July 30 from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM UNH Horticultural Research Farm 70 Spinney Lane, Durham UNH Extension Professor and Researcher with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station Dr. Cathy Neal will share results from 10 years of research on wildflower meadow establishment and Xerces staff will help participants identify native bees and their habitats. Learn fun, effective and beautiful ways to enhance habitat and bring back the pollinators from Co-Director for the Pollinator Conservation and Agricultural Biodiversity Program Mace Vaughan. A panel of experts will provide updates on the NH Pollinator Plan, the 2019 Bee Bill, cost share programs and other efforts to conserve and protect pollinators at the local, state and national levels. There is no charge but please register at bit.ly/unhext-pollinators or by calling 603-862-3200.

New Farmer School: The nuts & bolts of farming as a business in New Hampshire Aug 13 - Oct 22 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Various Sites Throughout NH This course, formerly known as Agriculture & Natural Resource Business Institute (ANRBI), will run for six sessions, meeting every other week. Topics include soils and site, assessment, agricultural regulations, enterprise selection, choosing a business entity, equipment considerations, marketing, insurance basics, cash flow

budgeting, financial and production recordkeeping. Participants will also learn about state agencies and other agriculture service providers in New Hampshire. Registration cost is $250 or $450 for two people from the same farm business. Scholarships (sponsored by Farm Credit East, Yankee Farm Credit, and NH Community Loan Fund) are available by contacting Jonathan Ebba at jonathan.ebba@unh.edu or (603) 641-6060 for consideration. Access more information, including course locations and registration at bit.ly/unhext-newfarmer. Please contact Kelly McAdam at kelly. mcadam@unh.edu or (603) 527-5475 with questions.

Ecology and Management of Beaver Talk August 14 at 7:00 PM Quincy Bog Nature Center 131 Quincy Bog Road, Rumney This free presentation will provide a complete overview of the history and ecology of beavers in New England, including their food habitats, construction abilities and their role in creating wetland habitat for other wildlife. UNH Extension Professor and Wildlife Specialist Dr. Matthew Tarr will discuss how beavers build dams and how landowners and communities can maintain beavers on their land while minimizing damage from beavers cutting trees and flooding. This talk is open to the public and will be followed by an informal reception with refreshments, sponsored by the Quincy Bog Natural Area.

Backpack Sprayer Calibration Event – How To Do It! September 4 from 4:00 - 5:30 PM UNH Cooperative Extension Coos County Office 629A Main Street, Lancaster UNH Extension Field Specialists Olivia Saunders and George Hamilton will lead a hands-on workshop on how to calibrate backpack sprayers and will help attendees evaluate the effectiveness of spray applications. Key components include nozzle selection, correct calculations and calibrating for sprayer pressure at walking speed. This meeting is geared towards vegetable and tree fruit growers as well as landscapers. Certified organic growers using neem, Bt or kaolin clay are encouraged to attend. To register or for any questions, please contact Olivia Saunders at Olivia.saunders@ unh.edu or 603-447-3834. Pesticide credits, pending approval.

4-H EVENTS To see all of our upcoming 4-H events, visit extension.unh.edu/4-HEvents

2019 NH State 4-H Horse Show July 12-14 from 8:00 - 5:00 PM Deerfield Fairgrounds Stage Road, Deerfield Exhibitors may show western, English, in-hand or driving. At the end of the show, the top scoring 17 delegates and four teen leaders are chosen to represent NH at the New England 4-H Horse Show at Big E in West Springfield, MA in September. bit.ly/NH4-H-horse.

Sheep and Goat Clinic July 12-14 Hillsborough Co. Youth Center 15 Hilldale Lane, New Boston

4-H Sheep and Goat Clinics are designed to teach 4-H’ers the skills needed for proper care of, and fitting and showing, animals. Cost is $80 per person and covers housing for 3 days/2 nights, meals, workshop materials and a t-shirt. For more information, questions, or financial assistance contact Jolee Chase, 4-H Program Manager, at (603) 641-6060 or jolee. chase@unh.edu. You can also visit bit.ly/unhext-4-Hclinic.

