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

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2019

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Federal News 2018 FARM BILL PROMOTES SUSTAINABILITY FOR U.S. FARMERS

Why Has the American Farm Bureau Been Successful for 100 Years?

Working Like A Dog

By Stewart Truelsen

Tim & Lisa Molinero have their hands full balancing off-farm jobs and caring for the various animals they raise at Heart Stone Farm in Milton. Luckily they have some good friends who are always willing to lend a helping paw. Their three border collies and two guardian livestock dogs back up their barks through hard work. For one pup in particular, that hard work is paying off in the form of national recognition in the 2019 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year Award competition.

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NH FARM BUREAU DELEGATION ATTENDS AFBF CENTENNIAL Page 12

State News NHFB AT NH FARM & FOREST EXPO Page 4

SENATOR SHAHEEN MEETS WITH FARM BUREAU Page 11

BILLS OF INTEREST TO FARMERS & LANDOWNERS Pages 14 & 15

NH HONEYBEE DIAGNOSTIC NETWORK TURNS ONE Page 20

American Farm Bureau Federation kicked off its 100th birthday celebration at the AFBF Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in New Orleans, LA this January. Find out more about the Convention on pages 12 & 13. (photo credit: American Farm Bureau)

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t’s a bit ironic that Sears is teetering on the verge of liquidation and the American Farm Bureau Federation is still going strong after 100 years. In the early days of the Farm Bureau movement, Julius Rosenwald, president and later chairman of Sears, made financial grants to counties willing to hire an agricultural agent. This helped lead to the growth of county Farm Bureaus. When the American Farm Bureau Federation was formed in Chicago in 1919, its mission was to promote, protect and represent farmers by coordinating the work of state Farm Bureaus. One reason for its success is its impeccable timing. A year earlier the nation was in the grips of the worst flu pandemic in history. Prior to that was World War 1, so 1919 was the first year farmers could really get together on a national organization. The automobile and telephone were coming on and that meant farmers were less isolated and more able to join together. A FBF - CON T I N U ED ON PAGE 17

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

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

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s we move forward into the new year, I first want to say thank you to our Executive Director, Diane Clary, for keeping the organization heading in the right direction. Since September she has been working hard for us, with almost no disruption, despite the potentially debilitating effects of having a concussion. I also want our Policy Director, Rob Johnson, to know how much we appreciate his efforts working with legislators, agency heads, and others to protect the interests of our members. He is the voice of reason whenever any of us, or any of them, aren’t. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention how fortunate we are to have a Communications Director as talented as Josh Marshall. He just does an outstanding job of publishing The Communicator, putting together The Post and other communications, as well as handling technology issues and working with Diane and Rob to make our organization run smoothly. A big thank you as well to Portia Jackson, our receptionist and office assistant, for being the friendly, knowledgeable person we need whenever someone calls or stops in. The American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention was held in New Orleans in January. 2019 is the 100th year of AFBF existence so celebrating the milestone was a considerable part of the event. Our President’s dinner started with a second line march following a jazz band through the streets of New Orleans while working our way to the restaurant where we ate. Presidents, spouses, and guests probably added up to at least 150 of us holding up traffic. To me it was quite a spectacle, though apparently routine for the people who live in New Orleans. The chef who cooked for us has cooked for several U.S. Presidents and was

the first to open an American restaurant in Russia, and in China if I remember correctly. The meal was good, but I still prefer Jeanne’s cooking. President Trump and the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, as well as several Senators and Representatives and other high government officials attended our convention. It is quite an honor to have them attend and shows the respect they have for our organization. President Trump’s message was quite positive for the future of agriculture and he made a good case for much of the rest of his agenda. I hope the hate in Washington can temper enough so we can find out how his policies work out. Much as I enjoyed the celebration surrounding the Presidents attendance, I hope he doesn’t come again. The disruption whenever a President goes anywhere is considerable. Eleven Farm Bureau members from NH attended the convention. Our young farmer Achievement Award winners, Glen and Meredith Putnam, showed well in their event, but again there is something the judges are looking for that we don’t have. Zachary Mason represented NH well in the Discussion Meet as well, but again there are too many who have been doing this for years and have an edge. I believe it was the winner who, when telling a little more about herself, said that she had been doing discussion meets for 20 years prior to finally qualifying for and winning the event. Zach, Glen and Meredith are amazing young farmers and should be proud of their accomplishments. We spend a lot of time trying to figure out a better way to price milk for dairy farmers. Nationally, it is like pulling teeth. There are too many making a living off the backs of our farmers and it is not in their best interest to see any changes. Here in NH, however, we have a Commissioner of Agriculture who is trying to do something. He has proposed legislation that eliminates an unworkable emergency dairy relief program and replaces it with legislation that will create a means to sell a New Hampshire brand milk that will be from NH producers and will return a portion of the sales directly to our NH dairymen and women. While there is still much to be done to make it successful, Farm Bureau has not and will not waiver in its support for HB476 and we will continue to work with the Commissioner to make it happen. Happy spring! Way to go Patriots, let’s go Celtics and Yankees in 2019… (editor’s note: the baseball opinions of our President do not reflect those of our organization!)

INSIDE March/April 2019 County & Committee News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Local Meat Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Eye on Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

NHFB President Denis Ward had a front row seat along with other state Farm Bureau Presidents for the opening ceremony of the American Farm Bureau Federation 100th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in New Orleans this past January. (Photo Credit: American Farm Bureau)


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Farm Credit Awards Efforts to Develop and Promote Northeast Agriculture The Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program, a joint effort of Farm Credit East, Yankee Farm Credit and CoBank, recently provided funding to 24 organizations for their efforts to support young and beginning farmer initiatives, encourage youth leadership development, and promote northeast agriculture. Among the recipients included various programs to support youth education and recognition, including the Granite State FFA Association, the New Jersey Junior Breeders Program, the New England FFA State Officers Training, and the Northeast Youth Show Calf Summit. Other recipients included programming to support leadership development of the industry’s next generation. Programs receiving funding include the New York Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Ranchers Leadership Conference, the Cornell Agribusiness Fellows Program, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s beginner farmer training, and

the Intervale Center’s beginning farmer land access program. Additionally, the most recent round of funding supported various programs to educate consumers and connect agricultural producers with the community. Recipients included the Harlem Grown Farm, a hydroponic greenhouse using STEM topics to educate about agriculture; the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation to host industry

events to connect producers with regional buyers; and the New England Dairy and Food Council, which is working to educate students about the dairy industry. Thirteen other organizations received grant funds for projects consistent with Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement’s mission, such as industry training programs, youth education and research initiatives.

Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program Created: 1996 Total grant dollars since 1996: $2,296,507 Total projects supported: 836 Proposal submission dates: April 1, August 1, December 1 Contact: Kyle Bell, Farm Credit East, 240 South Road, Enfield CT 06082 Phone: 800.562.2235 Send funding proposals to: AgEnhancement@armCreditEast.com

For more information: FarmCreditEast.com/IndustrySupport.aspx The New York Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Ranchers Leadership Conference was among the recipients of funding through the Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program supporting young and beginning farmer initiatives. Pictured above, NHFB Young Farmers (left to right) Leandra Pritchard, Amy Matarozzo, Alicia Pedemonti, and Dr. Christina Murdcck, DVM, attending the NYFB YF&R Conference in 2016.

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The Communicator

March/April 2019

NH Farm Bureau at NH Farm & Forest Expo Board of Directors Executive Committee President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denis Ward 1st Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joyce Brady 2nd Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matt Scruton 2nd Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rebecca Stevens Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Howard Pearl President, Associated Women . . . . . . . Elaine Moore Chair, Young Farmer Committee. . . . . Alicia Pedemonti County Presidents Belknap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Matarozzo Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . David Babson Cheshire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Linnenbringer Coos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Brady Grafton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glen Putnam Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trevor Hardy Merrimack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Stevens Rockingham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Ferdinando Strafford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Matt Scruton Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Cunniff Staff Executive Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Diane Clary Policy Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Johnson, II Communications Director. . . . . . . . .Josh Marshall Office Assistant/Receptionist. . . . . . . . . . Portia Jackson

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

The Communicator Where NH Farmers Turn For News editor@nhfarmbureau.org 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.

(Left to Right) NHFB Executive Director Diane Clary and President Denis Ward look on as Merrimack County Farm Bureau member Jay Pritchard tries his hand at our version of ‘planting corn’ during the NH Farm & Forest Expo. Jay, his wife Leandra, and daughter Millie spent time enjoying the trade show floor in Manchester on February 1st.

New Hampshire Farm Bureau was well represented at the 2019 NH Farm & Forest Expo held on February 1st and 2nd at the DoubleTree Hotel in Manchester. NHFB Executive Director Diane Clary welcomed Expo attendees to the organizations educational booth, which featured baby chicks, resources and information for farmers, and games for all ages! Youngsters participating in the Farmo Game, an interactive way to learn about forestry and agriculture put together by NH Agriculture in the Classroom, could learn more about corn production while kids and adults alike tried their hand at ‘planting corn’ with the corn hole game. The booth took home honors for the Expo’s Best Educational Booth. NHFB members and staff were also represented during the annual awards ceremony. NHFB Communications Director Josh Marshall was presented with the Fred E. Beane Memorial Award for fair, accurate, and effective reporting of news and issues impacting farming and forestry in the state. Lockwood “Pooh” Sprague of Edgewater Farm in Plainfield received the Andrew L. Felker Memorial Award for significant contributions to the health and vitality of New Hampshire Agriculture. Stacy Luke, Manager of the Merrimack County Conservation District, was awarded the Stephen H. Taylor Agricultural Leadership Award for outstanding professional work in the field of agriculture.

Above: Farm & Forest Board of Directors Chair A.J. Dupere presents NHFB Communications Director Josh Marshall with the Fred E. Beane Award for achievement in agricultural communications. Below: Sullivan County Farm Bureau member Lockwood ‘Pooh’ Sprague addresses the audience after receiving the Andrew L. Felker Award at the 2019 NH Farm & Forest Expo

Find us on Facebook NHFB Executive Director Diane Clary (right) asks questions of NH Farm & Forest Expo attendees as part of the FARMO game. Diane was presented with the blue ribbon for Best Educational Booth at the event. The booth included baby chicks, interactive games, and educational resources on corn in addition to information about New Hampshire Farm Bureau.


