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Vol. 41, No. 3

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

MAY/JUNE

2019

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COMMUNICATOR Federal News USDA & FDA AGREE TO SHARE REGULATION OF CELL-CULTURED FOOD PRODUCTS Page 8

EXPERTS EXPLAIN AFRICAN SWINE FEVER FEARS Page 17

State News SIFTING THROUGH PSEUDOSCIENCE ONLINE Page 9

UNH BREWS BUTTERNUT SQUASH INTO NEW BEER Page 11

NHFB MEMBERS DEBUT ON NEW TV SERIES Pages 15

STATEWIDE WETLANDS BUFFER BILL HELD FOR STUDY Page 20

2017 Census of Agriculture Data Now Available

Propagating Pollinators

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced, on April 11, the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, spanning some 6.4 million new points of information about America’s farms and ranches and those who operate them, including new data about on-farm decision making, down to the county level. Information collected by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) directly from farmers and ranchers tells us both farm numbers and land in farms have ongoing small percentage declines since the last Census in 2012. At the same time, there continue to be more of the largest and smallest operations and fewer middle-sized farms. The average age of all farmers and ranchers continues to rise. “We are pleased to deliver Census of Agriculture results to America, and especially to the farmers and ranchers who participated,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “We can all use the Census to tell the tremendous story of U.S. agriculture and how it is changing. As a datadriven organization, we are eager to dig in to this wealth of information to advance our goals of supporting farmers and ranchers, facilitating rural prosperity, and strengthening stewardship of private lands efficiently, effectively, and with integrity.” “The Census shows new data that can be compared to previous censuses for insights into agricultural trends and changes down to the county level,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “While the current picture shows a consistent trend in the structure of U.S. agriculture, there are some ups and downs since the last Census as well as first-time data on topics such as military status and on-farm decision making. To make it easier to delve into the data, we are pleased to make the results available in many online formats including a new data query interface, as well as traditional data tables.”

Pollinators are essential to the success of agriculture around the world and beekeepers provide numerous services for farmers to take advantage of the industrious insect we call the honey bee. Troy Hall of Plainfield, NH has taken a road less travelled in beekeeping by not only producing honey and pollination services, but breeding queen bees and nucleus colonies for sale in search of building stronger colonies.

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The Communicator

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May/June 2019

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

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

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wish that we could put an actual dollar value on the intangible benefits of being a New Hampshire Farm Bureau member. Most farmers probably have some sort of nutrient management plan for their farms, but what would it cost if you had to have an individual plan for each nutrient, and had to go through a permitting process for each one? What would it cost each of us who are farming to abide by even more onerous environmental regulations, or ones with less flexibility? How much will it save farmers if we are successful in making available another tool to control the flocks of birds that do so much damage to crops? How much less onerous and less costly will the FSMA regulations end up being because Farm Bureau worked with others to make them somewhat palatable? With many neighbors close by what would farming be like if Farm Bureau wasn’t constantly working to protect farmers from frivolous complaints from some who don’t have any idea what it takes to grow and produce the food they eat? What is the value of having Farm Bureau continually fighting for our members against organizations such as HSUS, PETA and radical environmental groups? For those who farm on land in more than one town, how much extra time and expense would there be if each town had their own regulations on seed, fertilizer, water usage and other inputs

to farming? These are just some of the issues we deal with on behalf of our members. I could go on, but just want to remind everyone that while you may not see the direct dollar return because you joined Farm Bureau, you are getting your money’s worth, sometimes many times over. Thank you for being a member and recognizing this! One of the things I have learned while traveling around the state to various events throughout the winter is that the pot holes and frost heaves are not exclusive to my local travel. I thought we had the best frost heaves here on Route 135 in Monroe, but there is a lot of competition statewide for the roughest road. It’s interesting that at every sugar house I visit the people doing the work are so pleasant and seem to be enjoying what they are doing so much. There is a huge amount of work that goes into sugaring so you might think someone would be grumpy. That doesn’t seem to be the case. I guess maple syrup really is a natural sweetener. A series called “The American Farm” premiered on the History channel on April 4. It features five farms from around the country, one of the farms being the Bohanan Farm in Contoocook NH. As I understand it, the film crews practically lived on these farms for around a year in order to get a good picture of what it is like living on and operating a farm. The Robertson’s no doubt gave the producers a great showing of the highs and lows of farming and are a great representation of New Hampshire agriculture. They are intelligent and do not lack at all a willingness to put in the work necessary to succeed, yet they have the same everyday struggles we all have producing food for our communities. Allowing the non-farming public inside the farming world should spread more awareness for just how much we care about our animals and some of the things we have no control over as we grow the food everyone needs. It isn’t often I suggest that anyone watch tv, but this is interesting and is on Thursdays at 10:00 on the History channel. Check it out. Have a great summer!

INSIDE May/June 2019 County & Committee News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Local Meat Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 NH Grown Fruits & Veggies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Eye on Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 NHFB President Denis Ward visited many sugarhouses during the 2019 maple season remarking that, “Every sugar house I visit the people doing the work are so pleasant and seem to be enjoying what they are doing so much.” Above Lloyd Bixby of Sweet Drop Sugarhouse in Warren, NH happily bottles some pure maple syrup. (Photo Credit: Denis Ward)


May/June 2019

Farm Bureau - The Voice of N.H. Agriculture

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Farm Credit East Releases Insights & Perspectives Report Farm Credit East, a farmer-owned cooperative, recently released its 2019 industry outlook report. This report addresses market outlooks for multiple industries, including dairy, grain, vegetables, apples, greenhouse and nursery, lobster, and forest products. It also includes articles on crop insurance and business management. “Northeast farmers, commercial fishermen and forest products businesses continue to think strategically about their businesses and are adjusting their businesses to grow, cut costs and take advantage of new market opportunities,” said Bill Lipinski, Farm Credit East CEO. “Farm Credit East aims to provide producers with the knowledge and expertise needed to inform their business decisions, so we’ve tapped into our network of experts, both internal and external, to produce this year’s report. We hope it provides useful insights for producers to effectively manage their operations in today’s fast-paced business climate.” The report opens with an article from Farm Credit East Chief Business Officer Mike Reynolds on the important business management practices of delegation and problem solving. The report also looks at the impact of crop insurance in the Northeast and Farm Credit East Director of Knowledge Exchange, Chris Laughton, provides updates

on various Northeast agriculture sectors, as well as commercial fishing and forest products. In addition, the report features seven short outlook papers from academic and industry thought leaders, including: •

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Dr. Patrick Westhoff, University of Missouri, provides a grain and oilseed outlook. Ben Laine, CoBank, takes a look at the outlook for the dairy industry. Dr. Charles Hall, Texas A&M, provides a green industry outlook. Desmond O’Rourke, Belrose, Inc., presents an apple outlook for 2019 and beyond. Dr. Bradley Rickard, Cornell University, provides an outlook for Northeast vegetable crops. Eric Kingsley, INRS, Maine, presents the Northeast forest products outlook. Hank Soule, Sustainable Harvest Sector Cooperative, Maine, presents an outlook for the Northeast lobster industry.

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Farm Credit East recently released its 2019 industry outlook report, 2019 Insights and Perspectives. This report provides market outlooks on topics such as The Northeast Farm Economy, Crop Insurance, Dairy, Grain & Oilseed, Northeast Lobster Industry, Green Industry, the Forest Industry, Apples, and Northeast Vegetable Crops. Visit www.farmcrediteast.com for more information and to view the full report


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The Communicator

May/June 2019

NH Young Farmer Committee Connects with Legislators Over Breakfast

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

NHFB Young Farmer Committee members (left to right) Nicole Glines, Amelia Aznive, Joe Garcia, and Ben Davis at the annual NHFB Young Farmer Legislative Breakfast

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.

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he New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer Committee held their annual Legislative Breakfast event at Pearl & Sons Farm in Loudon on Tuesday, March 26. Each spring, the group of agricultural enthusiasts between the ages of 16 and 35 invites members of the NH House Environment & Agriculture Committee, federal lawmakers, and other movers and shakers in NH agriculture to join them for a hearty meal and an opportunity to hear concerns facing young farmers across the state. “Implementing policies that still give farmers the necessary latitude to do their jobs well is critical to the stability of our local food system,” NHFB Young Farmer Committee Vice-Chair Nicole Glines said. “Less than 2% of the nation’s population feeds everyone else, and that gap widens more every day, making the agricultural community very much a voting minority. Combine that with the huge disconnect most people have from food production and we have a concerning situation where positive intentions can have negative results. The annual Young Farmer Legislative Breakfast is a valuable networking event to connect young members of our ag community and our state’s decision makers. Our hope is that legislators will have new resources to turn to in the event a policy affecting agriculture crosses their desk.” This year, the event was hosted by Environment & Agriculture Committee member, and NHFB

Treasurer, Representative Howard Pearl. Young farmers, legislators, and other guests networked inside Pearl’s heated shop during breakfast before Glines facilitated a group discussion on current bills and subjects of interest. NH Commissioner of Agriculture Shawn Jasper spoke about the Dairy Premium Fund, Representative Peter Bixby updated the group on the prospects of industrial hemp production in the state, Representative Sherry Dutzy asked about safety nets and retirement planning for farmers, and Representative Judy Aron touched on the importance of youth agricultural groups like the NHFB Young Farmers, FFA, and 4-H. Also in attendance were staffers for Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas who all read letters recognizing the importance of young people in agriculture and the overall impact agriculture has on the Granite State economy. All agricultural enthusiasts and producers between the ages of 16 and 35 are encouraged to participate in the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Young Farmer program. It is a terrific way to meet others with similar interests in agriculture as well as provides many opportunities to develop professionally and personally. The Young Farmers participate in farm tours, community service projects, and influence public policy affecting agriculture in the Granite State. To learn more, visit www.nhfarmbureau.org.

Find us on Facebook (Left to Right) State Veterinarian Dr. Stephen Crawford joins New Hampshire Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee members Jeff Moore, Amelia Aznive, and Nicole Glines at the annual Young Farmer Legislative Breakfast. This year the event was held at Pearl & Sons Farm in Loudon. Owner Howard Pearl serves on the NH House Environment & Agriculture Committee and as the NHFB Treasurer.


