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Crop Theft: Can it be better In the Business of Happiness addressed in state law?



By Rob Johnson, NHFB Policy Director

Lucien and Muriel Blais (pictured above) are the third generation of Muriel’s family to own and operate Bisson’s Sugarhouse in Berlin, NH. The operation’s rich history starts with a first-generation American business and boils down to nearly one hundred years of spreading happiness each spring.

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Chris LaValley testifying before the E&A Committee at the January 16 hearing.


hris LaValley, along with his wife Danielle, own and operate LaValley Farm. They grow fruits and vegetables on about 60 acres in fields located in Allenstown, Hooksett, and Pembroke. Crop theft has become a major issue for them. A few years ago the LaValleys were routinely losing large quantities of vegetables from one of their fields along the Suncook River in Allenstown. One afternoon Chris was driving his wife’s car and had their two dogs with him. By chance he decided to check on the crops in that field, which requires traveling a distance on a dirt road with access controlled via a locked gate – at least that’s what Chris believed. Upon unlocking and continuing through the gate Chris saw two men in the field ahead. Fortunately that day, because he was driving his wife’s car, he was traveling slowly on the rough dirt road (Normally he would have been traveling more quickly in his truck and kicking up dust). He surprised the men as they were picking beans. Chris said their reaction was the same one he has heard nearly every time he has caught someone stealing, “we have CROP THEFT CONTINUED ON - page 20

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March/April 2018

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

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


INSIDE March/April 2018 County & Committee News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Local Meat Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Eye on Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

to speakers, recognizing achievements, and honing our knowledge and understanding of issues that others deal with throughout the country, the ultimate purpose is setting policy for the organization to operate by for the coming year and to provide direction within the organization. Dairy seemed to be the elephant in the room throughout the convention for many of us. Most dairymen don’t want a hand out, but would like to have available some sort of safety net, either in the farm bill or outside of it, that would provide help they could make use of before losses cause them to get out of farming. Debate on the merits of the MPP program, making LGM better and getting an income insurance program in place was intense. Personally I didn’t fully understand why many thought we had to choose a program. Just giving our AFBF staff flexibility to support anything that would give our dairymen an affordable tool to use was needed and I think we got that done. Currently the state Farm Bureaus send four dollars per member to AFBF. The delegates voted this year to increase it to five dollars. AFBF has struggled to balance its budget for some years now. They have cut programs and staff, but further decreases would have affected our work in Washington. There has been resistance to the increase by some of the large southern states,

hen I started farming I put all of my feed up as dry hay, the small bales roughly forty pounds each. Needless to say it seemed that some of the hay days would never end. The one constant was that on those days when I could find an extra person or two to throw bales the work load diminished exponentially. In the last edition of The Communicator our Executive Director, Diane Clary, suggested that if each current Farm Bureau member signed up just one new member, we could double our membership and the work load would be light for each of us. One of our members read the column and decided to do just that. As talented and wonderful as this person is, selling a membership moved her way out of her comfort zone, but she did it. Help me keep the idea going. Maybe we could call it the “One for all and all for one” campaign. The importance of this organization has Reba McEntire (Center) was the keynote speaker during the closing session of the never been greater, but we need our 2018 American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. NHFB President Denis Ward and his wife Jeanne had the chance to briefly meet the members. country music star behind the scenes of the convention. (Photo: AFBF) The AFBF Convention in Nashville, Tennessee showcased the considerable strength of our organizations and quite understandably, (a state with 500,000 and the resolve of its members to make hard members pays an additional $500,000) but choices and do what they need to keep Farm ultimately most of them supported the increase. Bureau the premier organization representing NH supported the increase; we will find a way agriculture and rural America. To have the to fill the hole created by it in our budget. It’s U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, the Canadian a small price to pay to have our voice heard in Secretary of Agriculture, several high ranking Washington all the way to the White House. Of course the trip wasn’t all work. Jeanne U.S. Senators and Representatives, and ultimately the President of the United States and I got to see much of the city, enjoyed some come to our convention to speak to us, and to social time with the other attendees from NH offer their support for us, speaks volumes about (New Hampshirites are the best), and saw a show with Wynonna, Jerrod Niemann, Eric Paslay, the respect that Farm Bureau has earned. While much of the convention is listening and several other great singers and musicians at the Grand Ole Opry. We also got to have our picture taken with Reba McEntire, the closing general session speaker. The picture taking session was far too much of a rush and my mind too much of a mush to get all the joy out of it I should have. I surely would like to invite her to a quiet NH party where we all could just sit around, have a beer, and shoot the breeze. In addition to being such a great entertainer she appears to me to be more like us than most of the entertainment crowd. NHFB President Denis Ward presents Ray Aremburg, owner of Blackmount Equipment in North Haverhill with the AFBF Foundation for Agriculture Book of the Year: “John Deere, That’s Who!” by Tracy Nelson Maurer. Blackmount Equipment is a family owned and operated John Deere Dealership serving the central Connecticut River Valley.

Springs coming, enjoy!

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Northeast Agriculture: A Challenging Year on the Horizon for Some Sectors; Bright Spots in Others

Overall, U.S. agriculture, as well as that of the Northeast, continues to face some challenging market conditions, but there are also a number of bright spots and some improvements are in the forecast. Cash field crops in particular are dealing with adverse pricing. Dairy prices improved somewhat in 2017, but are looking lower for 2018. Nursery and greenhouse, which have had improving economic conditions for the past few years, are reporting relatively good results. For full details & commodity specific outlook, visit

ENFIELD, Conn. — Despite a fairly robust general economy, 2018 looks like it may be a challenging year for many agricultural sectors, according to the recently released industry snapshots from Farm Credit East. The financial cooperative expects northeast net farm income to decline in 2018, due mainly to weak commodity prices, but there are also a number of bright spots and some improvements are in the forecast. Cash field crops in particular are dealing with adverse pricing. Dairy prices improved somewhat in 2017, but are looking lower for 2018. On the flip side, the nursery and greenhouse industry, which have had improving economic conditions for the past few years, are expected to have relatively good results. There are also snapshots covering such industries as fruit, vegetables, commercial fishing and forest products. Overall the snapshots show a mixed bag for Northeast agriculture, with some sectors performing well, while others are more challenged. Farm Credit East remains committed to the success of Northeast farming, fishing and forestry, and will continue to work with producers through the highs and lows of industry cycles. For a deeper dive into Farm Credit East’s outlook for any of these industries, visit

hiking, hound dogs, sunsets on the farm and

tax preparation. For Farm Credit East tax expert Carolyn Huff, April 15 is one of her favorite times of year. In fact, all of our tax experts not only enjoy helping our clients prepare their yearly returns for filing, but working with them to make year-round decisions to ensure they pay no more than they should. Sure, Carolyn’s love of tax prep may seem a little unusual, but we wouldn’t have it any other way — because WE ARE YOU. Our associates love what they do. How about you? Send us your selfie at

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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 . . . . . . . Ruth Scruton

Newsundup Ro

Perdue Announces USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018, Names Appointees to Farm Service Agency State Committee

Chair, Young Farmer Program. . . . . . Alicia Pedemonti County Presidents Belknap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Matarozzo Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . David Babson Cheshire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Moore Coos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Brady Grafton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glen Putnam Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trevor Hardy Merrimack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Stevens Rockingham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Ferdinando Strafford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Matt Scruton Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Cunniff Staff Executive Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Diane Clary Policy Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Johnson, II Communications Director. . . . . . . . .Josh Marshall Office Assistant/Receptionist. . . . . . . . . . Portia Jackson

New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation 295 Sheep Davis Rd. Concord, NH 03301 Phone: 603-224-1934 Fax: 603-228-8432 NHFBF Standing Committee Chairs Annual Meeting/Special Events: Open 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

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue

“Since my first day as the Secretary of Agriculture, I’ve traveled to 30 states, listening to the people of American agriculture about what is working and what is not. The conversations we had and the people we came across helped us craft USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018,” said Secretary Perdue. “These principles will be used as a road map – they are our way of letting Congress know what we’ve heard from the hard-working men and women of American agriculture. While we understand it’s the legislature’s job to write the Farm Bill, USDA will be right there providing whatever counsel Congress may request or require.” U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue also recently announced the individuals who will serve on the New Hampshire USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) state committee. The state committee is responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving appeals from the agriculture community, and helping to keep producers informed about FSA programs. Each state committee has five members, one chairperson and four members. The individuals appointed to serve on this committee include:  Committee Chair Kathy Sherman – Conway  Gary LeClair – Claremont  Madison Lowell Hardy – Hollis  Scott Mason – North Stratford  Kirk Scamman – Stratham

Dairy Markets and Policy Group Releases Briefing Paper on Changes to the Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers

(Vice-Chair) Nicole Guindon, Canterbury

The Communicator Where NH Farmers Turn For News The opinions expressed within this publication are not necessarily those of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau. The Communicator is published six times a year, by New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation. Subscription comes with membership. It is received in the homes of over 3,100 NHFB members. Presorted standard postage paid at N. Haverhill, N.H. Deadlines for submissions, advertisements and calendar listings are the first Friday of the month for the following month’s issue. For advertising information contact the NHFB office at 224-1934.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced in January the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018 during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania.

Significant changes to the 2018 implementation of the Margin Protection Program for Dairy Farmers (MPP-Dairy) are included in The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 that was just passed. This briefing paper summarizes the legislative changes and begins to review the possible implications of the changes. As is common with any agricultural program legislation, USDA will need to review the law, make a few decisions about how to implement the changes and issue new or modified regulations that provide specific instructions about what farmers can do and when they can do it. It is anticipated that this process will happen fairly quickly. The paper concludes with some background about how Congressional budgeting, appropriations and authorizations processes were combined to allow these particular changes. You can learn more and download the entire briefing paper at


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WELCOME - NEW Members!