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The Zipline 2018 Farm Bill Promotes Sustainability of America’s Farms and Ranches I can’t think of anyone more invested in the sustainability of America’s farm and ranch land than the men and women who live on and work this very land each day. Using our land to grow crops and raise animals goes hand-in-hand with making wise use of our resources. Conservation is at the heart of running a successful, sustainable farm, and the farm bill has long recognized farmers’ heart for stewardship. Conservation was one of the foundational goals of the very first farm bill, in fact, with the creation of the Soil Bank to recover land hit hard in the Dust Bowl. As technology and farming techniques have changed over time, the farm bill has changed and adapted as well. The first conservation title was introduced, a little more than three decades ago, as lawmakers listened to farmers, ranchers and landowners and created a partnership to preserve the land, air and water we all depend on and enjoy. Together, they built on the principle that the land is best cared for by the people who know it best and call it home.

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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.

and ranchers. This and additional support for beginning farmers and veterans can help get more folks to join, and stay in, the business of agriculture and protect our ability to grow our nation’s food, fuel and fiber. The 2018 farm bill also expands other key conservation programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Conservation Stewardship Program. Each of these programs gives farmers and ranchers critical tools to protect their businesses and land. More conservation practices will now be covered under CSP, and new incentive contracts for practices like grazing and cover crops and using

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precision agriculture technology and improved crop rotation will now be included under EQIP. For every farmer and rancher, there’s a great joy and strong sense of responsibility in knowing you are a caretaker of the land that generations before you have worked and enjoyed. One of the best pieces of advice I received as a young farmer was: “If you take care of your land and animals, they will take care of you.” Thanks to the 2018 farm bill, America’s farmers and ranchers can keep up our good work as caretakers and pass on a rich agricultural heritage to the next generation. For a deeper dive on farmers’ and ranchers’ conservation work, visit AFBF’s Market Intel page to check out Chief Economist John Newton’s analysis of changes in the 2018 farm bill and Economist Veronica Nigh’s detailed look at wetlands conservation.

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The 2018 farm bill preserves the cornerstone of the conservation title: the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Thanks to conservation work by America’s farmers and ranchers, wildlife habitat is up across the country. Of course, Mother Nature continues to be a finicky business partner, as we’ve seen yet again from the hurricanes, wildfires and drought in recent years. Sustainability practices must protect farmers’ and ranchers’ ability to stay in business in good times and bad. The 2018 farm bill takes an important step in recognizing and addressing these challenges. Under CRP, farmers and ranchers will have greater flexibility for emergency use of their land in times of natural disaster. Another update to the CRP that will go a long way on that front is with improved rental rates. The 2018 farm bill reduces CRP rental rates to better match the market and hopefully increase access to farmers

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American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. (Photo credit: Philip Gerlach, AFBF)

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Do you receive The Post? The Post is a weekly e-mail blast from the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Office providing you with an extensive list of workshops, events, resources, and much more. Want to keep up to date with the latest in New Hampshire agriculture in between issues of The Communicator? Then make sure you are opening up The Post in your e-mail inbox. If you aren’t receiving The Post in your e-mail inbox or aren’t sure if you are, Call Portia in the NHFB Office @ 2241934 or e-mail nhfb3@nhfarmbureau.org to get on the list! You can also find The Post on the NHFB Facebook page: Facebook.com/nhfarmbureau


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2019 Farm Bureau SCHOLARSHIPS Abbie Sargent Memorial Scholarship Applicants for the 2019 Abbie Sargent Memorial Scholarship must be a resident of New Hampshire, 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. The application deadline has been extended, all applications must be submitted by April 15. Applications are available at nhfarmbureau.org under the AGRICULTURE tab. Contact NHFB Executive Director, Diane Clary, at 224-1934 for more information. Cheshire County Farm Bureau Scholarship

Coos County Farm Bureau Scholarship 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). Submissions are due no later than April 26, 2019. For complete scholarship guide and application, vist the NHFB website. Deadline: April 26, 2019 Grafton County Farm Bureau Scholarship Scholarship(s) are awarded annually to a Grafton County resident(s). Students must have an agricultural background, be pursuing a career in an agricultural related industry, and establish a fi nancial need. For full application details, visit the NHFB website.

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 full details and application, visit the NHFB website.

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Merrimack County Farm Bureau Scholarship The Trudy Gay Memorial Scholarship and the “Chip” McNamara Memorial Scholarship are awarded annually. For full eligibility details and application, please visit the NHFB website. For more information, contact the Merrimack County Farm Bureau Secretary, Todd Laroque at merrimackcountyfb@gmail.com.

Rockingham County Farm Bureau Scholarship This scholarship is available to members/residents of Rockingham County with preference given to members of Rockingham County Farm Bureau families. A selection committee will evaluate applications and select the student receiving the award. The winner will be contacted by RCFB President Phil Ferdinando. Application must be submitted to RCFB by April 12, 2019. For more information or to obtain a hard copy of this application, contact the secretary of RCFB, Heather Fernald, 603.679.1066 or RCFB.NH@gmail.com, or pick one up from the high school guidance office. Applications will be made available to all high schools in Rockingham County. Deadline: April 12, 2019 Strafford County Farm Bureau Scholarship 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 the NHFB website or contact Strafford County Farm Bureau President Matt Scruton at tenrodfarm@gmail.com Download applications for these scholarships and view many more agriculture-related scholarship resources at www.nhfarmbureau.org/2019-scholarship-information

County & Committee News Marshall and featuring Becky Nelson of Beaver Pond Farm in Newport and Pam Bruss of Silver Hill Farm in Bradford. Members of Sullivan & Cheshire County Farm Bureaus were invited to attend. Approximately 20 members showed up and participated in the workshop. Planning for the 2019 SCFB Legislative Dinner is currently underway. No date has been set yet, but it will take place at Newport High School sometime in March with the Sugar River FFA putting on the dinner. We are also currently having planning meetings for our second annual School to Farm Day to be held at The Sullivan County Complex on May 13th. Continue to check your SCFB newsletter for more events and information.

CHESHIRE COUNTY FARM BUREAU Cheshire County Farm Bureau partnered with Cheshire County Conservation District to promote a 2-day workshop titled, “Family Farmed Forum: Marketing Success for Produce Farmers.” After the workshops, which took place on February 4th & 7th, CCCD still has a large number of FamilyFarmed farmer training manuals for area farmers. Find out how you can obtain “Wholesale Success” and “Direct Marketing Success” manuals by contacting Frank Linnenbringer, Elaine Moore, or directly contacting Cheshire County Conservations District.

MERRIMACK COUNTY FARM BUREAU *Editor’s note: In our last issue, Merrimack County Farm Bureau’s recognition for receiving the NHFB Shining Star Award at the NHFB Annual Meeting was accidentally omitted. NHFB Congratulates MCFB for this achievement. Merrimack County Farm Bureau would like to remind all members that our meetings take place the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM at the NHFB Office in Concord. All members are welcome to attend. MCFB is also happy to announce that we have received a grant from

STRAFFORD COUNTY FARM BUREAU Strafford County Farm Bureau will host its 6th Annual Farm Style Breakfast Fundraiser on Sunday, March 17th from 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM at the Jeremiah Smith Grange Hall in Lee. Join us for a great breakfast event co-sponsored by the Lee and Durham Agricultural Commissions to support agricultural outreach and youth grant programs. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children 14 and under. You can purchase tickets at the door. For more information contact Matt Scruton at 941-4956, Laura Gund at 659-2044, or Erick Sawtell at 659-8106.

the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food going towards our annual veterinary clinic to help offset the cost of vaccinations. Look for more information about this year’s event in The Post and the May/June Communicator.

SULLIVAN COUNTY FARM BUREAU The Sullivan County Farm Bureau Board of Directors met on February 9th at the Langdon Town Offices for a business meeting and a workshop titled, “Promoting Your Farm Using Social Media” presented by NHFB Communications Director Josh

NHFB Communications Director Josh Marshall presents during a workshop titled, “Promoting Your Farm Using Social Media,” organized by Lisa Holmes and Sullivan County Farm Bureau. Approximately 20 members of Sullivan and Cheshire County Farm Bureaus attended and participated in the workshop.


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How Do Dairy Farmers Get Paid for Their Milk Anyway? By Jaime Robertson, Contoocook Creamery at Bohanan Farm.

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’m a dairy farmer in Contoocook, NH. My family and I have 200 mature cows and about 150 youngstock and our children are the 5th generation of my wife’s family to operate our farm. We are big fans of the Exchange, hosted by Laura Knoy on New Hampshire Public Radio and were delighted to hear Commissioner Jasper on in a recent episode to talk about NH agriculture. We applaud the Commissioner in his efforts to establish a premium branded milk to help supplement NH dairy farmer’s milk checks. I just wanted to follow up a little bit on how NH’s dairy farmers get paid for their milk. It is often said that dairy farmers are their own worst enemy because when milk price is high they make more milk and when milk price is low…they make more milk! At first glance this looks to be the case, but it’s much more complex than that. The American milk market is not completely free market based. The Commissioner made mention of this and was correct to not go into the full details, trying to explain dairy pricing would have used the entire hour of the show. At first glance it may look, to some, like dairy farmers don’t understand a free market and therefore don’t respond to market conditions the way they should, making more milk when prices are high and less milk when prices are low. Dairy farm businesses are very different than many other businesses, however, and the only way to reduce milk is to sell cows or reduce feeding them. It takes almost 3 years to raise a cow from conception to mature and giving milk. To sell 20% of the milking herd to reduce milk production and raise milk price, it will then take up to 3 years to get back to the herd size prior to the reduction. It is extremely difficult for any business to take that kind of a cash flow hit for that amount of time. Not to mention that selling cows at the bottom of the price crash is the worst time to do so. Right now cows and youngstock are about 60% of what they are worth under good milk prices. And there is the emotional toll of selling cows in today’s market, the only market we have is for beef, and although most dairy farmers consider a cow at the end of her productive life being sold for beef a productive end, one sold before her time feels much more like a failure. Unlike many businesses we can’t just simply throttle the business back. We can’t park a few of the trucks, cut back on some of the hours, repurpose some of the assets, cut a shift, or lay off help. Cows are a well managed athlete and we need them to perform at the top of their game. If we start feeding them cheaper, milking them fewer times, or not paying attention to their comfort we feel the negative effects for at least 18-24 months. As I mentioned earlier the milk market is not actually a free market, it has some government controls. These controls distort how farmers get paid. I can’t say whether the pricing system protects consumers or milk processors (companies that buy milk from farmers or their cooperatives and process it for public consumption) but it doesn’t feel like it’s protecting NH dairy farmers at the moment. At this time we have a national pricing program that is influenced not just by national milk production but by world milk production. So even if milk is tight in NH or the Northeast, if California, the Southwest, upper Midwest, New Zealand, or the EU is awash in milk NH milk prices will be depressed regardless of what our production is. Oh, but that’s not all with this national milk pricing formula! We as dairy farmers get paid what is called the blend price. The formula for figuring