May/June 2019

Farm Bureau - The Voice of N.H. Agriculture

The Zipline Faith, Family, Farming Many of you know that my wife Bonnie has been in the hospital for several weeks recovering from emergency surgery related to her cancer, and I’ve been spending a lot more time in Georgia than in Washington lately. Bonnie is doing much better. There’s still a long road ahead, but Bonnie is getting stronger every day. We’re both so grateful for the outpouring of wellwishes and prayers we have received. I know that your prayers have made a difference. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! In thinking about whether to write about a personal topic instead of the usual ag policy issues, the answer was clearly yes because agriculture and Farm Bureau are such a big part of life for Bonnie and me. It’s times like this that remind us of what’s really important. Agriculture is foundational to the life that Bonnie and I have built together. Many Farm Bureau couples travel their agricultural leadership path as partners, as we have done for about 40 years. It’s appropriate because we know that we’re not the only ones going through a hardship. As I look across the country, I see a lot of hurt right now, with farmers and ranchers dealing with flooding across the Midwest and parts of the South. It couldn’t come at a worse time, with the downturn in agricultural exports and farm prices.

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

careers. To give credit where it’s due, I believe it was my friend and former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack who once gave a speech at an American Farm Bureau convention about this— the role that our farmers and ranchers play in providing freedom to follow our separate passions, whether it’s nursing, being a skilled surgeon, teaching in a medical school or being a researcher working on life-saving medical innovations. The bottom line is agriculture is the foundation of our lives. Our nation’s pastures and croplands are the engine that powers everything else. I’ve never been prouder to work for the men and women who feed, fuel and clothe the nation and much of the world. This is a tough time, economically, for many

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall and his wife Bonnie. (Photo credit: AFBF)

Many others are dealing with their own personal health challenges, as well. Bonnie and I are so thankful for the amazing innovation that all of us rely on when our health is at stake. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s interesting how people tend to be suspicious of modern technology applied to food production, but when it’s a matter of innovation and technology in cancer treatment or other life-saving therapies, we say “bring it on!” I think the lesson here is to focus on the real-life problems that can be solved and the positive outcomes of tested, proven technologies. We must continue to educate consumers about the benefits to them from farmers’ and ranchers’ growing use of modern technology, from affordable food to a cleaner environment. Bonnie and I are grateful also for the capable, caring medical professionals who are working with us: surgeons, oncologists and amazing nurses. It’s because of farmers and ranchers working hard to feed all of us that some are able to pursue different

farmers and ranchers. Recent floods and heavy snowfalls are making things even harder. But I hope all our farmers and ranchers know how important they are, and I hope that knowledge inspires them to push through the hard times. I’m also glad that the risk management programs we need were renewed and strengthened in the 2018 farm bill, to help in times like this. In Farm Bureau, we have an informal motto of “Faith, Family, Farming,” and I guess this column is about all three. Bonnie and I certainly have leaned on our faith over these past few weeks. The entire Duvall family is feeling the embrace of our Farm Bureau family. And we are grateful for the role that farming plays in our own lives and for the hard work and dedication of the nation’s farmers and ranchers. Thank you again for your support and prayers. I hope to see you again soon!

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WELCOME - NEW Members! (February February 26, 2019 - April 19, 2019) 2019

City

Name

Type

Solicitor

ASHLAND

DOROTHY BEADLE

S

PETER BARACH

BARRINGTON

SUSAN & LINDSEY RICE

S

JOSH MARSHALL

BELMONT

TERI THIBEAULT

S

CHRISTIE BROWN

BELMONT

KEVIN DAY

S

MIKE BERTOLONE

BELMONT

LISA MORIN

S

FARM & FOREST EXPO

BELMONT

CINDY CLARK

F

MIKE BERTOLONE

BELMONT

KAREN WRIGHT

S

NICHOLAS MILLER

BENNINGTON

LINDA & STEVEN OSIENSKI

F

MIKE BERTOLONE

BRENTWOOD

LAURIE LOOSIGIAN

S

DIANE CLARY

CAMPTON

DAVID RIVERS

S

HENRY AHERN

CANDIA

PHILIP TALBOT

S

KYLE BAYLIS

CANTERBURY

PATRICIA LASAR

F

MIKE BERTOLONE

CHARLESTOWN

PATRICK BAILEY

S

ANDREW JELLIE

CHARLESTOWN

MARK & JESSICA HAYNES

S

ANDREW JELLIE

CHARLESTOWN

BOBBIE J. MACKAY

S

ANDREW JELLIE

CHESTER

BRYAN JOHN SULLIVAN

S

FARM & FOREST EXPO

CONCORD

STEVEN MCKINNEY

S

KYLE BAYLIS

DANBURY

LAURA KILKENNY

F

NHFB WEBSITE

DEERFIELD

JENNIFER PARKER

F

MIKE BERTOLONE

EXETER

CRYSTAL DONAHUE

S

KYLE BAYLIS

EXETER

ELIZABETH MERRILL

S

STEVE FOUNTAIN

FARMINGTON

WILLIAM MONZA

S

CHRISTIE BROWN

FRANKLIN

KIRKWOOD WEYANT

S

STEVE FOUNTAIN

GILMANTON IW

ELIZABETH BOWER

F

NHFB WEBSITE

GOFFSTOWN

RICHARD LEMAY

F

NHFB WEBSITE

HANCOCK

LONGVIEW FOREST PRODUCTS LLC

F

MIKE BERTOLONE

HENNIKER

MATTHEW AUCOIN

S

CHRISTIE BROWN

HOLDERNESS

SANDRA HEATH

S

PETER BARACH

HOPKINTON

CARTER HALEY

S

NHFB WEBSITE

KEENE

THOMAS DAVIS

S

FARM FAMILY INSURANCE

LACONIA

MICAH RANNI

F

NHFB WEBSITE

LANCASTER

ROBERT LADD

S

SALLY GAYNOR-KNECHT

LEBANON

VASILIOS GEORGITSIS

S

VALERIE ARMSTRONG

LISBON

TOM & JESSICA MORIN

F

DARRELL LOUIS

LITTLETON

VICTORIA PADOVANI

S

DARRELL LOUIS

LITTLETON

SHANNON & CODY MACKAY

F

DARRELL LOUIS

LITTLETON

DAVID & MARY REILLY

S

DARRELL LOUIS

LITTLETON

JOE & JAN MERCIERI

F

NHFB WEBSITE

LYNDEBOROUGH

JEFFREY ZAGWYN

S

NHFB WEBSITE

LYNDONVILLE

NEAL AUSTIN

S

RICHARD ISABELLE

MERRIMACK

MICHAEL EGAN

S

FARM FAMILY INSURANCE

MILFORD

RAYMOND BALCOM

S

AMMY RICE

NASHUA

ROBERT TEWKSBARY

S

CALEB KIRBY

NEWPORT

KEVIN SARGENT

S

MIKE BERTOLONE

PEMBROKE

RONALD & BECKY BENNETT

S

CHRISTIE BROWN

PITTSFIELD

JEREMY & KRISTEN EVERSON

F

CALEB KIRBY

PITTSFIELD

DIANE DIPOTO

F

NHFB WEBSITE

RAYMOND

JAMES GREGOIRE

S

CHRISTIE BROWN

RICHMOND

JENNIFER LYMAN

S

ELAINE MOORE

ROCHESTER

DANIEL KING

S

NHFB WEBSITE

RUMNEY

KIMBERLY BERTI

S

PETER BARACH

SPOFFORD

LUCINDA & JAMES KENYON

S

ANDREW JELLIE

STRAFFORD

BILL HOEY

S

NHFB OFFICE

SUTTON MILLS

JASON STEPPS

S

MIKE BERTOLONE

TROY

TOM MATSON

F

ELAINE MOORE

W. STEWARTSTOWN WAYNE & ANNA HOWE

S

SALLY GAYNOR-KNECHT

WALLINGFORD

KEVIN & KATHERINE SWITALA

S

CHRISTIE BROWN

WOODSVILLE

CHRISTOPHER BECK

S

VALERIE ARMSTRONG

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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The Communicator

May/June 2019

County & Committee News CHESHIRE COUNTY FARM BUREAU Cheshire County Farm Bureau hosted its last meeting at the Keene Public Library with guest speaker Andy Jellie, an agent with American National Insurance (formerly Farm Family Insurance). By the time you read this, CCFB will have held their April meeting at Stuart and John’s Sugarhouse in Westmoreland. Several of our area legislators have been invited to attend. We look forward to having a dialogue with our elected officials regarding agricultural issues facing members in our county.

COOS COUNTY FARM BUREAU On March 17th Coos County Farm Bureau held a legislative meet and greet at Dave and Patty Fuller’s new sugar house in Jefferson, where they are tapping the Randolph Town Forest. At present time they are at 21,000 taps, but plan to increase to about 35,000 taps. The afternoon started with sugar on snow or ice cream and socializing. County President Joyce Brady was the master of ceremonies and discussed some of the bills in NH that are currently affecting NH farmers. • HB 394 - Crop Theft and Vandalism Forces the perpetrator to pay a minimum of a $500 fine and reimburse the farmer up to 10x the value of the crop stolen or vandalized. • HB 476 - Dairy Premium Bill Replaces the current unfunded Dairy Emergency Relief Fund with a premium fund that will be funded through customers choosing to support NH dairy Farmers. • HB 686 - Capital Gains Farmers are concerned that they will be swept into paying a state capital gains tax on breeding stock sold, used equipment trade in value, and on timber sales. • HB 646 - Bee-Toxic Pesticide Bill This bill was written by a Washington DC activist group to outlaw a specific class of insecticides. NH farmers and experts testified that this class of pesticides is more selective and does less damage to non-target species then the alternatives. They are also much safer for people. EPA has found no direct scientific connection between neonicotinoids and the problems affecting bees. • HB 442 - Coyote Bill This bill closes hunting during the spring and summer while coyotes are raising pups. The bill is not backed by NHF&G. Unfortunately this is the same time of year that farmers are turning their young stock out to pasture and also the time of year that farmers themselves are the busiest. In other words this is the time of year we really need the help from hunters. • CACR 8 - Home rule Farmers are afraid that their ability to farm would be hurt if this passes. Today many of us crop land in different towns, we could have to deal with different regulations at different ends of the same field. Due to the fact our business are visible from the road and sometimes smelly most of us feel we would end up being the

Approximately 25 Coos County Farm Bureau members along with NHFB Staff, NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food Commissioner Shawn Jasper, and politicians from the north country gathered at Fuller’s Sugarhouse in Jefferson for a legislative meet & greet event.

target of this amendment. NHFB member Ted Tichey spoke on how detrimental Home Rule would be if passed and urged the legislators to vote no. NHFB member John Scarinza spoke to how instrumental the LCHIP program was for Randolph in creating the Town Forest. Representative Edith Tucker explained how LCHIP funds should be increasing in the near future. Representative Bill Hatch who sits on the House Finance Committee asked how the proposed capital gains tax increase would affect farmers. NHFB member Scott Mason gave some real life examples of how unintended consequence would negatively affect farmers, which included selling bred heifers and trading in fully depreciated equipment towards buying newer equipment. At the end, Dave Fuller gave a quick overview of their operation. NHFB President Denis Ward and NHFB Policy Director Rob Johnson joined us for the afternoon. Guests from the political world were Brian Bresnahan, aid to Congresswoman Annie Kuster; Commissioner of Agriculture Shawn Jasper, Executive Councilor Mike Cryans, and State Representatives William Hatch, Edith Tucker, Yvonne Thomas, Henry Knoll, and Troy Merner. Also in attendance were about 25 Coos County Farm Bureau members. Dairy Farmers of America donated milk and ice cream for the event through their local members Scott and Heidi Mason. Overall it was a very well attended event and a good chance to connect with our legislators.

