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DHS and USDA Move to Protect American Farmers and Ensure Continued Flow of America’s Food Supply

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Nursery operations, along with greenhouses and some garden centers, see the majority of their sales in a short two-month window between May and June. Managing the logistics of this on an “average” year is complicated. Doing it in the midst of a global health crisis imposes a whole new set of challenges for these businesses. Peter van Berkum and the team at Van Burkum Nursery in Deerfield are meeting the challenge and staying the course, producing prize winning perennials for wholesale markets.

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The Department of Homeland Security, with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has announced a temporary final rule to change certain H-2A requirements to help U.S. agricultural employers avoid disruptions in lawful agricultural-related employment, protect the nation’s food supply chain, and lessen impacts from the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. These temporary flexibilities will not weaken or eliminate protections for U.S. workers. Under this temporary final rule, an H-2A petitioner with a valid temporary labor certification who is concerned that workers will be unable to enter the country due to travel restrictions can start employing certain foreign workers who are currently in H-2A status in the United States immediately after United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives the H-2A petition, but no earlier than the start date of employment listed on the petition. To take advantage of this time-limited change in regulatory requirements, the H-2A worker seeking to change employers must already be in the United States and in valid H-2A status.

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

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


know everyone is tired of hearing about the coronavirus and what has happened because of it, but I will offer some of my observations anyway: We can do meetings remotely quite successfully. Time is used more efficiently, although having a lot more meetings has used up any time saved thus far. I am impressed by how much my neighbors and friends, and people all over the country for that matter, have stepped up during the pandemic. There aren’t a lot of bad characters, but they are out there. One of the good things about having the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) foisted on to our agricultural world prior to the coronavirus outbreak is that farmers were already well on their way to being prepared for some of this craziness. I suspect some of the extra precautions will remain after normalcy comes back. It feels like those of us out in the rural areas, and especially on farms, have more and better immunity built up which should help lessen the severity of the virus if we are exposed. Interesting how it seems air pollution has dropped noticeably since the cities have been shut down even though the cows are still flatulating. Wash your hands a lot, go outdoors, and always keep an ample supply of toilet paper on hand. Thank you to the great doctors and nurses that we have in this country. A special thanks to all the retail workers in grocery stores and other food related establishments and to

the truckers who are keeping needed goods delivered. This isn’t what you signed up for! Isn’t it amazing how much of the economy is driven by agriculture? The truckers, the dealerships, the slaughter houses, the veterinarians, the fuel companies, the stores, the highway crews, the bankers and lawyers (yea, we need them too), the feed companies, our farming neighbors, the processers, the saw mills, the police and fire departments, and many more are dependent on us, but we need them as well. What a web we have weaved! Because those in agriculture haven’t missed a beat through this ordeal, most of those businesses which have had to shut down will be able to bounce back when the country opens up again. Farmers have been hurt considerably, but they will do what they always do: Produce the food the world needs. The concern should be that there may not be enough farmers left after this storm to provide all the abundance of food we currently enjoy. In my neck of the woods, as the snow melts on our roadsides we become quite aware of what some people have been doing all winter, and probably all year round for that matter. Why in heck do they throw their trash out on the roadside. There is not much that irritates me more. I really missed maple weekend, which unfortunately had to be cancelled. In fact, I missed the whole season for that matter. The maple producers lost a lot of sales as well. I challenge everyone to use extra maple syrup this year to make up for it. While you are at it, drink more milk and eat more fruits and vegetables. Smile if the price is a little higher and the farmer actually gets some of the price increase. I am proud of the way Farm Bureau has worked with many groups to produce and make available resources that are needed and that we are helping our members and partners in any other way that we can. Thank you, Diane, Rob, Josh and Portia for keeping Farm Bureau going, both at the office and remotely. The workload shifted, but you steered into it well. For what it is worth,


INSIDE May/June 2020 Local Meat Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Local Fruit & Vegetable Producers. . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Eye on Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 New Hampshire Farm Bureau President Denis Ward doesn’t need any extra excuse to enjoy pure New Hampshire maple syrup poured over some local NH ice cream. This season, however, the cancellation of Maple Weekend and a down milk market has encouraged him to indulge just a little more than usual.

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A message to FCE tax clients regarding COVID-19 Farm Credit East is committed to providing you with the tax expertise and personal service that you have come to expect. If your taxes are not yet complete, we want to assure you that our tax staff is still hard at work. At the same time, the health and safety of our staff and customers is our top priority. Here’s some insight into a few of our processes that have changed. The majority of our staff are now working remotely to limit the potential to spread the virus. Farm Credit East converted to a “paperless” tax process last year and we use cloud-based software for tax preparation, so our tax staff can work wherever they have an internet connection. Farm Credit East offices are staffed by a small number of employees and are closed to all other visitors. If you want to drop off information at the office, you will be asked to leave it in a designated area. Give us a call if you have confidential information so that we retrieve it promptly. If you have access to a scanner, a better option is to scan your information and send it by secure

email to your preparer. The email address for our employees follows this rule: firstname.lastname@ farmcrediteast.com. We have asked our staff to conduct all customer meetings by phone or online until further notice. We would be happy to schedule virtual meetings so you can have a “face-to-face” meeting with your tax preparer. Please consider taking electronic delivery of your tax return. We are happy to send your return and source documents by secure email. This provides you with a PDF of your return that’s easier to store and allows you to print a copy whenever its needed. Please confirm your email address with your local office. The April 15 deadline for filing federal income tax returns has been postponed to July 15. For information on other Northeast states that may follow suit, please refer to Farm Credit East’s Tax Talks for the latest information. We know that these are uncertain times, but we will get through this together. - Your Farm Credit East Tax Team

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Planting, timber, irrigation, livestock or harvest scenes Industry shots of vineyards, commercial fishing, dairy farms, orchards, vegetable operations, nurseries, greenhouses, etc. Action shots in fields, forests, barns or docks Seasonal photos, such as holiday decorations, 4th of July events, pumpkins, winter scenes, etc. Country fairs, roadside markets or farm markets 4-H or FFA events

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Photo must be taken in New England, New York or New Jersey. High-resolution (at least 1MB) images digitally submitted via FarmCreditEast.com or on CD. Do not touch up or add filters to photos prior to submitting.

No negatives, printed photos or links to web libraries. Photos should have horizontal orientation. Entries must be accompanied by the form below. Images become the property of Farm Credit East. No images will be returned. Parties submitting photos certify that they have permission of all individuals shown in each photo and all individuals owning property shown in each photo.

Winning photos 14 photos will be selected for a $100 cash prize each. We will also award $25 prizes for small shots that we run in the date blocks. Timeline The deadline to submit photos to the 2021 Agricultural Views calendar is July 31, 2020. Winners will be contacted by October 15, 2020.


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COVID-19 Resources for NH Farmers NHFB Website

Board of Directors Executive Committee President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denis Ward 1st Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joyce Brady 2nd Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom McElroy 2nd Vice President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leandra Pritchard Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Howard Pearl President, Associated Women . . . . . . . Elaine Moore Co - Chair, Young Farmer Committee. Ammy Rice Amelia Aznive County Presidents Belknap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Matarozzo Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . David Babson Cheshire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beth Hodge Coos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Brady Grafton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristen May Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trevor Hardy Merrimack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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

As New Hampshire farmers continue to produce the high quality food, fuel, and fiber that our communities need, we want to help keep our members informed of available resources and important information for operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can visit https://www. nhfarmbureau.org/covid-19 for a list our staff have compiled of state, federal, and other resources to help you stay informed and direct you to assistance available for farmers and business owners struggling during these challenging times.

The Post For weekly updates including a listing of webinars and events, COVID-19 resources, and other agricultural resources, be sure you are receiving NHFB’s weekly e-newsletter, ‘The Post.’ If you aren’t getting ‘The Post’ in your email inbox each Wednesday afternoon or aren’t sure, call

You will find a link to COVID-19 Information for NH Farmers on the NH Farm Bureau website homepage or by visiting https://www.nhfarmbureau.org/covid-19 directly.

the NHFB office at 224-1934 or email Portia at assistant@ nhfarmbureau.org. You can also find ‘The Post’ each Wednesday on the NHFB Facebook page at https://www. facebook.com/NHFarmBureau/

Each week, NHFB sends out ‘The Post,’ an e-newsletter featuring events, resources, and opportunities for NH Farmers.

NHFB Goes Remote

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

The Communicator Where NH Farmers Turn For News editor@nhfarmbureau.org The New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors met virtually in April to great success. NHFB Vice President Joyce Brady attended the meeting from her butcher shop in Columbia while Treasurer Howard Pearl joined in from the seat of his tractor while plowing fields in Loudon.

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 3,000 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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Working From Home Diane Clary NHFB Executive Director


e at Farm Bureau take the health and safety of our staff, members, and stakeholders seriously and, as many of you know, we implemented some changes at the office in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. First we closed our doors to outside groups and considered contingencies for how to proceed. Our office staff are now working remotely as much as possible. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean we aren’t accessible. You can still reach us by email or by calling the office. Farm families have been “working from home” for centuries and I have earned great respect for

all of you in the last several weeks. When the stay at home order came down my husband was already working from home, he is a high school teacher. So when I was added to the home work place some adjustments needed to be made. Within the first couple of days I moved my “office” 4 times. You see we don’t live in a mansion and space between our work areas was hard to find. But we adjusted with the help of a door and some headphones. As I write this we are in week five of being co-workers and I have learned a couple of very important facts. 1. It’s a darn good thing we like each other, we have been married for 33 years and love each other but to work together every day you must LIKE your co-worker!

2. Working from home isn’t easy, I am working on a tablet that connects to my computer in Concord, and everything is much smaller. 3. Farm families are rock stars when it comes to working together for a common goal and I can learn a great deal from them. 4. My co-worker has a bit of ADHD and continually thinks of home projects, so far I have added flooring expert (including vinyl and ceramic tile) and landscaper to my resume. 5. I miss my real co-workers and I am so proud of how they have stepped up to keep New Hampshire Farm Bureau going. All of you please stay safe and healthy and I will see you on the other side of this.

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The Zipline Farmers Show We’re in This Together While there’s a long road ahead in the health crisis we’re facing nationally and globally with COVID-19, I can’t help but be uplifted when I hear the stories of how farmers and ranchers and local Farm Bureaus are answering the call to community and country. For some that could mean doing all you can to hold on till we get to the other side of this crisis. It also means all of us sharing stories of how we are still farming to put our fellow Americans’ minds at ease about the security of our food supply. And for others, it may mean adjusting the way you do business for a time, to meet the needs of today. For Chad Butters, founder of Eight Oaks Distillery in Pennsylvania, answering the call meant changing over his distillery to produce hand sanitizer when he heard about the shortage in his community and across the country. At Holesinsky Winery in Idaho, they can barely keep up with demand for the hand sanitizer they’re producing. These are just a couple of examples of family farmers who are stepping up to meet a need and solve a problem, often donating their new product to medical workers and community members at highest risk. Farm Bureau staff are answering the call too, working tirelessly for members and finding ways to get food from the farm to local customers. Hawaii Farm Bureau has set up a “Farm to Car” service to get food safely to the community, while helping members continue to sell their products.

help protect them on the frontlines of this fight. Others, like Oregon Farm Bureau President Barb Iverson, are bringing a little extra joy to others in a tough time. When Barb and her family had to make the tough decision to cancel their annual Tulip Festival at Wooden Shoe Farm, they found a way to deliver tulips to seniors under stay-at-home orders in their state, bringing a bit of the colorful festival home to those who could use a little spring the most.