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Federal Milk Marketing Order Classes

Class I: Fluid Milk

Class II: Jamie Robertson owns and operates Contoocook Creamery at Bohanan Farm in Hopkinton, NH along with his wife and children.

the blend price is based on 4 classes of milk, all milk produced in NH is of high enough quality to be used in any of the 4 classes. The classes are: Class 1, this is milk we use to drink, skim, 1%, 2%, and whole for the most part. These products have the shortest shelf life and represent the highest value a farm can get for their milk. Class 2 are products like yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream, and other “soft cheese’s” these would be the next shortest shelf life and are the second highest value products for dairy farmers. Class 3 are products like butter, American cheese, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, and other “hard cheese’s,” these products have a fairly long shelf life and can be economically stored. Class 4 are products like dry milk, condensed milk, and dry whey products. These products are the longest lasting, cheapest to store, and easiest to export. Class 3 and class 4’s values flip back and forth as to which is more valuable depending on the market. Their value is usually set at a market clearing price representing the lowest value a dairy farmer gets paid. Those are the classes of milk that make up our blend price, but we are still not done yet. The country is then broken up into what we call Federal Milk Market Orders. We have 10 federal milk market orders across the United States. We happen to be federal milk market order 1 in NH. So to come up with our farm’s blend price the market administrator keeps track of all milk sold in the order and which class that milk gets used in and what percent of milk goes to what class. So our milk price will be formulated for January 2019 with Class 1, 34%, Class 2, 21%, Class 3, 27%, Class 4, 18%. All of our farms milk was actually used for Class 1 so if we were in a free market we would be paid the highest price allowed. But that’s not how we get paid; we get paid 34% of the highest price, 21% of the next highest, 46% of the lowest price (Class 3 & Class 4 prices are now averaged and we are paid the average). For January, prices for 100 lbs of milk were: Class 1, $18.37, Class 2, $15.74, Class 3 $14.04, and Class 4, $15.49. So even though all of our milk was sold and used for Class 1 valued at $18.37 only 34% of our milk got that price. So our farm instead of receiving $18.37 per 100 lbs, milk is sold by 100 lbs increments, we received a blended price of all four classes of $16.54. I honestly can’t say whether I support the federal order or not, no one knows what would happen to milk marketing if it wasn’t in place. To date the majority of dairy farmers have chosen to deal with the devil they know rather than force change to deal with the devil they don’t know. One of the glaring disconnects with

Soft, high-moisture cheeses, such as cottage cheese, frozen desserts, rts, sour cream, yogurts, and puddings.

Class III: American cheese, cheddar cheese, parmesean cheese, and other hard cheeses

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the federal order and class pricing is that it is at the processers advantage to lower Class 1 market sales, because this lowers the amount they have to pay for milk. They then are able to turn around and promote yogurt, soft cheese, hard cheese, and sell them at a higher price - yet pay less for the raw milk to make these products. As dairy farmers we are excited to see such tremendous growth in Class 2 and Class 3 products, we just feel that the class pricing needs to be updated so we as farmers can recoup some of the added value in our milk price. Remember we are not operating in a free market and the processors have no reason to pass along the added value. The processors are benefitting from people not buying Class 1 products that way reducing the % of the highest cost milk in the pricing formula. Huh, maybe that’s the reason none of the major processors have come out against plant based beverages stealing our name “milk”?

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

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

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

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

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

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Scott & Heidi Mason 603-922-8377 or email northwindsfarm1@yahoo.com USDA inspected, vacuum packed beef, lamb and veal. Sold by the side or cut. Also available through the Barn Store of New England in Salisbury, NH.

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

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Slow Grown Farm - Plymouth Jean Poulin - (603) 412-2133 j57.poulin@gmail.com We have various cuts of Scottish Highland beef. USDA cut, shrink wrapped, and frozen. Fresh eggs are available daily, as is our goat’s milk soap.

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

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

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

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

Song Away Farm – Loudon Steve & Kay Doyon - 731-0405 songawayfarm@comcast.net 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 songawayfarm.weebly.com and “Like Us” on Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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Sullivan County Beaver Pond Farm - Newport Bennie Nelson - (603) 542-7339 beaverpondfarm1780@gmail.com tinyurl.com/bpondfarm Raising beef and lamb. For sale at our retail store on the John Stark Highway between Newport & Claremont. Open year ‘round.

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

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

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Working LIKE A

Dog By Josh Marshall, NHFB Communications Director

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hey say dogs are man’s best friend. Well, you wont get any argument on that from Tim and Lisa Molinero, who own and operate Heart Stone Farm in Milton. The Molinero’s, in fact, have five best friends three border collies and two livestock guardian dogs. The border collies, Breckin, Finn, and Kenna, all have their own personalities, strengths, and stories, but Finn recently added some national recognition to his accolades. Finn was one of four runners up in the 2019 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year Award presented by the American Farm Bureau Federation with support from Nestle Purina. He joined dogs from Florida, Kansas, and Utah as stiff competition for the eventual winner, Woody from Texas. Finn is no stranger to competition. He competes in sheepdog trials across the region and has even participated in the Blue Grass Classic in Kentucky, one of the longest running and most prestigious trials in the country. That type of success doesn’t just happen overnight, Tim said. “When you’re looking at a dog like this, you’re looking at a 4-year commitment, at least, just to get them trained.” From there, practicing and, most importantly, working keeps a sheepdog’s skills sharp. Finn displayed his abilities at an early age during a particularly memorable trial. To set the stage, sheepdog trials typically feature a group of ewes (female sheep) that a dog must herd through various obstacles or along a certain course. The handler stays in one place and directs the dog with vocal commands or whistles. The biggest variable in these trials can be the sheep the dogs are tasked with herding. “Sheep naturally flock together. The dog, to them, is a wolf,” Tim explained. “Some dogs are stronger than others. In the world of border collies, we call it ‘eye.’ Some sheep are more timid and some sheep will challenge dogs.” The sheep in this specific trial had been pastured on islands off the coast of Maine. That means they faced no real predators and weren’t used to seeing dogs. Throughout the course of the trial these sheep were challenging dogs and chasing some right off the course. Tim and Lisa weren’t sure whether they should let then two-year-old Finn run the course. A bad experience for such a young dog could be a major What does a polite sheep say while holding open the barn door?

Above: Tim & Lisa Molinero’s border collie, Finn, shows off his skills during a sheepdog trial in Belfast, ME. Finn was recently named one of four runners up in the 2019 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year Award presented by American Farm Bureau and Purina. (Photo by Steve Bowler). Below: Sheep from Heart Stone Farm in Milton enjoy the late morning sunshine...and have a laugh. (Photos by Josh Marshall)

setback. After some deliberation, they let Finn run the trial and, sure enough, he won. “And in style,” Lisa added. “He ran it at top speed.” Finn may be gett ing extra attention off the farm for his recognition from American Farm Bureau but on the farm, the Molineros pride themselves in the care they provide to all their animals. In addition to the dogs, they raise ducks, guinea fowl, chickens, heritage breed turkeys, and heritage breed sheep. “For us, we believe in heritage breeds,” Lisa said. There are lots of benefits to the various heritage breeds that they raise. For example, the Gulf Coast breed of sheep have a natural worm resistance, tend not to be susceptible to hoof rot, and are more efficient at lambing. Tim and Lisa, who both work full-time off the farm, take their Gulf Coast sheep on the road for demonstrations and trials. Although the sheep

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demonstrations provide some income, it’s not their main motivator. “It’s really about the education, it’s about having fun.” Lisa said, “It’s nice when it brings in some money, but that’s not our main focus.” Part of that education is providing an opportunity for others to learn about these heritage breeds. “Part of our reasoning for wanting to do a lot of these demonstrations is we’re hoping to reach some young people and get them excited about doing this.” Handlers, breeders, and judges all share knowledge and offer advice with each other along the trial circuit. The relationships that the Molineros have built through this community allow them to better care for their animals and, sometimes, teach their older dogs new tricks. Because, after all, Tim smiled, “At the end of the day, I need these dogs to work.”

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Senator Shaheen Hears NH Farmers’ Concerns Amid Shutdown Fears

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen (center) met with about a dozen NH farmers and agricultural professionals on Friday, January 4th at the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation office in Concord to hear a wide range of concerns from repercussions of a lengthy government shutdown to trade tariffs and more.