MERRIMACK COUNTY FARM BUREAU Merrimack County Farm Bureau has a new President, Leandra Pritchard of Pembroke, and a new Vice-President, Steve MacCleery of Chichester. We would like to thank Rebecca Stevens for her dedicated service to the organization while she served as President. Our goals for this year have not wavered despite these board member changes and we look forward to continuing our advocacy for farmers in our county. Feel free to reach out to new President, Leandra Pritchard, at 603-210-2460 or by email at pritchardfarms13@gmail.com We have our annual Vet Clinic coming up on Saturday, June 1st! Dr. Christina Murdock, DVM will be administering CVI & licensed rabies shots for the upcoming fair season. The clinic will be held again this year at Concord Agway, on June 1st from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. We would like to remind ALL NHFB MEMBERS that this clinic is a great savings and that you are all welcome to take advantage of this clinic! Please see the ad on page 16 for complete details. A few other reminders to Merrimack County Farm Bureau Members: • Scholarship - Student members, please send in your scholarship applications by May 15th! As long as you or your guardians are NHFB members, you will qualify

At the Sullivan County Farm Bureau Legislative Dinner, CJ Howe (Center) of the Sugar River Valley FFA Chapter discusses his recent nomination for National FFA Officer. CJ will be facing up to 18 other nominees in his region. Sugar River Valley FFA also prepared and served the evening’s meal.

for our scholarship. Preferences go to agriculture-related majors first, but we have awarded scholarships to many other majors in the past. We send out a quarterly e-newsletter detailing the activities of our county. If you would like to be on the email list, please reach out to Leandra. We have MCFB t-shirts and longsleeve shirts for sale! They are available in the NHFB office or can be mailed on request. Our next county board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 PM at the NHFB office in Concord. All of our members are welcome to attend!

SULLIVAN COUNTY FARM BUREAU The second annual Sullivan County Farm Day will be held at the Sullivan County Complex in Unity on May 13, 2019. This event is sponsored by New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom, Sullivan County, and Sullivan County Farm Bureau. We are excited to have 243 county fourth grade students registered. They will attend presentations on Dairy, Hay, Vegetables, Sheep, Maple, Bees, Fruit, and Farming History. There will also be a demonstration of HorsePowered Mowing and ice cream from MacNamara’s Dairy. Our annual Legislative Policy Dinner was held at Newport High School on April 19th. The meal was prepared and served by the Sugar River FFA and special attention was given to the subject of Educational Funding in New Hampshire. We are planning a May board meeting that will include a tour of Edgewater Farm in Plainfield.

ASSOCIATED WOMEN OF NHFB As President of the Associated Women of New Hampshire Farm Bureau I am very proud of the women who work diligently, give of their time, and are dedicated to make the Associated Women of NHFB a very worthwhile endeavor. April’s meeting was held at David’s House in Lebanon. We collected donations for David’s House during the month of March and AW members delivered the monetary and non-perishable item donations to begin our April meeting. We thank Jaye Olmstead, Executive Director of David’s House for the use of a conference room to continue our meeting. From there we travelled to the Life Science Center Greenhouses at Dartmouth College. Greenhouse Assistant, Terry Barry, presented us with an overview of the gardens and shared interesting information about their prize plant, the Titan Arum (Corpse Plant!). AW has been working on gathering information on Abbie Sargent, our first AW President in the 1930’s. We have been collecting stories and pictures and they are beeing collated, documented, and stored in special paper for


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OPINION: It’s Time to Follow the Law and Support the N.H. Forest Community By Tom Thomson, Thomson Family Tree Farm

preservation. While working on this project we located a lot of material on the late Stacy Cole, NHFB President from 1954 - 1961. Mr. Cole was very dedicated to NHFB and was very generous in supporting Farm Bureau. At this year’s NHFB Annual Meeting there will be a display honoring Mr. Cole, with photos and information. We are also in the final stages of having a banner made to display at our meeting, outings, and at the NHFB Annual Meeting. LeeAnn Childress has spent hours working up three designs for consideration. At our meeting, a design choice was made. The banner will be made up and donated to AW. AW has been very busy lately and we are looking forward to some future

events. Our fundraising this year will consist of several Craft Nights. The project will be BEE themed. Supplies will be provided to paint and decorate your wooden bee-themed crafts. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on an Associated Women’s Craft Night near you! A special thanks goes out to the AW Fundraising Committee: Ruth Scruton, LeeAnn Childress, and Edith Regan. As always, anyone interested in joining this exciting, rewarding group please let one of our member know or contact NHFB office at 603-224-1934 or email me at mklmfarm49@gmail.com. -Elaine Moore

Associated Women of New Hampshire Farm Bureau President Elaine Moore presented David’s House Executive Director Jaye Olmstead with a donation check along with much needed non-perishable items during the groups April meeting.

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y father always said, “You stand for something, or you stand for nothing.” Last year, the New Hampshire General Court overwhelmingly stood for the state’s forest community and renewable power by passing Senate Bill 365, a bill to support the state’s six independent biomass power plants. And then the General Court stood up again and reaffirmed that support by overriding the governor’s veto of SB 365 with a two-thirds bipartisan majority in both the House and the Senate. Our Legislature made clear in these two big votes: New Hampshire’s forests, its forest industry, and local renewable energy are key to our state’s future, say nothing about the thousands upon thousands of private forest landowners who own just under 3.5 million acres, or 72.2% of New Hampshire’s forests and need a market for our low-grade wood. That market is created by the biomass energy plants. SB 365 became law in September – but its implementation continues to be delayed by opponents’ litigation and delay tactics. When they passed SB 365 into law, our legislators recognized how important those six biomass energy plants are to our State and its forest economy. SB 365’s benefits include more than 900 jobs, $254 million per year in economic activity, and promotion of good forest management to protect the environment. But Eversource, New Hampshire’s largest utility, refuses to follow the law by thumbing their nose at the Legislature, whose directive to Eversource was to work with the biomass power plants and with the N.H. Public Utilities Commission to finalize the power contracts called for in SB 365. Under the law, Eversource was to purchase the energy output of the biomass plants starting on February 1, 2019. But instead of purchasing the biomass energy output, Eversource and an out-of-state group called the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) are challenging the law and delaying the purchase. NERA claims it advocates for ratepayers. However, when SB 365 was debated, it was found that the loss of the biomass plants and the baseload generation of power they provide would have a longterm cost due to increases in future New England energy grid capacity charges. NERA never acknowledged the costs, nor the cost to the State of New Hampshire of losing the jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity. Not only would New Hampshire ratepayers pay more and New Hampshire people lose their livelihoods, New Hampshire would lose a critical component of managing our state’s forestlands. This is clearly an issue NERA, a Massachusetts-based organization, doesn’t understand. The bullying tactics from Eversource and NERA are causing harm – exactly what the Legislature wanted to avoid. Biomass plants are struggling, and this is being felt throughout the forest economy. No one knows what is going to happen and small business owners and landowners are trying to make plans for the future. This law was not just about energy and

Tom Thomson, 1997 NH and Northeast Regional Outstanding Tree Farmer standing in front of low grade wood in Orford that will be chipped for the Boimass Plants to generate electricity. This market is critical to NH loggers and landowners; in every NH timber harvest 45 to 60% of wood cut is low grade wood.

electrons, it was about supporting the state’s forest products industry, forest landowners, and recreation/tourism industry. Too much is at stake for the many families in logging, forestry, sawmills, and equipment suppliers, and those private forest landowners who are willing to share our lands to both the general public and our state, giving free access to recreational logging trails for hunting, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling, to name just a few activities. Stop the delay – and follow the law now. Eversource and the N.H. Public Utilities Commission need to act now and implement the law whose benefits include: 1) Diversifying energy (fuel) — the regional grid operator warns us that New England is already too reliant on natural gas, and if we lose biomass power plants this problem gets worse; 2) Protection from shifting regional transmission/distribution/ capacity costs; 3) Keeping N.H. energy dollars in our communities (the six biomass power plants covered by SB 365 generate $254 million in annual economic activity in New Hampshire’s communities); and 4) Promoting good forest management — healthy forests mean healthier water and air and better habitat for wildlife. Best of all, these power plants provide locally sourced power. To lose these power plants is not only to lose those electrons, it is to lose a major economic and environmental driver of what makes New Hampshire special. We are a place where you can still work the land, enjoy the fruits of your labor, and contribute to your local community — that’s the true “New Hampshire Way” we often hear about and it’s exactly what the General Court encouraged when it passed SB 365 and then overrode the governor’s ill-considered veto of this important legislation. As I said at the beginning, “You stand for something or you stand for nothing.” I choose to stand with the hard-working men and women of the forest products industry and our forest landowners. The Legislature did, too, when it passed SB 365. I call on the opponents of SB 365 to comply with state law. It’s long past time for Eversource and NERA to follow the letter of the law.