Farm to Table Weekend August 2-3 University of New Hampshire Durham Campus

During this two-day workshop, 4-H participants can explore a career in horticulture. The first day will include a tour of UNH’s Woodman Horticulture Research Farm and Tendercrop Farm, followed by shopping for locally sourced ingredients to prepare a meal with award winning UNH Chef Ron Boucher. The second day will feature plant propagation, landscape design and transplanting. Events are open to youth 13 years and older. For questions, contact 4-H Field Specialist Michelle Bersaw-Robblee at michelle.bersaw@unh.edu or 603796-2151. Cost is $35.00 per person. A limited number of scholarships are available to individuals unable to pay. You can also visit bit.ly/4Hfarm.

NEWS & INFORMATION UNH Extension Diagnostic Services Do you need to drop off a soil, insect or plant sample? There are many construction projects on the UNH campus this summer, including major construction around Spaulding Hall. Please visit extension.unh.edu/diagnostics for directions if you plan to drop off a sample directly to the lab in Durham.


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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.

equipment and supplies. We own 25 acres, and rent more land and a local barn. We are FOR SALE: John Deere 955 diesel tractor, selling: Our house and land (The house is hydrostatic 4wd, only 1275 hours. Excellent partly furnished), The farm business and farm condition, garaged, dealer serviced. Complete assets, including 4 greenhouses, caterpillar with loader, lx5 rotary cutter, 60” front heavy tunnels, tractors, implements, supplies and duty snowblower. All in great shape, everything much more. This is a great opportunity to buy a going profitable vegetable farm. For more works. $11,5000. Call Rich 603-465-2672. information, and an equipment list, please FOR SALE: 5 flat back 2 1/2 gallon heated reply to Steve Fulton at Steve@blueoxfarm.com water buckets. Like new. $10 each or all for $45. HELP WANTED Box of miscellaneous electric fence parts and insulators. est. $50 value for $15. Belmont. Call HELP WANTED: Experienced Arborist Tom 267-5905. with valid driver’s and CDL license. Work as a FOR SALE: Two Big Dutchman Poultry member of tree service team. Experience with Feeders. 500 ft. of trough, chain, and grills for chain saws, chippers, stump grinders and crane. each. BRO, willing to sell separately. Call 603- Mass Hydraulic license a plus. Salary based on experience. References required. Dudley’s Tree 756-3589. & Crane Service, Haverhill, MA. Bob Dudley FOR SALE: Great lot of farm and haying 978-373-1510 equipment. All kept undercover, good WANTED: Hands-on farm condition. 270 84 Massey Ferguson 236 - HELP manager for family-owned purebred cattle 60HP. Loader + Cab - $9K. 250 Kuhn Mower Conditioner - $8K. 565 New Holland Baler & farm. Job includes care & breeding of livestock, Thrower - $11K. Hay Elevator, 20’ - $800. Kuhn grounds & equip maintenance. Carpentry & Hay Rake GH300 GT Gyrorake - $2.5K. 6-Ton mechanical skills a plus. Career position, great Low Bed Trailer, 22’ - $2.5K. International lime benefits. Bedford. Please reply by email: hhf18@ & fert spreader. 8’ wide - $125. Call Robert 603- aol.com 224-3036.

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WANTED: Cows, heifers, and steers. Between the age of 17 mo. and 3 yrs. Cows must not be pregnant. Call Luke - 603-798-4570 (please leave a message).

FOR SALE: Recon 300 Hay Conditioner - WANTED: Looking for someone to restore 1,000 RPM - Tedder Attachment - Very Good two old buggies. email nhmapr@aol.com Condition - $ 9,995. Bill Hall Hollis 603-6202893.