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ew Hampshire’s senior Senator heard from a dozen or so NH farmers and agricultural specialists on Friday, January 4th at the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation (NHFB) office in Concord. Senator Jeanne Shaheen wanted to know how or if the partial government shutdown, that was entering its third week, was weighing on farmers in the Granite State. “Right now we aren’t hearing from our members about many problems due to the shutdown, but that could change,” Said NHFB President Denis Ward. Hopkinton dairy farmer Jaime Robertson echoed those sentiments and cautioned, “A lot of it depends on how long this drags out.” There are a wide range of programs and services that could have been negatively impacted by a months-long shutdown, including new dairy safety net programs agreed to in the latest Farm Bill. Bob Wellington, Senior Vice President of Economics, Communications and Legislative Affairs at Agri-Mark explained that the final language of these programs still needed to be written, signed up for, and then implemented. That was all being delayed due to the stalemate on government funding. No matter when the government reopens fully, Wellington advocated that these programs need to be made retroactive to January, 1st. Senator Shaheen noted that some services provided by United States Department of Agriculture were still being carried out but 50 percent of the employees at USDA were working without pay. Traditionally, those employees are paid later for the work they’ve already done. “Sorta like farming,” Epsom dairy farmer Stewart Yeaton laughed, “at least we still have a sense of humor.” Agriculture, whatever the commodity, doesn’t wait around for politicians to come to consensus; cows still need milking, seeds still need planting, and crops still need picking. Concord farmer Chuck Souther explained how in 2018, during a time when the government was open, he lost $18,000 in unpicked strawberries due to delays in the processing and arrival of temporary laborers through the H-2A program. His concern being that a prolonged shuttering of the government could further interrupt that already burdensome process. Loudon grower Doug Cole, representing the ornamental horticulture industry, also spoke about the challenges of finding farm labor, although he has moved away from H-2A workers in his business. While the Senator’s focus was on the effects of the shutdown, NH farmers took the opportunity to share their concerns on a wide range of issues including comprehensive immigration reform, trade tariffs, and regulatory challenges. New Hampshire farmers are resilient and will continue to work in the face of any adversity whether it comes from nature or politics.

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armer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention adopted policies, on January 15th, to guide the organization’s work during its centennial year on key topics such as farm bill implementation, cell-cultured food products, trade, rural broadband access and rural mental health programs. “As our organization has done for the last 100 years, grassroots delegates from across the nation came together to express a unified voice on issues vital to the success of our farms, ranches and rural communities,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said. “It was fitting to have President Trump and numerous members of Congress among our attendees as we kicked off our centennial celebration. We continue to face a challenging farm economy and we stand ready to work with Congress and the Trump administration to address the issues important to our farm and ranch families.” Government Shutdown* Delegates urged the administration and Congress to work together to end the government shutdown as soon as possible. The current shutdown means farmers and ranchers are being delayed in securing loans and crop insurance as well as disaster and trade assistance. The impasse has also delayed implementation of important provisions of the farm bill.

Trade Delegates voted to favor negotiations to resolve trade disputes, rather than the use of tariffs or withdrawal from agreements. They also voted to support the United States’ entry into the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Above: New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation members and staff get to know the local wildlife as they pose for a photo with an alligator and its handler at the Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans. (Photo credit: Denis Ward) Right: NHFB President Denis Ward carries the New Hampshire State flag during the opening ceremony of the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention. (Photo credit: American Farm Bureau)

NHFB Young Farmer Zachary Mason participates in the AFBF Discussion Meet competition during AFBF’s centennial Annual Convention and Trade Show. (Photo credit: American Farm Bureau)

Cell-based Food Delegates adopted a comprehensive policy to support innovation in cell-based food products while ensuring a level playing field for traditional protein. Delegates affirmed that the Agriculture Department is best equipped to be the primary regulator of new cell-based products as it encouraged USDA to utilize the Food and Drug Administration’s expertise in food safety. The policy also calls for complete and accurate product labels to ensure that consumers have all the pertinent information they need. Rural Broadband Delegates supported improved broadband coverage maps through better data and third-party provider verification. AFBF will work with the Federal Communications Commission to address map inaccuracies. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Delegates supported increased funding for programs and facilities for the treatment of substance abuse and mental health issues. Delegates also voted to support funding for the Farm and Ranch Assistance Network, which was included in the 2018 farm bill. AFBF will urge appropriations committees to fund this program, which is critical to address the mental health issues faced by many farmers, ranchers and other rural Americans. *The government shutdown ended on January 25th

NHFB Young Farmer Achievement Award winners Glen & Meredith Putnam are presented a plaque in honor of their award during the 100th AFBF Annual Convention and Trade Show. (Photo Credit: American Farm Bureau)

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Above: AFBF President Zippy Duvall holds up an AFBF Centennial Celebration T-shirt on the IDEAg Trade Show Floor during the 100th AFBF Annual Convention festivities. Below: Outside the trade show, a street musician plays some of the iconic jazz music that you can hear throughout the city. (Photo credit: American Farm Bureau)













merican Farm Bureau Federation policy experts gave an overview of the issues expected to aect farmers and ranchers in 2019 in a workshop at the organization’s 100th Annual Convention. David Salmonsen, senior director of congressional relations for AFBF, said the diverse impacts of taris, the outcomes of free trade agreement negotiations and the future of relations with China are all critical for the future of ag exports and the growth of American agriculture. Salmonsen discussed the United States-MexicoCanada Agreement and outlined the process for ratification. “It could be quick or it could be slow, but there is a timeline that has to be followed,â€? Salmonsen said. If USMCA is implemented, it will increase quota access for U.S. dairy products into Canada and end Canada’s Class 7 pricing. It will also keep agricultural taris between the U.S. and Mexico at zero. Salmonsen said that the U.S. has also begun trade negotiations with Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom, although the start of U.K. negotiations depends on when the U.K. completes the process of leaving the EU. He added that in any agreement, there is political bargaining that will go on over several months. With an update on China, Salmonsen said a U.S. delegation went to China to negotiate last week, United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade Ted McKinney and United States Trade Representative Chief Agricultural Negotiator Greg Doud. There have been no formal announcements yet from the administration, and talks are continuing. “All of these negotiations are with major trading partners,â€? Salmonsen said. “These are substantive



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The Communicator

Bills in the Legislature of Interest to NH Farmers & Landowners

March/April 2019 By Rob Johnson, NHFB Policy Director

For the latest information on all the bills Farm Bureau is tracking in the NH Legislature this year please refer to the Friday Review sent (via mail or email) to members upon request.

HB 442 relative to coyote hunting Prohibits coyote hunting “at any time from April 1 through August 31 to coincide with coyote pup rearing.” In 2017 the Fish and Game Commission was petitioned to change its rules to follow the bill as proposed. The petition was denied. The bill would place the coyote season in NH in line with the season in Massachusetts. In Maine and Vermont coyote hunting is permitted year-around. In testimony before the House Fish and Game Committee, Fish and Game estimates there are 4,0005,000 coyotes in NH with about 400 taken via trapping a year. The number taken by hunters and others is not tracked. Farm Bureau read the following brief statement in opposition to the bill at the public hearing before the House Fish and Game Committee: Farmers need maximum flexibility when protecting their livestock and the ability to be proactive in dealing with potential conflicts. We fundamentally oppose HB 442 because we believe Fish and Game and the agencies professionals should remain the entity setting seasons – and not the Legislature. Farm Bureau position: Oppose Status: The House Fish and Game Committee recommended the bill Inexpedient-to-Legislate on a committee vote of 14-4. At press time the House had not acted on the Committee’s Report.

HB 467 replacing the milk producers emergency relief fund with the dairy premium fund Replaces the Milk Producers Emergency Relief Fund (RSA184: 106-111) with a Dairy Premium Fund. The Emergency Relief Fund was established in 2007 to reimburse NH dairy farmers when the price being paid to them for milk they produce falls below an established target price. This program, which necessitates ongoing state appropriations, has never been funded. HB 467-FN establishes a program in which any milk processor or private label seller of milk or milk products may use the Dairy Premium Program logo on their NH milk products. Money collected for use of the label would go into a Dairy Premium Fund to be used for promoting the program and for making payments to eligible NH dairy farmers. To be eligible to receive payments from the fund, dairy farmers would have to direct 10 cents of their federal milk promotion deduction to Granite State Dairy Promotion. The bill as amended stipulates the dairy farmer share would be 86% of the fund with remainder of fund moneys used to promote the program. The program would be administered by the Commissioner of Agriculture with advice from a Dairy Premium Fund Board consisting of nine members with representation from dairy cooperatives, the milk processing industry, a retail store participating in the program, dairy farmers participating in the program, and a member of the general public all appointed by the Governor. The Commissioner of Agriculture would chair the Board with the Executive Director of Granite State Dairy Promotion serving as the Vice-Chair. Administration would include logo development, setting the premium rate, milk eligibility certification, and enforcement. The legislation also authorizes the Commissioner to utilize up to $200,000 from the Department’s Agricultural Product and Scale Testing Fund for the initial promotion of the program. The bill is a request of the Commissioner of Agriculture. Farm Bureau position: Support Status: The House Environment Committee recommend the bill Ought-to-Pass with an amendment on a unanimous committee vote of 20-0. The amendment adds definitions and clarifies the premium calculation used to pay farmers. The House is scheduled to act on the Committee’s Report on February 27th or 28th. It is expected to be approved by the House in which case it may be referred to the House Finance Committee for a look at the $200,000 authorization contained in the bill. If it is not referred to the Finance Committee it will be sent to the Senate. .

NHFB President Denis Ward testifies before the House Environment and Agriculture Committee to Farm Bureau’s support for HB 467 and the Commissioner’s Dairy Premium Program legislation.

HB 630-FN increasing certain fines for OHRV and snowmobile operation violations Introduced at the request of the Fish and Game Department. In a letter to the House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee Dave Walsh, Captain and Program Coordinator of the OHRV & Snowmobile Program at Fish and Game wrote: NH only has 39 Conservation Officers presently for the entire state. Due to regular day off schedules, this translates to approximately 15-20 officers on duty on any given day to cover the entire state... many rogue riders have become accustomed to never seeing an officer on the trail. The goal of this legislation is increasing the deterrent effect and eventually encouraging voluntary compliance. Captain Walsh stated in testimony before the Committee that the two leading complaints received from landowners are operating on land without permission (including riding off of designated trails) and loud exhaust. The bill would increase the fine for each of these offenses from $74.40 to $248 and increase the fine from $124 to $248 for exceeding legal sound limits riding a snowmobile. The bill also increases the fines for unreasonable speed and operating an unregistered vehicle. Farm Bureau position: Support Status: The House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee recommended the bill Ought-to-Pass with an amendment on a unanimous committee vote of 19-0. The amendment addresses the distribution of fine monies when a county sheriff is the acting law enforcement agency. The House was scheduled to act on the Committee’s Report on February 27th or 28th. If it passes as expected it will likely be referred to the House Ways and Means Committee.