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Ag Census (Cont. From Front Page) USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Census data provide valuable insights into demographics, economics, land and activities on U.S. farms and ranches. Some key highlights include: • There are 2.04 million farms and ranches (down 3.2 percent from 2012) with an average size of 441 acres (up 1.6 percent) on 900 million acres (down 1.6 percent). • The 273,000 smallest (1-9 acres) farms make up 0.1 percent of all farmland while the 85,127 largest (2,000 or more acres) farms make up 58 percent of farmland. • Just 105,453 farms produced 75 percent of all sales in 2017, down from 119,908 in 2012. • Of the 2.04 million farms and ranches, the 76,865 making $1 million or more in 2017 represent just over 2/3 of the $389 billion in total value of production while the 1.56 million operations making under $50,000 represent just 2.9 percent. • Farm expenses are $326 billion with feed, livestock purchased, hired labor, fertilizer and cash rents topping the list of farm expenses in 2017. • Average farm income is $43,053. A total of 43.6 percent of farms had positive net cash farm income in 2017. • Ninety-six percent of farms and ranches are family owned. • Farms with Internet access rose from 69.6 percent in 2012 to 75.4 percent in 2017. • A total of 133,176 farms and ranches use renewable energy producing systems, more than double the 57,299 in 2012. • In 2017, 130,056 farms sold directly to consumers, with sales of $2.8 billion. • Sales to retail outlets, institutions and food hubs by 28,958 operations are valued at $9 billion. For the 2017 Census of Agriculture, NASS changed the demographic questions to better represent the roles of all persons involved in on-farm decision making. As a result, in 2017 the number of producers is up by nearly seven percent to 3.4 million, because more farms reported multiple producers. Most of these newly identified producers are female. While the number of male producers fell 1.7 percent to 2.17 million from 2012 to 2017, the number of female producers increased by nearly 27 percent to 1.23 million. This change underscores the effectiveness of the questionnaire changes.

Other demographic highlights include: • The average age of all producers is 57.5, up 1.2 years from 2012. • The number of producers who have served in the military is 370,619, or 11 percent of all. They are older than the average at 67.9. • There are 321,261 young producers age 35 or less on 240,141 farms. Farms with young producers making decisions tend to be larger than average in both acres and sales. • More than any other age group, young producers make decisions regarding livestock, though the difference is slight. • One in four producers is a beginning farmer with 10 or fewer years of experience and an average age of 46.3. Farms with new or beginning producers making decisions tend to be smaller than average in both acres and value of production. • Thirty-six percent of all producers are female and 56 percent of all farms have at least one female decision maker. Farms with female producers making decisions tend to be smaller than average in both acres and value of production. • Female producers are most heavily engaged in the day-to-day decisions along with record keeping and financial management. Results are available in many online formats including video presentations, a new data query interface, maps, and traditional data tables. The Census tells the story of American agriculture and is an important part of our history. First conducted in 1840 in conjunction with the decennial Census, the Census of Agriculture accounts for all U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. After 1920, the Census happened every four to five years. By 1982, it was regularly conducted once every five years. Today, NASS sends questionnaires to nearly 3 million potential U.S. farms and ranches. Nearly 25 percent of those who responded did so online. Conducted since 1997 by USDA NASS – the federal statistical agency responsible for producing official data about U.S. agriculture – it remains the only source of comprehensive agricultural data for every state and county in the nation and is invaluable for planning the future.

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Snapshot of U.S. Producers, 2017 U.S. total = 3,399,834 % of total

Male Female

64 36

Age <35 Age 35-64 Age 65+

8 58 34

10 years of less farming 11 year or more farming

27 73

Lived on their farm

74

Did not work off farm Worked off farm 1-199 days Worked off farm 200+ days

39 21 40

Primary occupation farming Primary occupation other than farming

42 58

With military service

11

Hispanic

3

American Indian/Alaska Native Asian Black Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander White More than one race

1.7 0.6 1.3 0.1 95.4 0.8

Source: USDA NASS, 2017 Census of Agriculture Results from the 2017 Census, as well as previous censuses, are available online at www.nass.usda.gov/AgCensus

USDA and FDA Announce a Formal Agreement to Regulate Cell-Cultured Food Products from Cell Lines of Livestock and Poultry USDA & FDA

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he U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced a formal agreement to jointly oversee the production of human food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry. FSIS and FDA released a formal agreement to address the regulatory oversight of human food produced using this new technology. The formal agreement describes the oversight roles and responsibilities for both agencies and how the agencies will collaborate to regulate the development and entry of these products into commerce. This shared regulatory approach will ensure that cell-cultured

products derived from the cell lines of livestock and poultry are produced safely and are accurately labeled. “Consumers trust the USDA mark of inspection to ensure safe, wholesome and accurately labeled products,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Mindy Brashears. “We look forward to continued collaboration with FDA and our stakeholders to safely regulate these new products and ensure parity in labeling.” “We recognize that our stakeholders want clarity on how we will move forward with a regulatory regime to ensure the safety and proper labeling of these cell-cultured human food products while continuing to encourage innovation,” said Frank

Yiannas, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response. “Collaboration between USDA and FDA will allow us to draw upon the unique expertise of each agency in addressing the many important technical and regulatory considerations that can arise with the development of animal cell-cultured food products for human consumption.” Under the formal agreement, the agencies agree upon a joint regulatory framework wherein FDA oversees cell collection, cell banks, and cell growth and differentiation. A transition from FDA to FSIS oversight will occur during the cell harvest stage. FSIS will oversee the production and labeling of human food products derived from the cells of livestock and poultry.


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Sifting Through Pseudoscience on Social Media By Michael K. Polk

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ost of us know by now that cultivating a robust online presence, with an emphasis on social media, is an essential tool for farms of all sizes. Social media amplifies information by design, which helps you quickly get in front of your customers and infectiously spread to new ones. If you are managing your farm’s website or social media profiles, you may have realized that you are constantly being marketed to as well, even if it isn’t readily apparent. Worse, there are a growing number of less scrupulous individuals attempting to capitalize on the popularity of the local and organic food movements — and the viral nature of social media — to sell modern day snake oil and pseudoscience, not only to our customers, but to farmers as well. The self-fulfilling, echo-chamber environment of Instagram — and its parent company Facebook — makes it addictive and ripe for exploitation by those seeking to profit from the spread of information that is salacious or controversial. The more shocking the content, the more likely it is to be shared. While we all know there is rarely a “superfood to improve your mood”, or some heretofore unknown “magic microbe booster” that is going to plump up those tomatoes for pennies on the dollar, products which make these outlandish claims about their cost savings or effectiveness still proliferate. Accounts you may be following that operate under the guise of providing consulting services, health and wellness advice or crop and land management are often using free information as a way of selling you a product or service, which may or may not be in your best interest.

I recently unfollowed a soil nutrient consultancy that was openly advocating sowing your fields with sea salt, because the ocean is bursting with beneficial micronutrients. Sea salt is over 90% sodium chloride, which is an extremely potent herbicide. Try sprinkling a little table salt around any house plants you want to get rid of. With a little research online, I was able to confirm that many ocean-based fertility products are processed to extract almost all of the sodium chloride and are sold in a highly diluted form. Unfortunately, that seems to have been lost on the consultancy. Most often, inaccurate information on social media isn’t malicious, but simply misinformed. There is growing fear amongst consumers that modern day agriculture has heavily depleted our soils, producing malnourished crops which may contribute to negative health effects. This is a captivating argument because it contains kernels of truth: topsoil depletion, erosion and chemicaldependent food systems are grave issues that need to be taken seriously. Yet, the idea that broccoli today is somehow less healthy for you than it was 100 years ago fails to take into account the complex biology of animals eating plants. Here are a few simple steps I use to distinguish legitimate science from the social media charlatans. First, try to follow the claim off the social network. If there’s no link to a supporting study or article included with a Facebook post, this should be an immediate red flag. If you do make it to a website which is repeating the claim, check out the Here are a few simple tips to help you parse author. Is their name clearly listed at the fact from fiction while navigating social top? Scientific research is conducted by media trained professionals who will be eager to share their credentials. They worked FOLLOW THE CLAIM hard to get them. Next, try heading to Google Follow the claim off the social and see if any other articles have been network. If there is no link to published on the same subject. It should evidence supporting the claim, be fairly easy to find multiple results that should be an immediate on anything that has been reported in red flag the news or found its way into a peerreviewed journal, such as Science or Nature. These are good hallmarks of VERIFY CREDENTIALS legitimate studies. Don’t forget to check the date of any publication as well. Verify the author(s). Scientific Outdated information still has a way of research is conducted by making it onto the internet. trained professionals who Last, but not least, there is a will be eager to share their highly valuable resource that all of us credentials. Information on are fortunate to be able to access at any the author(s) may also reveal time: UNH Agricultural Extension. affiliations to universities or The information they produce through other organizations. research and field trials is free to obtain, and not tethered to the sale of a product. They even maintain a robust social media CORROBORATE presence. Give them a follow. Social media gives small farms Try heading to Google or infl uence like never before, and we are another search engine and see fortunate to be able to use it to reach our if any other articles have been customers, and for our vendors to reach published on the same subject. us. Just like any implement in the barn, Value articles from peerit’s much more eff ective when used by a reviewed journals more than diligent operator, who is on the lookout others, watch out for ‘science’ for what lies ahead. trying to sell something, and be sure to check the date of Michael Polk is a freelance writer and arborist. publication. He works at a fruit farm in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire

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When Driving Behind Farm Equipment By Julie Tomascik AFBF Focus on Agriculture You left your house 15 minutes late and you get caught in traffic. The reason? Large farm equipment. It’s that time of year again, when farmers are beginning to plant this year’s crops. If farmers in your area aren’t planting yet, it won’t be long before they are, as temperatures steadily warm up. That means more tractors and large equipment on the road with you. We’ve all seen them. They’re large, wide and slow. Your car is fast—much faster than the 25 miles per hour of the farmer’s equipment. But public roads are often the only way to move it. And because of the agriculture across New Hampshire, almost everyone will eventually encounter large farm equipment on the road. The same scenario plays out across the country for most drivers sooner or later. Your fast cars and farmers’ slow tractors can be a recipe for disaster. Accidents involving farm equipment and cars happen every year. And families are forever changed. Farmers respect your right to the road, but they’d like that same courtesy returned to them. It seems, however, that awareness is often the toughest thing to grow. Awareness about what farmers and ranchers do, but also about farm safety—on and off the road. That’s where we all come into play. Here are five things you can do when you meet farm equipment on the road. 1. Be alert and cautious. Give large farm equipment and other slow-moving vehicles space. 2. Do not pass if you are in a space designated as a “No Passing Zone” or in any area where it is not safe to do so—intersections, bridges and railroad crossings, among others. 3. Make sure the tractor isn’t trying to make a left turn before you pass on the left. 4.