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kicker and spray applicator In GREAT SHAPE. FOR RENT: Garden Center opportunity Haverhill, MA. 20k sq feet greenhouses + 2 $10,000.00 call 603-635-3355 7am-6pm retail hoophouses. Storage container, golfcart & FOR SALE: 1952 Massey Harris Pony. retail shed & stands. Growing field option. Bob Runs great, vg rubber. Incl front blade, plows, Dudley 978-373-1510 harrow, cultivator, original books. $3000 OBO. FOR LEASE: Equestrian facility includes Leave message 603-827-3630 elegant 18th century colonial w/new kitchen, FOR SALE: 2010 John Deere 4520 MFWD heating & floors, barn and riding rink – compact enclosed cab tractor. 56HP, turbo, adjacent to 400 acres of conservation land with hydrostatic, has plumed front feature lines, established trails. $4500/mo. Goffstown. Email: electronic valve selector, skid steer style quick admin@nebcast.com attach bucket plate, low hours. Comes with rear SERVICES ice chains and stock bucket. Excellent working condition. $30,000 OBRO. Call Jay - 603-7862319 WELDING & FABRICATION: Farm & FOR SALE: Alpaca Sale: Buy 1, get 2nd of heavy equipment welding repair and custom equal or lesser value at 1/2 price. Nationally fabrication. Gates, Feeders, Headlocks etc. ranked breeders, proven and unproven; pet/ Please call Dan at 603-746-4446 or danp@ fiber; herd guard. Colors range from white to skytrans-mfg.com true black. Prices start at $200. 603-746-3385, REAL ESTATE: Farms, Woodlots, Hopkinton Recreational Land. Broker Tom Howard is an FOR SALE: Blue Ox Farm, a certified organic Accredited Land Consultant with expertise vegetable farm in Enfield, NH is for sale. Due in Conservation Easements, Agriculture to personal reasons, my wife and I are selling and Forestry. NH Conservation Real Estate, the farm as a going, profitable, farm business. (603)253-4999. The farm has good land, good markets, good records / financials, and a good assortment of

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Bills Being Held for Further Work by the NH Legislature By Rob Johnson, NHFB Policy Director

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his year NH House committees have “retained” and NH Senate committees have “rereferred” a number of bills of interest to Farm Bureau members. Though using differing terminology, “retained” and “rereferred” in effect mean the same thing, the committee is holding on to the bill most often for the purpose of further investigation of an issue. Usually a committee will meet and hold hearings to hear and learn from experts and stakeholders concerning a bill it has retained/rereffered. On occasion committee members may simply conduct research individually and report back to the committee. Other times bills are retained/rereffered in order to hold on to a bill so that it is available as a vehicle in the event it is needed. As a means to delve into specific issues the Legislature also established a handful of Study Commissions of particular interest. House Environment and Agriculture HB 371, adding cats to the definition of commercial kennel. Amends RSA 437:1 defining “Commercial kennel” by adding the language in bold italics as follows: “Commercial kennel” means any person, business, corporation, cattery, or other entity that transfers 10 or more litters or 50 or more puppies, cats, or kittens, in any 12-month period. (Note: HB 2*, a catch-all bill containing changes to law paired to the state budget bill, includes language defining a “pet vendor” to include transfers of 25 or more dogs or cats each year.) HB 376, establishing a commission to study best practices for companion animal groomers. Introduced as a result of a North Hampton family’s Golden Retriever dying after being left unattended with a rope around its neck in a “drying cage” by a groomer. The bill was introduced to investigate safety and facility standards, groomer certification and licensure, liability coverage, waste and chemical disposal, groomer education requirements including continuing education, and industry best practices. It appears likely the Environment and Agriculture Committee will study the issues itself instead of establishing a separate commission and introduce any legislation in 2020 that it deems appropriate. HB 501-FN, establishing a cost of care fund to assist municipalities caring for animals during animal cruelty cases. (Note: HB 2*, a catch-all bill containing changes to law paired to the state budget bill, includes $100,000 in each year of the next state budget – FY19 & FY20 - for a Cost of Care Fund. The Fund would be administered by the Department of Agriculture and provide grants to municipalities for the care of animals seized during animal cruelty cases.) HB 646-FN, relative to labeling, signage, and restrictions on the sales and use of beetoxic pesticides. The Committee retained HB 646-FN for the purposes of exploring more narrow restrictions on the use of pesticides by homeowners (non-licensed applicators) and also potentially as a vehicle if legislation is needed toward completion of the state’s pollinator protection plan. Following the hearing on the bill the Committee expressed no reasons to change pesticide laws as they affect and relate to agricultural use.