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HB 646-FN relative to labeling, signage, and restrictions on the sales and use of bee-toxic pesticides Makes it unlawful to “use, distribute, sell, or offer for sale within the state any product containing a bee-toxic pesticide or seed treatment with a beetoxic pesticide”. A “bee-toxic pesticide is defined as follows:

“Bee-toxic pesticide” means a systemic insecticide registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and includes insecticides within the neonicotinoid, sulfoxamine, butenolide, and phenylpyrazole class of chemicals. These include, but are not limited to, the active ingredients imidacloprid, acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, thiazine nitenpyram, thiacloprid, thiamethoxam, sulfoxaflor, flupyradifurone, and fipronil. Exemptions are provided in the bill for pet care products, personal care products used to mitigate lice and bedbugs, and indoor pest control products. The bill also directs the Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station and/or DES to:  Report annually the pesticides and quantity used on all agricultural land. (This information is already reported and available through the Department of Agriculture’s Division of Pesticide Control.)  Develop guidelines for best practices and alternatives pest management approaches

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“to assist the agricultural industry in transitioning away from the use of beetoxic pesticides and establishing pollinator habitats.” (Such information is currently available to the extent effective alternatives exist.) Develop a citizen guide to pollinator habitat. (This information is currently available.) Requires DES to establish a “panel of experts” to “conduct an annual review of relevant scientific literature relating to pesticides and their toxicity to pollinators and pollinator habitats, determine whether there are other pesticides that pose a threat to pollinators, and if so, recommend their inclusion in the definition of bee-toxic pesticide”. (The Pesticide Control Board (RSA 430:30) which exists within the Department of Agriculture’s Division of Pesticide Control, already has the authority to establish policies relative to the use and sale of pesticides. By statute the Board has specific authority to “receive and address requests from any member of the public for a hearing before the board” and through its rulemaking authority to set:

The time, the place, and the conditions under which pesticides may be used in different areas of the state if the board finds that such pesticides may be injurious to persons, animals, or crops, other than the pest or vegetation which it is intended to destroy, and may provide that pesticides shall be used only under permit of the board. (RSA 430:31, IV (a))

At the hearing on the bill before the House Environment and Agriculture Committee NHFB President Denis Ward, testifying for Farm Bureau in opposition. He spoke about the importance of bees to farmers and our crops and reminded the Committee that a panel of experts already existed in the Pesticide Control Board and that the Board is the rightful place the concerns the bill attempts to address be brought. President Ward also provided the Committee a packet of letters from farmers opposed to the bill. The packet included a letter from Tyler Hardy (Brookdale Fruit Farm, Hollis), president of the NH Fruit Growers Association and a letter from Chuck Souther, Apple Hill Farm in Concord. Touting Integrated Pest Management (a knowledge based approach to managing pests) Souther wrote:

In one of the other letters to the Committee, Keith Marshall who manages 350 acres of small fruit and vegetable production for Wilson Farm in Litchfield noted:

…pesticide application is the action of last resort. If a pesticide application is warranted the particular pesticide we could use is also based on applying knowledge. We are fortunate in New Hampshire that we have a lot of data to look at when determining what pesticide to use. We think of this like a tool box, when we need to take tool out of the box we consider many things, like efficacy (what pesticide will reduce the pest level), what are the various modes of action, what are the possible effects of these options to the environment on our farm. Most importantly to us is, the toxicity levels of my choices to me (the applicator), our employees, and our customers. Since 2016 the EPA has helped in this decisionmaking process by mandating a highlighted bee warning box on pesticide labels. It may seem counterintuitive to many, but the more tools I have in my tool box, the better decision(s) I can make regarding pesticide applications. HB 646 will remove a whole class of new EPA approved insecticides from my tool box. My choices with the loss of these insecticides would be a whole lot more toxic to bees and to us. As implied in HB 646 neonicotinoids have a very low mammalian toxicity. The same cannot be said of organophosphates and carbamates which are very toxic to mammals. Conversely, pyrethroids may have a lower mammalian toxicity and can control many pests, but are the equivalent of a nuclear bomb in our orchards, nothing survives, bees, spiders, lady bugs, predatory mites - all gone.

Were neonics taken away this year, I would be left with not only materials of lesser efficacy, but a less effective way of delivering the material to the target pest. Lesser materials that are registered for use on potatoes are also generalist in their nature, and it is easy to see that one application in furrow as opposed to controlling with as many as seven trips over the crops with a boom or mist blower is not only a benefit to me, but it is surely better for the native pollinators. Neonoics are a tool in our toolbox, but I firmly believe that it is the lesser of the evils compared to returning to the days of spraying Sevin or synthetic pyrethroids. I am hopeful that the future holds promise for alternative controls, yet none are on the horizon for me as a grower.

When using these (neonicotinoid) seed treatments you are only treating 1% of the crop versus a (nonneonicotinoid) foliar spray which treats 100% (of the crop) and in some cases can be more of a problem to pollinators and beneficial insects. Both Souther and Marshall noted in their letters the high number of native bumble bees they observed in their crop fields last year. In testimony before the Committee in opposition to the bill Pooh Sprague of Edgewater farm in Plainfield said in referencing his efforts to control Colorado potato beetle:

Also testifying was Troy Hall, a professional beekeeper from Plainfield. Hall manages his operation without the use of chemicals or treatments of any kind. He said people might think that if there was anyone who would support the bill it would be him. But he said it is not a solution – would not fix the problem. In good conscience he could not say neonicotinoids are a problem and that there is not one “smoking-gun” cause of honey bee decline. Hall and others pointed to other issues such as climate change - particularly the drastic swings in temperatures during seasons, mites, honeybees are not native to this country & are primarily raised and come out of the south, and the inexperience of many beekeepers – as it was pointed out keeping bees is

430:30 Pesticide Control Board. – I. A pesticide control board is established to consist of 13 members appointed by the governor with consent of the council, as follows: (a) The commissioner of agriculture, markets, and food. (b) The commissioner of the department of health and human services, or designee. (c) The commissioner of the department of natural and cultural resources, or designee. (d) The executive director of the department of fish and game, or designee. (e) The commissioner of the department of environmental services, or designee. (f) The state entomologist. (g) A licensed physician representing the public interest. (h) A person who possesses an advanced degree in one of the biological sciences representing the public interest. (i) A licensed or permitted pesticide applicator. (j) One person from a slate of 3 persons presented by the New Hampshire Horticultural Industries Council. (k) Two persons representing the public interest who are not affiliated with the manufacture or distribution of pesticides and who are neither commercial nor private applicators as defined in this subdivision, and who do not otherwise fall within categories (a) through (j). (l) One person representing municipal interests, appointed by the governor from 3 candidates nominated by the New Hampshire Municipal Association.

not easy. Chris Schlegel, head grower at D.S. Cole Growers in Loudon, also pointed to the importance of the Integrated Pest Management approach. It has allowed them to “greatly reduce” the chemical usage on their crops and pointed out their spending for beneficial insects and biocontrols now exceeds their spending for chemical based controls. She concluded her testimony by urging the Committee not to support the bill and added: Please respect the professionalism and knowledge of the commercial growers in NH who are using these products in a manner that supports sustainability for our companies as well as good environmental stewardship. The Commissioner of Agriculture and State Forester also testified in opposition. The Pesticide Control Board submitted a letter in opposition. Support for the bill came from the Washington advocacy organization Beyond Pesticides, NH Audubon, and a citizen’s group NH Save Our Pollinators Coalition. They focused on data showing NH Beekeepers have lost over 50% of their colonies in each of the past two years, which is a greater loss than other regions of the country. Farm Bureau position: Oppose Status: The House Environment and Agriculture Committee voted unanimously (20-0) to “Retain” the bill. In making the motion to retain the bill committee Vice-Chair Peter Bixby from Dover said they wished to hold the bill as a vehicle in the event the Department of Agriculture needs legislation towards completing a state pollinator plan, which the Department has done some work towards. In 2017 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established policy recommending states develop pollinator protection plans and best management practices. Rep. Bixby also said the committee may look at proposals placing greater restrictions on the use of certain pesticides by nonlicensed individuals, i.e. homeowners and all other consumers. It appears the Committee has no interest in moving forward with provisions in the bill of concern to Farm Bureau. By retaining the bill the committee may study the issue further and will make a recommendation to the full House for action next January.


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Leading Edge

Agricultural Tech In the News By Josh Marshall, NHFB Communications Director Improved Photosynthesis Could Have Farmers Seeing Green Photosynthesis. It’s something we learn about in elementary school and maybe revisit more thoroughly in high school or college. The process, through which a plant takes in sunlight and turns it into energy, is essential to fueling the growth of all plants. At a very basic level (biologists forgive me), plants use energy from sunlight (which is absorbed through special proteins) to synthesize sugars from carbon dioxide and water. The plant uses the sugars for energy and the byproduct of the process is oxygen. There’s one big problem, however, according to reporting from NPR on a study published in January in the journal Science. Apparently, the protein in charge of collecting carbon dioxide for this process sometimes grabs oxygen along with it, which creates a toxic compound the plant needs to remove. Removing the toxic compound, a process called photorespiration, uses up precious energy that could be put into foliar or fruit growth instead. The new study, conducted by biologists from the United States Department of Agriculture and the University of Illinois sought to ‘hack’ the photorespiration process in order to conserve energy and increase plant growth. Using a genetically modified tobacco plant, the scientists employed several “alternative photorespiratory pathways” that turned off the natural photorespiratory framework in favor of the alternative, more efficient pathways. The results look promising. One of the authors of the study, biologist Amanda Cavanagh, told NPR of the ‘hacked’ tobacco plants, “They grew faster, and they grew up to 40 percent bigger.” While we are a long way away from seeing this research realized through marketable products, the possibility of increasing crop growth by up to 40 percent could, one day, have farmers seeing more green both in their fields and in their pockets.