Don’t tailgate.

5. Be careful when you do get the chance to pass. Farmers will often move their equipment over when it is safe to do so. It can be frustrating, but those farmers are just trying to get to and from their job, too. Only it’s a little different. Their office is that tractor you’re stuck behind. Their hours are likely sunup to sundown and they’re trying to beat whatever Mother Nature is throwing their way. But they get it. They know 25 miles per hour isn’t the fastest or most ideal speed. They understand you have places to be, deadlines to meet and families to see. They can relate. So slow down, enjoy some good tunes on the radio, catch up on a podcast or listen to an audio book. Being behind a slow-moving vehicle will only add a little extra time to your commute. But being a responsible and courteous driver could save your life and the farmer’s. Julie Tomascik is Editor at Texas Farm Bureau. This column was adapted from its original publication on Texas Table Top website.


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Colleagues, Not Competition: Advancing Our Agricultural Advocacy Through Cooperation By Diane Clary, NHFB Executive Director

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he first thing I want everyone reading this article to know is that I am passionate about New Hampshire Farm Bureau’s mission: “New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation is a membership organization dedicated to Advocacy for and Education about Agriculture.” In my position I might as well quit if I lose that passion. In my travels around the state and beyond, as I pitch this organization and our mission, I am often asked, “What makes you different from the other agricultural/farming organizations out there?” This next point is very important. We are not different, we are after the same things, we may come at it from different perspectives and policies but the end result that we all want is for farming and agriculture to be successful in New Hampshire! The other organizations are not our competition, they are our colleagues fighting for the same things. With that being said how do we work together more effectively? How can we stop duplicating efforts for the same end result? Well the first step is to build

bridges not barriers. We need to build a “village” of people that work together and cooperate whenever possible, we need to communicate our narrative more clearly and we need to be open to other narratives to figure out where we intersect. I guess that sounds like a monumental task, on the surface, but I am here to tell you it isn’t! It starts with the first step – adjusting our mindset (if necessary) to consider other ag-centric groups and their members as colleagues. We can accomplish so much more together. Our little state needs the strongest voice possible to be successful far into the future. Next time you encounter someone with a different viewpoint on an issue, take the time to listen for even the smallest point that is the same as yours, and then come up with a plan to work together for that common point. It is the first step. Be passionate about our mission, build bridges to the future, and let’s keep New Hampshire agriculture successful!

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Harkening Back to Colonial Times: UNH Brews â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;George Squashingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Butternut Squash Beer NH Agricultural Experiment Station, UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture

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niversity of New Hampshire brewing science students have taken a trip back in history to brew a new butternut squash pale ale using squash grown as part of the NH Agricultural Experiment Stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s landmark cucurbit breeding program. The brew is reminiscent of the pumpkin ales first developed during colonial times and will be served at the student-led Paul College Hospitality Management Spring Dining Series. The new brew, George Squashington, is the second to come out of the partnership between researchers with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station and the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new brewing science program. The beer was brewed at the UNH Brewing Science Laboratory by students participating in the College of Life Sciences and Agricultureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advanced brewing class. Cheryl Parker, manager of the UNH Brewing Science Lab, said the students brewed a hoppy pale ale that uses English and American Ale yeast, butternut squash, and brown sugar. The base malt is Marris Otter barley from England with caramel malted barley for a sweet, nutty color and flavor. Students roasted the butternut squash for the mashing process and added brown sugar as a nod to the colonists who may have added maple syrup or molasses to their brews. Squash, pumpkins, and some gourds are part of the family of Cucurbitaceae. According to the Oxford Companion to Beer, pumpkin ale was invented in the 18th century by English colonists, who favored its high starch and sugar content. The butternut squash used to brew the ale was grown as part of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s groundbreaking cucurbit breeding program. Brent Loy, experiment station research and faculty emeritus, continues to oversee the research program, which is the longest, continuous cucurbit breeding program in North America. Loyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research has

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resulted in more than 80 new varieties of squash, pumpkins, gourds, and melons sold in seed catalogs throughout the world. His research predominantly takes place at the UNH Kingman Research Farm and the UNH MacFarlane Research Greenhouses, both experiment station facilities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pumpkin beers are popular in October, but if you think about the growing season and the fact that it takes several weeks to make a beer and get it on store shelves, beer made with real pumpkins at Halloween is nearly impossible to do using local produce in our area. Many breweries use flavor extracts and pie spices to create a pumpkin-flavored beer,â&#x20AC;? Parker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are various ways to use real squash in beer, but historically it was not for flavor, it was for the starch. This is what we did when we added it to our grain and let the enzymes from the barley turn the starch into sugar for our yeast. This will be a perfect end of winter hoppy ale, which we promise will not taste like pumpkin pie,â&#x20AC;? she said. George Squashington is the second brew to be developed as part of the partnership between the experiment station and the brewing program. Last fall, the program releases a sour kiwiberry beer Artuga Sour that used kiwiberry varieties grown as part of a ground-breaking kiwiberry breeding research project funded by the experiment station at the UNH Woodman Horticultural Farm. Parker sees the brew labâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new partnership with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station enhancing the academic program. Not only will students in the program have access to diďŹ&#x20AC;erent local products that are still in development, they also will be able to collaborate and learn about important research at UNH. According to the national Brewers Association, the New Hampshire craft brewery industry has an economic impact of $353 million dollars in the state, with more than 100,000 barrels of craft beer produced annually. There were 58 craft breweries in New Hampshire as of 2016.















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The Communicator Butternut Farm/Milford Goat Dairy - Milford

Local Meat Producer List

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

Paradise Farm - Lyndeborough

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

May/June 2019 Great Bay Farm - Greenland Allen Smith - 969-9948 greatbayfarm@gmail.com Various Cuts USDA inspected frozen beef.

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

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

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

Diamond B Farm - New Durham

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

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

Merrimack County

Pinewoods Yankee Farm - Lee

Trombly Gardens - Milford

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

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

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

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.

White Oaks Dairy Farm - Canterbury

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

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

StoneFen Farm, llc - Haverhill

Yankee Farmers’ Market - Warner

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

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.

Hillsboro County

Rockingham County

Barrett Hill Farm - Mason

Hurd Farm LLC - Hampton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blueberries, raspberries spberries and flowers.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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PROPAGATING POLLINATORS By Josh Marshall, NHFB Communications Director

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n a gloomy spring day, with winter making one last stand, all is still outside of Hall Apiaries in Plainfield, NH. Inside the workshop, however, Owner Troy Hall is busy as a bee. Stacks of boxes, waiting for warmer weather when his honey bees will be out in force, loom large in one half of the workshop. By mid-summer those boxes, called supers, will be full of frames containing honey, brood, or even new queens. Troy has settled into a paradigm of beekeeping that takes full advantage of his colonies’ strengths and monitors their weaknesses to improve his practices. Before we jump into just how the 33-year-old Hall propagates new queens and nucleus colonies each summer, we should start from the beginning. Everything began as a hobby back in 2004. What was two hives grew into twelve, which grew into twenty, and by the time he had around fifty colonies, it was clear that his pastime was turning into a profession. “I just instantly had that entrepreneurial drive in me those first three or four years,” Hall said. He saw a vision and felt a sense of purpose working with bees. That purpose would be further realized as Hall began pondering his process and meeting mentors who were doing things a little differently.

One of his mentors, Kirk Webster of Middlebury, VT, is part of a movement harkening back to the 18th century when New England hosted vast numbers of commercial apiaries and produced most of their own replacement bees and queens. “They couldn’t rely on the beekeepers down south to have early seasons to replace their bees with,” Hall explained. Today, it’s par for the course to make up for last year’s losses using replacement bees from another part of the country. “I don’t know any other niche in agriculture where you lose fifty percent of your herd or your livestock and have to find someone else to buy replacements from each year.” Wanting to break away from that path, Hall decided to follow Webster’s lead and choose a riskier, more timeconsuming model of beekeeping that relies solely on propagating new bees from his existing colonies. “When I started to buy some queens from reputable breeders in Vermont and take a good well-raised hearty queen and re-queen my own colonies, I instantly noticed a whole different experience in beekeeping,” Hall said. Then he discovered that the queens he raised himself were even better than the ones he could purchase. “The seed was planted and I quickly discovered there was a huge void in the market.”

Top of page: Beekeepers like Troy Hall mark their queens to help find them more easily. Hall (pictured above with his mentor Kirk Webster) propagates queens and sells them, making it even more important to quickly find queens. Photos courtesy Hall Apiaries.

Generating enough bees and queens to support his own colonies along with a growing customer base is not an easy task and Hall, like his mentors before him, has chosen to make it even more difficult by not using chemical treatments for the pesky varroa mite. Hall’s choice isn’t a condemnation of conventional treatment methods as much as it is a reflection of what he is truly chasing as a beekeeper. It might seem obvious, but the whole idea is to keep the bees you have. For Hall, the choice was between continuing to use treatments for varroa mites, blinding himself to any natural resistances and resiliency of bees but keeping his yearly losses relatively low, and spending more time studying and propagating his colonies, taking advantage of the rapid breeding ability inherent in bees. “With some pests, they are showing you where your farming practices are weak, but not every pest can be reasoned with that way,” Hall explained. He compares beekeepers that use chemical treatments strategically with crop farmers’ development of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans. “There isn’t one right way. Good beekeepers can approach mite control like a good IPM strategy, monitoring mite loads and treating selectively.” By not using any

chemical mite control, Hall can better take the pulse of his colonies. In fact, that’s exactly how he figures out which colonies make the cut. “They have to go through two full seasons without any treatments,” Hall said. All new queens go into smaller hives to build up a population and a little bit of honey. If they make it through the winter, they go into standard equipment where they are allowed to produce a full population of bees and a full crop of honey. Throughout this season, he pays close attention to the characteristics of each colony watching for differences in honey production, aggressiveness, and hygiene. If a colony can come out of its second full winter without any chemical inputs for mites, Hall knows he can use larvae and bees from it to improve his apiary. “Every season I feel extremely vulnerable knowing that I’m relying on these insects,” Hall admitted. But at the same time, those insects are relying on him. It seems to be a good working relationship considering over the last ten years he hasn’t replaced any of his losses with someone else’s bees. “On the surface it looks like it’s just bugs in a box,” Hall joked. But once you decide to start doing something with them, their world becomes a lot bigger and a lot more complex.