The Fencerows

(November November 16, 2017 - January 22, 2018 2018)

A Harvest of Rural Prosperity Begins with Sound Policy in 2018 Agriculture policy is off to a promising start in 2018. The American Farm Bureau Federation began the year at our 99th Annual Convention in Nashville with the theme “Transform,” because we’re committed to pushing the issues that will revitalize and transform our rural communities. We intend to keep agriculture on the cutting edge of innovation and ensure that our nation’s farmers and ranchers can continue to feed the world. We were honored to host President Trump at this year’s convention, the first time in 26 years that a sitting U.S. president spoke to Farm Bureau members on that stage. The president’s visit was a visible reminder that rural America is being heard and that this administration takes a real interest in the concerns of farmers and ranchers. We’ve already seen great strides to relieve the burden on farm and ranch families with the review of the flawed 2015 Waters of the U.S. rule and a new tax law that has brought farm families additional relief from the estate tax. We hope that this is only the beginning of a transformative time for policies that support agriculture and rural America. President Trump concluded his remarks to all of us gathered in Nashville by signing two executive orders to improve rural broadband access across the countryside. Rural America has been left behind when it comes to broadband access. But thanks to the president’s actions, rural Americans soon will be just one click away from medical services, educational resources and business tools that for too long have been hundreds or thousands of miles away. The president also pledged his

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

full support of a robust farm bill, including risk management tools like crop insurance. Farm policy also was top-of-mind for Farm Bureau delegates as they met to vote on our policy agenda for 2018 at our annual business session following the convention. It’s time we ensure that the next farm bill works for all farmers and ranchers, so that the business of agriculture can remain sustainable for generations to come. We’ve heard from our friends in the dairy and cotton sectors, and we are committed to fixing the problems in those programs as well as improving the Agriculture Risk Coverage program to address disparities across counties. All Americans need a stable and predictable food supply. This year we are eager to work with Congress and the administration to produce a 2018 farm bill that ensures a continued supply of the safe, affordable and high-quality American-grown products we all enjoy. While the policy reforms we’ve been calling for won’t come overnight, we’re confident that the seeds planted at our annual convention to strengthen U.S. agriculture and our rural economy will bring a bountiful harvest.









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

Species Product


White Pine











$170 140-175

$335 350-385

$145 130-160

$340 310-385

$140 120-160

$335 325-340

Sugar Maple


$285 200-350

$530 425-600

$285 250-305

$530 475-575

$215 150-300


Fuel Grade Chips (Per ton)


$1.00 $1.00

$25 22-27

$1.00 .25-1.5

$28 23-25

$1.10 .50-2.00

$29.25 26-26

Avg = Average

R = Range

( ) = Fewer than 4 observations

ND = No Data

STP = Stumpage

Del = Delivered

Biomass data provided by The New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning. Biomass data is updated quarterly. For more fuel price data and full details visit

Fuel Type


Wood (Bulk Delivered Pellets) Wood (Cord)

$276.44 $115/Cord

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

Price Per Million BTU $20.94 $11.50

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County & Committee News CHESHIRE COUNTY FARM BUREAU Cheshire County Farm Bureau (CCFB) has had a busy few months this winter. Below is a recap of our recent work: The Budget for 2018 was completed and accepted by the Board. Dates, times, and locations for 2018 Board Meetings were drawn up and accepted by the Board. CCFB presented Hanna Majewski with a scholarship check for $500. Hanna is now in her second semester at UNH. In other news, CCFB now has a Facebook page. It’s new, it’s exciting, and I am looking forward to working more on the page. I wish to Thank Josh for all his help setting up the web page and taking time to teach me how to keep it updated. Cheshire County now has two women attending NHFB Associated Women’s monthly meetings. Our hope is more CCFB women will want to attend. You can contact Sandy Salo or Elaine Moore if interested in attending a meeting to see what we do. We can carpool anytime. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month. We are proud to announce that Mark Ferenz of Archway Farm in West Keene has been awarded a Top Animal Welfare Certification by A Greener World. Mark is a hog farmer and sends approximately 100 pigs to a USDA certified slaughter house each year.

grows the majority of the farms feed. During the fair season you can see Tom showing cattle at numerous fairs throughout the state! Christina Murdock, DVMMCFB Board Member: Christina has been on the Merrimack County Farm Bureau board for 8 years. She owns her own mobile veterinary business, LAVender Veterinary Services out of Dunbarton. Christina has served one term as the Vice-President for Merrimack County and has been actively involved with the Young Farmers. She spends countless hours helping the Alvirne FFA chapter with many events and is also active in New Hampshire 4-H programs. Christina enjoys karaoke on the weekends!

SULLIVAN COUNTY FARM BUREAU The Sullivan County Farm Bureau Board of Directors met at the Blow Me Down Grange in Plainfield, NH on Feb. 10th. The general membership was invited to the meeting which featured presentations by Rural Development, NRCS, FSA, and Farm Credit. Current programs for grants NH State FSA Director Jeff Holmes addresses the Sullivan County Farm Bureau Board of Directors at their February meeting at Blow Me Down Grange in Plainfield.

renewable energy to high tunnels were discussed. The meeting was part of an effort by the Board to provide programs of interest to the membership. Our next meeting is on March 17th at Macs Maple on River Road in Plainfield (MacNamara’s Dairy).




encouraged to attend this meeting, which will feature tours of the Sugaring Operation.

YOUNG FARMER Brian Farmer owns and operates Yankee Farmer’s Market in Warner and Pitcher Mountain Farm in Stoddard with his wife Keira raising Buffalo, Scottish Highland cattle, pigs, and hay. Brian has been a Merrimack County Farm Bureau Board of Directors for nine years.

COMMITTEE The next Young Farmer Committee

MERRIMACK COUNTY FARM BUREAU Continuing our series of profiles on MCFB Board members we have three new profiles for you to read below! Brian Farmer - MCFB Board Member: Brian, born as a Farmer, started with buffalo in High School and has developed his business since the early 1990’s. Brian has been a board member for Merrimack County for 9 years. He has a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from UNH. Brian owns and operates Yankee Farmer’s Market, LLC in Warner, NH & Pitcher Mountain Farm, LLC in Stoddard, NH with his wife Keira. They are currently operating 3 farms maintaining a large herd of Buffalo, Scottish Highland cattle, pigs and production of hay. The farms offer Buffalo, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Venison, Elk, Chicken and Turkey to retailers, and they ship meat nationwide. Brian operates an on-farm retail store in Warner as well as operates a Buffalo Concession Business at local fairs. One of Brian’s passions is to educate people on farming and help others get into farming. Tom Marston - MCFB Board Member: Tom Marston is a board member of the Merrimack County Farm Bureau. He has been on the board for 12 years holding many positions. Tom’s family runs the 9th generation Marston Farm, LLC in Pittsfield. Tom milks 65 head and

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meeting will be held on Friday, March 9th at 6:30 PM at the NHFB Office in Concord. The group intends to discuss plans for the rest of the year and suggestions for the future. All are welcome. If you plan to attend or have any questions please contact Diane Clary at or call the NHFB office at 224-19234. Tom Marston is a long-time member of the Merrimack County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He has been on the board for 12 years holding many positions. Tom’s family runs the 9th generation Marston Farm in Pittsfield milking a 65-head herd growing the majoirty of the herd’s feed.

If you want your County Farm Bureau or Farm Bureau Committee news listed in the County & Committee News section, please contact Josh Marshall at editor@ or contact your County President or Secretary! A full listing of County Leaders can be found at

Christina Murdock has served on the Merrimack County Farm Bureau Board of Directors for eight years. She owns her own mobile veterinary business, LAVender Veterinary Services and has also been heavily involved with the Young Farmers Committee and continues to be a mentor to Alvirne FFA.

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Carroll County Farm Bureau

Merrimack County Farm Bureau

A $500 scholarship is awarded annually to a student from Carroll County. Students must be attending a post-secondary institute and pursuing an interest in agriculture (including forestry, agriculture, environmental science or conservation). For more information and to get an application contact the Carroll County Farm Bureau at

The Trudy Gay Memorial Scholarship and the “Chip” McNamara Memorial Scholarship are awarded annually. The application is available online at www. or by contacting Merrimack County Farm Bureau Secretary, Todd Larocque, at 603-225-6396 or email Deadline: May 15

Cheshire County Farm Bureau

Rockingham County Farm Bureau

Cheshire County Farm Bureau is offering scholarship money to a Cheshire County resident who is pursuing a post high school education. The applicant or his/ her family must be a member of Cheshire County Farm Bureau. This scholarship is available to all students, youth or adult, attending post-secondary school. Anyone can apply even if he/she has been the recipient of the scholarship award in the past. For application and more info, visit Deadline: Sept. 1

Coos County Farm Bureau

Abbie Sargent Memorial Scholarship DEADLINE EXTENDED Applicants must be a resident of New Hampshire, and a graduate of an approved public/private high school with average or better grades. Additionally, they must demonstrate acceptance of responsibility and financial need. Applicants must be a full or part-time student at an institute of higher learning. Preference will be given to those enrolled in an agriculture related study. Applications are available at and must be submitted by April 13. Contact Diane Clary at 224-1934 for more information.

Visit for even more agricultural scholarships for New Hampshire students.

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Award(s) will be presented to residents of Coos County graduating from any of the county’s high schools who are furthering their education in agriculture at a two-year college, four-year college, or technical school. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement and interest in agriculture. Eligible applicant must have a declared agricultural major (such as agriculture, forestry, veterinary medicine, horticulture, diesel mechanics). For application information contact Coös County Farm Bureau President, Joyce Brady, at 603-922-3305. Deadline: April 27

Grafton County Farm Bureau Scholarship(s) are awarded annually to a Grafton County resident. Students must have an agricultural background and be pursuing a career in an agricultural related industry. Applications are available at or email Grafton County Farm Bureau Secretary, Sarah Putnam, at Deadline: March 25

A scholarship is awarded annually to Rockingham County students with an interest in studies related to agriculture. To learn more visit www.nhfarmbureau. org or contact Rockingham County Farm Bureau Secretary, Heather Fernald, at 603-679-1066. Deadline: April 13

Strafford County Farm Bureau A scholarship/grant award program offers funding to small to medium sized projects designed to promote agricultural education, programs, and opportunities for youth. Awarded annually. For application information, visit or contact Strafford County Farm Bureau President, Matt Scruton, at 603-312-2142.