Page 5 Here at the American Farm Bureau, we continue to work with our grassroots members and state Farm Bureaus, doing all we can to help you and your families make it through this crises. This is a time unlike any of us have seen in our lifetimes, and hopefully we will not see again. I know we are all praying for relief to come soon, and as we wait, hope and work amid all we are facing, we will continue to be stronger together.

Farm Bureau President Named to Economic Revival Group American Farm Bureau Federation Vincent “Zippy” Duvall, a poultry, cattle and hay producer from Greene County, Georgia, is the 12th president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Customers can place orders online and simply drive up to the farmers’ market where staff will load orders right into the car. U-pick farms across the country are getting into the drive-through business, including Butler’s Orchard in Maryland. And thanks to creative solutions like the online direct-buy, farm finder from the Maryland Farmers Market Association, customers can easily find safe ways to get their fresh produce, meat and dairy products while supporting local farmers and relieving some of the burden from grocery stores. For so many, answering the call means giving with no expectation of return, or selling products at a reduced cost to prevent waste. This has taken on many forms, and I am sure there are more acts of sacrifice across our rural communities than we can ever fully know. Members across the country, like in Champaign County, Illinois, donated face masks to health care workers to

Above: Employees at Eight Oaks Farm Distillery in New Tripoli, PA shift gears from spirits to hand sanitizer during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo credit: Eight Oaks Distillery) Below: Hawaii Farm Bureau’s “Farm to Car”helps get food safely delivered to the community and helps members continue to sell their products. (Photo credit: Hawaii Farm Bureau)


merican Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall will join the Great American Economic Revival Industry Group focused on agriculture. President Donald Trump created 17 groups to help shape plans to reopen the economy following the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m honored to have been chosen by President Trump to join the Great Economic Revival Industry group focusing on agriculture. America’s farmers and ranchers are deeply committed to feeding the nation during this crisis, but there are mounting challenges threatening their ability to keep putting food on Americans’ tables.,” Duvall said. “The lost food service and restaurant

market due to the COVID-19 shutdown hit America’s farm families hard. The prices paid to farmers and ranchers have spiraled down, and in some cases, demand has disappeared, despite empty grocery shelves. No one is more eager than farmers to get the economy humming again. It’s imperative that we do this in a manner that keeps our families, neighbors, coworkers and communities safe.” “We look forward to working with fellow agricultural leaders and the Trump administration to ensure healthy, affordable food continues to be available to families across the country and farmers are able to hold on as we return to some sense of normalcy in America.”

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NH Legislative Status Report at COVID-19 Break By Rob Johnson, NHFB Policy Director


n March 14th the House Speaker and Senate President suspended all legislative activities in the state. Here is the status of key legislation of interest to Farm Bureau members at the time legislative activities were suspended:

HB 501-FN, (2nd New Title) using fees from registration of commercial animal food sellers to fund the cost of care program in the department of agriculture, markets, and food and establishing a commission to study the identification of unregistered animal feed products being sold remotely in New Hampshire. (Passed House.) HB 1102, requiring food service establishments to establish food allergy awareness procedures. (Passed House.) HB 1124, relative to the definition of prime wetland. Makes changes to RSA 482-A:15, municipal prime wetland designations, by expanding their definition. (Passed House.) HB 1182, establishing a commission to study road usage by non-traditional motor vehicles. The study encompasses all types of motor vehicles including Agricultural and Farm plated vehicles. Farm Bureau has a representative on the Commission. (Passed House. In Senate Transportation Committee.) HB 1218, (New Title) relative to net energy metering limits for customer generators and the purchase of output of limited electrical energy producers. Includes language increasing the electric generating capacity of customer generators who may participate in net energy metering “from one megawatt to up to but not including 5 megawatts” and expands the authority of limited producers of electrical energy to sell its output in the private sector. (In House Municipal and County Government Committee.) HB 1291, relative to homestead food license requirements. Raises the monetary amount necessary for an exemption

from the homestead food licensure requirement in RSA 143-A from $20,000 to $35,000. (Passed House.) HB 1406, (New Title) relative to the property tax exemptions for solar and wind-powered energy systems. Enables municipality that adopts a property tax exemption for solar energy systems or wind-powered energy systems to adopt exemption limits for off grid, net metered, group net metered, and direct retail arrangements. (Passed House. In Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.) HB 1414, (New Title) relative to penalties for improper timber harvesting. Amends the timber trespass law (RSA 227-J) by adding language dealing with “causing” timber to be cut to existing language which addresses the unauthorized act of cutting timber. (Passed House.) HB 1448, (New Title) relative to animal health certificates and quarantine requirements for animals imported into the state. (Passed House.) HB 1449, defining animal hoarding. (Passed House.) HB 1470, permitting elementary, middle, and high schools to produce and sell certain amounts of maple syrup for educational purposes. Exempts schools selling maple syrup as part of an educational experience or fundraiser from maple labeling and grading requirements. (Passed House.) HB 1496-FN, relative to the regional greenhouse gas initiative cap and trade program for controlling carbon dioxide emissions. (Passed House.) HB 1560-FN, (New Title) defining “serious harm” to an animal as a result of animal cruelty and relative to the criminal penalties for certain negligent actions which cause serious harm to or the death of an animal. Makes it a felony offense if an animal

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that is a victim of animal cruelty is recklessly and seriously harmed or dies as a result of that cruelty. (Passed House.) HB 1562, including soil health and soil conservation in the state soil conservation plan. Amends RSA 432 governing the Conservation Districts by adding language specific to “soil health” and “climate and environmental change”. (Passed House.) HB 1592-FN, relative to milk pasteurization. Amends RSA 184:84, V enabling milk producer-distributers to sells daily up to 20 gallons of raw milk or certain raw milk products directly to consumers exempt from licensing and inspection. The bill adds ice cream and frozen yogurt to the list of qualifying raw milk products. (Passed House.) HB 1606-FN, relative to cruelty to a wild animal, fish, or wild bird. Establishes in Fish and Game statute an enhanced criminal penalty for cruelty to any wild animal, fish, or wild bird. (In House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.) HB 1627-FN, (New Title) creating an animal records database within the Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food. (In House Ways and Means Committee.) HB 1630, relative to pet vendors. Increases the limit of dogs (25 to 35) and cats (2550) that may be transferred without a pet vendor license and creates an exemption to obtaining a license for certain breeders. (Passed House.) HB 1658-FN, (New Title) relative to the growth of hemp. Makes changes to RSA 439-A permitting the growing of hemp in NH that align NH law with federal statute. As introduced the bill established a registration program for growers and producers of hemp and hemp products within the NH Department of Agriculture. (Passed House.) HB 1664-FN, New Title) establishing greenhouse gas emission reduction goals for the state and establishing a climate action plan. (Passed House.) HB 1692-FN, establishing a certification for mushroom harvesters. Farm Bureau’s had the concern that the bill as introduced did not address the need for individuals harvesting wild mushrooms to have landowner permission. This has been corrected. (In House Executive Departments and

Administration Committee.) HB 1704, relative to compost. Requires the Department of Environmental Services to initiate rulemaking for existing RSA 149-M:7, XV “Requirements and best practices for facilities that compost organics, including vegetable matter, meat, meat byproducts, dairy products, or dairy product derivatives.” (Passed House.) SB 429, establishing a committee to study the feasibility of building regional plastic to oil conversion plants throughout the state. (The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee filed a report of Ought-to-Pass with amendment.) SB 460, relative to enforcement of zoning violations. Permits municipalities to attach a lien against certain real estate after a building inspector, code enforcement officer, zoning administrator, or other official designated as an enforcement authority issues a cease and desist order but before a district court judge enters a judgment sustaining or vacating the order. (Passed Senate.) SB 511, relative to the formula used to determine current use tax rates. Requires the Department of Revenue Administration’s (DRA), which is the administrative agency for the Current Use Board (CUB), to release any formula used to determine Current Use rates. (Passed Senate. In House Ways and Means Committee.) SB 588-FN, (New Title) relative to wanton waste of an animal and relative to contests for taking fur-bearing animals. Amends Fish and Game statute to define and prohibit “wanton waste” of an animal while hunting and requires the adoption of rules governing fur-bearing animal taking contests. (Passed Senate.) SB 603-FN, relative to financial assistance for biomass and forest product workers. Authorizes the Commissioner of the Department of Employment Security to use funds for skills training and job matching for employees in the biomass and related forest product industries who have been laid off or whose company has relocated. (Passed Senate.) SB 623-FN, requiring insurance coverage for PFAS and PFC blood tests. (Passed Senate.) SB 659-FN, relative to agricultural and farm motor vehicle plates. Makes changes to the statutes governing Agricultural Plates (RSA 261:82) and Farm Plates (RSA 261:84) by requiring vehicles carrying the plates affix the name of the farm along with the address of the farm

May/June 2020 to the driver’s side of the vehicle and defines “truck” and “cargo van” in each statute. (Passed Senate. Assigned to House Transportation Committee.) Single use plastic bills (HB 102, HB 559, & HB 1701-FN): HB 102, (New Title) relative to municipal ordinances regulating single-use bags. Enables municipalities to regulate the distribution of single use plastic and paper bags. (Passed House. In Senate Election Law and Municipal Affairs Committee.)

Farm Bureau - The Voice of N.H. Agriculture HB 1701-FN, (New Title) relative to the recycling of film plastics. Requiring stores with over 15,000 square feet of retail space or operating as a chain with 3 or more units over 5,000 square feet of retail space to establish a single use plastics recycling program and to register with DES. (Passed House.) HR 12, urging Congress to declare perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs) a superfund chemical and provide sufficient programming and funding for education, treatment, and remediation of the effects of PFAS. (Passed House.)

HB 559, (New Title) relative to point of sale bags. Requires businesses to charge customers for singleuse bags. (Passed House. In Senate Commerce Committee.)

The following bills have been held in Committee for Interim Study:

Commerce and Consumer Affairs HB 1300, relative to the definition of specialty cider.

Page 7 to strike the word “substantial” from RSA 207:26 which enables landowners to kill any unprotected wild bird or animal found to be doing “actual and substantial damage to” property.

Environment and Agriculture HB 646-FN, relative to labeling, signage, and restrictions on the sales and use of beetoxic pesticides. HB 1418, authorizing funds of the department of agriculture to be used for increasing farm energy efficiency.

HB 1388, prohibiting the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits in retail stores. HB1389-FN, relative to criminal penalties for not providing adequate food, water, and shelter for animals.