This hive design creates four separate chambers for rearing queens. Each quadrant of the box will have a frame of larvae destined to be new queens and a small number of nurse bees to feed the larvae royal jelly. Photo courtesy Hall Apiaries.


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NH Farm Bureau Members Featured on New HISTORY Series

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o be a successful farmer you have to be a jack of all trades. Some days you are an electrician, other days you may be a plumber, and sometimes –on a good day- you get to farm too! The Robertson family from Hopkinton, NH spent the last year adding yet another job title to that list: Television stars. Jaime and Heather Robertson and their three sons Si, Nate, and Bram, who operate Bohanan Farm & Contoocook Creamery in Hopkinton, are one of five farms from across the country being featured on a new HISTORY series called ‘The American Farm’. HISTORY bills the show as, “an authentic portrait of the fight to go from seed to stalk, and from farm to fork. The series presents an up-close look at one full year of family farming.” A film crew spent most of last year documenting the lives of the Robertsons from the fields to the dinner table.

their plate or the cheese on their pizza. “I was so excited to tell people what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and why we think we’re doing it the right way,” he said. The family was a bit surprised, according to Nate, when they found out they would be featured. After all, “Who would want to watch you do stupid stuff with your brothers?” he joked. While the day-to-day chores the Robertsons undertake may seem like ‘just working’ to them, it’s an unknown world for 98% of the population. The show’s producers, Thom Beers, Jeff Conroy, and Sarah Bernard of BoBCat Studios, wanted to go deeper than just the hows and whats of farming to provide, “an honest tale of risk, reward, hard work, and innovation centered on the lives of five family farms across America,” according to the show’s website. This

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Shop Wellscroft.com (Left to Right) Si, Bram, Heather, Jamie, and Nate Robertson. The Robertsons own and operate Bohanan Farm & Contoocook Creamery in Hopkinton, NH. The family are featured in the new HISTORY series ‘The American Farm’ which debuts Thursday, April 4 at 10 PM. Photo courtesy of HISTORY/The American Farm

Considering what a small segment of the country is actually involved in production agriculture, the Robertsons are hoping ‘The American Farm’ will help educate the general public on what is really happening on family farms. Nate, the middle child who focuses on herd management, wants people to be more aware of the hard-work and care that goes into putting the steak on

is something the Robertsons found evident in the dedication of the crew. “His [Thom’s] heart is really in it,” Nate said. “He’s conscious of the food system today and how things affect agriculture.” You can watch the show on HISTORY Thursday’s at 10:00 PM or view episodes online at www.history. com/shows/the-american-farm.

Merrimack County Farm Bureau Member and Associated Women of NHFB Secretary LeeAnn Childress volunteered in April to read the New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom 2019 Agricultural Literacy Book ‘Maple Syrup From the Sugarhouse’ by Lazzaro Knowlton to a group of first grade students at Loudon Elementary School. If you’ve read to the 2019 Ag Literacty Book to a group of students, please let us know by emailing editor@nhfarmbureau.org. To find out more about the 2019 Ag Literacy program, contact NHAITC State Coordinator Debbi Cox at nhaitc@nhfarmbureau.org.

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A Recipe for Success Apple, Cheddar, & Chicken Melts

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2019 NH Agriculture in the Classroom School to Farm Days

By Debbi Cox, NHAITC Coordinator

Merrimack County at Carter Hill in Concord - May 9th

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ver 800 students took part in the Tucker Mountain Challenge this year. For this contest, classrooms submit one quart of student-produced maple syrup to be evaluated on density, color, clarity, and taste. Bonus points are awarded for providing examples of curriculum and student work which illustrates how maple sugaring principles were integrated into classroom curriculum. Teachers are able to use maple production as a real world, handson application of many academic concepts such as botany, physical science, chemistry, math, economics, history, art, physical education, and more. Once the syrup has been tested by NH Agriculture in the Classroom representatives, the top scoring samples will move to the State House for tasting by the Environmental and Agriculture Committee along with other legislators. When

the final scores have been tabulated, the first place school will receive $1,000, second place wins $750 and third place secured $500. Winners will be announced the beginning of May. Our thanks to the NH Maple Producers Association for sponsoring the contest. For NH Agriculture in the Classroom, spring means School to Farm Day field trips. This year, we will be offering events for fourth graders in 9 counties reaching over 2,000 students. Classes are invited to a working farm to learn about that operation along with a variety of other areas such as dairy, maple, fiber, crop production, pollinators, chickens, etc. A number of these events are held with the support of the county Farm Bureau, both financially and with physical help. If you would like to participate, please email nhaitc@nhfarmbureau.org

Students from Fuller Elementary School in Keene check for sap as they participate in the Tucker Mountain Challenge organized by New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom and sponsored by the NH Maple Producers Association

Experts Paint a Dire Picture of African Swine Fever www.meatingplace.com

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frican Swine Fever is wreaking havoc in China’s hog population, disrupting global pork markets and forcing U.S. stakeholders to align in an effort to keep the deadly porcine disease from breaking out stateside. Presentations given here at the North American Meat Institute’s Meat Industry Summit by David Williams, vice president of Informa Economics IEG, and Bill Even, CEO of the National Pork Board, were bleak. “African Swine Fever is the worst possible disease in swine in the world,” Even said. “China is home to half of world’s pigs, so prevention of ASF in North America is going to be critical. There’s no vaccine for ASF. There’s no treatment for ASF. And the [producers] we talk to … in China liken it to a flow of hot, molten lava. It moves slowly through your facility, but it kills everything.” ASF has claimed 18 percent of China’s 435 million-head herd. That portion is more than the entire U.S. hog population. With exports accounting for 25 percent of U.S. pork production, China’s ASF problem “is either going to be a boom or bust for the

Sullivan County at the County Complex in Unity - May 13th Hillsborough County at the Alvirne High School Farm in Hudson May 16th Grafton/Coos County at the Rocks Estate in Bethlehem - May 22nd Carroll County at the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamworth- May 30th Rockingham and Strafford County at UNH - June 4th - 6th Belknap County at Ramblin’ Vewe in Gilford - Sept 24th

A student from Gilford Elementary School adds collected sap to a bulk container to await boiling time. Schools across the state have adopted curriculum that coincides with maple season in NH and utilizes resources from NHAITC.

U.S. hog industry going forward,” Even said. Williams called ASF the “biggest game changer” in the protein business perhaps in the last 30 years and said it will continue to have a global impact as far out as 2022. Not only has China lost a huge chunk of its herd, but the country is not repopulating those barns after attempts to do so failed with further outbreaks, he said. “There’s been a few times in my history that we’ve seen the pork cutout rally $30 in like 14 to 17 days; well, it just happened,” Williams said. “So there’s a lot of anticipation of what’s going to happen. … How many hogs will they lose? How much demand destruction will they have in China? The thing is they’re switching to other proteins. They’re not just buying pork anymore.” Informa believes the biggest time for China to buy pork will come between September and January of this year for Chinese New Year. However, current trade issues need to be resolved, as China imposes a 62 to 67 percent tariff on U.S. pork compared with Europe (15 percent) and Brazil (25 percent). What if … The picture would turn much bleaker if an outbreak of ASF were to hit the United States. Producers here would lose not only hogs but also the export business. Transmitted through contaminated pork, feed and casings, outbreaks are now being reported in Vietnam, Tibet, Cambodia and South Africa, in addition to China.

“We move 1 million head of pigs a day in this country,” Even said. “… If we don’t have early detection on this bad boy, the entire United States is going to go under lockdown. And our system is such that it’s just-in-time operations. Can you imagine stopping the entire system full stop for a week, two weeks? What do you do with the pigs? What do you do with the packing plants? This is like a set of dominoes that just starts cascading really quickly.” Even said, however, that the United States will manage the potential problems “extremely well.” Preparations began as soon as China first reported ASF in August, with the formation of an action team including the Pork Checkoff, National Pork Producers Council, USDA, North American Meat Institute, Swine Health Information Center, and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. Among their efforts was production of a foreign animal disease bulletin, which can be found at www.pork.org/FAD. “We’re doing our best to prepare, but fundamentally we have to keep it out,” Even said. ASF is not in the United States, nor have any U.S. pigs been affected by the disease to date. It’s a viral disease that impacts pigs only, so it is not a public health threat or a food safety concern. USDA prohibits importation of pigs or fresh pork into the United States from areas or regions of the world that report positive for ASF. More information on securing the U.S. pork supply can be found at http://www.securepork.org.


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

EVENTS & WORKSHOPS Women’s Farm Equipment Field Day May 4 from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM UNH Thompson School, Cole Hall 34 Sage Way, Durham This hands-on workshop is for women farmers looking to improve their skills in farm equipment safety and operation. Learn about tractor safety, general tractor maintenance and upkeep, driving and hitching onto equipment, basic trailer driving, crop insurance and chainsaw safety. Space is limited so please register ahead of time online! For special accommodations or any questions regarding the program, please contact Elaina Enzien at elaina.enzien@unh.edu or (603) 679-5616 prior to the event start date.

Food Safety for Poultry and Rabbit Producers May 9 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM UNH Cooperative Extension 3855 Dartmouth College Hwy. Suite 5, North Haverhill New Hampshire producers can sell poultry and rabbits (up to 20,000 poultry and 1,000 rabbits per calendar year) directly to NH restaurants without USDA inspection. This program fulfills the education requirement specified in the rules and will help producers develop a working plan for providing safe meat products for this market. *Even if you do not plan to sell to restaurants, this program would also be appropriate for those looking to learn more about best practices when processing their own poultry or rabbits. Register online by May 2, 2019: Workshop located in North Haverhill, NH. Exact location and directions provided upon registration.