Sullivan County Farm Bureau A scholarship is awarded annually to graduating seniors who are Sullivan County Farm Bureau members or members of their immediate family. Preference is given to students studying agriculture or related programs. Information about the scholarship and application is available online at Deadline: May 11

Other Agricultural Scholarships: Farm Credit East - Scholarship Program

Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship

Each year, Farm Credit East awards scholarships to qualified students who are committed to a career in agriculture and have demonstrated exceptional achievement. They make their decisions based on your essay, experience, course of study and extracurricular activities. Candidates for the scholarship must have a permanent home address within the area served by Farm Credit East and plan to attend post high school education in the upcoming fall semester. For more information, visit Deadline: April 4th

Does your child have interest in farms or gardening? Would he or she like to explore these interests this summer? The Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship endeavors to connect young people with agriculture and the natural world around them. Through this scholarship, the Monadnock Localvores hope to inspire the next generation of local farmers and local food supporters, by giving regional children an opportunity, through summer camp, after school programs, or membership to NOFA NH, to experience sustainable farming practices first-hand and watch their efforts bear fruit. For more information please visit or email Deadline: March 31st

NH Beekeepers Association: George S. Hamilton Scholarship Award This year, the NH Beekeepers Association is proud to be awarding 2 (two) SCHOLARSHIPS of $1000.00 each. These scholarships – The George S. Hamilton Award- will be presented to the 2 students who are selected as winners of the scholarship contest. Students must be enrolled in a post-secondary school in the agricultural, biology, and/or honey bee related fields. This is open to all members of any NH bee club and their immediate family members (including past winners). The application & more information can be found at Deadline: May 1st

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Local Meat Producer List

Sleepy Brook Farm – New Ipswich

JӕF Farms Inc. - Derry

Wendy Juchnevics-Freeman - 878-3502 USDA certified pork

Melissa Dolloff - 437-0535 All cuts of frozen beef.

Temple Mountain Beef - Temple

Mandico Farm Cattle Co. - Nottingham

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

Conrad & Kathy Mandsager - 770-1948 Farm-raised, Grass fed Highland natural beef.

Trombly Gardens - Milford

Belknap County Hammer Down Farm - Gilmanton Alicia & Ryan Smith - 387-3448 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 Naturally raised beef. USDA approved. All cryovac packaging.

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

Carroll County Haines Hill Farm - Wolfeboro Charles & Erica Horsken - 569-1936 Natural Angus/Herford cross beef, pork, chickens. Beef and pork by the whole animal, ½ or ¼, some cuts individually and chop meat. Chickens sold individually. We will also custom grow an animal for you. Beef and pork processed by a USDA approved butcher, Windham Butcher Shop, chickens processed by No View Farm.

Mountain Laurel Farm - Sanbornville Robert Bevard - 986 - 8480 USDA Labels, homegrown, pasture raised pork, lamb, and chevon

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

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

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

Cheshire County Archway Farm - Keene Mark Florenz - (603) 352-3198 Pasture raised heritage pork; whole, half, or individual cuts. See our website for details.

East Hill Farm - Troy Dave Adams - 242-6495 Whole, half, or individual cuts available of pork, beef, lamb and goat.

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

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

Partridge Meadow Farm - Westmoreland Richard & Susan Paul - 399-4876 Naturally raised Belted Galloway beef.

Coos County

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

Merrimack County Bokaja - Webster

CJEJ Farm Meat House - Columbia

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

Chris & Joyce Brady - 922-3305 Cuts of beef, pork, chicken and turkeys

Elior Acres, LLC - Bradford

Northwinds Farm – N. Stratford Scott & Heidi Mason 603-922-8377 or email USDA inspected, vacuum packed beef, lamb and veal. Sold by the side or cut. Also available through the Barn Store of New England in Salisbury, NH.

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

Field Acres Farms - Canaan Tim and Lynn Braley - (603) 523-4943 Farm raised Beef by the individual cut and Pasture Raised Heritage Pork by the individual cut or by the 1/2 or whole pig. All individual cuts of beef and pork are USDA processed and fresh frozen with vacuum seal. We also sell free range chicken eggs.

Rocky Road Tunis Farm - Bath Deb Robie - 747-3869 Local Lamb.

Hillsboro County Barrett Hill Farm - Mason The LeClairs - 878-4022 or visit our website Beef, pork and lamb.

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

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

Heron Hill Farm - Loudon Jim Czack - 435-6878 Black Welsh Mountain Sheep, geese, and turkeys.

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

Schroeder Farm - South Newbury Bill Schroeder - 538-5911 Black Angus beef by the side or individual cuts. USDA inspected, all grass fed. Roaster Chickens 10-12 pounds, all natural grain fed.

Song Away Farm – Loudon Steve & Kay Doyon - 731-0405 Farm raised rabbit meat. Our rabbits, born and raised on our farm, are fed a varied diet of organic barley, organic wheat and sunflower fodder, high protein (18%) high fiber alfalfa pellet and unlimited amounts of high quality locally grown hay. All meat is vacuum sealed to maintain freshness. Visit and “Like Us” on Facebook.

White Oaks Dairy Farm - Canterbury Steve Cochrane - 783-4494 Dale Cochrane - 234-5067 100% grass fed beef, pasture raised pork, free range eggs

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

Diamond B Farm - New Durham Meghan Bickford - 762-0190 or All natural, pasture raised beef, pork, chicken, turkey and eggs. Visit our website at for more information.

Old Orchard Farm, LLC - Madbury Gray Cornwell - 866-0464 or visit our website at Free range heritage turkeys.

Pinewoods Yankee Farm - Lee Tina Fottler & Erick Sawtelle 659-8106 or 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 - (603) 542-7339 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 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 Lamb - naturally raised on pasture. Icelandic lamb is naturally lean with a mild flavor.

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Brian & Keira Farmer - 456-2833 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

Hazzard Acres Farm - Springfield

Selling our own naturally raised grass fed beef, pork, poultry and fresh eggs at our farm stand. Check us out on our Facebook page, Kinney’s Farm for all our products and hours of operation. We are open year round.

Leel Farm – New Ipswich Butch Leel - 603-562-0860 Pasture Raised Beef

Paradise Farm - Lyndeborough Wayne & Adrienne Colsia - 345-0860 100% grass-fed beef, grass-fed lamb, pasture raised pork, free-range eggs, all natural goat milk

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

Great Bay Farm - Greenland Allen Smith - 969-9948 Various Cuts USDA inspected frozen beef.

Jim & Sue Fitch - 675-9391 Grass fed Highland beef.

Donna Abair - 763-9105 USDA Pork all born and raised here on the farm.

Stone Farm - Cornish Charlie Stone 603-469-3559 USDA inspected. Vacuum wrapped. Seasonal turkeys. Fresh eggs. Saturday farm stand May-October 9-12

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Safety Program a Success for New Hampshire Farmers By Josh Marshall, NHFB Communications Director


Each year, approximately 26.7 out of every 100,000 American farmers die on the job.

eflecting on his chosen profession, Chichester farmer and past Merrimack County Farm Bureau President, Steve MacCleery, paused before declaring, “The biggest thing I can say about farming is that it’s difficult, but I enjoy it.” Steve explained that he and his wife Holly didn’t get rich pursuing agriculture, but they agreed that it was a great way to raise their children and to enjoy earning a living. “Having said that, you have to try to be safe.” Safety issues can arise in every facet of agriculture. In fact, farming & ranching ranked eighth on the list of ‘Most Dangerous Jobs’ in the 2016 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Taking proper safety precautions, whether a farmer is operating a chainsaw, harrowing a field, or working on equipment in the shop, should be a major part of everyone’s process. Part of that process for Steve and Holly has been getting their John Deere 3020 tractor updated with rollover protection (ROPS) and a canopy through the National ROPS Rebate Program. Funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and facilitated by the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety (NEC), the ROPS Rebate Program makes preventing the number one cause of farm injury and death easy and affordable. “The process was simple, fast, and

I can’t say enough good things about the program and the people running it,” Steve said. He started, last year, by visiting the program’s national website,, and applied by filling out some information about his farm and the tractor he wished to update. This particular model of tractor features a Powershift transmission, which makes it easier for Holly, who was partially paralyzed in 2012 due to a hemorrhage in the spine, to use. Like a lot of farmers, Steve and Holly had wanted to update their tractors with ROPS but the used units

Page 9 Steve had come across at auctions across New England were overpriced or in need of serious repair. Through the ROPS Rebate Program, the average out-of-pocket expense for a ROPS kit is only $391 and the maximum someone will spend is $500 (after rebate). The MacCleerys received their rebate check in a matter of days after submitting the final paperwork wrapping up a simple, easy, and convenient process that leaves the farm a safer place to work. “It’s like wearing a seatbelt; I don’t feel safe unless I have one on. It’s similar with the tractor ROPS and canopy. Just like chaps and a chainsaw,” Steve said. For more information or to apply for the National ROPS Rebate Program visit the NH Farm Bureau website at or go directly to

Steve and Holly MacCleery are joined by family out in the fields of their Chichester farm. (Left to right) grandson young Charley, Steve, son-in-law Charley Mewkill, granddaughter Faith, daughter Morgan, Holly, and son Stephen Jr.

BEFORE 7 out off 10 0 farms f i go ill will out of business within five years of a tractor overturn fatality.

Chichester farmers Steve and Holly MacCleery utilized the National ROPS Rebate Program to update their Johne Deere 3020 tractor with rollover protection and a canopy. The ROPS Rebate Program makes updating tractors with these safety features easy and affordable. The maximum amount anyone will pay to add ROPS to a tractor through this program is just $500. According to statistics from the National ROPS Rebate Program website, roughly 1/2 of tractors in the US do not have rollover protection.

Roughly ½ of US tractors do not have rollover protection.