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HB 1467-L, relative to the taxation of commercial and residential property. Enabling municipalities to classify property as residential, commercial, and industrial and establishing one tax rate for residential property and another for commercial and industrial property.

HB 1262, relative to the purchase of output of limited electrical energy producers.

HB 1504, establishing a committee to study prohibiting recreational trapping.

The following bills have been found Inexpedient-to-Legislate:

HB 1571, relative to the qualifications for the members of the fish and game commission. Making changes to RSA 206 relative to the appointment and qualifications of Fish and Game Commissioners.

HB 1557-FN-A, establishing a value added grant matching fund for New Hampshire agricultural producers.

HB 1164, concerning support for cats and dogs that are neglected or treated cruelly. Creating a special advocate for cats and dogs in the court system. HB 1190, relative to banning the pesticide chlorpyrifos. Banning the sale and use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. HB 1196, relative to eliminating exposure to certain pesticides and establishing an alternative pest management working group.

HB 1649-FN-A, establishing a road usage fee and making an appropriation therefor. HB 1683-FN, prohibiting the docking of dog tails and the cropping of dog ears. SB 469, relative to shooting ranges. Makes changes to RSA 159-B governing shooting ranges.

HB 1339, relative to damage to crops or livestock done by animals. Proposed

NH Produce Safety Program Update Vickie Smith, Produce Safety Program Planner NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food


ello NH Produce Farmers. In early April FDA issued a “Partial Stop Work Order” to all states and territories whose work involves federally funded (via grants) produce safety work as governed by the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule, Title 21 CFR Part 112. This stop work order restricts all activities that involve face-to-face interaction under our federal grant due to the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. This applies to inspections, on-farm readiness reviews (OFRR), on-farm educational or technical assistance activities, and any in-person education & outreach activities-including inperson trainings. This restriction will be in effect until further notice. The stop work order also includes any produce safety program work by any sub-awardee under our grant. As UNH Cooperative Extension Service is a sub-awardee, their FSMA related work is restricted as well. Below is a statement issued by Extension: “Due to the public health concern caused by the COVID-19 virus, UNH administration made the decision to cancel all UNH Cooperative Extension events, programs, and noncredit classes through April 5th. As such, UNHCE will not be participating in any in-person On-Farm Readiness Reviews, PSA Trainings, or other FSMA related programs until further notice. Decisions about in-person programming, not related to FSMA programming, will be updated weekly after April 5th. The health and safety

of our staff and the many members of our NH communities that participate in our programs is most important. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this uncertain time. Our staff have all transitioned to working remotely and can be reached by email.” NH farmers, whose produce operations are covered under the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) Section 112.5, must still comply with the PSR relevant to their production regardless of the stop work order. If your farm had an “initial inspection” last season, you must implement the suggested changes, upgrades, added recordkeeping, etc. discussed during the inspection. If your farm had an “On Farm Readiness Review” visit, we expect that you have begun to implement the recommendations given by the inspectors. The Department expects fully covered farms to continue to improve/ upgrade/implement good farming practices in order to comply with the PSR. Farms who claim a “Qualified Exempt” (Q.E.) status must keep the required financial records, per PSR Section 112.5. More information on Q.E. is available on the FSMA webpage within the department’s website. (www.agriculture.nh.gov) If you have any questions, please contact the Program Planner via email or phone. Produce Safety Program updates will be posted as needed.


Questions For Vickie Smith

Produce Safety Program Manager NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food

Q: A:

What is the best way to stay informed of updates to this process?

NH Farmers contact me directly via phone or email: Victoria Smith, Produce Safety Specialist, 603-848-4781; Victoria.m.smith@agr. nh.gov, or go onto the DAMF FSMA webpage. Farmers can also contact the UNH Extension’s Food Safety Field Specialist, Mary Choate, at mary. choate@unh.edu, for food safety information as well.


Are there any online resources that farmers can utilize during the “Partial p Work Order?” Stop


New Hampshire farmers can access the department’s FSMA webpage for resources and updated information on FSMA Produce Safety Rule. www.agriculture.nh.gov

Q: A:

Can we expect the onfarm readiness, PSA trainings, and other FSMA related work to resume this summer after the stop work order is cancelled?

FDA will be reevaluating the Covid-19 pandemic status in early May; DAMF expects to receive an updated notice regarding the partial stop-work order at that time.

Q: A:

During the partial workstop order, are NH farmers still require to comply with the Produce Safety Rule (FDA Title 21 CFR Part 112)?

Yes! Fully covered farms (w/3 yr. average food sales >$561,494) should be in full compliance with all parts of the Produce Safety Rule now, with the exception of Subpart E-Agriculture Water. Compliance to that subpart has been extended for all covered farms-this information can be found on the DAMF webpage, via the FDA resource link. (https://www.federalregister.gov/ documents/2017/09/13/2017-19434/ standards-for-the-growing-harvestingpacking-and-holding-of-produce-forhuman-consumption-extension). NH farmers claiming the “Qualified Exempt” status must complete, and keep in their files, a Qualified Exempt Annual Review & Worksheet form as of Jan. 1, 2020. This form can be access on the webpage as well.

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USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program U.S. Department of Agriculture


.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. President Trump directed USDA to craft this $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to our farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of our food supply chain, and ensure every American continues to receive and have access to the food they need. “During this time of national crisis, President Trump and USDA are standing with our farmers, ranchers, and all citizens to make sure they are taken care of,” Secretary Perdue said. “The American food supply chain had to adapt, and it remains safe, secure, and strong, and we all know that starts with America’s farmers and ranchers. This program will not only provide immediate relief for our farmers and ranchers, but it will also allow for the purchase and distribution of our agricultural abundance to help our fellow Americans in need.”

CFAP will use the funding and authorities provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), and other USDA existing authorities. The program includes two major elements to achieve these goals. Direct Support to Farmers and Ranchers: The program will provide $16 billion in direct support based on actual losses for agricultural producers where prices and market supply chains have been impacted and will assist producers with additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing year caused by COVID-19. USDA Purchase and Distribution: USDA will partner with regional and local distributors, whose workforce has been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat. We will begin with the procurement of an estimated $100 million per month in fresh fruits and

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vegetables, $100 million per month in a variety of dairy products, and $100 million per month in meat products. The distributors and wholesalers will then provide a pre-approved box of fresh produce, dairy, and meat products to food banks, community and faith based organizations, and other non-profits serving Americans in need. On top of these targeted programs USDA will utilize other available funding sources to purchase and distribute food to those in need. USDA has up to an additional $873.3 million available in Section 32 funding to purchase a variety of agricultural products for distribution to food banks. The use of these funds will be determined by industry requests, USDA agricultural market analysis, and food bank needs. The FFCRA and CARES Act provided an at least $850 million for food bank administrative costs and USDA food purchases, of which a minimum of $600 million will be designated for food purchases. The use of these funds will be determined by food bank need and product availability. Further details regarding eligibility, rates, and other implementation will be released at a later date. Visit USDA. gov for more information.

UNH to Conduct First Cold-Hardy Hydrangea Study to Help Regional Cut Flower and Landscape Industry

Accepting SNAP Benefits Resources for NH Farmers The COVID-19 crisis has closed many sales opportunities for NH farms while also forcing many people into unemployment. This has led to an increase in the need for federal supplemental food funds like SNAP/ EBT (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, formerly Food Stamps). As a soultion, NH farms can apply to be an authroized retailer to accept SNAP benefits through EBT cards at their retail farm stand, farmers’ market, CSA, and through home delivery. Once approved, farmers will be able to accept SNAP benefits even after the COVID-19 crisis ends. You’ll be able to expand your market options while helping your fellow NH residents! MarketLink, a program of the National Association of Farmers Nutrition Programs, is now offering FREE mobile EBT card readers (up to 4,000 nationwide) that are needed to accept SNAP. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, NH farmers must do two things: •

Apply through the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to become a SNAP-approved vendor (https:// www.fns.usda.gov/snap/apply-toaccept)

Apply through MarketLink to receive a FREE mobile app & EBT card reader needed to accept SNAP. ( https://marketlink.org/)

NH Agricultural Experiment Station


ew Hampshire has seen a dramatic increase in cut flower farms, underscoring the need for reliable research to support the state’s flower industry. To that end, University of New Hampshire researchers have launched the first study to evaluate plants from three cold-hardy hydrangea species for cut flower and landscape use in New Hampshire. “The floriculture and bedding plant industry is a top agricultural commodity in New Hampshire, and the number of farms producing fieldgrown cut flowers has increased by a staggering 60 percent from 2007 to 2017. This dramatic increase suggests that cut flowers are an increasingly important horticultural crop in the state and illustrates that consumer demand is strong for regionally grown flowers,” said Kaitlyn Orde, research associate who will oversee the project at the Woodman Horticultural Research Farm, a facility of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station. “However, no studies have been conducted to evaluate these species in the Northeast, making providing information to the commercial farming community on characteristics and performance nearly impossible,” said Orde, who will conduct the research with experiment station researcher Becky Sideman, professor of sustainable agriculture and food systems and UNH Cooperative Extension professor and specialist in sustainable horticulture production, and Cathy Neal, retired experiment researcher and extension landscape horticulture specialist. Hydrangea is a deciduous shrub

popular for landscape and cut flower use. The H. macrophylla or “big leaf” species is widely recognized for its ubiquitous use as a landscape shrub across Cape Cod and Nantucket and as a cut flower by florists. However, this species is only reliably winter hardy through USDA Zone 6, which is south of most of Northern New England, and injury in winter to buds is common when the species is grown in colder areas, making establishing it in New Hampshire risky. There are many other species of hydrangea, including species that are more cold hardy than the big leaf type. Notable hydrangea species are H. paniculata (“panicle”), H. quercifolia (“oakleaf”), and H. arborescens (“smooth”), which are believed to be hardy through Zone 4 and Zone 5, respectively, making them obvious choices for growing in New Hampshire. In the three-year project, researchers will evaluate 14 hydrangea cultivars from the cold-hardy panicle, oakleaf, and smooth species. They will measure several factors to determine cultivar suitability for both landscape and cut flower use, including winter survival, plant vigor, bud-hardiness, stem length, stem number, head size, flowering time and duration, color, and any notable pest and pathogen challenges. They also plan to measure the vase life of the cut stems, as a life of at least seven days has been cited as an important factor by florists in the area. The 14 different cultivars included in the study are ArborescensInvincibelle Mini Mauvette, ArborescensInvincibelle

NH Food Alliance, New Hampshire Farm Bureau, Seacoast Eat Local, UNH Extension, the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, the NH Food Bank, UNH Sustainability Institue along with other parters offered a joint webinar outlining the process to become SNAP approved through USDA, details to accepting EBT cards and the Granite State Market Match program on May 6th. That webinar will be posted to www.nhfoodalliance.com to view later. H. Paniculata Limelight (Photo credit: Proven Winners® ColorChoice®) is one of 14 cultivars of three species of hydrangea to be studied at the UNH Agricultural Experiment Station in Durham, NH. The three-year study will evaluate these species for commercial production in the Northeast.