Varroa mites first spread to areas like Czechoslovakia from the Soviet Union. According to Erik Tihelka, in an article titled “History of Varroa Heat Treatment in Central Europe (1981-2013)” published in Bee World, there are two basic types of heat treatment applications: Thermal boxes and thermal hives. Tihelka explains, “Thermal boxes are incubators into which bees are temporarily placed for treatment. In contrast, thermal hives provide a permanent home to the bees, while also used to periodically heat treat the bees.” Cocoon fits in the latter category. Digital Trends reporter Drew Prindle explained just how it works, “the Cocoon hive uses a top-mounted solar panel to power a heating system that gradually brings the hive’s interior temperature up to a balmy 108 degrees – thereby murdering the invading mites en masse.” Add on the ability to cool the hive on those hot summer days, remotely keep an eye on hive activity, and alert you of hive disruption (i.e. bear attack, hive robbers, etc.), and you’ve got yourself a cutting edge smart-hive. While Cocoon, considering the reported $950 price tag, and similar commercial thermal hive designs may not be practical for the average beekeeper, the concept is proven and particularly adroit apiarists may be able to design their own thermal hives saving money, honey, and bees.

China Sprouts Cotton Seeds on the Dark Side of the Moon...Sort of Shortly after China’s Chang’e 4 lunar lander became the first to explore the so-called ‘dark side of the moon,’ an experiment intending to grow the celestial body’s first plants was on the run. Humans have been sending robots to Earth’s satellite since 1959, so it’s about time someone tried to foster biological life there. Professor Liu Hanlong explained the impetus for this great gig in the sky to the South China Morning Post on January 15, “We have given consideration to future survival in space. Learning about these plants’ growth in a low gravity environment would allow us to lay the foundation for our future establishment of a space base.” China has been dumping money into its space program in hopes of sending manned missions there by 2030. This particular experiment was designed by scientists from Chongqing University and consisted of cotton and potato seeds sealed inside a specially designed container, called a biosphere, holding air, water, and soil. The university released photos showing that the cotton seeds had indeed germinated inside the biosphere and were starting to grow. While Chongqing University hailed this development as, “the first leaf growing on the moon in human history,” others in academia didn’t see it quite the same. University of Florida Agricultural and Biological Engineering professor Melanie J. Correll told NPR that in reality, “China has grown the first leaf in a specially designed chamber that was placed on the moon.” Either way, the seedlings only lasted two days as temperature fluctuations on the moon proved too dramatic to protect the fragile sprouts. NASA has already demonstrated that it can grow lettuce on the International Space Station and China has high hopes after completing its moon experiment, but I wouldn’t expect us and them to be drafting space farmers anytime soon. Until they do, I think we can safely focus on increasing how efficiently we can grow crops here on Earth.

Thermal Hives Turn Up the Heat in the Battle Against Varroa Mites With a scientific name like Varroa destructor, it’s pretty clear that the miniscule mite commonly referred to as the Varroa mite is unwelcome company in the homes of its hosts. Combating the parasitic pest, which attacks honey bees and contributes greatly to colony deaths, is of utmost importance to beekeepers and farmers alike. A new beehive design called Cocoon, demonstrated at the Consumer Technology Association CES Conference in Las Vegas, January 8-11, utilizes a decades-old practice of heat treatment along with some new high-tech gadgetry to control Varroa mites without the use of chemicals. In a convenient biological twist of fate, honey bees are able to withstand higher sustained temperatures than the Varroa mite. If you expose infected hives to temperatures around 108 degrees Fahrenheit, Varroa mites die but the bee survives with no ill effects to it, the brood, or honey. Researchers in Eastern Europe began to experiment with heat treatment in the late 1970s as

Left: The Varroa mite (seen on the back of a honeybee) is an external parasitic mite that attacks honey bees. The Varroa mite feeds predominately on larvae causing developmental deformations but will also feed on adults spreading disease. In an effort to combat the Varroa mite, a new thermal hive design called Cocoon uses solar panels to power a heating system that raises the internal temperature of a hive to 108 degrees Fahrenheit. Honey bees can withstand the high temperatures while Varroa mites cannot. Above: Cotton seed sprouts inside a biosphere aboard the Chinese lunar lander, Chang’e 4. The lander became the first to explore the so-called “dark side of the moon” this January. In addition to exploring what astronomers actually refer to as the far side of the moon, the mission included an experiment to grow cotton, potatoes, fruit flies, and more. Only the cotton was reported to have sprouted, but it didn’t last long as temperature fluctuations on the moon proved too dramatic to protect the fragile seedlings.


Farm Bureau - The Voice of N.H. Agriculture

March/April 2019

By Debbi Cox, NHAITC Coordinator

NHAITC News

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he 2019 Agricultural Literacy book is now available! Maple Syrup from the Sugarhouse by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton tells the story of Kelsey and her father as they begin to collect the sap from the sugar maple trees. Friends and family join in to help with the boiling, bottling, and of course the tasting. Educational information is woven throughout the story with some maple syrup facts at the end. Paired with an Educators’ Resource Guide and our brand new informative maple syrup publication, the set is a great addition to any early elementary classroom. Contact your local school and arrange a time to read the book to a class (and perhaps enhance the book with a quick activity), then donate the book and supporting materials to the classroom or the library for continued enjoyment. Pick up a book or two at the NH Farm Bureau office in

Concord for $5 or we can mail it to you for an additional $2.50 per book. Just give us a call at (603) 224-1934 or email your name and address to nhaitc@nhfarmbureau.org . Don’t forget to remind teachers about our free Tapping into Maple Tradition curriculum available on our website. NHAITC has been out and about recently visiting with the NH Maple Producers at their annual meeting. We appreciated the invitation to update them on our educational efforts. Many of them took advantage of the Agricultural Literacy program and purchased books to share with their local schools. Their support of our programs is invaluable, particularly their sponsorship of the Tucker Mountain Challenge. Thirteen classes have registered to take part in this year’s maple syrup production contest. In April, their

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quarts of syrup will be judged on density, color, clarity, and taste. The winning schools will receive a prize of $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place and $500 for third place. Good luck to all those who are participating! The Farm & Forest Expo was another great opportunity to share our resources with educators. A number of people stopped by looking for information on school gardens, the Agricultural Literacy Program, Tapping into Maple Tradition, School to Farm Days and more. We are happy to showcase the programs and resources available to help integrate agriculture into daily classroom curriculum. With spring on our doorstep, School to Farm Days will be here soon! As of now, we will be offering a day of hands-on agricultural education in nine counties. We are always looking for presenters to help us offer stations on dairy, maple, pollinators, fiber, horticulture, history and other relevant topics. It involves offering a 15 minute station to convey the basics of your specialty using things such as demonstrations, props and activities. Your presentation will be repeated roughly 11 times during the day reaching about 250 fourth grade students. Please let us know if you can help out at any of the following events. Merrimack County at Carter Hill in Concord 5/9/19 Sullivan County at the County Complex in Unity 5/13/19 Hillsborough County at the Alvirne High School Farm in Hudson 5/16/19 Grafton/Coos County at the Rocks Estate in Bethlehem 5/22/19 Carroll County at the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamworth 5/30/19 Rockingham and Strafford at UNH 6/4 - 6/6 Belknap County at Ramblin’ Vewe in Gilford 9/24/19

The 2019 Agricultural Literacy book is now available! Maple Syrup from the Sugarhouse by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton tells the story of Kelsey and her father as they begin to collect the sap from the sugar maple trees. You can pick up your copy at the NHFB Office in Concord or get one through the mail!

AFBF (Cont. From Front Page) By Stewart Truelsen The American Farm Bureau met an immediate need. Agriculture was the nation’s biggest business, but it had no voice or seat at the table with the major economic interests of the day— business, manufacturing, railroads and labor. Throughout its history the American Farm Bureau Federation had outstanding leaders. The quality of leadership at all levels is a key reason for Farm Bureau’s growth and success. Edward A. O’Neal of Alabama was AFBF president during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. Farm Bureau history almost ended there. It was the worst of hard times for agriculture. But O’Neal had the ear of the newly elected U.S. president, Franklin Roosevelt. He convinced Roosevelt that drastic action was needed and the result was the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933, the first farm bill. Farm Bureau action helped end the Great Depression. Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization and that is another reason for its success. It was organized first at the county level. State Farm Bureaus and the American Farm Bureau

followed. Shortly after AFBF set up shop in Washington, D.C., to lobby Congress, the “Farm Bloc” was formed. This bipartisan group of senators and representatives passed farm legislation that had been bottled up for years. Farm Bureau pioneered grassroots lobbying and still uses this strategy effectively today. Farm Bureau also has been the voice of reason over the years. During the farm credit crisis of the 1980s the American Farm Bureau was criticized because some farmers wanted the voice of agriculture to be a shout. But the organization never subscribed to tractorcade protests and strikes to get its way. During the crisis, Farm Bureau did what it does best: find a solution to the problem. The result was a debt restructuring program that eventually helped those farmers who could be saved from bankruptcy. From its early years, Farm Bureau has always been inclusive of women and young people. The same year the amendment giving women the right to vote was ratified, 1920, the American Farm Bureau formed a women’s

committee, and two women were featured speakers during the general session of its annual convention. Farm Bureau started a rural youth program in the 1940s that is a major success today. Now called the Young Farmers & Ranchers program, it focuses on developing farm and community leaders for the future. Throughout its history the American Farm Bureau has been incredibly innovative. It was most likely the first organization to produce its own motion pictures. These silent films were often shot on location and then edited in Chicago, which preceded Hollywood as a film capital. The films were used for recruitment and also addressed topics like fire safety. As early as 1933, AFBF was investigating the possibilities of producing alcohol motor fuel from corn and other farm commodities. In the 1950s it focused on expanding world trade. A Farm Bureau staffer who was an army officer in charge of food distribution in Europe after the war devised a plan to send badly needed surplus farm products overseas. Public Law 480, better known as Food for Peace, became the most important foreign food assistance program ever undertaken by the government.

The American Farm Bureau also facilitated the growth of state Farm Bureau insurance companies that served the needs of farm families with inexpensive insurance products. In 1948, Farm Bureau fire and casualty companies along with AFBF formed a national reinsurance company, American Agricultural Insurance Company, to backstop large insurance risks. Insurance products tailored to rural needs played a significant role in the growth of Farm Bureau membership. Finally, the American Farm Bureau has been successful because it is respected worldwide and represents the strong values and beliefs of rural America—freedom, faith in God and country, hard work, perseverance and more. One of its strongest beliefs is the freedom to own private property. Farm Bureau has been a strong defender of property rights because without it, American agriculture as we know it would not exist. Unfortunately for Sears, the retail marketplace may no longer need it, despite the many years it served American families so well. But the American Farm Bureau is still vitally needed as it starts its second century.