99% ROPS are 99% effective in preventing injury or death in the event of an overturn when used with a seatbelt, and 70% effective when used without a seatbelt. *Statistics from National ROPS Program Website:



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In the Business of

Happiness Story and Photos by Josh Marshall NHFB Communications Director


early 100 years ago, in 1921, Lazarre Bisson built his family’s first sugarhouse atop Cates Hill in Berlin, New Hampshire. In the early 20th century it was typical to find French Canadians emigrating to the United States due to poor economic conditions in Quebec and the increasing prosperity of the United States. It was also common for the emigrants to be quite young. Lazarre came to America at the age of 15 and brought with him a passion for maple sugaring. Today, Muriel and Lucien Blais are the 3rd generation of Muriel’s family to operate Bisson’s Sugarhouse. The story of how they ended up running the 3,200 tap operation is equal parts history repeating and twist of fate.

woods with his brothers, so he helped his uncle in whatever way he could back in the sugarhouse. More importantly, he observed intently the process of turning sap into syrup. i The history One day Lazarre told his nephew, “You watch Lazarre was the original Bisson to produce maple the taffy, I’m going to town. I’ll be right back.” It wasn’t syrup, taffy, and sugar in Berlin but his craft would long before the taffy was ready to be poured but carry on through his kin. His nephew Armand, Lazarre still hadn’t returned. “Armand had watched Muriel’s uncle, joined Lazarre on the hill and in the him so many times,” Muriel explained, “He poured sugarhouse at age 10 after being orphaned along with it and made it.” From that point on, he would assume his siblings. Armand was too young to work in the more and more responsibility until he fully took over the operation. Each spring, like a ritual of nature, horses would haul sap from the sugar bush to the sugarhouse where Armand would boil it down into confectionary perfection. This went on until Armand was drafted to serve in World War II. Upon his return, he was ready to modernize the sugaring operation and build a new sugarhouse. “I was three years old when he built the sugar house,” Lucien recalled. Though not yet a member of the family, Lucien remembers the joy of visiting Bisson’s Sugarhouse to get maple taffy as a youngster. Embellishing the story a little, he jokingly claims to have told Armand, “I’ll be back some day.” Muriel, whose father passed away Above: Lucien and Muriel Blais look through a scrap book that chronicles the history of Bisson’s Sugarhouse. One well-documented turning point in the operation was a when she was very young, looked to her major ice storm in 1998 that forced the family to find a new sugarbush. Below: Inside the uncle Armand as a father figure. Echoing sugarhouse, Lucien and Muriel keep a small maple museum with taps, tools, and photos her uncle’s childhood, Muriel found from various eras of maple production. Lucien shows off a photo featuring his grandfather herself hanging around the sugarhouse as working in the woods (and even smoking a pipe) at a very young age. “Even though I much as possible helping as much as she married into this family, maple is in my blood.” could. “I was probably in the way more than anything,” She laughed. When Muriel and Lucien began dating, Armand hired Lucien to work in the woods. He ultimately became Armand’s right hand man while Muriel was apprentice to her aunt in the front of the shop. Lucien recalls the hints Armand would drop as his age began to make the work more difficult, “If a man was younger he could do this or that.” In hindsight, those words were subtle clues to pay close attention. Armand had been perfecting his techniques since before he was a teen and he would pass them on to Lucien.

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For the Love of It Eventually, Lucien and Muriel would have to take full control of the sugaring operation if they wanted it to continue opera (although Armand would continue to (altho work in the sugarhouse till age 90). At a crossroads, Lucien had to make the decision crossr to leave his full-time job as a social worker for more flexible exibl work as a contractor in order to set aside the necessary time both in the sugar bush and nece the sugarhouse. sugarhous The decision to continue on with the tradition was wa not made for money or anything like that, “It’s the love of it,” Lucien explained. “I “Sometimes we’re out there in the woods and “Som your hands are cold, you’re trudging through ha two feet of snow and you say, ‘What am I doing this for?’ Then the season starts and you’re boiling and the people come in and they thank you for being here and it keeps kee us going.” “If there’s one thing here, people leave happy,” Muriel affirmed, “They come in h and they’re happy to see us.” ha Although the ways people buy maple Althou products odu t have ha e changed over the years, the experience of going to the sugarhouse and meeting the sugarmakers in the midst of their craft continues. “For some, it’s a sign of spring,” Muriel said of the maple season. Through giving tours and sharing their story, Lucien and Muriel provide more than just a sweet treat for their customers. It’s memories, it’s time spent with family and friends, and it truly is happiness. New Hampshire has a strong history of direct connection between consumers and producers. Like apple picking in the fall, visiting a sugarhouse in the spring gives the public a chance to really see where their favorite products come from and who makes them. Family traditions, reaching back to first-generation Americans, share a rich history with new generations who are increasingly removed from agriculture. So visit a local sugarhouse this spring and pick up a bit of history, you’ll be happy you did.

Above: A photograph of Armand Bisson in a scrapbook full of memories from throughout the history of Bisson’s Sugarhouse in Berlin. Armand made his first batch of maple taffy at age 10 and would make his last batch at 90. Below: Lucien Blais gives a tour of Bisson’s Sugarhouse pointing out the educational and historical components guests have the opportunity to enjoy while visiting.

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American Farm Bureau Re-Elects Zippy Duvall, Sets Agenda for 2018


elegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual Convention today unanimously reelected AFBF President Zippy Duvall. Delegates also approved measures to help assure a prosperous agricultural and rural economy in the coming year and beyond. Resolutions approved by farmer and rancher delegates from across the nation ran the gamut of issues, from trade to regulatory reform, crop insurance, biotechnology and more. “Today’s actions give us a clear roadmap at a time when farmers are on the verge of their fifth consecutive year of shrinking net farm income,” Duvall said. “Despite these difficulties, we remain optimistic: Official Washington feels more like a partner than it did just a short time ago. We have real opportunities to make progress in policy that we have not had in the past.”

NHFB President Denis Ward participates in the General Opening Session of the 2018 AFBF Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, waving the official flag of New Hampshire. (Photo AFBF)

Among other things, delegates approved measures supporting: 

An improved Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) program to decrease risk-management disparities across counties

A flexible cotton support program that considers cotton seed, cotton lint or both to help beleaguered cotton growers


Strengthened and more flexible risk management and safety-net programs for dairy farmers


Permission for workers to seek employment from more than one farmer under the H2A program  Trade and trade agreements that strengthen market opportunities for U.S. agriculture  Elimination of sunset provisions in trade agreements, to give certainty to businesses into the future  Modification of NAFTA to improve market access to difficult Canadian dairy markets, in addition to improved foodsafety standards for imported products  An end to use of non-GMO labels on products that do not have GMO alternatives  A $1 per member increase in dues paid by state affiliates of the American Farm Bureau Federation

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall addresses the crowd at the General Opening Session of the 2018 AFBF Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo AFBF)

 Support for the use of gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR, along with a voluntary and uniform labeling program for such products

A veiw from inside the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, home to the 99th AFBF Annual Convention and Trade Show. (Photo Denis Ward)

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Nashville from

Farm Bureau conventions brings friends together and grow relationships with great memories over the years. This year it was great to see multiple NHFB Young Farmer Discussion Meet generations from the same farms attending contestant Amelia Aznive receives a plaque at together. AFBF Annual Convention -Phil Ferdinando It was a great learning experience listening to other farmers talk about their operations, experiences, and how they differ from those of us in New Hampshire and the Northeast. It was a fantastic trip and an experience I will not forget. -Amelia Aznive

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Nashville is a great city for a country music fan, the Grand Ole Opry was awesome! The convention was very interesting and it was truly a worthwhile experience to meet other young farmers from around the country and learn about our similarities and differences. -Jeff Moore

(Right to Left) Rockingham County farmers Dan Hicks and Phil Ferdinando and Hillsborough County farmer Sean Trombley go sight-seeing in downtown Nashville.

NHFB Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture Award Winner Rebecca Stevens receives a plaque at AFBF Annual Convention

NHFB Young Farmer Achievement Award winner Jeff Moore receives his award in Nashville.

“ Young Farmer Dan Hicks IV gets ready to participate in the Farm to 5K event in Nashville at AFBF Annual Convention

Competing in the Excellence in Agriculture competition I was able to learn more about what others are doing in their county and state Farm Bureaus, which was certainly eye-opening. The convention is a great experience for anyone that is able to go in the future - you will have a blast! -Rebecca Stevens

Trump Promotes Rural Development Initiative in Speech to Farm Bureau Members


resident Donald Trump today unveiled a major initiative designed to strengthen a rural economy that has lagged urban areas in recovery from the Great Recession of 2007-2008. Trump signed two executive orders that fund and streamline the expansion of rural broadband access after an address to 7,400 farmers and ranchers gathered at American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2018 Annual Convention. In addition to economic development, Trump touched on issues of particular importance to agriculturists such as regulations, labor and trade. He praised farmers for their enduring values. “We are witnessing a new era of patriotism, prosperity and pride—and at the forefront of this exciting new chapter is the great American farmer.” Farmers, Trump said, “embody the values of hard work, grit, selfreliance and sheer determination.” The president spent much of his address decrying the costs of excessive regulation and tallying the rules his administration has moved to eliminate. “We are also putting an end to the regulatory assault on your way of life. And it was an assault,” he said. Trump singled out the Waters of the United States rule, now being withdrawn following an executive order he signed in the first weeks of his administration. “It sounds so nice, it sounds so innocent, and it was a disaster. People came to me about it and they were crying – men

who were tough and strong, women who were tough and strong – because I gave them back their property and I gave them back their farms. We ditched the rule.” Trump acknowledged controversy over the North American Free Trade Agreement and other trade agreements that account for roughly a quarter of U.S. agriculture revenues. “To level the playing field for all of our farmers and ranchers as well as our manufacturers we are reviewing all of our trade agreements,” he said. “On NAFTA I am working very hard to get a better deal for our farmers and ranchers and manufacturers.” Trump promised the farm bill would continue to provide a safety net for farmers who are now entering their fifth year of declining incomes. “I look forward to working with Congress to pass the farm bill on time so that it delivers for all of you, and I support a bill that includes crop insurance,” he said. AFBF President Zippy Duvall said Trump’s visit marked a watershed in D.C. politics. “Farmers and ranchers have too long faced burdensome regulations,” Duvall said. “This president understands the toll government overreach has taken on ordinary business and is moving swiftly to clear the way for prosperity. We are moving into yet another year of economic difficulty. Relief could not have come at a better time.”