Spirit II, Arborescens Lime Rickey, Paniculata Confetti, Paniculata Limelight, Paniculata Little Lime, Paniculata Bobo, Paniculata Zinfin Doll, Paniculata Diamond Rouge, Paniculata Magical Flame, Paniculata Fire Light, Paniculata Quick Fire, Quercifolia Gatspy Star, Quercifolia Munchkin, Arborescens Invincibelle Ruby, and Paniculata Bloomin Easy Lavalamp “Candelabra.” “We will generate and share information on plant hardiness, cultivar characteristics, and the suitability of cultivars for cut flower use. This information will hopefully allow growers, florists, and landscapers to confidently select cultivars for their intended purpose,” Orde said.

“Furthermore, all of the florists we surveyed expressed interested in purchasing locally produced hydrangea stems, and all the commercial growers we surveyed expressed interested in growing hydrangeas. This leads us to believe that there is tremendous potential for business partnerships between these two entities, and we hope that this research will help to support the development of these relationships,” she said. This material is based upon work supported by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, through joint funding of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 1019868, and the state of New Hampshire. It also is supported by the Anna and Raymond Tuttle Environmental Horticulture Fund and the N.H. Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

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Kubota Delivers for Young Farmer Achievement Award Winners


ay & Leandra Pritchard of Pritchard Farms in Pembroke received their grand prize on Tuesday April 14th as winners of the 2019 NHFB Young Farmer Achievement Award competition: A brand new Kubota M6S-111 tractor. Thanks to a partnership between Kubota Tractor Corporation, Pinnacleview Equipment in Walpole, and NHFB, winners of the Achievement Award get the use of a new Kubota tractor for six months or 250 hours. “We’re thankful that Pinnacleview Equipment and Kubota continue sponsoring this prize,” Leandra said. “It’s important to recognize

the hard working young farmers for their effort and dedication to agriculture and Farm Bureau.” Jay plans to use the tractor for mowing and wrapping round bales. The capabilities of this tractor will help the Pritchards be more efficient in these tasks saving them time and wear & tear on their own machines. Their daughter Millie was also happy to see the prize exclaiming, “I’m excited,” at the prospects of visiting her dad in the field in the shiny orange tractor. Mike Snide of Pinnacleview Equipment delivered the prize and explained the history

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Top left: Jay & Leandra Pritchard, along with their children Millie & Walt receive their M6S-111 Kubota tractor at their farm on April 14th. Top: The 111 horsepower tractor will help with mowing and round bale production this season. Bottom: Mike Snide of Pinnacleview Equipment in Walpole delivers the grand prize tractor to Pritchard Farms in Pembroke.

of the program. Since 1992, Kubota and Pinnacleview have awarded 27 tractors to Farm Bureau members and inspired other states to adopt the program as well. Winning the Achievement Award represents excellence in full-time agriculture and commitment to Farm Bureau. NHFB extends best wishes to the Pritchards in their upcoming season and heartfelt thanks to Pinnacleview Equipment and Kubota Tractor Corporation for their contributions to the Young Farmer program.

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A Perennial Powerhouse         

Ephrasie Unduwani sticks seedlings into liners inside Van Berkum Nursery in Deerfield, NH. Last year, Van Berkum Nursery sold over 600,000 perennial plants wholesale to garden centers and landscapers throughout New England.


eter and Leslie van Berkum started their dream 33 years ago in a small sandpit behind the apartment they rented in Chester, NH. Standing outside the oďŹƒce, looking out over the 22 acres of rolling hills and meadows Van Berkum Nursery now occupies in Deefield, Peter explained the evolution of that dream. “I wanted to be a farmer,â€? he recalled. Peter, who has a degree in Plant Science from the University of New Hampshire, tried his hand at vegetables before going to work in a garden center, where inspiration took root. The garden centers that he worked for more than three decades ago were good horticulturalists and somewhat ahead of the curve when it comes to growing perennial plants (the ones that come back every year). That product spoke to Peter, who has always been a bit of a naturalist and enjoys outdoor walks to admire wildflowers. “It just added up,â€? he said. Today, Van Berkum Nursey grows a thousand dierent varieties of perennial plants for the wholesale market. Their primary customers are garden centers and landscapers. For Peter, the beauty of perennials is more subtle than annuals. Besides coming back each year, they oer a unique appeal with shorter bloom time and season long foliage. “I also didn’t want to work in a greenhouse my whole life,â€? he added. “So, this gives me the combination of greenhouse plus outside growing.â€? The diversity of work environment was evident as Peter walked me through various sections of the property. His explanations of plants, their growth stage, and the nursery’s history only interrupted by the occasional employee passing by on a golf cart. Van Berkum Nursery employees about ten people year round while busy times can see upwards of 40. “We have a phenomenal sta and couldn’t do it without them,â€? Peter explained as we walked towards the propagation room. “If we didn’t have the crew we have here, it wouldn’t work.â€? On cue, a sliding door revealed Head Propagator Perry McLellan and her team hard at work sticking seedlings in liners. They grow plants from unrooted cuttings, seeds, division, and rooted cuttings. “Perry is the master of knowing which to do,â€? Peter told me.

Peter van Berkum, owner of Van Berkum Nursery stands inside the potting room of his business in Deerfield, NH. During the COVID-19 outbreak, he’s taken precautions like providing personal protective equipment to employees, extending work areas and implementing social distancing guidelines.

The plants above are an example of beautiful foliage in perennial plants. The bright yellow Heucherella Solar Eclipse, an evergreen perennial flowering plant in the family Saxifragaceae, is a sure eye-catcher.

The whole process goes something like this: Cuttings or seedlings get stuck and grown in liners until they reach a certain stage. In the propagation room heat and light systems give the team added control over the conditions. Once the liners fill out, they can head over to another greenhouse room to be finished o. This room is a bit cooler which allows some plants to get tough and root out, similar to hardening o of vegetable plants, and some plants just prefer the cooler temperatures. When they have reached the next stage of growth the plants head over to the potting room, their last stop before going outside. All of this is kept track of using a computer system. It’s an immense task keeping tabs on the 500,000 or so plants spread out around the property, but the technology helps them to do it eďŹƒciently. Employees walk through the nursery each week of the growing season using tablets to enter grades for every plant into the system. “If it’s newly potted is it ready? If it’s ready we want to know if it’s just emerging, leafing out, good foliage, bud & bloom, or blooming.â€? That information is important to customers, who are able to browse the catalog online. One of the challenges that nursery and greenhouse operations face each year is the short window for sales. Van Berkum Nursery has mitigated that risk to some extent by having a large landscaping clientele who spread the sales out over the summer, but this is still a crucial time. “We are lucky that we only do 50% of our business between now and June,â€? Peter said. “A lot of horticulture businesses do 95% of their sales in that period.â€? This problem has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. “People have to understand how scary it is,â€? Peter told me. “Every time we pot a plant, it’s a crap shoot.â€? As a wholesaler, Peter’s concerns are whether or not the markets for his customers will be there. Although garden centers have been deemed essential business here in New Hampshire, that reality is dierent across New England. The fact of the matter is nobody really knows what is going to happen. Like many agricultural operations in the state, decisions for the next year are made well in advance of

the season. Produce farms had ordered their fertilizers and seeds before any public health decisions were made. Likewise, Van Berkum Nursery had plants in the pipeline already. “We have 100,000 more plants in there that we can either throw away or we can pot.â€? It’s an uncertain and scary time, but there is hope as well. “We’re going to make it through,â€? Peter declared. But the burden is falling on him to manage through this economically, while also being prepared if the sales are there. One bright spot has been that Van Berkum Nursery was granted a loan through the Payroll Protection Act. This allows them to keep their employees working and focused on having the best quality perennials available for their customers. Orders are coming in and Peter thinks people are ready to buy plants. The biggest hurdle is how his clients, garden centers, will be able to sell to their customers safely. The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension team has put out guidance for garden centers on how to do just that. And if the uptick in sales for small farm stands and retail agricultural operations during this time is any indicator, garden centers too will adapt to social distancing guidelines and the season still has the potential to be a success. The COVID-19 pandemic has also brought about some changes to the day-to-day operations at Van Berkum Nursery. All employees are practicing social distancing and wearing personal protective equipment like masks and gloves. The conveyor belts in the potting room and benches in the propagation room have been extended to allow employees to continue working safely. “We’re not doing this just for show,â€? Peter said. “First and foremost, I want to keep my employees safe.â€? I think it’s safe to say that Peter and Leslie’s dream has turned into reality, growing from a small sandpit in Chester to an award-winning nursery over 33 years. “What it takes to start a business and what it takes to run a business of this size are two dierent skill sets,â€? Peter explained. “Our biggest challenge has been to learn that skillset as we’ve grown.â€? They’ve accomplished that goal through their dedication to growing plants and growing a business.

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Perennial Picks

There are lots of beautiful perennial plants that you can include in your ornamental gardens. Here are just a few to consider.

Bee Balm Gardening for nature has become increasingly popular in recent years according to Gardendesign.com. “One of the best plants for attracting and supporting wildlife is bee balm, which blooms throughout the summer. Also known as horsemint, Oswego tea, and bergamot, the fl ower nectar provides sustenance for pollinating insects such as bees, butterflies, moths; as well as hummingbirds, while the seed heads are a food source for songbirds during fall and winter.”

Sweet Woodruff According to Thespruce.com, “Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) is a creeping, mat-forming perennial that is commonly used as a ground cover in shady areas. It bears pretty clusters of white, star-shaped fl owers in the spring and has very fragrant, lanceshaped, dark green leaves. Sweet woodruff is exceptionally easy to grow and readily adapts to a wide range for soil and moisture conditions. It is a deer-resistant plant and is considered one of the few rabbit-proof fl owers.”

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Farm Bureau Continues Tradition of Giving Back to Hungry Americans: Long-running ‘Harvest for All’ Program Benefits Local Communities American Farm Bureau Federation


he farm and ranch families of Farm Bureau donated 26.3 million pounds of food and raised more than $494,000 to assist hungry Americans in 2019 as part of the organization’s “Harvest for All” program. Combined, the monetary and food donations totaled the equivalent of 24.5 million meals. The spirit of farm communities has always been one of working together and giving back. Now in its 18th year, Harvest for All is spearheaded by members of Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers program, but members of all ages from across the nation contribute to the effort. Their participation helps 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 14,400 volunteer hours assisting local hunger groups in 2019. “Hunger remains a concern for many rural Americans and farming communities,” said Morgan Norris of Florida, chair of AFBF’s YF&R Committee. “Farm Bureau’s long tradition of helping put food on the tables of those in need through Harvest for All outreach is more important than ever as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.” Florida Farm Bureau took top honors for donating the most food in 2019, 18 million pounds. Illinois Farm Bureau raised the most money, $205,900, and tallied the most volunteer hours, 7,035. Thanks to the generosity of Nationwide, these state organizations received a $500 grant (for each type of contribution) for donation to a local food bank of their choice or for another Harvest for All project.