House Commerce and Consumer Affairs HB 462-FN, relative to digital electronic product repair. Requires manufacturers of digital electronic products to provide independent repair facilities with diagnostic and repair information for such products. The bill as introduced specifically excludes manufacturers of “off road diesel-powered vehicles of greater than 14,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight”. House Finance HB 542-FN-A, establishing a grant program to support municipalities in updating their wetlands regulations. Establishes the Wetlands Regulations Fund to be administered by the Office of Strategic Initiatives in the Governor’s Office and provides funding for the purpose of providing grants to municipalities for the purpose of assisting municipalities with updating or adopting wetlands regulations. Priority would be given to municipalities working with a Regional Planning Commission. Also provides money to update the “Guidebook on Buffers and Surface Waters for New Hampshire Municipalities” and to create a model wetlands ordinance. House Judiciary HB 661, relative to a private right of action for toxin exposure. This legislation was introduced and found Inexpedient-to-Legislate last session (HB 1591). As introduced it includes provisions establishing a private right for an individual to bring civil action against anyone found to be in violation of any New Hampshire solid or hazardous waste regulation, including “contributing to the past or present handling, storage, treatment, transportation, or disposal of solid or hazardous waste.” Such private rights of actions have not been previously recognized in the United States and are generally brought by a government agency or as a class action. In addition the bill provides a private right of action for medical monitoring. Medical monitoring is a provision in a case settlement, typically in class action, requiring the defendant to deposit money into a fund for the purpose of monitoring the health of individuals who claim exposure. This is accomplished via periodic testing for disease. At issue is the ability of claimants to recover costs before disease has been diagnosed. Sixteen states allow for medical monitoring, typically as part of a class action, not as an individual claim as provided in HB 661. At the hearing the bill’s sponsor introduced an amendment removing the private right of action and strict liability provisions from the bill, limiting the bill solely to the medical monitoring provisions. This will be the focus of Committee’s continued work on the bill. (The next Committee work session has been scheduled for 8/27.) House Municipal and County Government HB 102, relative to municipal ordinances regarding the use of plastics. Permits towns to adopt bylaws to regulate the distribution of single-use plastics to consumers. (A Committee work session is scheduled for 6/25.) HB 559, enabling municipalities to ban single-use sources of plastic pollution. (A Committee work session is scheduled for 6/25.)

NHFB Policy Director Rob Johnson testifies before the NH House Environment & Agriculture Committee earlier this year. The E & A Committee is one of many in the House to retain bills.