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The Future of Agriculture Happening Today By Beverly Flores


nnovation and technology: Common words in today’s world - applied to many things and many industries. In fact it would be diďŹƒcult to go through a day and not hear those words used somewhere. Hearing them so often implies we understand them. I know I hear technology and I automatically associate it with day to day tech - I think of my phone, my watch, my car and a whole list of household and work-related items. But I think these words are much bigger than just some thing or some device or some solution. By definition “innovationâ€? is the “introduction of something new, a new idea, method or device.â€? Pretty straightforward, but technology on the other hand is “the practical application of knowledge, especially in a particular area.â€? Practical application of knowledge - I don’t know about you but that sounds like agriculture to me. We definitely have knowledge and we most certainly know about practical application, and that’s not new. Technology by its definition can happen at any moment - the moment of application, the moment that practical knowledge yields something new. Look at how we moved from human power to horse power to machine power in the fields - who could have imagined the size and capability of where we are today? But it happened because of innovation, it happened because of a need. Someone took their knowledge and applied it to create something new. And as is true with new things - it causes reactions, emotions and change. It can also cause hesitancy and doubt. For some people technology and innovation are words that represent the future. These people are the innovators, the early adopters, they are willing to face the unknown for the early chance to benefit from the potential. Others watch and wait to see if it actually works first- a little less risk feels more appropriate, and for others they watch even longer - possibly never adopting the changes because they don’t believe it is worth it. Those reactions define a typical adoption

AFBF Focus on Agriculture curve - one that even applies to agriculture. The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s book of the year, “John Deere, That’s Who� by Tracy Nelson Maurer, highlights one man’s story as he brought change and progress through innovation and technology. Even in the book you see the adoption curve applied to John Deere and his self-scouring plow—you also see how he applied his knowledge in a practical way—to innovate and in that time create a new technology. But, it’s what is behind that innovation and technology that matters. Agriculture is what it is today because of dreams and ideas — and our success will be determined by what we are willing to try. We talk about the future as things, but shouldn’t we talk about how what’s next depends on what you are looking to accomplish? What if instead of talking about change and innovation and progress or technology we talk about farming and making the good even better? What if we talk about believing in something so much that you will work with great determination to make it happen? Agriculture is challenging, it’s complicated and unpredictable at times and is without a doubt an example of hard work and sweat. So much so that we can get caught up in the day-to-day and do not notice how far agriculture has come and how progressive we are - that the future of agriculture is happening today because you are determined - you are creating the demand for the future technologies and solutions. When you hear the words innovation and technology, it can be easy to say and think that’s not us, that’s not me. But, it is—agriculture is one of the most technologically advanced industries out there - we are innovation and technology from the seeds to the equipment to the data and beyond. I challenge you to find another industry that has continuously reinvented itself, improved itself and done more with so much on the line. I also ask you if we are moving fast enough. Agriculture is more than just an industry – it is a way of life. It is a passion,

it is a steadfast belief that you can make good even better as you produce food, fiber and fuel for your families, your community and the world and that requires dreams and action and adoption. The future of agriculture is today and it starts with you.

The American Farm Bureau Federation Foundation for Agriculture 2018 “Book of the Year� award was given to Tracy Nelson Maurer for “John Deere, That’s Who!� The book covers the interesting history of the man behind the famous tractors. “John Deere [originally] had nothing to do with tractors;� Maurer said, “I learned from researching another project. I thought kids would think that’s a fun fact. Maybe they’d want to know more: What exactly did this guy do? Why is he famous? That’s what this book answers in a fun way, and it shows how one determined and creative person influenced an entire nation.�














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So what can I do, I’m just one farmer? By Debbi Cox, NHAITC Coordinator

Maple Equipment Grants Awarded


ew Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom is excited to expand the Tapping Into Maple Tradition program with the help of Farm Credit East. Five schools recently received grants valued at $200 each to support their maple education curriculum. Applicants had two options when requesting the grant. An equipment package including 10 buckets, covers & taps along with a hydrometer, cup, grading kit and a copy of the North American Maple Syrup Producers Manual to help with their production efforts. The second option was $200 to finance the construction of an evaporator from concrete blocks or an oil drum. In several cases, these equipment grants are helping schools move towards their goal of constructing sugar houses right on school property. The production of maple syrup encompasses so many academic areas from history to math to chemistry and economics. The equipment grants are intended to help teachers put these concepts into action by producing syrup and enhancing the learning process with hands-on experience. All of the grant recipients are participating in the Tucker Mountain Challenge, the classroom maple syrup production contest. A special thanks to Chris Pfiel of The Maple Guys in Wilton for helping acquire the equipment.

Lincoln Street School in Exeter

Keith Schmitt’s 4th grade

Paul Elementary School in Sanbornville

Gavin Kearns’ 7th & 8th grade

Pine Tree Elementary in Center Conway

Heide Belle-Isle’s 6th grade

Robert Lister Academy in Portsmouth

Christine Stillwell 9th-12th grade

Somersworth Middle School in Somersworth Daryl Dunbar’s 8th grade

Keith Schmitt stops by the New Hampshire Farm Bureau office in Concord to pick up his new maple equipment for his Lincoln Street School 4th grade class with help from New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom coordinator Debbi Cox. NHAITC is helping schools access maple production equipment through a grant from Farm Credit East. Each kit provided through the grant consists of 10 buckets, covers, and taps along with a hydrometer, cup, grading kit, and a copy of the ‘North American Maple Syrup Producers Manual.’

By Deb Robie, Grafton County Farm Bureau AITC Coordinator “I’m busy.” “I don’t know how to talk to kids.” “They wouldn’t listen anyway.” Every year when I start working on organizing the Agricultural Awareness Days at 3 different schools (Woodsville Elementary, Haverhill Cooperative Middle School and Warren Village School) and the Rocks Estate in Bethlehem I hear this from a few of the folks I ask to be presenters. Once they present for the first time they completely change their minds. It can seem, at first, to be intimidating to present to students (Agricultural Awareness Days target students ranging from Pre-School to 8th grade), sometimes for as little as 10 minutes or as long as 35 minutes depending on age and venue. Add to that repeating your presentation up to seven times and it can seem downright overwhelming. Now comes the fun and exciting part: You as a farmer and what you do and represent will probably be one of the things the students will really remember for years to come. I have college age students ask if I still do those “funnest days in the whole school year.” I know…I share the story of agriculture not grammar. Between now and the end of the school year New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom will reach well over 4000 students and teachers with our story. As good as that might sound there are many, many thousands of students more that should and could be reached. In last week’s Market Bulletin U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, announced the USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018. Under Research, Education & Economics is this item: Prioritize investments in education, training, and development of human capital to ensure a workforce capable of meeting the growing demands of the food and agricultural science. That human capital is our students. They need to see the many faces and facets of agriculture. You may think you are one person but you represent so much more. Be willing to volunteer your time and knowledge to help bring agriculture alive for the students of today to make better consumers of tomorrow. It doesn’t make a difference where the teaching happens. Here in Grafton County or in the other nine counties throughout the state. Step up, step out of your comfort zone, and enlighten the future.

Merrimack County Farm Bureau Launches New ‘AGvisor’ Program


he Merrimack County Farm Bureau (MCFB) Board of Directors has created a brand new mentorship program called AGvisor! The program’s mission is to link Farm Bureau members together through sharing knowledge and experience, helping fellow farmers be successful. The Program Leaders will match up the AGvisors (mentors) and AGvisees (mentees) based on the areas of focus the AGvisee would like to learn and the extensive knowledge and experience the AGvisor has. The program will run for a 3-month period, allowing 2 hours a week for telephone calls/meeting in person. We are currently accepting applications

for both Agvisors and Agvisees for the program. If you would like to participate in this program, please apply! Applications are available on the Farm Bureau website at https://nhfarmbureau. org/agvisor or you can call the Farm Bureau office and one can be sent to you. If you have questions about the program you can contact the Program Leaders, Becca Stevens, Merrimack County Farm Bureau President at 603-848-0579 or stevensfarm16@gmail. com, or Leandra Pritchard, Merrimack County Farm Bureau Vice-President at 603210-2460 or

Merrimack County Farm Bureau’s new mentorship program, AGvisor, aims to connect Farm Bureau members to share experiences and knowledge and help farmers be successful with support from other farmers. MCFB Board of Directors will match those looking to learn a new skilll or area of expertise with other Farm Bureau members who already have that skill to offer advice and tricks of the trade during a 3-month program. Above, MCFB Board Member Jay Pritchard chats with Dave Babson at Pritchard Farm in Pembroke.

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Eye on Extension together women farmers to learn from experts about farm production, financial management, human resources, marketing, farm-related legal issues and more. Registration is $99-$119 per night plus tax for overnight participants, with all meals included. Options for roommates are available to lower costs. Registration is $50 for non-overnight participants and covers meals only. Register at events. id=26427 or contact Kelly McAdam at 603-527-5475 or at Kelly.mcadam@

EVENTS & WORKSHOPS Initial Training for Commercial/ Private Pesticide Applicators: Cheshire County & Merrimack County March 5 - 19, Mondays from 1 - 4 PM Keene State College March 14 - 28, Wednesdays from 1 - 4 pm N.H. Dept. of Environmental Services, Concord (March 14) The Nature Conservancy, Concord (March 21 - 28)

Initial Training for Commercial/ Private Pesticide Applicators: Coös County

UNH Cooperative Extension is offering training workshops Mondays in March to prepare prospective applicators for private and commercial certification exams at the operational level. Attendance at an initial certification training class is not required for certification at the operational level, but it does help direct the studying. Instructors will provide a review of the information found in the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual, N.H. Code of Administrative Rules, and the Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides. Private applicator testing will be held the last day of training. Register for Cheshire County classes at www. pm?event_id=26474. Register for Merrimack County classes at www. pm?event_id=26498 or by contacting Rachel Maccini at 603-351-3831 or at

April 16 - 30, Mondays from 1 - 4 PM UNH Cooperative Extension Coos County Office, Lancaster UNH Cooperative Extension is offering training workshops on Mondays in April to prepare prospective applicators for private and commercial certification exams at the operational level. Attendance at an initial certification training class is not required for certification at the operational level, but it does help direct the studying. Instructors will provide a review of the information found in the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual, N.H. Code of Administrative Rules, and the Worker Protection Standard for Agricultural Pesticides. Private applicator testing will be held the last day of training. Registration is $55 plus the cost of any desired training manuals. Register at id=26518 or by contacting Rachel Maccini at 603-351-3831 or at rachel.