Members of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee have delivered Thanksgiving baskets to those in need including the Salvation Army in Concord shown above. These baskets include NH raised turkeys, local produce from NHFB members, and non-perishable foods donated by Farm Credit East office in Bedford. They were recently recognized by American Farm Bureau with a Most Innovative Award for this initiative.

Second-place winners were New York Farm Bureau for food donated at 7.3 million pounds; and Tennessee Farm Bureau for donated funds at $126,100 and volunteer time at 2,400 hours. Each of the second-place winners received a $250 grant (for each type of contribution) from Nationwide to donate to the local food bank of their choice. Most Innovative Winners In addition, three state YF&R committees received $250 grants from Nationwide for “most innovative” programs. Those winners were New Hampshire, New York and West Virginia. New Hampshire Farm Bureau members focused on Thanksgiving food baskets for food-insecure families. This included farmer members raising turkeys, gathering fresh produce

and canned goods, and delivery to those in need. New York Farm Bureau members in Livingston County enhanced an annual “day on the farm” event by providing attendees with the opportunity to help pick sweet corn for donation to a local food pantry. West Virginia Farm Bureau members collaborated with FFA members to pack 2,000 “backpack buddies” meals for school children and 500 food boxes for veterans. They also worked together to harvest 2.5 tons of sweet corn to donate to a local food bank. The awards were presented during AFBF’s virtual Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference. Since Harvest for All was launched, Farm Bureau families have gathered 323 million pounds of food, logged more than 193,000 volunteer hours and raised $8.3 million in donations.

Attention Young Farmers! Do you know someone who should win the 2020 YF Animal Husbandry Award? Nominate them Today!

Judges for the NHFB YF Animal Husbandry Award visit with past nominee Jeff Moore at Windswept Maples Farm in Loudon

Aster Aster is a genus of perennial fl owering plants in the family Asteraceae. Gardendesign.com says, “Asters are daisy-like fl owers that bloom in late-summer and early-fall. They come in a wide variety of colors and sizes, are easy to grow and bloom predictably and reliably. They attract pollinators with their bright colors and are disease and deer resistant.”

The New Hampshire Farm Animal Husbandry Award has been developed by the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer program to promote sound animal husbandry and to recognize individuals who have implemented exceptional livestock welfare practices on their farm.

Nominations: Members of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer program will select fellow county Young Farmer members, they believe to be deserving of this award. Nominations should be completed and submitted to the NHFB Office by June, 1 2020

Winner will be selected by a panel of judges consiting of a veterinarian, an ag educator, and a legislator. They will be recognized at the 2020 NHFB Annual Meeting and receive an embroidered work jacket. For full eligibility requirements and nomination form, visit: www.nhfarmbureau.org/yfaha

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Local Meat Producer List

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

Belknap County Beans

Greens Farm - Gilford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JHF Stable

Livestock - Alstead

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

Mad Brook Farm - Alstead

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Butternut Farm/Milford Goat Dairy - Milford 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.

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

Manning Hill Farm - Winchester

Paradise Farm - Lyndeborough

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

French Hill Farm – Milan LorrenJoyce Farm - Barnstead

StoneFen Farm, llc - Haverhill

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. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

Mandico Farm Cattle Co. - Nottingham Conrad & Kathy Mandsager - 770-1948 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

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

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.

Temple Mountain Beef - Temple

His Harvest Farm - Madbury

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

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

Leel Farm – New Ipswich

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

Merrimack County 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.

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

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

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

Sullivan County Beaver Pond Farm - Newport 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.

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!

Carroll County Whittaker’s Homestead Greenhouses 236 Forest Road, Alstead whittakershomestead@gmail.com Produce can be purchased at the farm stand during our normal season AprilOct as well as at our booth at the Keene Farmers’ Market.

Hillsboro County

Butternut Farm-Milford

Spring Ledge Farm

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.

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

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.

Oasis Springs Farm 79 Groton Road, Nashua 603-930-1294 sarah@oasisspringsfarm.com Oasisspringsfarm.com Year round Hydroponic Grown Lettuces, Kale, Chard, Herbs and Microgreens. CSA pick ups in Southern, NH

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.

Brookdale Fruit Farm Inc.

Highland Lake Apple Farm

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.

50 Maple Street, East Andover (603) 735-5058

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

etables at various gocery stores in Manchester, Derry and Londonderry.

Saltbox Farm Route 33, 321 Portsmouth Ave. Stratham 436-7978

Two Sisters’ Garlic of Clough bobsaltboxfarm1@myfairpoint.net Blueberries, raspberries and flowers. 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 Heron Pond Farm 29 Main Ave, South Hampton 603-394-0129 andre@heronpondfarm.com Heron Pond Farm is a four season farm that grows over 250 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. Farming year-round has allowed us to grow and maintain an incredibly skilled and experienced staff whose passion brings higher yields, quality and flavor to our food all year long.

J F 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


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 veg-

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

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. Localmade 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!

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

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Merrimack County Farm Bureau Vet Clinic for CVI & Licensed Rabies

By Debbi Cox, NHAITC State Coordinator Agriculture in the Classroom and Remote Learning Agriculture in the Classroom has been working to support teachers as they transition to a remote learning environment. As teachers work to adjust their lesson plans for online delivery, we wanted to take advantage of this opportunity for encouraging integration of agriculture into classroom curriculum. Particularly now with a bit more flexibility in required standards, students have more freedom to explore food and fiber systems as part of their classroom activities. Not only is this a great time to engage students, families can take part as well.

by researching the culture of dierent recipes and literacy can be involved with the many stories highlighting foods and culture. With spring in the air, gardening is the perfect family activity. Measure out the garden space, calculate the areas for each type of plant, read the seed packets, learn about the soil and ways to supplement its nutrients, measure the plants as they grow and research their history. If you have a farm stand or oer a CSA, perhaps print some pages from our activity booklet found on our Remote Learning section to include with each purchase. The cancellation of spring School to Farm Days, the Tucker Mountain Challenge and the Agricultural Literacy Program has taken away the chance to interact

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Osborne’s Agway 258 Sheep Davis Road ‡ Concord, NH Join Farm Bureau today to take advantage of this great deal! Get ready for show season with the Merrimack County )DUP %XUHDX 9HW &OLQLF IRU &HUWL¿FDWH RI 9HWHULQDU\ Inspection (CVI) and licensed rabies immunization. This clinic is for cattle, sheep, goats, swine, camelids, poultry and rabbits participating in the New Hampshire shows or fairs. The CVI remains in force for the entire 2020 show season and rabies vaccines should be given at least 30 days before attending any fairs. Dr. Christina Murdock, DVM will administer all vaccines and provide CVI’s for current members of Farm BureauDWWKH¿UVWDQLPDOVIRUIUHHDQ\DQLPDODIWHUWKDWZLOOEHHDFK For individuals that sign up to be a Farm Bureau member at the clinic, they will receive all vaccinations for free! This is a great savings! GET READY for 4-H Shows, County & State Fairs

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So what have we been up to? You may have noticed the extra editions of our newsletter focused completely on online learning resources. A variety of commodities have been featured such as dairy, maple, eggs and soil. National Agriculture in the Classroom has put a tremendous eort into tailoring a number of their lessons and resources to be used in an online learning situation. You can find the link to those on our website, www.agclassroom.org/nh. All of the materials along with many others can also be found on our website under Remote Learning. There is a lot we can all do to promote agricultural education in this new world of remote learning. Encourage families to cook with local foods – students can work on math skills by measuring ingredients and determining daily nutritional requirements, h i s t o r y and social studies can be incorporated

with roughly 7,500 students. This impacts our budget as well. Yet, we will be back next year with all these programs and would love to have you involved!

Visit www.agclassroom.org/nh For Resources Including:

• Curriculum Matrix • Remote Learning Lessons • Agricultural Literacy Program • Tapping into Maple Tradition • And More

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Our valued partnership highlights the great movement that we have together, and how farming and trucks have gone together for over 100 years.

New Hampshire Farm Bureau Announces New Member Benefit: Ford Motor Company & Lincoln Motor Company Bonus Cash


e are happy to announce the newest New Hampshire Farm Bureau member benefit! NH Farm Bureau members can now receive a $500 Bonus Cash offer from Ford Motor Company or $750 from Lincoln Motor Company on a purchase or lease of a new qualifying vehicle. You MUST be a NH Farm Bureau member for 30 consecutive days prior to purchase or lease. Farm Bureau Bonus Cash is exclusively for active Farm Bureau members who are residents of the United States. Offer is valid through 1/4/21 for the purchase or lease of an eligible new 2019/2020/2021 model year Ford or Lincoln vehicle. This incentive is not available on Mustang Shelby® GT350® ,GT350R,GT500®, Ford GT, F-150 Raptor, Bronco and Mustang Mach-E. This offer may not be used in conjunction with most other Ford Motor Company and Lincoln Motor Company private incentives or AXZD-Plans. Some customer and purchase eligibility restrictions apply. Must be a Farm Bureau member for 30 consecutive days prior to purchase. Visit fordfarmbureauadvantage. com or LincolnFarmBureauAdvantage.com or see your authorized Ford or Lincoln Dealer for qualifications and complete details. Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs

approximately 202,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit corporate.ford.com.

Built Ford Proud Sweepstakes Don’t forget to enter the Built Ford Proud Sweepstakes* for your chance to win a 2-year lease on a new Ford vehicle. Text the word SWEEPS to 46786** or visit FordFarmBureauAdvantage.com to enter! *NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENT OF U.S. OR D.C., 21 YEARS OR OLDER WITH VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE TO ENTER AND A CURRENT FARM BUREAU MEMBER. ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 9/30/2020. For entry and official rules with complete eligibility, prize description and other details, visit FordFarmBureauAdvantage.com. Sponsored by Ford Motor Company, One

Don’t miss out on this offer. Visit FordFarmBureauAdvantage.com today! *Farm Bureau Bonus Cash is exclusively for active Farm Bureau members who are residents of the United States. This incentive is not available on Mustang Shelby GT350®, Mustang Shelby® GT350R, Mustang Shelby® GT500®, Ford GT, F-150 Raptor, Bronco and Mustang Mach-E. This offer may not be used in conjunction with most other Ford Motor Company private incentives or AXZD-Plans. Some customer and purchase eligibility restrictions apply. Must be a Farm Bureau member for 30 consecutive days prior to purchase and take new retail delivery from an authorized Ford Dealer’s stock by 1/4/21. Visit FordFarmBureauAdvantage.com or see your authorized Ford Dealer for qualifications and complete details. Note to dealer: Claim in VINCENT using #37408.

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H-2A (From Cover) Additionally, USCIS is temporarily amending its regulations to protect the country’s food supply chain by allowing H-2A workers to stay beyond the threeyear maximum allowable period of stay in the United States. These temporary changes will encourage and facilitate the continued lawful employment of foreign temporary and seasonal agricultural workers during the COVID-19 national emergency. Agricultural employers should utilize this streamlined process if they are concerned with their ability to bring in the temporary workers who were previously authorized to work for the employer in H-2A classification. At no point is it acceptable for employers to hire illegal aliens.