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Eye on Extension EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

Farm Succession and Estate Planning Webinar

Pruning Demonstrations

Extension’s Future of the Farm webinar series concludes in March with a free webinar on transferring farm assets and the pros and cons of gifting versus selling a farm. The webinar will give participants an overview of the tax implications, sale methods and other considerations that go into gifting or selling farm assets. Register at bit.ly/FarmAssetsWebinar. For more information or to request special accommodations, contact Kelly McAdam at kelly.mcadam@unh.edu or 603-527-5475.

March - April Various Locations There’s nothing more satisfying than picking fruit you’ve grown at home. Keeping fruit trees healthy and properly pruned is easy—as long as you know how to do it right. Home fruit growers are invited to UNH Extension’s spring pruning workshop series. These live, handson demonstrations give participants a chance to learn from tree fruit experts in the field. Whether you’re a novice home gardener or an experienced grower, these demonstrations offer a chance to learn research-based pruning and grafting techniques and explore information on tools, fertility and pest control. Demonstrations take place across the state from March 23 to April 27. $5 suggested donation to cover workshop expenses. For a full list of workshops in your area, visit bit.ly/PruningDemos or call Ask UNH Extension at 877-398-4769.

Food Safety Planning for Commercial Food Processors March 1 & 15 from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM UNH Extension Grafton Co. Office 3855 Dartmouth College Hwy., North Haverhill This two-day workshop takes place on March 1 and 15. Learn how to apply food safety principles to your small-to-midsized commercial food processing business. Topics include food safety fundamentals, foodborne pathogens, personal hygiene and cleaning/sanitizing food, complying with federal FSMA regulations, good manufacturing practices and more. $40, registration includes lunch for both sessions. Register by Feb. 22 at bit.ly/NoHaverhill31. For more information, contact Ann Hamilton at 603-447-3834 or ann.hamilton@unh. edu.

N.H. Fruit Growers Annual Meeting March 5 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Alan’s Restaurant 133 N. Maint St., Boscawen This year’s meeting includes a presentation from featured speaker Rich Marini, a Penn State University professor, who will discuss factors that influence bud hardiness of tree fruit and how to manage bitter pit in honey crisp. Attendees will also participate in a grower panel discussion about managing fertility in the orchard. Other topics include using mobile apps to find apple varieties in PYO orchards, an online tool for FSMA compliance, and various insect updates. $30 for members, $35 for non-members, register by Feb. 26. Contact NHFGA secretary Madison Hardy at 603-6301549 or Madison.lowell@gmail.com to register. For more information, contact George Hamilton at 603-641-6060 or George.hamilton@unh.edu.

March 12 at 12:00 PM

NH Master Gardeners Spring Symposium March 23 from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Southern N.H. University 2500 N. River Road, Hooksett Join gardeners from across the Granite State for a full day of panels, discussions, workshops and more about gardening. The even includes presentations from innovative gardener/farmer and author Lee Reich; locally-renowned herbalist Maria Noel groves; horticultural experts and authors Reeser Manely and Marjori Peronto, and stone wall builder and lecturer Kevin Gardener. $80, discounted rates available for NH Master Gardeners; register by March 18. Register at bit. ly/MGSpringSymposium. For more information, contact Ruth Smith at 603-351-3831 or ruth.smith@unh.edu.

Food Safety for Poultry and Rabbit Producers

Tree Fruit Grafting Workshops April 20 from 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Tuftonboro Town House 247 Middle Road, Tuftonboro April 23 from 5:00 - 8:30 PM UNH Extension Hillsborough County Office 329 Mast Road, Goffstown Learn basic tree fruit grafting principles in this hands-on workshop on bench grafting techniques. Learn about the timing, techniques and tools you’ll need to successfully graft your own fruit trees. Participants will go home with two grafted apple trees! Registration is $25 for individuals or $40 per couple, space is limited to 30 participants. Register for the April 20 session at bit.ly/TuftonboroGraft. Register for the April 23 session at bit.ly/ DanburyGraft. For more information or to request accommodations, contact Jeremy DeLisle at 603-796-2151 or jeremy.delisle@unh.edu.

How to Grow Giant Pumpkins April 27 Demers Garden Center 656 S. Mammoth Rd., Manchester Join Extension experts and members of the NH Giant Pumpkin Growers Association for a presentation on everything you need to know about growing giant pumpkins in your home garden. NHGPGA will also host a giant pumpkin seed raffle. Details TBA; for more information, contact Robert Demers of NHGPGA at 603625-8298.

March 28 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Location Details Provided at Registration

4-H HIGHLIGHTS

Granite State producers can sell poultry and rabbits (up to 20,000 poultry and 1,000 rabbits per calendar year) directly to N.H. restaurants without USDA inspection. This workshop fulfills the education requirement specified in the N.H. regulations and helps producers develop a plan for providing safe meat products to restaurants. This workshop is also valuable for producers looking to learn more about best practices for processing their own poultry and rabbits. $50 for first person, $25 for each additional person from the same farm. Lunch is provided. Location details provided at registration. Register by March 21 at bit.ly/2RjUUC8. For more information, contact Ann Hamilton at 603-447-3834 or ann.hamilton@unh. edu.

March 16 from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM Colebrook Elementary School 27 Dumont St., Colebrook

Tree Fruit Twilight Meeting April 17 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM Butternut Farm 241 Meaderboro Road, Farmington Co-sponsored by the NHFGA, this statewide commercial tree fruit growers’ twilight meeting includes a discussion of pest management options, orchard management, air blast sprayer calibration and peach tree pruning. For more information, contact George Hamilton at 603-6416060 or George.hamilton@unh.edu.

Coös County 4-H Activities Day

Join Coös County 4-H’ers for a day of project presentations, activities and more. Registration deadline is March 1. Snow date is March 30. For more information, contact Christine Whiting, Coös County 4-H program manager, at 603-788-4961 or Christine. whiting@unh.edu.

N.H. 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl March 30 from 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM Walpole Elementary School 8 Bemis Lane, Walpole New Hampshire 4-H’ers are invited to take part in this quiz bowl competition focused on dairy topics. Teams of four compete against each other in giving answers to questions posed by a moderator. Participation encourages 4-H’ers to develop a more complete knowledge of dairy animals and related subjects and provides an educational program for all dairy project members, including those who may not own a dairy animal, and provides a way to develop alertness and self confidence. This event also determines which seniors will be eligible to compete on the N.H. State Dairy Quiz Bowl Team.

$5 per person, register by March 1. Visit bit.ly/DairyQuizBowl for registration forms.

N.H. 4-H Horse Judging Contest April 27 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Deer Creek Farm, Thornton This contest is for 4-H members ages 8-18. The contest allows participants to use their knowledge of horse judging to place classes of halter and/or performance equines. Horse judging is a great preparation tool and competition for future judges and equine professionals. Includes three divisions: juniors (ages 8-10); intermediate (ages 11-13), and seniors (ages 14-18). $10 per person, register at bit.ly/HorseJudgingContest. For more information, contact Mary Davis at 603-862-2188 or mary.davis@unh.edu.

NEWS & INFORMATION EExtension Seeks Food & Agriculture Field Specialist For Coös County UNH Extension is seeking a field specialist to join our Food & Agriculture team at the Coös County office in Lancaster. Food & Agriculture field specialists deliver research-based educational programs and technical assistance to farmers, agricultural business owners, communities and individuals interested in agriculture. The Coös County field specialist, individually and in cooperation with Extension colleagues and the Coös County Extension Advisory Council, determines the educational needs of agriculture clientele and develops programs to meet these needs. The specialist also collaborates with a team of state and field specialists in diverse areas of agricultural production and business management on all aspects of developing and implementing innovative, relevant and impactful programming. For a full description of the position and a list of job requirements and duties, visit bit.ly/ CoosCountySpecialist. Apply online at jobs.usnh.edu/postings/31646. For more information, contact Food & Agriculture Program Team Leader Amy Papineau at 603-862-1601 or amy. papineau@unh.edu.


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Farmers’ Market Classified

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

FOR SALE

HELP WANTED

FOR SALE: Recon 300 Hay Conditioner - HELP WANTED: Experienced Arborist 1,000 RPM - Tedder Attachment - Very Good with valid driver’s and CDL license. Work as a Condition - $ 9,995. Bill Hall Hollis 603-620-2893 member of tree service team. Experience with chain saws, chippers, stump grinders and crane. FOR SALE: John Deere 327 hay baler with Mass Hydraulic license a plus. Salary based on kicker and spray applicator In GREAT SHAPE. experience. References required. Dudley’s Tree $10,000.00 call 603-635-3355 7am-6pm & Crane Service, Haverhill, MA. Bob Dudley 978-373-1510 FOR SALE: 1952 Massey Harris Pony. Runs great, vg rubber. Incl front blade, plows, HELP WANTED: Hands-on farm harrow, cultivator, original books. $3000 OBO. manager for family-owned purebred cattle Leave message 603-827-3630 farm. Job includes care & breeding of livestock,

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

grounds & equip maintenance. Carpentry &

FOR SALE: 2010 John Deere 4520 MFWD mechanical skills a plus. Career position, great compact enclosed cab tractor. 56HP, turbo, hydrostatic, has plumed front feature lines, electronic valve selector, skid steer style quick attach bucket plate, low hours. Comes with rear ice chains and stock bucket. Excellent working condition. $30,000 OBRO. Call Jay - 603-7862319

FOR SALE: Alpaca Sale: Buy 1, get 2nd of equal or lesser value at 1/2 price. Nationally ranked breeders, proven and unproven; pet/ fiber; herd guard. Colors range from white to true black. Prices start at $200. 603-746-3385, Hopkinton

benefits. Bedford. Please reply by email: hhf18@ aol.com

HELP

WANTED: Full-time

career position at Horse Farm in southern NH. Duties include barn/farm chores, working with horses, riding, etc. Must have impeccable references and pass random drug/alcohol testings. Send resume to info@hollisranch.com. Call for more information - 603-465-2672