Annie’s Project Retreat March 9 - 11 Steele Hill Resort, Sanbornton TThis three-day course is a discussionbased workshop designed to bring

4-H Highlights 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl Saturday, March 3 Pembroke Academy, Pembroke The 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl takes place March 3 (snow date March 4) at Pembroke Academy. Three divisions for juniors (ages 8-10), intermediates (ages 11-13), and seniors (ages 1418) allow 4-H’ers to showcase their knowledge of all things equine in a fastpaced buzzer game. Some participants come as members of county-based teams; others are assigned to a team the day of the contest. During time between rounds of play, participants enjoy an activity room with selfguided learning activities and horsethemed crafts.

N.H. 4-H Hippology and Horse Judging Contests Last weekend of April Location: TBD The N.H. 4-H Hippology and Horse Judging Contests take place the last weekend in April. The location is to be determined. In the Horse Judging Contest, members judge several classes of horses at a farm in the morning, followed by senior members giving oral reasons for two of the classes in the afternoon. Junior and intermediate members are not required to give oral reasons, but will be asked 10 questions about the horses judged in the morning. Senior participants in the Hippology Contest join in the morning judging. In the afternoon, Hippology participants of all ages participate in the following contest phases: written test, slides, station identification and problem solving. The Hippology Contest allows members to show the breadth of their equine knowledge in a fun and

challenging setting. Seniors placing in the top 8 in the Horse Quiz Bowl and Hippology and Horse Judging contests are eligible to represent N.H. at the Northeast Regional 4-H Horse Contest and/or the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup each fall.

News & Information Legal Guide for N.H. Farmers Now Available A new legal guide for N.H. farmers from UNH Cooperative Extension will help Granite State agricultural producers navigate questions about employment law, business structures, organic certification and other topics vital to agricultural businesses. The Legal Guide for New Hampshire Agricultural Producers is available at The 15-chapter guide covers legal questions commonly asked by farmers. Chapters include information on labor and employment law, tax laws, interstate commerce, business structures, laws about the sale of food, organic certification, milk regulations, animal health laws, meat and poultry processing rules, municipal laws and zoning regulations and more. The project was funded through a Northeast SARE Grant focused on building agricultural service providers’ skills to assist farmers with legal questions. The N.H. Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, the N.H. Farm Bureau, Sullivan County Farm Bureau, and Farm Commons provided additional support for the guide. The lawyers at BCM Environmental & Land Law PPLC, led by Amy Manzelli, also were instrumental in creating the guide.

News and Notes from New Hampshire Plant Growers Association By Linda Zukas Plant Something NH at Farm & Forest

Joint Winter Meeting

The first weekend of February brought the New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo, and the NH Plant Growers were there promoting Plant Something NH and encouraging everyone to plant something. During the show, our volunteers were there talking about Plant Something NH with attendees. The highlight of our booth was our hands on planting a spider plant baby for people to take home. We planted spider babies with many children, but there were some adults that were so excited to get a young plant for their window sill. This was fun to be part of; someone being so excited to “Plant Something” and bringing a new plant into their life. There were people there that stopped at the booth that had “Planted Something” last year and now had a thriving spider plant in their home. They were so happy to tell us about their success!

On January 17th the New Hampshire Plant Growers, the New Hampshire Landscape Association and the New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Sponsored the Annual Joint Winter Meeting that was held at the Grappone Center in Concord. Of course, this was a snowy day, as it often seems to be, but over 100 brave souls turned out for a great day. This is a day for the plant industry of New Hampshire to get together and hear some great speakers, touch base with some vendors and have a chance to meet up with colleagues from other business’ thru out the state. Sometimes catching up with an old friend from another business is almost as good as the speakers, and something that often gets lost in our everyday lives. This year the morning session had two great speakers. The first speaker was Jen Polanz of the Green Profit Magazine spoke on Satisfying

The NHPGA Plant Something NH Booth at NH Farm & Forest Expo in February

the Consumer: What they (Really) Want and How Retailers, Growers and Landscapers can Provide it. Jen’s experience of traveling around the country to garden centers, growers and educational seminars gives her the background to be able to talk about consumer trends, technology, how we can all meet consumer needs and how the landscapers can help make it all go together. The second speaker of the morning was John Forti, the Executive Director of Bedrock Gardens in Lee,

NH. John is the former Director of Horticulture for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society as well as formerly of Strawberry Banke. John spoke on Heirloom and Native Plants: A Living History. Using his work background and his love and knowledge on plant material, his talk was very informative. Following a nice meal, the afternoon sessions offered informative topics, as well as potential pesticide credits. Despite a snowy day, the event was a great day!

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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 or faxed to 228-8432. Want more information? Call us at 224-1934.

FOR SALE FOR SALE: 680CK Case Backhoe Loader with cab. Diesel. Circa 1966. $4,800. Loudon. 603-568-5931

FOR SALE: Belarus 822 farm tractor. 4WD, en-

closed cab, bucket loader, diesel, 81 HP. Runs great. $5,000. Loudon. 603-568-5931

FOR SALE: For Sale: Horse Hay $5, livestock hay $5. 50-bale loads delivered locally $200 (Boscawen). Call Charlie 753-9547. FOR SALE: Hay for sale. Double wrapped round

bales from fertilized fields. Prices run $50-$55 per bale. Loading available on site. Hill, NH - 603-744-8860

FOR SALE: Draft horse rubber tire hitch wagon. Set up for team with metal pole and tow hitch to pull behind truck or tractor. Overall length of wagon is 12 ft. Hydraulic brakes. Very good condition, has been used for hayrides and parades. $2500. Draft-sized natural oak Meadowbrook cart. 52” wheels, 86” shafts. Very good condition. $950. Please call 603-382-0537. FOR SALE: Wood stove, good condition. Takes up to 24-inch wood. $195. Galvanized serrated metal steps, very good condition. 2’ x 9’. $95. 603-498-0647 FOR SALE: 2 Registered Kune Kune pigs. A 2-year-

old female guilt, ginger with black spots. An 18-monthold male boar, white with black spots. Both friendly and helathy and would make great pair to breed as they are from different bloodlines. $800 for the guilt and $700 for the boar or $1,400 for the pair. Pair of R-1 Ag tread 12.4x24” Fireston Field and Road tractor tires. About 10 years old but have had very little use. Tread is at 98%, currently mounted on John Deere BOBR rims. $500 for the pair. Walpole - 313-0620

FOR SALE: Alpacas for sale - breeders, proven and unproven; pet/fiber, herd guard. Prices start at $500. Wide range of colors. Contact 603-746-3385 or FOR SALE: Cummins Turbo Diesel 2004 Dodge 2500 4WD crew cab in vg condition. 159k miles, auto, turbo pillar gauges. 2nd owner, tow package w/ Transfer Flow auxiliary fuel tank in bed, and TRAX II monitoring system. Black cloth interior in excel. condition w/ CB radio. Excel. tires and alloy rims. New engine control module, front sway bar links, and rear calipers. No emblems on body. $15,000. Loudon, NH. Photos on lmech@myfairpoint. net 603-340-4554.

FOR SALE: Blue Ox Farm, a certified organic vegetable farm in Enfield, NH is for sale. Due to personal reasons, my wife and I are selling the farm as a going, profitable, farm business. The farm has good land, good markets, good records / financials, and a good assortment of equipment and supplies. We own 25 acres, and rent more land and a local barn. We are selling: Our house and land (The house is partly furnished), The farm business and farm assets, including 4 greenhouses, caterpillar tunnels, tractors, implements, supplies and much more. This is a great opportunity to buy a going profitable vegetable farm. For more information, and an equipment list, please reply to Steve Fulton at FOR SALE: Nice timothy hay, not dusty, nice color for a load of approximately 680 bales. For a price de-

livery please give me your zip code. Also, wood shav- Conservation easement. $68,400. NH Conserings are available in 3.25 cubic foot plastic bags, direct vation Real Estate. 603-253-4999. from the mills.WWW.HERITAGEEXPORT.COM

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front mount, PTO driven, $1,200 or bro. Ex. cond., WANTED: Current beef/hay farmer photo available. Sandwich - 284-6210. wanting to expand operation. Looking to buy at least 100+ acres for hay or pasture and FOR SALE: 2006 New Holland 30 h.p. tractor w/ decent housing for approximately 40 animals. backhoe and bucket. 647 hrs. Very good rubber. Ex. Location could be anywhere around or in cond., photo available. $15,900. Sandwich - 455-8346. between Conway and Concord. Email: chris. Not interested in leasing. FOR SALE: Jog cart - horse size 25” wheels 7’6” shafts (always kept inside) - $200. 4 wheeled cart 24” WANTED: Looking for acreage, with a bicycle tire shafts 54” narrow body with “seat” and 3 bdrm, 2 bath home would be a bonus. Disdash - decorative rather than functional! B/O. Contact abled Combat Veteran looking to get into tree Penelope de Peyer, Goshen, NH at 603-863-5193 (eve- farming or possible beef cattle. Prefer Grafton nings 6 - 8 pm best). County area. email:

FOR SALE: Early 1950’s vintage International Harvester Potato Digger. 2 row stance with 1 row digging capability. Hydraulic lift and pto drive with 3 speed transmission plus reverse. Digger chain in fair condition, good wheels & tires, some spare parts included. $1500.00. Please contact Edie at 603-778-1039 or FOR SALE: 2003 Chevy KODIAK 8500 series

dump truck. 5/2 speed, 8.1L gas, air brakes, air seat, central hydraulics, set up for plow. Cab excellent in and out. 7 yard HEIL dump. 54,000 miles. Nice truck. $14,000 OBRO. Littleton, 603-444-0875. caswellpond@

FOR LEASE FOR LEASE: Active and long established pick-your-own blueberry farm business in southern NH is available for lease starting 2018. Turnkey operation includes 2600 well tended blueberry bushes, drip irrigation, operating equipment, and onsite storage. Guidance and assistance from owner is available as needed. Farm is located on Rte 3A in Litchfield NH between Manchester and Hudson/Nashua NH. For more information, phone (603) 8090514 or visit website http://berrylease.wixsite. com/farm

FOR SALE: Lg horse tack box 50”x25”x28” $150.