The second event will take place at Otokahe Farm in Jefferson on Thursday, June 18 from 4:306:30pm. The focus of this pasture walk will be on meeting the nutritional needs of animals at high stages of production (lactation, finishing) in a grass-fed system. Both of these events are free to the public, and there is no registration required. For more information, contact Carl Majewski at 352-4550 or carl.majewski@unh. edu.

4-H EVENTS 4-H Apple Grafting Workshop May 1 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM Gould Hill Farm 656 Gould Hill Road, Cotoocook Jeremy DeLisle & George Hamilton, Fruit & Vegetable Field Specialists will teach youth how to graft their own apple tree seedlings. Grafting creates apple trees with your favorite varieties of fruit on special rootstock to control tree size. Youth will learn about different apple tree varieties, grafting techniques, apple tree care and get advice from an expert. All participants will take home their grafted apple tree seedling! Contact Laurie Field, 4-H Program Manager at 603-796-2151 or by email at laurie.field@unh.edu.

16th Annual Tom Fairchild Friend of 4-H Golf Tournament May 10, 2019 May 10 from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Candia Woods Golf Links 313 South Road, Candia Please join us for our 16th annual golf tournament. This event is open to golfers of all ages and abilities and is a great way to support the 4-H program in New Hampshire while enjoying time with friends, family, and other 4-H supporters. Registration is now open, so sign up soon, whether as an individual golfer, or part of a foursome! To register and for more information about the silent/live auction visit extension.unh.edu/golf. For more information, contact Holly Young at holly.young@unh.edu.

Soil Testing UNH Cooperative Extension provides soil analysis and fertilizer recommendations to farmers and homeowners. Recommendations are based on the latest research and are specific to the crop being grown. Send in your soil now to receive a lab analysis of your soil’s pH, organic matter, and available nutrients. Extension specialists will provide you with customized recommendations for soil amendments and fertilizer to optimize plant growth. The cost per sample varies depending upon the test you choose. Detailed information about the many available testing options, prices, forms, and instructions for collecting and submitting your soil sample can be found at: https:// extension.unh.edu/resource/soiltesting-forms. Please note new forms and prices for 2019.

Insect ID Whether you are concerned about the potential for an insect to cause harm to you, your home or the environment, or if you are simply curious to know what species an insect is, the Insect Identification Service can identify insects, spiders, ticks and other arthropods that you deliver to the lab by mail or in person. Accurate identification of an insect is easiest when the specimens are in good condition. Refer to our best practices for submitting your insect for identification to help ensure that your specimen arrives in good shape.

Plant Diagnostic Lab & Plant Health The diagnostic services offered by the UNH Plant Diagnostic Lab include identification of plant pathogens, stress-related disorders and pests. The UNH-PDL is directed by the Cooperative Extension Plant Health Specialist and serves as a resource for information and examples for training and educational programs offered throughout New Hampshire and

the New England region. For detailed information about diagnostics services visit extension. unh.edu/diagnostics.

Celebrate Spring: Submit Your Rabbit Sightings to NH Rabbit Reports It’s nesting season for Granite State rabbits, and that means the time is right to submit your rabbit sightings to NH Rabbit Reports. Spring is a good time to look for rabbits. As the snow melts and plants begin greening, rabbits are active. Female rabbits’ nest in the spring, and that means you’re more likely to see rabbits in your backyard, around your neighborhood, or during an outdoor adventure. Submitting rabbit sightings to NH Rabbit Reports is a great way for homeowners, natural resource professionals, and nature lovers to get into the spirit of the season and reconnect with the outdoors after a long winter. Species identification skills are not required to contribute to NH Rabbit Reports. New Hampshire is home to two species of rabbits, the eastern cottontail and the New England Cottontail, as well as one species of hare, the snowshoe hare. While the eastern and New England cottontail rabbits are nearly identical in appearance, a major difference is in their habitat requirements. Eastern cottontails are able to survive in humandominated fragmented habitats, including open fields, forest edges, small thickets, and even golf courses and suburban lawns. New England cottontails, however, rely on dense thickets for their habitat needs and rarely venture far from protective cover. Helping rabbits is easy. For more information on how to submit a rabbit sighting visit nhrabbitreports.org “Data collected by NH Rabbit Reports provides us with valuable information on the state’s rabbit population and informs our conservation efforts. Every report helps.” - Heidi Holman, N.H. Fish and Game

Grazing Pasture Walks UNH Extension, with Granite State Graziers, are planning two pasture walks in the southwestern and northern parts of the state. The first pasture walk will be at Far Fetch Farm in Spofford on Saturday, May 18 from 9:3011:30am. The primary discussion will focus on management practices graziers use for dealing with the spring forage flush, but will likely cover other topics including forage species ID, fencing and other infrastructure, and nutrition for growing lambs.

NEWS & INFORMATION UNH Extension Diagnostic Services: Spring is the Time to Identify! If you are looking for soil recommendations for your vegetable garden, have a creepycrawly you would like identified or can’t seem to figure out why your plant isn’t feeling well UNH Cooperative Extension can help!

New England Cottontail. (Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)


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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.

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FOR SALE: Two Big Dutchman Poultry HELP WANTED: Experienced Arborist Feeders. 500 ft. of trough, chain, and grills for with valid driver’s and CDL license. Work as a each. BRO, willing to sell separately. Call 603member of tree service team. Experience with 756-3589. chain saws, chippers, stump grinders and crane. FOR SALE: Great lot of farm and haying Mass Hydraulic license a plus. Salary based on equipment. All kept undercover, good experience. References required. Dudley’s Tree condition. 270 84 Massey Ferguson 236. Loader & Crane Service, Haverhill, MA. Bob Dudley + Cab - $9K. 250 Kuhn Mower Conditioner 978-373-1510 $8K. 565 New Holland Baler & Thrower - $12K. Kuhn GF50 CIT Gyrotedder - $3K. Hay Elevator, WANTED: Hands-on farm 20’ - $850. Three trailers for bale thrower - $1K/ HELP ea. Kuhn Hay Rake GH300 GT Gyrorake - manager for family-owned purebred cattle $2.5K. Mitts & Merrill Brush Chipper - $1.5K. farm. Job includes care & breeding of livestock, 6-Ton Low Bed Trailer, 22’ - $2.5K. Woodsman grounds & equip maintenance. Carpentry & Cordwood Saw - $500. Call Robert 603-224- mechanical skills a plus. Career position, great 3036. benefits. Bedford. Please reply by email: hhf18@ FOR SALE: Recently built barn frame aol.com - 6”x6” beams, 4”x4” braces, 2”x6” rafters, locally-sawn lumber, photos available - $3456. WANTED Frame assembled to the rafters on your site. Call Jim for details - 603-651-8881. WANTED: Wanted to rent: Red Angus bull. FOR SALE: Recon 300 Hay Conditioner - Call Hank - 603-662-7538 1,000 RPM - Tedder Attachment - Very Good Condition - $ 9,995. Bill Hall Hollis 603-620- WANTED: Covered Round Bale Feeder and 2893. a Calf Creep Feeder. Call Hank - 603-662-7538

FOR SALE: John Deere 327 hay baler with WANTED: Grader/snowplow blade for kicker and spray applicator In GREAT SHAPE. 1948 Farmall A manual lift. Call Phil - 603-432$10,000.00 call 603-635-3355 7am-6pm 5441 FOR SALE: 1952 Massey Harris Pony. Runs great, vg rubber. Incl front blade, plows, FOR LEASE/RENT harrow, cultivator, original books. $3000 OBO. Leave message 603-827-3630 FOR RENT: Garden Center opportunity Haverhill, MA. 20k sq feet greenhouses + 2 FOR SALE: 2010 John Deere 4520 MFWD compact enclosed cab tractor. 56HP, turbo, retail hoophouses. Storage container, golfcart & hydrostatic, has plumed front feature lines, retail shed & stands. Growing field option. Bob electronic valve selector, skid steer style quick Dudley 978-373-1510 attach bucket plate, low hours. Comes with rear ice chains and stock bucket. Excellent working FOR LEASE: Equestrian facility includes condition. $30,000 OBRO. Call Jay - 603-786elegant 18th century colonial w/new kitchen, 2319 heating & floors, barn and riding rink – FOR SALE: Alpaca Sale: Buy 1, get 2nd of adjacent to 400 acres of conservation land with equal or lesser value at 1/2 price. Nationally established trails. $4500/mo. Goffstown. Email: ranked breeders, proven and unproven; pet/ admin@nebcast.com fiber; herd guard. Colors range from white to true black. Prices start at $200. 603-746-3385, SERVICES Hopkinton 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

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

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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.