(Note: the House passed HB 560-FN, relative to single-use carryout bags which restricts the distribution of single-use carryout bags by stores and food service businesses. The Senate amended the bill by replacing it with a requirement for towns to report waste reduction information to DES. The House did not concur with the Senate amended bill and did not request a Conference Committee to see if the differences in the bill could be ironed out, thereby killing the bill.) House Public Works and Highways HB 478-FN-A, establishing a road usage fee and making an appropriation therefor. This legislation was also introduced in 2017 (Tabled) and 2018 (Passed House, Held for Interim Study in Senate). Federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards, enacted to improve the average fuel economy of cars and light trucks, are working. A result has been that despite more vehicles and vehicle miles on our highways, road toll (commonly referred to as the “gas tax”) receipts for the maintenance and construction of the state’s highways and bridges has not kept up with the increased use of our highways. The proposed road usage fee would be paid at the time a vehicle is registered and based on the miles per gallon (MPG) equivalent of the vehicle. The calculation also factors in the existing Road Toll. Vehicles rated less than 20 MPGs, motor vehicles manufactured in model year 1983 and before, motorcycles, and OHRVs are exempted. Heavy trucks would not be subjected to the fee as it is the bill sponsors belief that through higher registration fees and higher fuel consumption, their fair share is already being paid. This legislation was a request of the Commission to Study Revenue Alternatives to the Road Toll established in 2015. The annual road usage fee would range from zero for vehicles with a MPG equivalent of less than 20 miles per gallon (MPG) up to $111 for vehicles that average 51 MPG or more (including gasoline free vehicles). The fee would be calculated at $111 minus the estimated Road Toll paid per year based on 10,000 miles of travel per vehicle. This amount of $111 is based on a 20 MPG vehicle that travels 10,000 miles ($0.222 road toll X 500 gallons). It is estimated the Road Usage Fee would generate in excess of $20 million a year for the state’s Highway Fund. HB 538-FN-A-L, increasing the road toll and providing funding for state road and bridge projects. Proposes to increases the Road Toll (“Gas Tax”) from the current rate of 22.2 cents per gallon of motor fuel by 6 cents to 28.2 cents per gallon. The Road Toll was most recently increased from 18 cents per gallon (set in 1991) to 22.2 cents per gallon in 2014. House Recreation and Development HB 543, relating to the protection of wetlands. Establishes a statewide minimum buffer of 100 feet in a majority of situations in the upland adjacent to wetland found to be “high value wetlands”. (See article in The Communicator, May/June 2019)

HB 683-FN, relative to the rights of property owners abutting certain highways and railtrails. Establishes additional notice and procedural requirements prior to authorizing municipal sidewalks and roads for OHRV use including requiring written notice of required public meeting in each community where such sidewalks and roads are located be provided to all abutters and approval by a majority vote of the legislative body and two-thirds of abutting landowners. In addition makes changes to RSA 215-A:5c relative to Inherent Dangers of OHRV Operation including language stating, “The court may award reasonable attorney’s fees and costs to the defendant if the defendant prevails in the action and the court finds that the claim was brought without merit or had no reasonable basis.” House Transportation HB 596-FN, relative to eligibility for agricultural plates. Seeks to make private residential use and commercial property maintenance related uses, in addition to agricultural and light industrial uses, eligible for Agricultural/Industrial Utility Vehicle (AIUV) registration. In addition makes AIUVs eligible for Agricultural plates and registration rates. There are currently approximately 3,000 AIUVs registered in NH. At the hearing Division of Motor Vehicle personnel testified that they send on average 3-4 AIUV misuse letters each month. 259:2-a Agricultural/Industrial Utility Vehicle. – “Agricultural/industrial utility vehicle” shall mean a vehicle, including an off highway recreational vehicle, with 4 or 6 wheels, an internal combustion engine or electric motor, or both, but excluding a tractor, equipped in accordance with the provisions of RSA 261:41-a, III, that is capable of carrying not more than 6 occupants, has a load capacity of 1,500 pounds or less, and is in use for farming, agricultural, or light industrial uses, and is limited to ways or portions of ways where such vehicles are allowed and having posted speed limits of 40 miles per hour or less, within a 10 mile radius from an entrance to land used by the farm or a 2 mile radius from the entrance to the light industrial complex or construction site, and subject to any other special conditions established by the government authority controlling the way.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources SB 75, establishing a commission to study the economic impact of national carbon pricing in New Hampshire. HB 568, relative to the New Hampshire energy strategy. Requires the energy strategy of the state be amended (Chapter Law 276 of the Laws of 2013 & RSA 4-E:1) to include consideration of the effects of climate change. Senate Health and Human Services HB 490, (New Title) establishing a commission to study the role of clinical diagnosis and the limitations of serological diagnostic tests in determining the presence or absence of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases and available treatment protocols, and appropriate methods for educating physicians and the public about the inconclusive nature of prevailing test methods and available treatment alternatives.