FOR LEASE: House share on a farm. Private bedroom and bath, $2000/month, includes heat, electricity, cable, wifi, and a stall for your horse. Great location in Brentwood near 125 and 101. Prefer single woman, 55+. Email for FOR SALE: Longtime Farm Bureau member has pictures at home of 55 years FOR SALE, with room for large veggie garden. Possible tie-in with abutting, protected 25 FOR LEASE: 50 acres of river valley field; acres, mostly open field. Nice location. Prescott Farm 5 acres newly planted timothy clover and alEnvironmental Ctr. nearby with wonderful programs falfa, 25+ acres of grass, 20 acres of possible for children and adults. See under RE/Max Bayside, pasture. Will be haying 30 acres this summer. Laconia listings - Chris Adams. 304 White Oaks Rd., Sugar Hill/Franconia, NH. Call Rebecca, (845) 235-3352 Laconia, NH. good cond / Oster horse clippers $80. / 2 skids for horses $80. for both/ antique ice sled with tongs 14’ overall length 14’ wide 13’ tall $1000. email for pics or more info

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ough, NH. Wooded lot with home site potential. Great campsites on higher elevations; views of Sandwich CORDWOOD PROCESSING: Will process and Ossipee Mt Ranges; streams; wildlife pond. Abuts wood for wood or buy any marketable stumpconservation lands. $188,800. NH Conservation Real age. Call Tim 603-393-7328 or Ron 603-744-2686 Estate. 603-253-4999. WELDING & FABRICATION: Farm & heavy FOR SALE: The Small & Beginner Farmers of New equipment welding repair and custom fabricaHampshire Tri-County Hayfield Project still has 70 tion. Gates, Feeders, Headlocks etc. Please call bales of mulch hay for $2 / bale available to anyone Dan at 603-746-4446 or danp@skytrans-mfg. interested. This is the perfect time of year to bed down com your gardens and provide more organic matter to the soil when you till it in come Spring. Allan or Janice - nh- REAL ESTATE: Farms, Forests, Recreational Lands. Broker with Farm Knowledge or 267-1115 resenting Sellers and Buyers. Specialized in FOR SALE: 4-BR Farmhouse with Large Barn, Conservation Easements. Tom Howard, www. 603-253Sandwich, NH. 2 lots of record total 42 acres. Oppor-, tunities for pasture, crops, orchards, firewood, addi- 4999. tional farm infrastructure + alternative home site with views. $400,000. NH Conservation Real Estate. 603- BOOKKEEPING SERVICES: Let us handle your pile of receipts. Accounts Payable/ 253-4999. Receivable, QuickBooks, Financial Reports. FOR SALE: 103 Wooded Acres, Danbury, NH. Ide- Email or call al recreation/wood lot with 600 feet on Walker Brook. 603-598-6620.

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Crop Theft - Continued from front cover some money for you” they said and tried to hand him $20. The men were particularly concerned with the dogs in the car and repeatedly asked Chris not to let them out. Alone in a remote area with two thieves Chris did what any one of us would do - he let the dogs out! The two men ran. The dogs chased one onto a nearby picnic table, cornering him there. Chris chased after the other man who was running towards the river. To Chris’ surprise he jumped into a boat. Chris followed, jumping into the boat with him. After a struggle in which the man tried to knock him out of the boat with an oar, Chris was able to disable the engine. It was at this point he gave up and walked to the picnic table to join his accomplice – and wait for the police. As Chris confronted the men and as the chase ensued he had been on the phone with the police trying to explain to them where the field was. It took them about 45-50 minutes to find it, located less than 10 minutes from the police station. When the police arrived one of the first questions they asked Chris was could he prove they were trespassing. Chris pointed out they had accessed the field via the river and had actually tied their boat to one of his “No Trespassing” sign posts. He even went out into the river with an officer’s camera to take a picture of the evidence for them. Upon further investigation they found scattered throughout the field buckets of beans, cucumbers, corn, and tomatoes picked by the two men. The police instructed Chris to gather the picked produce and take it to his farm stand to weigh and put a value on it. One of the challenges he faced was convincing the police that even though the produce had not been taken from the property, by it being picked when it was by the men, it was effectively of little use and a loss to him. In the end the District Court judge required the thieves pay the LaValleys $150 (the value of the produce in the buckets), fined them just under $500, and issued the men a restraining order requiring they stay off the LaValley’s property. During a more recent summer they were experiencing a particularly large quantity of corn and other produce being taken at night. With losses mounting in excess of $1,000 in wholesale value, and out of frustration and desperation, Danielle posted online about how they were being hit hard by theft and asked for help in identifying the culprits. Though no one was ever caught, the post garnered a great deal of attention both online and in local and national media outlets. It certainly helped make neighbors of the fields the LaValleys crop become more aware of the problem and spurred them to keep a look out for questionable activity. One day a neighbor across the street from a field the LaValleys lease in Pembroke looked out her window. She observed a car with Massachusetts plates being loaded with produce. Knowing it was not Chris nor one of his employees, and that time was of the essence, she phoned the police directly. To her shock she was told by the officer on the other end of the line that the field was open to the public and there was not anything they could do. Chris points out this particular field abuts a parcel of land with a conservation easement on it, but even if it were under a conservation easement, how would that entitle anyone to take what is growing on it? People will even steal soil. More than once Chris has come across a vehicle pulled over next to one of his fields, people out in the field filling buckets with loam. When confronted they ask if they can buy it. “NO,” he will emphatically say, pointing out it’s a leased field and not even his to sell.

Employees of LaValley Farm pick produce in one of the farm’s fields. Over the past few years, owners Chris and Danielle LaValley have had to deal with multiple incidents of crop theft.

The Communicator Legislative Help Chris serves on the Farm Bureau Government Affairs Committee and with theft of his crops escalating, broached the idea of a law providing for 2x or 3x damages to help deter theft and better cover expenses and lost time farmers incur dealing with it. To his astonishment he learned there was already such a law on the books, RSA 539:9, a law passed after Farm Bureau requested a bill be introduced and worked to pass in 2003. In all the theft incidents Chris has had to deal with since he started his farm in 2006, never has a police officer, attorney, or judge mentioned the existing law. This angered him. 539:9 Agricultural Vandalism; Penalties. I. Whoever shall knowingly cut, fell, destroy, injure, damage, cause to be damaged, carry away, tamper with, worry, or vandalize any legal crop or legal crop bearing tree or plant, cropland, pasture or pasture land, livestock or other farm raised animals, as defined in RSA 21:34-a, and all farm buildings, enclosures, structures, or equipment used in the care and production of crops, livestock or other farm raised animals, or aid in such action without permission of the owner, shall forfeit to the person injured up to 10 times the market value or repair cost. II. A person who violates the provisions of paragraph I shall also be guilty of a class B felony if the actual loss or cost of repair is $10,000 or more, or a misdemeanor if the actual loss or cost of repair is less than $10,000. Source. 2003, 181:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2004. Realizing the existing law is not being utilized and, with every farmer who was part of the discussion agreeing crop theft is a problem that gets worse every year, it was determined we should go back to the Legislature. Following a discussion with the leadership of the House Environment and Agriculture (E&A) Committee it was decided Farm Bureau would approach one of the LaValley’s representatives, Alan Turcotte from Allenstown to sponsor a bill. Representative Turcotte is not only from their hometown but a customer of theirs. He is currently in his third term in the Legislature serving as a member of the E&A Committee.

Allenstown State Representative Alan Turcotte introduces HB 1320 to the House Environment and Agriculture (E&A) Committee.

The decision to sponsor a bill was a no-brainer for Representative Turcotte and this fall he introduced HB 1320, establishing a committee to study crop theft. The duties of the study committee are set out in the bill as follows: HB 1320 Study Committee Duties: The committee shall study agricultural crop theft in New Hampshire to determine if crop damage can be better addressed in state law to protect farmers’ investment in their crops and property and to ensure adequate compensation to farmers when theft occurs. The committee shall also make recommendations concerning changes it deems necessary to New Hampshire laws or departmental rules; law enforcement education, procedures, and training; and any other areas the committee deems appropriate. At the January 16 hearing before the House E&A Committee, in asking for the Committee’s support for studying the issue of crop theft, Farm Bureau laid out what we hope to accomplish: 1. Bring greater awareness to the prevalence and seriousness of the theft of crops. 2. Help educate legislators, law enforcement, the public, and even farmers. 3. Bring expertise to the table including from the attorney general’s office, other law enforcement agencies, and other House Committees including Criminal Justice and Public Safety as well as Judiciary.

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Determine actions that can be taken to better address crop theft. We specifically suggested reviewing RSA 539:9 to determine if changes can be made to make the law useful and effective, particularly a review of the state of mind required (knowingly) vs. the culpable states of mind outlined in NH law – purposely, knowingly, recklessly, negligently (RSA 626:2). We also suggested taking a comparable look at the timber trespass law RSA 227-J:8 & 227-J:8-a, which RSA 539:9 was modeled after.

227-J:8 Trespass; Civil Penalty. I. No person shall negligently cut, fell, destroy, injure, or carry away any tree, timber, log, wood, pole, underwood, or bark which is on the land of another person, or aid in such actions without the permission of that person or the person’s agent. II. In addition to any other civil or criminal penalty allowed by law, any person who violates the provisions in paragraph I shall forfeit to the person injured no less than 3 and not more than 10 times the market value of every such tree, timber, log, lumber, wood, pole, underwood, or bark cut, felled, destroyed, injured, or carried away. Source. 1995, 299:1. 1998, 286:2, eff. Jan. 1, 1999.