Program #37408 *Farm Bureau Bonus Cash is exclusively for active Farm Bureau members who are residents of the United States. Offer is valid through 1/4/21 for the purchase or lease of an eligible new 2019/2020/2021 model year Lincoln vehicle. This offer may not be used in conjunction with most other Lincoln Motor Company private incentives or AXZD-Plans. Some customer and purchase eligibility restrictions apply. Must be a Farm Bureau member for 30 consecutive days prior to purchase. Visit LincolnFarmBureauAdvantage.com or see your authorized Lincoln Dealer for qualifications and complete details.

“This Administration has determined that continued agricultural employment, currently threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic, is vital to maintaining and securing the country’s critical food supply chain. The temporary changes announced by USCIS provide the needed stability during this unprecedented crisis,” said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf. “USDA welcomes these additional flexibilities provided by the Department of Homeland Security today,” said Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “Providing flexibility for H-2A employers to utilize H-2A workers that are currently in the United States is

critically important as we continue to see travel and border restrictions as a result of COVID-19. USDA continues to work with the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor and the Department of State to minimize disruption and make sure farmers have access to these critical workers necessary to maintain the integrity in our food supply.” The temporary final rule is effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register. If the new petition is approved, the H-2A worker will be able to stay in the United States for a period of time not to exceed the validity period of the Temporary Labor Certification.

DHS will issue a new temporary final rule in the Federal Register to amend the termination date of these new procedures in the event DHS determines that circumstances demonstrate a continued need for the temporary changes to the H-2A regulations. The H-2A nonimmigrant classification applies to alien workers seeking to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature in the United States, usually lasting no longer than one year, for which able, willing, and qualified U.S. workers are not available.

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How Pooling of Dumped Milk Works: Many Dairy Cooperatives and Processors Also Requesting Farmers Cut Supplies By John Newton, Ph. D American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist The stay-at-home and self-distancing orders instituted in the U.S. in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have pushed demand way down for food consumed away from home — at school cafeterias, full- and limited-service restaurants, bars, airlines and hotels, for example. Demand for dairy products in the retail channel rapidly increased, but only for a short period of time as it became clear that economic growth was likely to slow in the U.S. and abroad – destroying demand for dairy products typically destined for food service or export markets. This demand destruction coincided with the typical spring flush in the U.S. Milk prices immediately eroded, and since COVID-19 was first confirmed in China, futures prices for Class III milk and Class IV milk are now down more than 30%, i.e., Coronavirus Sends Crop and Livestock Prices into a Tailspin. As of April 14, May futures for Class III milk are below $11 per hundredweight and Class IV milk futures are slightly higher than $11 per hundredweight, $6.16 per hundredweight and $5.64 per hundredweight below January prices, respectively, The milk price decline experienced as a result of COVID-19 is the worst since the Great Recession, Figure 1.

“USDA will provide flexibility for the dumping of milk and limit the financial impact to producers. Milk historically associated with a FMMO will be allowed to be dumped at the farm and still priced and pooled on the FMMO. The pooling handler will need to notify the FMMO of any dumped milk.”

How is Dumped Milk Priced and Pooled? A recent Market Intel reviewed milk pricing provisions in the U.S. (How Milk Is Priced in Federal Milk Marketing Orders: A Primer). Milk prices paid to farmers are based on market-wide revenue sharing pools whereby farmers are paid a weighted average milk price based on how milk is utilized in the marketing order. Excluding reblending charges and other authorized deductions, farmers pooling milk in FMMOs with higher utilization in Class I beverage milk generally have the highest milk price. Through this revenue-sharing process, milk that is disposed of as animal feed or dumped is assigned to the lowest class price for the pooling month for pricing and pooling purposes. In the computation of the monthly statistical

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the lowest-priced class. For dumped milk that is pooled, the handler will be responsible for paying the producer the minimum order value, i.e., blend price. There is no minimum price enforcement for milk that is not pooled. Dairy cooperatives are not bound to pay the minimum order value. As a simplified example, and excluding milk component levels, skim and fat or qualification criteria, using the March Class IV price of $14.87 per hundredweight, and assuming a FMMO blend price of $16 per hundredweight, if a handler or cooperative pools milk dumped on the farm, they will account to the pool at the Class IV value of $14.87 per hundredweight. They would then receive a payment from the pool for $1.13 per hundredweight, i.e., the difference between the uniform price and the lowest-class price ($1.13=$16$14.87). The non-cooperative handler would be responsible for paying the producer $16 even though the pool draw was $1.13 per hundredweight and the value of the dumped milk was likely $0. At times, the processor may skim the cream from the milk and dump only the skim portion – salvaging some value from the dumped milk. Importantly, the FMMO system has no additional money to cover the pool draw for dumped milk – as a result all producers pooling on the order are sharing in this pooling of dumped milk even if their milk may not have been dumped. Figure 3 highlights the pool draw from milk dumping included in this example. As a result, while the dumped milk may have a market value of $0 per hundredweight, the pooling handler can receive a financial draw from the

uniform price, the pooling handler will account to the FMMO pool for milk that is dumped as “other use” and the milk will be accounted for at the lowest class price (Class IV for March and April and Class III for May – based on announced prices and current futures prices). Then, the handler will report their dumped milk and receive a pool draw or “credit” from the pool based on the dumped milk volume. This amount is generally equal to the difference between the uniform value of milk and

Summary As a direct result of COVID-19-related demand destruction coinciding with the spring flush, milk prices in the U.S. have fallen by more than 30%. In response, many dairy processors and cooperatives are requesting that dairy farmers reduce their milk supplies in addition to also requesting USDA impose a supply management program in exchange for direct payments. At this point, USDA has not announced a WHIP-ML type of program for dumped milk related to COVID-19. Instead, for distressed loads of milk, USDA has announced new flexibilities to allow this milk to be dumped. The dumped milk will be allowed to be priced and pooled on the FMMO. The FMMO draw will not make any pooling handler or dairy farmer whole, but it will provide nominal financial assistance to the pooling handler to offset the lost revenue associated with dumped milk.

Figure 3

Figure 1

The demand destruction compelled some of the nation’s largest dairy cooperatives and processors to initially request dairy producers dispose of milk on the farm. Some of these cooperatives and processors, but not all, are now requesting dairy producers cut back supplies by nearly 20%. In addition, some are also requesting USDA initiate a nationwide temporary supply management program in exchange for direct payments. Historically, USDA’s Federal Milk Marketing Order system has allowed dumped milk to be pooled as long as the reason for the dumping is beyond the control of the farmer, cooperative or handler, e.g., lost by a handler in a vehicular accident, flood or fire. USDA expanded the ability to pool dumped milk following the downturn in milk prices beginning in 2015. During 2015 and 2016, more than 900 million pounds of milk were dumped in the U.S., Figure 2. In response to COVID-19, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has taken action through the FMMO system to facilitate the pooling of dumped milk for the time period of March-May, as needed:

wildfires. Typically, the costs associated with loads of milk that are dumped are spread among all, or a subset, of the dairy cooperative’s member producers. The collective sharing of the value of the dumped milk (called re-blending) lowers the farm-level milk price for all farmer-members of the cooperative. The financial draw from the pool can be used to reduce the aggregate balancing costs borne by the dairy cooperative members. Non-cooperative handlers may not blend the loss among their producers that results in prices below the FMMO minimum.

pool to offset the lost value associated with the dumped milk. It’s possible for USDA to provide additional assistance and financially compensate for the value of dumped milk. The 2018 and 2019 disaster packages did include a WHIP-Milk Loss indemnity program to pay producers for milk that was dumped or removed without compensation from the commercial milk market due to hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, typhoons, volcanic activity, snowstorms and

Figure 2

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

Farm Products Map UNH Extension has teamed up with the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture to gather and display farm listings from across the state in an interactive online map, making it easy for farmers to update their information. The map is accessed at https://extension.unh.edu/FarmMap. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many residents are avoiding or limiting trips to crowded supermarkets. It can be difficult to know if certain products will be available at grocery stores because of high demand. “Staple” food items like eggs, milk, bread, fruits and vegetables are needed more than ever, as families prepare most, if not all, meals at home. Connecting farmers directly with consumers allows for curbside pick-ups or delivery methods that maintain physical distancing, while providing local, nutritious food to New Hampshire communities. In addition to food essentials like meat, produce and dairy, farmers can list other offerings like cut flowers, hay, compost, seedlings, soap, candles and more. Extension’s online map includes farm locations and contact information, farm-preferred methods for relaying product, marketing updates to the public (websites and social media accounts), payment options, alternative purchasing locations, purchasing incentives/food access programs (such as SNAP, senior discounts or veteran discounts) and product category listings. Farmers can continue to add or update listings. For more information, contact UNH Extension Fruit & Vegetable Production Field Specialist Jeremy Delisle at 603-796-2151 or Jeremy.Delisle@unh.edu. UNH Extension has also reached out to New Hampshire food pantries, food alliances and public health centers to create the New Hampshire Food Access Map, an online platform that enables organizations to offer their services and share their needs with the public. In addition to free or low-cost food, the map indicates where essential personal items can be picked up as well as where donations can be dropped off and where volunteers can help their neighbors. It can be accessed at https://extension.unh.edu/resource/


shared daily through a Daily AgCovid-19 email.

How are you going to organize the garden center this spring?

Soil Testing, Insect ID & Plant Diagnostic Lab

Fruit Pest Hotline

Walk-in and mail-in samples will no longer be accepted for any diagnostic service until further notice.

The Fruit Pest Hotline will be updated every Tuesday until the end of the season. You can reach this recorded update at 603-862-3763.

Garden center marketing efforts for years have focused on big events, rewards programs, guest speakers and sales—all of which encourage large numbers of people to shop simultaneously. This spring, separating customers, not just in space, but over time, will be a major focus of retail efforts. This is obviously not the year for big events, open houses, etc. With so many people working from (or staying) home, expect to see less of a difference between gross sales on a Tuesday and on a Saturday. Marketing should focus on the hope, healing and new beginnings that gardens bring. Avoid clinicalsounding language; engage your customers with personal-sounding communication. Social media needs to be stepped up this season. In order for your customers to hear your positive message, you will need to be proactive with messaging. Rather than simply post on Facebook, purchase advertisements on social media to reach a greater swath of your audience. Show yourself to be a calm expert who can help people succeed in their yards and homes.