WANTED

WANTED: Wanted to rent: Red Angus bull. Call Hank - 603-662-7538 FOR SALE: Sitrex RT 5800 H four head tedder. 19’ tow behind model with hydraulic fold. Like new, nice lightweight unit, does a good WANTED: Covered Round Bale Feeder and a Calf Creep Feeder. Call Hank - 603-662-7538 job. Call Michael in Loudon @496-5307 FOR SALE: Top quality Timothy/orchard WANTED: Grader/snowplow blade for grass hay. 4x5 round dry bales from well main- 1948 Farmall A manual lift. Call Phil - 603-432tained acreage. Could deliver to bulk buyer. 5441 Call Michael in Loudon @496-5307

FOR LEASE/RENT

FOR SALE: Rare antique 14 ft traverse

sled w/ice tongs. 14” w x 13” h - $1200 or BO. 2 FOR RENT: Garden Center opportunity wooden skids both $50. Call (603) 475-8819 Haverhill, MA. 20k sq feet greenhouses + 2 retail hoophouses. Storage container, golfcart & FOR SALE: Like new Rossi 5-foot cutter retail shed & stands. Growing field option. Bob bar mower for a 3-point hitch, ready to use. Dudley 978-373-1510 Excellent condition, with an extra knife. New London - 526-4203 please call after 5pm. FOR LEASE: Equestrian facility includes

Belknap 1st Thursday Carroll 3rd Wednesday Cheshire 2nd Monday Coos 2nd Wednesday Grafton 2nd Monday every other month Hillsborough 3rd Tuesday

elegant 18th century colonial w/new kitchen,

FOR SALE: 1940’s Farmall A Cultivision heating & floors, barn and riding rink –

tractor. Two bottom plow, 5-foot rear mounted adjacent to 400 acres of conservation land with sickle bar. Has original exhaust lift. $2250. Ctr. established trails. $4500/mo. Goffstown. Email: Sandwich - 603-284-6210 admin@nebcast.com

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 Steve@blueoxfarm.com

SERVICES WELDING & FABRICATION: Farm & heavy equipment welding repair and custom fabrication. Gates, Feeders, Headlocks etc. Please call Dan at 603-746-4446 or danp@ skytrans-mfg.com

REAL

ESTATE: Farms, Woodlots, Recreational Land. Broker Tom Howard is an Accredited Land Consultant with expertise in Conservation Easements, Agriculture and Forestry. NH Conservation Real Estate, (603)253-4999.

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Local New Hampshire Youth Join Teens from Across the U.S. at National 4-H Youth Summit on Agri-Science in Washington, D.C. Hands-On Learning Experience Prepared Youth to Develop an ACtion Plan to Address Local Challenge 4-H Foundation of New Hampshire

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ith increased challenges facing our communities and the agriculture industry, it is essential to design youth-driven programs dedicated to identifying ways to improve health, agriculture and food. Four NH 4-H youth, Kristen Kish and Kelsie Pittman of Rockingham County, Trinity Bond and Hayden Gardner of Merrimack County, recently got the chance to hone their agri-science skills at the National 4-H Youth Summit on Agri-Science in Washington, D.C. For three dynamically engaging days, these youth participated in a variety of sessions on topics focused around precision agriculture, food and health, animal science, wildlife biology, biobased products and bioenergy. With support from industry leaders, youth had the opportunity not only build skills and knowledge, but also explore careers in the agri-science industry. The 4-H members, who were selected based on their submission of a resume and successful completion of two interviews, were given the opportunity to hear the Honorable

Ted McKinney Under Secretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agriculture Affairs speak at the opening ceremony. Inspired by McKinney’s words the youth took part in community action planning. During this process, they assessed the needs of New Hampshire and proposed an action plan to address these needs. Their action plan includes expand the diversity of non-animal agricultural programming available to youth in the state through the development of the 4-H Agricultural Ambassadors. “I had a lot of fun on the 2019 National Agri-summit. In addition to making some new friends from other states. I also learned a lot more about sustainable agriculture, problems with farming today and what the future of farming might look more like.” - Hayden Gardner, Merrimack County. “I learned so much on this trip! I feel more prepared to advocate for agriculture in the future. I loved the unique out of state collaboration opportunities that were available

From left-right: Hayden Gardner (Loudon, NH), Kristen Kish (Methuen, MA), Kelsie Pittman (Northwood, NH), and Trinity Bond (Loudon, NH) pose in front of the U.S. Capitol while in Washington, D.C. attending the National 4-H Youth Summit on Agri-Science. (Courtesy photo)

to us during this conference. I am excited to be a part of the foundation of the 4-H Ag Ambassadors program starting in our state!” - Kristen Kish, Rockingham County The trip was sponsored by the

4-H Foundation of New Hampshire. The 2019 National 4-H Youth Summit on Agri-Science was sponsored by Bayer, The CHS Foundation and ADM.

New Diagnostic Network Helps N.H. Beekeepers Understand Honey Bee Health: NH Honey Bee Diagnostic Network can analyze bees for Nosema infections By Olivia Saunders, NH Honeybee Diagnostic Network

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he NH Honeybee Diagnostic Network is nearing its first birthday. Since the initial training and distribution of diagnostic tools and equipment in early 2018 the network has sampled and analyzed 64 individual honeybee hives across the state. We are primarily looking at the fungal pathogen, Nosema and the relative infection level per hive. Previously, Nosema apis was the dominate pathogen affecting the gut of the honeybee, but it has somewhat recently been outcompeted by Nosema cerena, which affects the bee in slightly different ways. It is difficult to make inferences about statewide trends related to Nosema because infection level is tightly related to individual hive management and conditions of that hive. Environmental conditions can play a big role in Nosema infection, one reason that Nosema exists in New Hampshire and not in southern states that do not experience a long cold winter. We know that Nosema levels spike during periods of confinement (just like kids at daycare spreading their germs) and mitigating high levels of Nosema going into fall is critical to ensure the bees survive the winter. Remember that bees constantly communicate and feed each other through touch and mouth to mouth contact. We know Nosema is present in most every hive, and it is very likely to spread during that winter

confinement period. We recommend having your bees tested by one of our diagnostic volunteers in both late summer and again in spring. If your bees die this winter, for a reason unknown to you, we recommend submitting a sample to the network. Nosema infection level from our NH samples range from very high, 70 million spores per bee (interestingly that hive had swarmed) to below detectable level in nearly 20 samples. When bees are infected with a high level of Nosema ceranea, they can become lethargic, exhibit cessation of feeding behavior, and might continue to rear brood into winter. Presence or absence of dysentery should not be used as an indicator of Nosema. There is no evidence that Nosema and dysentery are at all related. N.ceranae can also suppress the immune response of the bee. Infection can result in odd behavior, as well as a weakening of the hive, making them more susceptible to infection of other pests and diseases. While Nosema may not kill a hive outright, it is likely a contributing factor in winter hive loss. When we experience such catastrophic hive loss throughout the state, as high as 65% in 201617, we need better tools to help us manage against such losses. Testing for Nosema is one such tool that we can employ to better inform the individual beekeeper as to the health of their hive. Results from the NHBA

Above, a diagnostic volunteer places a drop of bee slurry onto a hemocytometer slide. The prepared slide will then be viewed under a microscope at 400 power where the number of nosema spores will be counted. From there, diagnostic workers can estimate the level of infection within the hive.

hive loss survey has shown us that many beekeepers do not know why their hive died. This is a problem the NH Diagnostic Network hopes to address through empowering beekeepers to become more informed on the relative disease load in their bees. We encourage all beekeepers, regardless of location to participate in the diagnostic network. Samples can be mailed in or submitted through your local bee club. We have a team of volunteers distributed throughout the state ready to look at your bees under

the microscope, free of charge. The diagnostic network’s website, www. nh-honeybee-health.com, includes information on how to collect and submit samples. The NH Honey Bee Diagnostic Network is a collaboration between UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Beekeepers Association and is made possible by a 2017 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Professional Development Program grant.


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How do these words apply to me? You ask. Well let me tell you.

Farmers in NH and around the U.S. have a “tough row to hoe” these days and yet they still persevere. They know that they can rely on NH Farm Bureau and American Farm Bureau to fight for them in the legislature and in the ever challenging world of public opinion. They also depend on each other to continue to farm with the environment, the health of their animals and the health of their families at the forefront of every decision. They believe in their process and the things that they are doing to help the “team” win.

I am always proud to represent the farmers of New Hampshire and hold my head up high when confronted with those who disagree with the policies we develop through our Grassroots process. I encourage all of you to not be bashful about declaring that the “process” you believe in is worth admiring. Remember to lean on others when it seems overwhelming and continue to be proud of what you do. Together we will always be the winning team!

Use the applicaƟon on this page or sign up online at www.nhfarmbureau/join-today/ Diane Clary, NHFB Executive Director

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Farmers, gardners, local food consumers, nature fans, teachers, property owners, and anyone who enjoys rural New hampshire are the kinds of people involved with Farm Bureau.

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The Many BENEFITS of Farm Bureau Farmu Burea S

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

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

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

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

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John Deere now offers John Deere Rewards to members of New Hampshire Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau members receive discounts, special low rate financing, and all other benefits associated with Rewards Platinum 2 status.

Save up to $2000 on CAT agricultural construction equipment with your Farm Bureau Membership! Additionally, Farm Bureau members will now receive a $250 credit on work tool attachments purchased with a new Cat machine.

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www.nhfarmbureau.org/member-benefits for more info 800-258-2847 lifelinescreening.com/nhfb Or call us toll free at (800) 718-1169

SAVE 20% WITH YOUR

Life Line Screening can evaluate your risk for most critical – and often undiagnosed – healthcare conditions. Stroke, Vascular Disease and Heart Rhythm Package … $135 for NHFB members. Because you are a valued member of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau, call to make an appointment today and receive a FREE Osteoporosis Risk Assessment.

New Farmer Toolkit

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

10% DISCOUNT

N.H. Farm Bureau Rate Code: 00209700

MJM ASSOCIATES

CREDIT CARD Processing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FREE Prescription Drug Card

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

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

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

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The Communicator - 2019 March/April  

The Official New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Newspaper

The Communicator - 2019 March/April  

The Official New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Newspaper

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