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

Belknap 1st Thursday Carroll 3rd Wednesday Cheshire 2nd Monday Coos 2nd Wednesday Grafton 2nd Monday every other month Hillsborough 3rd Tuesday Merrimack 2nd Thursday Rockingham 3rd Tuesday Strafford 2nd Thursday Sullivan 4th Tuesday


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Statewide Wetlands Buffer Bill Held for Study By Rob Johnson, NHFB Policy Director

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bill establishing a statewide minimum buffer – 100 feet in a majority of situations – in the upland adjacent to wetlands found to be “high value wetlands” has been “retained” by the NH House Resources, Recreation and Development (RR&D) Committee. The legislation (HB 543) titled “relating to the protection of wetlands,” was introduced by Representatives Chuck Grassie of Rochester and Judith Spang of Durham. Both are members of the RR&D Committee. According to the bill “high value wetlands” are “wetlands that have been determined to be the most critical in the state to maintain the functions and values of wetlands” and defined as follows: High value wetlands. High value wetlands subject to this section shall include the following, shall not be restricted to those identified on municipal, state, or national wetland inventory maps, and shall be determined by on-site observations by qualified wetland scientists, and mapping and consultation with relevant state agencies: (a) S1 or S2 wetland natural communities based on criteria established by the department of natural and cultural resources, natural heritage bureau. (b) Exemplary wetland natural communities based on criteria established by the natural heritage bureau. (c) Wetlands with critical wildlife habitat as defined by the fish and game department including: (1) Marsh/scrub-shrub wetlands and any wetland that has a minimum contiguous amount of marsh and/or scrub-shrub cover of .75 acres. (2) Peatland including any wetland that is peat-accumulating, defined as having soil depths greater than 16 inches of organic material, such as bogs and fens. (3) Any wetland that contains threatened or endangered species habitat for a statelisted wildlife species of greatest conservation concern in existence within the last 20 years, as defined and published by the fish and game department. (d) Any wetland that is within 50 feet of, and hydrologically connected to, a Tier 3 or larger stream, as defined in rules of the department of environmental services. (e) Any wetland within the active floodplain characterized by frequently flooded soils. (f) Any forested wetland greater than 5 acres in size and not included in the above criteria which has a minimum of 50 percent very poorly drained soils. III. Wetland buffers. (a) A natural vegetation buffer of 100 feet shall be maintained from the mapped edge of all high value wetlands, except wetlands within 50 feet of, and hydrologically connected to, a Tier 3 or larger stream, as defined in department rules, which shall have a buffer of 50 feet, measured from the ordinary high water mark of the stream, plus an additional 25 feet from the edge of the wetland. (b) The natural vegetation buffer of wetlands within an active floodplain will be measured from the edge of the maximum extent of the active floodplain. (c) Buffers shall be measured horizontally from the edge of the wetland or surface water body as defined above. (d) Buffers shall be retained in a natural condition, without any disturbance to or removal of vegetation, soil, rock, or other natural features, unless such disturbance or removal will enhance or restore one or more of the wetland functions. IV. Municipal wetland buffer regulations. Nothing in this section shall prohibit a municipality from adopting a service buffer or any buffer that exceeds the buffers established in this section. V. The department may waive the requirements of this section if it can be shown that a proposed action will result in an equivalent or increased level of ecological benefit to the wetland. This may include narrowing one or more areas of wetland buffer, provided others are widened, or accepting other mitigating measures. VI. This section shall not apply to land subject to RSA 483-B or prime wetlands, as regulated under RSA 482-A:15.

In testimony before the RR&D Committee Farm Bureau opposed the bill, highlighting language stipulating “buffers shall be retained in a natural condition, without disturbance or removal of vegetation”. This would prohibit cropping, timber harvesting and other agricultural activities in the upland buffer zone. We also raised concerns that the language prohibits invasive species management and removal and pointed out that much of the state’s best cropland is located in and adjacent to floodplains. “Buffer” means an upland area adjacent to a wetland or surface water body that supports the functionality of these aquatic systems by filtering run-off, trapping sediments, attenuating nutrient loads, regulating groundwater recharge and discharge, and providing wildlife habitat. (HB 543) Farm Bureau reminded the Committee that the general provisions of our state planning statute recognizes the “vital and significant contributions” agriculture makes to the environment (RSA 672:1, III-b) and that the Shoreland Protection Act provides agricultural activities and operations are exempted provided they are conducted in conformance with best management practices (RSA 483-B:3, III). In addition to Farm Bureau the bill was opposed by NH DOT, Association of General Contractors, NH Division of Forests and Lands, NH Home Builders Association, NH Association of Natural Resource Scientist (NHANRS), NH Realtors Association, and the NH Timberland Owners Association. It was supported by the NH Planners Association and the NH Association of Conservation Commissions. Testimony at the hearing stated NH was the only state in New England without a statewide minimum wetlands setback. Concerns raised by others speaking against the bill included costs

HB 543, “relating to the protection of wetlands,” introduced by Representative Chuck Grassie of Rochester and Judith Spang of Durham, has been retained by the NH House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee.

associated with the lack of DES resources to monitor and enforce a statewide setback by an agency is already challenged to meet its current responsibilities and increases in home prices and affordable housing . Current law requires 100-foot buffers adjacent to tidal wetlands (RSA 482-A) and activities are regulated up to 250 feet in the “protected shoreland” under the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act (RSA 483-B). In addition local communities have the authority to designate “prime wetlands” (RSA 482-A) which provide additional protection to wetlands. In addition, land use regulation is primarily a function of local government in NH and municipalities already have the authority to establish buffers for the wetlands in within their borders. At the hearing testimony was provided that a number approaching one-half of the State’s 234 cities and towns have established wetland buffers of varying lengths. Similar bills have been filed in the past, the most recent being last session when HB 486 was introduced and held in Interim Study. The RR&D Committee issued a report in which future legislation was not recommended. At the request of members of the Legislature, NHANRS investigated the scientific basis for establishing protective buffers to jurisdictional wetlands in the state. A Wetlands Buffer Scientific Work Group convened by NHANRS issued a report in 2017 which found the scientific literature overwhelming regarding the benefit of vegetated buffers. They recommended an approach that is simple to minimize cost to landowners and that required statewide buffers for only the wetlands of highest value – the top 10% or so.

Farm Bureau Selects 10th Partners in Advocacy Leadership Class American Farm Bureau

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he American Farm Bureau Federation recently selected an outstanding group of young farmer and rancher leaders as the organization’s 10th Partners in Advocacy Leadership class. AFBF created the PAL curriculum as a high-level, executive training program that prepares participants to represent agriculture in the media, public speaking, congressional testimony and other advocacy arenas. Program graduates gain opportunities to promote awareness about issues important to farmers and consumers. “Farm Bureau is equipping young leaders for effective engagement,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “The members of the new PAL class are already elite leaders. We look forward to seeing them progress to the highest levels of agricultural advocacy.” Members of PAL Class 10 are: Erika Archie, Texas; David Hafner, Florida; James Henderson, Colorado; Beth Hodge, New Hampshire; Jenny Holtermann, California; Sarah Ison, Ohio; Bryan Jones, Florida; Matthew McClanahan, Tennessee; Derek Orth, Wisconsin; and Kyle Wilson, Utah. PAL training involves four learning modules designed to develop specific advocacy skills while exploring components of leadership and its theories and philosophies. The modules build on one another over the two years of the program and include intense, in-

Cheshire County Farm Bureau Vice-President Beth Hodge was selected as part of the American Farm Bureau Federations 10th Partners in Advocacy Leadership Class

person, hands-on training. PAL graduates emerge with the experience and confidence—in everything from legislative policymaking and issues management to social media and media relations— to effectively engage all critical stakeholders. To be eligible for the PAL program, candidates must be between the ages of 30 and 45, with demonstrated leadership skills. The program is sponsored by AFBF, Farm Credit and Bayer Co.


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$141,000. Florida Farm Bureau tallied the most volunteer hours, 10,000. Thanks to the generosity of Nationwide, each of those state organizations received a $500 grant to donate to a local food bank of their choice or for another Harvest for All project. Second-place winners were New York Farm Bureau for food donated at 11.2 million pounds; Tennessee Farm Bureau for donated funds at $109,000; and Illinois Farm Bureau for volunteer time at 9,700 hours. Each of the second-place winners received a $250 grant from Nationwide to donate to the local food bank of their choice. In addition, three state YF&R committees received $250 grants from Nationwide for “most innovative” programs. Those winners were Florida, New York and North Carolina. The awards were presented during the Farm Bureau FUSION Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, earlier this month. Since Harvest for All was launched, Farm Bureau families have gathered 306 million pounds of food, logged more than 179,000 volunteer hours and raised $7.8 million in donations.

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he farm and ranch families of Farm Bureau donated 32.4 million pounds of food and raised more than $362,000 to assist hungry Americans in 2018 as part of the organization’s “Harvest for All” program. Combined, the monetary and food donations totaled the equivalent of 28.2 million meals. Now in its 17th year, Harvest for All is spearheaded by members of Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers program, but Farm Bureau members of all ages from across the nation contribute to the effort. By heeding the call to action, they help ensure Americans in need can enjoy the bounty of food farmers and ranchers produce. In addition to raising food and funds for the initiative, farmers and ranchers tallied 22,500 volunteer hours assisting local hunger groups in 2018. “Hunger continues to be a concern for many Americans in rural areas and farming communities,” said Paul Molesky, a farmer from New York who chairs AFBF’s national YF&R committee. “Farm Bureau’s long tradition of helping put food on the tables of those who need it the most continues through our Harvest for All efforts.” Harvest for All is one of the most important community service efforts undertaken by Farm Bureau members. Although the U.S. economy is stronger overall compared to several years ago, many Americans still need help securing adequate food for their families. Florida Farm Bureau took top honors for donating the most food in 2018, 20.2 million pounds. Illinois Farm Bureau raised the most money,

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packaging. Bascom Farm will remodel and equip their current barn to serve as a packaging and processing area for their produce. “Our Farm Fund is an essential way to invest in the future of local, sustainable farming in our region,” said Michael Faber, Monadnock Food Co-op General Manager. “It helps ensure we have a healthy, local food system for our community” Funds for this program are provided by donations from Monadnock Food Co-op and its shoppers. Additional funds come from the You Have Our Trust Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation. Fundraising is already underway for the 2020 Monadnock Food Coop Farm Fund grant cycle. During April, May, July, and August, 2019, co-op shoppers can round up their change at the registers to donate to the fund. So far this year, shoppers have contributed over $3,300 to the Farm Fund. For more information, please visit monadnockfood.coop/farmfund. To make a tax deductible donation to the fund, please contact Amanda Littleton at the Cheshire Country Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext 116 or donate anytime online at cheshireconservation.org/make-adonation.

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he Monadnock Food Co-op announces three grant recipients for the 2019 Monadnock Food Coop Farm Fund: Sun Moon Farm of Rindge, Archway Farm of Keene, and Bascom Farm of Charlestown. Since starting in 2017, the Farm Fund has awarded over $32,000 in grants to nine local farms. The Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund, created in partnership with the Cheshire Country Conservation District, has a mission to support local farmers in increasing sustainable food production and wholesale sales to contribute to a thriving local farm economy. This grant supports several of the co-op’s goals, including contributing to a healthy, sustainable food system, supporting local farmers and producers and building a strong, sustainable, and improving local economy. The Cheshire County Conservation District, fiscal agent for the Farm Fund, supports farm viability in the region and promotes the responsible stewardship of natural and agricultural resources. Sun Moon Farm will erect a greenhouse structure to expand space for curing onions and garlic and will purchase a rolling dibbler to reduce transplanting time. Archway Farm will design and print new labels for five high-volume pork products to create more attractive and appealing

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

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