Online Service For home gardeners: Ask UNH Extension staff will answer soil, plant and insect questions on the phone at 1-877-EXT-GROW (398-4769), via email at answers@unh.edu, and Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For commercial producers/operations only: Soil samples: In the absence of a soil test, commercial growers should refer to previous soil tests, home gardeners follow guidelines recommended in our factsheets for fertilizing vegetable gardens or fruit trees. If you have misplaced your old soil test, contact Shyloh.Favreau@unh.edu. Soils already submitted to the lab will be processed when services resume. Plant samples: The Plant Diagnostic Lab is accepting digital samples sent by email to pdl.digitalsample@unh. edu. Submissions must include your name, phone number, business name, county, host plant, problem, date when symptoms were noted and good, in-focus images. Arthropod samples: Our staff are accepting digital samples sent by email to answers@unh.edu. Submission must include your name, phone number, business name, county, where you found the specimen and good, in-focus images.

Farmers Forum UNH Extension is hosting an online forum (using Zoom) for New Hampshire farmers to discuss how they are adapting in these uncertain times, due to COVID-19. Participation by phone is encouraged if internet connection is weak. Growers and producers can join the reoccurring meetings through video chat or by phone. This collaborative space allows farmers to share information and concerns about how the public health pandemic is affecting their operations while strategizing for success in the months ahead. Online sessions are held Monday mornings (10-11 a.m.) and Wednesday evenings (7-8 p.m.). Visit our website for further instructions.

FAQ About COVID-19 and N.H. Agriculture - Updated Daily Farmers are invited to submit questions to Extension staff who then work in partnership with local agencies and organizations to research issues and provide the best available answers to support New Hampshire commercial agriculture. This page is updated daily with new questions and answers as we continually receive more information. A summary of new content is also

Fees Are Being Waived for Online Pesticide Credit Classes Recertification Credits Online UNH Cooperative Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program has seven online classes that you can take from the comfort of your own home. Each class builds foundational knowledge and relevant skills to protect yourself, your family, the public, and the environment from the misuse of pesticides. Each online training module contains; an outline, PowerPoint and/ or audio voiceover, videos and/or assigned readings. A 10-question quiz will follow each module in which you need to pass with an 80% or better to receive a certificate of participation to submit with your renewal paperwork. New Hampshire approves up to three online classes per recertification cycle. Classes are available 24/7. If you are a resident of New Hampshire, please contact Rachel Maccini via Rachel.maccini@unh.edu or 603-3513831 before registering to receive a discount voucher code for these online opportunities.

General tips for the garden center this spring: • •

Online Resources New resources are added daily to the Extension website. Please visit this link to view blogs and tip sheets about how to navigate these challenging times. https://extension.unh.edu/tags/ agricultural-resources-covid-19

How is your garden center going to do business this spring? New Hampshire’s Governor Chris Sununu has listed “Nurseries, greenhouses, garden centers, and agriculture supply stores” as “essential services” in his Executive Order 17. Garden centers in neighboring states have not been as fortunate, and many have been forced to miss the beginning of the season already. Since New Hampshire garden centers are permitted to be open and sell to the public, what should garden center retail look like during a spring of social distancing? It’s not uncommon for a garden center in New Hampshire to make 50% - 80% of its annual revenue in the month of May, and in a good year that makes for a huge rush of people and some very long days. The governor’s order, although permitting garden centers to stay open, still urges businesses to maintain six feet between people and to prohibit all gatherings with more than 10 people! This doesn’t describe a typical Saturday in May at a garden center.

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Remove endcaps from benches to allow greater room for customers to move. Increase bench spacing. Have industrial wipe stations at the cart corral. If this isn’t possible, have an employee visibly disinfecting cart handles with disposable towels and disinfectant (if you use a sprayer, make sure it hasn’t been used for pesticides). Greenshield and Zerotol (two common greenhouse disinfectants) are not specifically on the EPA/CDC list of chemicals effective on COVID-19 but are approved since they contain the same approved active ingredients as other products on the list. If you can’t access disinfectant, the CDC recommends using household bleach diluted at 1/3 cup bleach per gallon of water. If you haven’t started accepting credit cards, this is the season! Investigate alternative payment methods like Apple Pay, GooglePay, Paypal, etc. Consider adjusting price structure to avoid needing coins during cash transactions. Ask your credit card provider if they have disabled signature requirements for this season. Train employees to keep a six-foot distance (demonstrate what this looks like), and train them how to request that customers do the same. Train employees in crosscontamination avoidance and how to use gloves and masks properly. Signage needs to be top notch to reduce face-to-face time between employees and customers this year. Frequently wipe with sanitizer: door handles, bathrooms, carts, register counters, credit card readers, etc. Make sure your credit card reader is secured to the counter so that customers don’t need to hold it steady.

To read more helpful information about operating a garden center this spring, please visit our website.

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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.


rust in front and on side door. A little inside in the back otherwise inside in good shape. Call or SERVICES FOR SALE: Excellent galvanized round text for more information. located in Southern Veterinary Services: Now accepting bale feeder, used briefly - $650. McCormick NH 781-548-1359. new farm and equine clients in New Farmall 230 model H tractor with book. Intact FOR SALE: 1 year old Belted Galloway Hampshire & Vermont within a 40 mile except needs alternator, ran last fall - $1975. Dun colored heifer named Bonnie, comes with radius of Canaan, New Hampshire. Hill - 744-8860. all her papers. Small build, will be 2 in June. Also specializing in Equine Dentistry FOR SALE: Used Honda FRC 800 rototiller. Perfect for backyard operation or 4-H project. with over 25 years of experience. Able to Paint has faded but mechanically is 100% and Friendly, trailers fine. $1200 OBO. Located in travel further for larger barns. Cardigan works like a dream - $1400. Pictures available. Belmont. Call 603-707-6640. Veterinary Clinic. 603-632-7500. Call 603-475-3723 FOR SALE: Herd reduction sale. 2 Guernsey cows - $850 ea. 4 Angus/Hereford cross cows - AGRICULTURAL FENCING FOR SALE: Pre-shearing ALPACA SALE. Shearing postponed, new date TBD. Prices de- $850 ea. 2 Angus/Herford cross heifers - $700 INSTALLATION: Some of the creased $50-1000; price range $300-5000. 2 males ea. 1 Hereford heifer - $700. 1 Holstein heifer fencing we install is high tensile electric, remain; both ribbon winning proven breeders. - $700. Mature cows and heifers bred to Red woven wire stock fence and open to Females proven and unproven; breeders and Angus or Hereford Bull, due from March to other requests. Other services available pet/fiber. Range of colors. Buy one, get 2nd of May, 2020. 8 month old Guernsey/Red Angus include field perimeter and fence line equal or lesser value 1/2 price. Social distancing cross heifer calf, not bred - $500. Call Mark in mowing with mini excavator with flail mower head. Please call Nate @ 603-648Ashland 603-968-7937. observed/required. 603-746-3385, Hopkinton. 6211 or email mockangus@tds.net FOR LEASE/RENT FOR SALE: Turner Portable Band Sawmill, CONTRACT PRUNING: We full hydraulic cuts 16ft, 6 - 28 in wide. $8500. Barn for rent, currently has FOR LEASE: OBO call for more information 603-859-7981 are a contract pruning service for the 6 stalls suitable for horses, can be tailored for management of orchard crops and leave a message. located in New Durham car/antique storage. Large loft area, electric, landscape specimens. We’re equipped FOR SALE: HD Professional grade water, outdoor arena and ample room to build to prune standard, dwarf, and TSS Brushcutter/Weedwacker Honda 4 cycle-no a walkout. Located on 30+ private acres, next varieties to maximize productivity oil mixing, HHT35S, handlebar type, complete to 300 acres of conservation land with well and increase disease resistance. For with Saw Blade attachment, harness and Kwik established riding trails. $1200/month. Email landscapes, aesthetics are also taken loader cutting line head. Excellent condition. admin@nebcast.com Goffstown into consideration. Call 919-478-3788 to $250.00 603-465-2672 FOR LEASE: 120 acres of current use request a quote. FOR SALE: Used metal roofing 50 sheets 3’ farmland for up to 25 years. Excellent soils, by 16’, 50 sheets 3’ by 12’ $5 each sheet. Walpole, easily accessible water and in active production. REAL ESTATE: Farms, Woodlots, 603-756-9582 or 603-504-5991. For information, visit www.hollisnh.org/ Recreational Land. Broker Tom Howard is an Accredited Land Consultant with FOR SALE: Superb condition 2014 Jeep stefanowicz-lease or call Hollis Town Hall at expertise in Conservation Easements, Grand Cherokee Limited with all the Factory (603) 465-2209 x101 Agriculture and Forestry. NH options/attachments similar to the Summit. Conservation Real Estate, (603)253-4999. WANTED Always been hand washed-no commercial washes, Dealer maintained per Jeep manual, many new parts, I have all service records, WANTED: Decent quality round bales for no scratches, no rust, no dents, no accidents. horses. Within 30 min or so of Brentwood NH. Complete with 5 sets of Factory Remote Start Email sarah.cotetcb@gmail.com transmitter keys ($1300 value). Still covered under Jeep diesel engine & emissions warranty. Tips for Avoiding Scams $18,500 firm. Phone 603-465-2672

FOR SALE: Troy Bilt Lawn/Garden Tractor, finish mower. 42” deck. Garaged indoors, excellent condition like new. Only 10 hours usage. $800 603-465-2672

FOR SALE: Purebred Nubian yearling doe. Excellent bloodlines, disbudded, tattooed, registered, tested CAE free, G6S Normal and up to date CDT shots. $450. ADGA genetics: Aviva N002030106 (PB Doe), Brown w/narrow white band. Twillingate Dairy Goat Farm, Gilmanton. 267-1115

FOR SALE: Two, 10,000lb Alko trailer axles, oil bath hubs, electric brakes. no rims, no springs $500. each. Concord 224-8862

FOR SALE: 1993 Delta 2 Horse Trailer. Bumper pull. Solid Frame and Floor. Needs back door welded or replaced. Has dressing room With saddle racks and bridle racks but only has screen door on it. Solid door is missing. Has top back door that can be removed. Throughbreed Size. Tires not really used but old. Needs work on lights as well. Great trailer have had for 15 years but has sat for five years. $1,000 or BRO. Color Red. Has some surface

Unfortunately, from time to time folks listing items for sale in classified sections of newspapers and/or websites are the targets of scams. The easiest way to avoid falling victim to one of these scams is to be aware of suspicious replies to your listings, never give out private information via email, and try to meet in person when making transactions. Most classified listing scams are conducted via email. Be aware of suspicious email replies containing: • • • •

Poor grammar and spelling, vague or strange wording. Responses from distant places (especially foreign countries or a far-off state). Offers to pay using cashier checks, certified checks, or money orders. Contact information that does not match (ex. phone number from different state than address).

Although most scams are initiated through email, look out for these signs in telephone conversations as well.

If you believe you have been targeted by a scam online, you can file a complaint with the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center at https://www.ic3.gov. If you believe you have been targeted by a phone scam, you can file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov. For more resources on fraud and scams visit https://www.usa.gov/stop-scams-frauds.