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Study Commissions The following Study Commissions and Study Committees have been or are in the process of being created (a study commission includes outside - non-Legislator members, while a study committee is made up solely of Legislators both hear from outside experts):

Farm Bureau - The Voice of N.H. Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018) and determining labeling requirements for hemp products. The committee will recommend whether it is preferable for the state to establish a state oversight program for hemp within the Department of Agriculture or to request the federal government oversee hemp production in New Hampshire. A report is due by November 1, 2019. Language relative to animal cruelty has also been included in the bill. (Note: USDA has announced it expects to issue an interim final rule implementing the Farm Bill’s legalization of hemp production in August.)

School Funding Commission HB 2-FN-A-L, relative to state fees, funds, revenues, and expenditures.* HB 2 - known as the “Trailer Bill” - is a catch-all bill containing changes to law paired to the state budget bill (HB 1). It includes the establishment of a 16-member commission to study school funding and appropriates $500,000 for administration, staffing, and school finance expertise. Its primary charge is to develop a new adequacy funding formula. An initial report is due by September 1, 2020. The Commission remains active until the time the Legislature addresses its recommendations. Hemp Study HB 459-FN, (Second New Title) defining hemp, relative to its growth and use in New Hampshire, establishing a committee to study the federal guidelines on growing hemp, and relative to costs of care for animals seized in animal cruelty cases and prohibiting the future ownership of animals in certain animal cruelty cases.* In addition to defining hemp in order to allow for growing it as a crop in the state, HB 459 establishes a study committee charged with recommending the administrative mechanism for permitting the growing of hemp consistent with federal law as authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill (Agricultural

Commission on Beer, Wine & Liquor Tourism HB 598, (New Title) establishing a commission to study beer, wine, and liquor tourism.* The 14-member commission is tasked as follows: The commission shall develop a plan for New Hampshire beer, wine, and liquor tourism, including beer, wine, and liquor trails with signage along New Hampshire highways, changes to liquor commission laws and rules that would enhance tourist experiences at New Hampshire wineries, breweries, and liquor manufacturers and coordination of beer and wine tourism marketing efforts among the department of agriculture, markets, and food, the division of travel and tourism development of the department of business and economic affairs, the department of transportation, and wine and beer producer associations. The commission shall also consider mechanisms to allow the operator of a “farm to table” dinner featuring New Hampshire produced food items to offer locally produced alcoholic beverages with meals. The commission may also study any other subject related to its purpose. The Commission incorporates HB 485 which sought the creation of a one-day license for serving New Hampshire made alcoholic beverages at a farm. In addition to the agencies and organizations

Page 21 mentioned above the Commission also includes representatives from the Liquor Commission and someone representing NH liquor manufacturers. A final report is due November 1, 2020. Commission to Study the Licensure of Commercial Mushroom Foragers HB 634, establishing a commission to study the licensure of individuals who forage for wild mushrooms for sale to others. The 10-member commission will study how to develop a system of licensure for forages of wild mushrooms, cost of a license and a licensing program, and a method of testing competence for licensing wild mushroom foragers. The 10-member commission includes representatives from the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, UNH Cooperative Extension, the American Culinary Foundation, a mycologists – scientist specializing in the study of fungi, and a commercial mushroom forager. The final report is due November 1, 2019.

Barriers to Greater Density in Land Development Study Commission SB 43, establishing a commission to study barriers to increased land development in New Hampshire.* Duties include identifying barriers to increasing the density of development, adaptive reuses of existing buildings, and tax incentives to promote residential development density. A final report is due from the 21-member Commission by November 1, 2020. *Indicates the bill has passed the House and Senate but at press time had not been signed by the Governor.

Please look for the 2019 Legislative Review listing the disposition of bills followed by Farm Bureau in Sept/Oct issue of The Communicator

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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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The Communicator - 2019 July/August  

The Official New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Newspaper

The Communicator - 2019 July/August  

The Official New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Newspaper

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