227-J:8-a Trespass; Criminal Penalty. I. No person shall recklessly cut, fell, destroy, injure, or carry away any tree, timber, log, wood, pole, underwood, or bark which is on the land of another person, or aid in such actions without the permission of that person or the person’s agent. II. A person who violates the provisions of paragraph I shall be guilty of a class B felony if the loss, as determined by market value, is greater than $1,000, or a misdemeanor for any other loss. Source. 1995, 299:1. 1998, 286:2, eff. Jan. 1, 1999.

We also made it clear to the E&A Committee we were not necessarily asking the Committee to pass a formal study bill. The same thing would be accomplished if the Committee simply held (“Retained” in Legislative lingo) the bill and conducted an internal Committee study. In addition to hearing testimony from Chris LaValley as well as “Farmer Phil” Ferdinando, and Don Ross (see next page) the Committee received numerous letters supporting a study of the issue including from: Tyler Hardy, President, NH Fruit Growers Association, Lorna Carlisle, President, NH Vegetable & Berry Growers Association, Chuck Souther, Apple Hill Farm in Concord, Chip Hardy, Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, Scott Mason, Northwinds Farm in North Stratford, and NHFB President Denis Ward. Chuck Souther wrote in reference to his and wife Diane’s “Pick Them Yourself” operation: There is not a weekend that goes by in the fall that we do not confront multiple people who are purposefully taking product without paying… And the problem gets worse every year… We have consulted the Police, and they have offered some suggestions, but they readily admit that this issue is hard to contain as there is no door to our crop land. The example being that in a store situation when the customer exits the door with concealed product the crime is definitive, at that point it is willful concealment. In a farm setting that boundary is not definitive, and once the product is in the car the police need to have a reasonable certainty that a crime has been committed to search the vehicle. Our word is often not enough to provide police with that probable cause. Plus, by the time the police get here the people have left, we cannot legally detain them. In his letter on behalf of the Fruit Growers Association Tyler Hardy reiterated what Chuck Souther wrote and each of the farmers said before the E&A Committee - Crop theft is an ongoing and an ever increasing issue. Tyler closed out his letter by writing, people do not understand that they just aren’t stealing fruit, but stealing our livelihood and how we support our business and families. Any legislation from the state level to help diminish this crop theft issue would be helpful for all New Hampshire farmers. The E&A Committee unanimously voted in February to retain HB 1320. Farm Bureau will be working closely with the Committee as the study moves forward.

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Vet Clinic for CVI & Licensed Rabies With Dr. Christina Murdock, DVM


LIVESTOCK owners... L-R Representatives Kevin Verville (Deerfield) and Sherry Frost (Dover) listen to “Farmer Phil” Ferdinando, J&F Farm in Derry. Farmer Phil proposed to the E&A Committee the creation of a sign in statute specifically for farmers to post around cropland - something a farmer could simply point out to police - containing an RSA# with penalties providing unauthorized persons “taking or consuming” or causing damage be subject to a fine. He believes the fine has to be enough to get people’s attention and suggested a minimum of $500.

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Theft only gets worse when you invite the public onto the farm Don Ross, Rossview Farm in Concord told members of the House E&A Committee. Don operates a pick-your–own berry and Christmas tree operation. He does not want to be seen as the “Soup Nazi” as he wants to make his farm an inviting place but in order to send a friendly message will occasionally joke with customers that he has an underground scale. Don told of an incident in which he captured on surveillance video an individual cutting down a Christmas tree. The vandal may have been spooked as the tree was not taken. When Don provided the video to police they said there was nothing they could do because the tree was not actually taken from the property.

Get ready for show season with the Merrimack County Farm Bureau Vet Clinic for Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) and licensed rabies immunization. This clinic is for cattle, sheep, goats, swine, camelids (llamas and alpacas), poultry and rabbits participating in the New Hampshire shows or fairs. The CVI remains in force for the entire 2018 show season and rabies vaccines should be given at least 30 days before attending any fairs. Dr. Christina Murdock, DVM will administer all vaccines and provide CVI’s for current members of Farm Bureau at the first 2 animals for free, any animal after that will be $5 each. For individuals that sign up to be a Farm Bureau member at the clinic, they will receive all vaccinations for free! This is a great savings to Farm Bureau members! This year’s clinic will be held at Osborne’s Agway in Concord at 258 Sheep Davis Road, Concord NH from 10am-3pm on Saturday, June 2nd. For details call Dr. Murdock at (603) 674-9753. Brought to you by the Merrimack County Farm Bureau


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NH Farm Bureau at NH Farm & Forest Expo By Diane Clary, NHFB Executive Director


s I write this I have just completed the New Hampshire Farm & Forest Expo Experience. If you have never been to this event you are really missing out. NH Farm Bureau has participated every year for the entire 35 years the Expo has operated. We host a booth that has won many awards over the last few years and people are drawn to it year after year. Our Mission statement reads: “New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation is a membership organization dedicated to advocating for and educating

the public about agriculture.” Participating in this Expo is the perfect venue to accomplish all of these goals. Not only is it a great opportunity to educate the public and grow membership, it is always visited by our state leaders. Having the opportunity to speak one on one with Governor Sununu, Senator Maggie Hassan and Senator Jeanne Shaheen is invaluable to our mission. So, when next January rolls around watch for our plea for volunteers in The Post and sign up for an hour or two to help make a difference!

Award Winners Andrew L. Felker Award - Tara Sad Former NH State Legislator Fred E. Beane Award - Ray Brewer WMUR-TV Stephen H. Taylor Leadership Award for Agricultural Professionals - Alan Eaton UNH Cooperative Extension Joesph Battles Memorial Exhibitor Award - New Hampshire Farm Bureau

(Left to Right) Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food Commissioner Shawn Jasper is joined by the past two Commissioners Lorraine Merrill and Stephen Taylor at the NH Farm & Forest Expo in Manchester. Commissioner Jasper commented in ‘The Weekly Market Bulletin’ that he believes this to be the first time three NH Commissioners of Ag have been together!

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Top: (Left to Right) Vince and Cindy Blandini pose for a photo with U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and NHFB President Denis Ward. Middle: NHFB Executive Director Diane Clary takes a turn watching Tazzy the Pig at NHFB’s award winning Farm & Forest Booth. Bottom: (Left to Right) U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan presents Meredith and Glen Putnam of Winsome Farm Organics in Piermont with the NH Farm of Distinction Award.

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The agricultural mediation program is a free resource to help farmers resolve farm loan and credit issues. Mediation is voluntary and confidential and helps maintain or restore important business relationships. For more information or to request mediation, please contact the New Hampshire Agricultural Mediation Program., (603) 685-4870 or

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The feed dealer wanted some cash up front but was willing to make a compromise on interest if future payments were made on time. The mediator and farmer worked with the farmer’s bank to negotiate an agreement for the farmer to make interest-only payments for a few months on an existing loan. That money enabled the dairy farmer to pay the initial lump sum and make monthly payments to the feed dealer. The agreement provided certainty and predictability for both parties.

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During these trying times, the balance on a dairy farm’s open accounts usually starts to grow, with accrued interest or increased credit card debt. Creditors say they aren’t banks and just want to get paid. Dairy farmers say they would pay the bill if they had the money. Through mediation, the farmer and creditor may be able to develop payment plans that are both affordable for the farmer and acceptable to the creditor. For more information or to request mediation, please contact the New Hampshire Agricultural Mediation Program., (603) 685-4870 or

Mail applicaƟon and payment to: NH Farm Bureau FederaƟon 295 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, NH 03301

How a Mediator Can Help?

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It’s best to utilize mediation as early as possible. The longer you wait, the more challenging it can become to find a mutually acceptable solution. At some point, creditors may contact collection agencies or lawyers and then things get more complicated and costly.

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When to Call the Ag Mediation Program?

The feed dealer did not want to let the open account grow anymore and began pressuring the dairy farmer to pay off the debt. The dairy farmer contacted the agricultural mediation program and the parties agreed to mediate. The mediator noted that this was different than typical mediations because there was not a real dispute. The parties liked each other and agreed on the facts. But there was a problem that needed fixing.

$200,000 - and over ............................ $175 Retired Farmer, over 65 ......................... $35 Supporting Members (Based on Age) Adult .................................................... $60 Student (under age 24) ......................... $25 Seniors, over 65 .................................... $35

During times of low milk prices, dairy farmers face tough decisions about how to divide their milk check between banks, creditors, labor, and other expenses, especially when there isn’t enough to go around. Ignoring the problem is not a viable long-term strategy. The agricultural mediation program is a free resource to help farmers resolve farm loan and credit issues. Mediation is voluntary and confidential and helps maintain or restore important business relationships.

A dairy farmer owed a feed dealer $40,000. The dairy farmer had been paying a little extra on the monthly bill when possible but that money was applied to the interest. After a few years of extra payments, the principle on the bill hadn’t changed much.

___Fruit/Berry ___Turf ___Goats ___Vegetables ___Greenhouse Produc on ___Ag Service Provider ___Hogs ___Agri-Tourism ___Honey ___Farmers’ Market Vendor ___Landscaper ___Other Livestock: ___Maple _______________________ ___Nursery ___Other Product: ___Poultry/Eggs _______________________ ___Sheep ___Cer fied Organic Producer ___Specialty Foods ___U.S. Veteran

Why Call a Mediator?

Case Example

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o one has to remind dairy farmers that over the past few years the price of milk has been below the cost of production. Just when you thought things had hit rock bottom, economists are now predicting lower prices for the first half of 2018. New Hampshire’s agricultural mediation program may be able to help resolve financial problems during these challenging times.

___Aquaculture ___Beef Ca le ___Christmas Trees ___Commercial Fishery ___Corn/Grain ___Dairy ___Equine ___Farm Stand ___Flowers/Herbs ___Forage Crops/Hay ___Forest Products


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

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

Name ______________________________________ Farm Name ____________________________________ Date ___/____/____

New Hampshire Agricultural Mediation Program

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

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Free Resource for Dairy Farms to Resolve Financial Problems


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The Many BENEFITS of Farm Bureau Farmu Burea S

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The Communicator - 2018 March/April  

The Official New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Newspaper

The Communicator - 2018 March/April  

The Official New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Newspaper