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NHFB Member Appointed to Governor’s Stakeholder Advisory Board For keeping your animals in or keeping the critters Gallagher ~ Geotek ~ Dare out, we have Farm Supply ~ Gripple ~ Applegate fencing solutions for you

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ursuant to Executive Order 202006, Governor Chris Sununu announced the creation of the Stakeholder Advisory Board to provide the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) with key insight on the needs across New Hampshire communities and private industries, and to provide recommendations on relief efforts. “The creation of the Stakeholder Advisory Board brings together community and industry leaders from across the Granite State to provide key input on COVID-19 relief efforts,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “This advisory board will serve to add yet another layer of transparency to the distribution of federal relief aid and input into the process, ensuring as much accountability, transparency, and integrity as possible.”

Scott Mason runs Northwinds Farm in North Stratford, N.H. and was recently appointed to the Stakeholder Advisory Board for the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR)

INITIAL members of the GOFERR Stakeholder Advisory Board include:

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Bill Ardinger, Attorney, Rath, Young & Pignatelli Dean Christon, Executive Director, NH Housing Finance Authority Jim Jalbert, C&J Trailways Al Letizio, Wholesale Food Industry

Donnalee Lozeau, CEO, Southern NH Community Action Program (CAP), former Mayor of Nashua Scott Mason, Owner/Farmer, Northwind Farms Michelle McEwen, President & CEO, Speare Memorial Hospital of Plymouth Nancy Merrill, Director of Planning & Development, City of Claremont Ben Wilcox, President and General Manager, Cranmore Mountain Resort

Farm Service Agency Announces Loan Maturity for Marketing Assistance Loans Now Extended USDA Farm Service Agency


gricultural producers now have more time to repay Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The loans now mature at 12 months rather than nine, and this flexibility is available for most commodities. “Spring is the season when most producers have the biggest need for capital, and many may have or are considering putting commodities under loan. Extending the commodity loan maturity affords farmers more time to market their commodity and repay their loan at a later time,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “We are extremely pleased that USDA can offer these marketing flexibilities at this critical time for the agriculture industry and the nation.” Effective immediately, producers of eligible commodities now have up to 12 months to repay their commodity loans. The maturity extension applies to nonrecourse loans for crop years 2018, 2019 and 2020. Eligible open loans must in good standing with a maturity date of March 31, 2020, or later or new crop year (2019 or 2020) loans requested by September 30, 2020. All new loans requested by September 30, 2020, will have a maturity date 12 months following the date of approval.

The maturity extension for current, active loans will be automatically extended an additional 3 months. Loans that matured March 31 have already been automatically extended by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). Producers who prefer a nine-month loan will need to contact their local FSA county office. Loans requested after September 30, 2020, will have a term of nine months. Eligible commodities include barley, chickpeas (small and large), corn, cotton (upland and extra-long staple), dry peas, grain sorghum, honey, lentils, mohair, oats, peanuts, rice (long and medium grain), soybeans, unshorn pelts, wheat, wool (graded and nongraded); and other oilseeds, including canola, crambe, flaxseed, mustard seed, rapeseed, safflower, sunflower seed, and sesame seed. Seed cotton and sugar are not eligible.

American National Announces Premium Credit for Personal Auto Clients American National Insurance Company


n an effort to help ease financial uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, American National is providing a premium credit to its personal auto insurance customers. At a time when many Americans are doing the right thing by staying at home and off the road, American National is doing the right thing for its customers by taking steps to help them, including providing a premium credit to all its personal auto policyholders. A 15% credit will automatically be applied to the monthly premium of every policy in force at the end of April and again at the end of May, 2020. Policyholders do not have to take any action to receive the credit. American National has always been there for its clients and this has never been more true than in times of crisis. Its proud history of providing outstanding service to clients through dedicated agents will continue. American National also announced it will cover its insured drivers who are making deliveries of food, medicine or other essential goods in their personal vehicles for their employer—something typically not covered by personal auto policies. American National is committed to helping clients through times of hardship. As the lives of individuals across the country are impacted on a massive scale by the current situation, we are proud of the steps we’re taking to help our clients and their families. The premium credit is in addition to other steps the company has taken to help ease the burden of clients during this difficult time. American National is working with state insurance departments to secure approval for the premium credit and other measures. These include: • Payment Relief: American National has suspended cancellation of coverage due to non-payment for all policyholders. While American National encourages policyholders to continue to make payments on policies, clients can go to https://www. americannational.com/wps/portal/an/

menu/contact and discuss a revised payment plan or method. • No Minimum Payment Requirements: The company is suspending minimum payment requirements on all policies. Clients may pay any amount between $1 and the full account balance, regardless of the minimum amount shown. • Enhanced Self Service: American National is adding capabilities to their online portal. Clients can now suspend Auto Pay to prevent payments from being withdrawn automatically from their bank accounts by going to https://www.americannational.com/ wps/portal/an/home/info/response-tocoronavirus/#cancellations Working through challenges together with clients is the foundation of American National. For 115 years, the company has built a reputation of doing the right thing by its clients and being there whenever needed. That holds true now more than ever. American National Insurance Company (American National), headquartered in Galveston, Texas, was founded in 1905 and is licensed in all states except New York. American National and its subsidiaries offer a broad line of products and services, which include life insurance, annuities, health insurance, credit insurance, pension product and property and casualty insurance for personal lines, agribusiness and certain commercial exposures. The family of companies operates in all 50 states. For more information, including company news and investor relations information, visit the company’s web site at americannational.com.

New Hampshire’s American National Agents with NHFB President Denis Ward (far right)

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Keeping Your Food and Families Safe

May/June 2020

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nformation and guidance regarding COVID-19 is continually evolving. Although this can be frustrating and confusing, especially when recommendations change or are expanded, we can expect these changes with anything that is new or unknown. The good news is that when it comes to this virus, the risk of contracting it through fresh or prepared food is low to none when following proper food safety and public health practices. If we look at past data and investigations of previous coronavirus outbreaks, such as MERS and SARS, the World Health Organization determined that there was no disease transmission through food. My family’s ranch raises meat shipped directly to families across the United States, and we have implemented social distancing practices in all areas of our business. Local customers are asked to pre-order and remain in their cars during pick-up. We wear personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, and provide access to proper hand-washing stations, in order to protect our family, our workers and our customers. Keep in mind that gloves and masks alone will not prevent you from contracting COVID-19. You must implement the correct practices even with this gear to stop cross-contamination. In fact, if you are not used to properly wearing gloves, they can create a false sense of security and lead to unintentional cross-contamination. Remember: wearing gloves does not replace the need to wash your hands properly. When we need to travel off the farm, we take time to plan and ensure that anyone we work with who brings food to families takes the same care and precautions. For example, our dry-ice supplier now leaves my order on the loading dock, and I load it myself. Our local feed store has callahead options that allow us to stay fully in our

vehicles and limit direct contact. Commercial shipping carriers, like UPS and FedEx, pick up meat boxes from the ranch store porch and we limit the number of customers allowed inside the store for drop offs. Consumers can rest assured that fresh fruits and vegetables purchased at the grocery store or from the local farmers’ market are safe. There is no need to implement extra steps in washing your produce, especially with soap or detergents that are not labeled for human consumption and can cause adverse side effects. The best at-home food safety practices are simple: rinse produce immediately prior to eating or cooking and wash your hands properly prior to preparing or eating food. Also, families and business alike must continue to sanitize high-contact surfaces, such as handles, doorknobs and counters, to reduce the risk of exposure. Keeping your hands clean in the kitchen is the most important step you can take to stop the spread of germs and COVID-19. There are still many unknowns surrounding COVID-19, but we can work with what we do know. We can all do our part to stop the spread through social distancing and good public health practices. That’s just what farms like mine around this country are doing every day to ensure we can continue to keep the food supply strong.



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Dr. Sarah Ison is a participant in AFBF’s Partners in Advocacy Leadership Program, and beef producer with her family in Ohio. She holds a doctorate in food safety and epidemiology.








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Do not cut back the old ferns at the end of the season until they are completely dead. In the fall, nutrients move from the dying ferns to the crown. Removing the ferns too early weakens the crown and may thereby reduce the size and number of spears the following spring.

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The asparagus plant is made up of top (ferns), crown (buds) and roots. All three are vital to a productive plant. The ferns are the “factory,” which, through the process of photosynthesis, produces food stored in the crown and roots below ground. The number of vigorous spears in the spring depends upon the amount of food produced and stored in the crown during the preceding summer and fall. Producing a good crop of ferns is necessary to ensure a good crop of spears the next spring.

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To cook quickly, use a roomy pan and boiling water. Cut off the tips as tender and long as possible. The rest can be peeled, cut smaller and boiled for 5 minutes. Add the tips on top and boil, uncovered, for 10 more minutes. Test for doneness. Serve immediately sprinkled with lemon juice and butter. Save the water for soup stock, which you can freeze in 1 or 2 cup containers. Mark and date. I believe an asparagus bed is worth all the work and you can enjoy the shoots as a tasty spring vegetable while saving stock for future use. No taste for waste!

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To cook later, trim ½” off the butt end and stand in cold water. Cover with plastic and refrigerate.

Asparagus is grown for its succulent, immature shoots that, if allowed to grow, will eventually become the bushy foliage called ferns. In southern New Hampshire the young spears emerge about the fi rst week in May or when the soil temperature reaches about 40 degrees F. Growth continues into late fall or early winter until the ferns are killed by frost.

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Spring is here and hopefully, asparagus is available at farmers’ markets. Choose crisp spears with compact, closed tips. One pound should serve four.

Asparagus is a perennial crop that produces spears year after year for 10 to 15 years or longer if the plants are given adequate care. Because it remains in the same location for many years, it’s important to select a planting site that’s convenient, as well as having good growing characteristics in mind. The edge of a garden might be preferable to the middle to accommodate future gardening activities.

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Spring Cooking with Asparagus

Growing Asparagus

Exerpt from UNH Extension Asparagus Fact Sheet

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he USDA and the Environmental Protection Agency developed a national study in 2013 which led to the formation of the U.S. Food Waste Challenge. Research done at the Agricultural Research Service, the University of Vermont and the University of New Hampshire found that Americans waste 150,000 tons of food every day. Each of us, on average, wastes 1 pound of food per day. The American Farm Bureau Federation, many agribusinesses and producer groups joined the challenge to reduce waste and improve stewardship of valuable resources. In New Hampshire, the Associated Women of New Hampshire Farm Bureau have adopted “No Taste for Waste” to raise consumer awareness of how farm families reduce waste from local farms to your table. During this unusual time of COVID-19 food shopping may be difficult and less frequent. We will be offering recipes that encourage you to use more parts of vegetables and fruits, more leftovers and combinations. We invite you to share your tips and recipes that reduce waste on your table.

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

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

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

Brandon Coffman, General Agent

American National is endorsed by the New Hampshire Farm Bureau

603-223-6686 - www.americannational.com

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

New Farmer Toolkit

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

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

Visit www.wyndhamhotels.com/ farm-bureau


CREDIT CARD Processing

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


FREE Prescription Drug Card

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

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

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

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The Communicator - 2020 May/June  

The Official New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Newspaper

The Communicator - 2020 May/June  

The Official New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Newspaper


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