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County Annual UNH Opens Aquaponic Greenhouse Facility to Meetings Bring Support Sustainable Members Together ABOVE PHOTO Agriculture UNH - COLSA

Every Fall New Hampshire Farm Bureau members come together in each county to celebrate the efforts of the past year and engage in the grassroots policy development process that makes Farm Bureau the true Voice of Agriculture in the state. They also take time to recognize those who have made a lasting impact on Farm Bureau, like Vincent & Miriam Ferdinando, shown above with their son, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren after being inducted into the Rockingham County Farm Bureau Hall of Fame. Learn more about all the county annual meetings inside this issue.

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FOOD FIGHT: PROTECTING THE IDENTITIES OF MILK & MEAT Page 22 New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation 295 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, NH 03301 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED

Researchers recently grew Boston butter head lettuce in 35 days from seed to harvest and hit the magical 150g head weight using only nutrients from the fish. Credit: UNH


n an effort to support sustainable agriculture, the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire has opened a new aquaponic greenhouse facility that aims to provide a model for integrating land-based aquaculture systems with hydroponic plant production that can be used locally and regionally to increase sustainable food production. “Over half of the world’s seafood is produced from aquaculture. Eighty percent of the seafood we eat in the United States is imported, resulting in nearly an annual $11 billion trade deficit for seafood alone. We need to take control of our food production systems by developing a sustainable, U.S.-based aquaculture industry,” said NH Agricultural Experiment Station researcher Todd Guerdat, assistant professor of agricultural engineering, who is leading the project at the Kingman Research Farm, an experiment station facility in Madbury. AQU A PON ICS - CON T I N U ED ON PAGE 11


Young Farmer Achievement Award Learn more about this year’s nominees on page 15



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November/December 2018

ForWard Thinking By Denis Ward, New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation President Farm Bureau First Lady) and I are getting some amusement from it. We bought a new television. It is more entertaining to talk to the darn thing than it is to watch any of the programs. It tells jokes, makes a grocery list (I think it sends it to a phone, but we haven’t figured that part out- maybe we will get a big delivery someday from somewhere) changes channels and more. Much of the time, however, it says it doesn’t understand what we are asking. It wasn’t that long ago when we questioned the mental stability of anyone who spent time talking to inanimate objects. I now spend almost as much time talking to my phone as I spend talking to someone else through it. Go figure!

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


nother successful year for New Hampshire Farm Bureau is coming to a close. If you read the Legislative Review article in the last issue of The Communicator, you are aware of the variety of legislation we kept track of and that we were quite successful overall. The coming year will bring just as much for us to watch. Thank you to all who had any part in getting our message to legislators and department heads. It is due to every member of NHFB that we are so successful. Our staff is second to none as well and they will continue to live by the NHFB Mission - To Advocate For and Educate About Agriculture. It seems like every fall brings out the most beautiful colors of our landscape and this year is no different. What an amazing world we live in. I’m happy to be among that group of people, called farmers, who get to be outside much of the time enjoying the wonder of it all. County annual meetings provide the forum for all members to gather and set the course of the organization for the following year. As I write this we are six county meetings down with four to go. There have been some interesting policies adopted with some equally interesting discussion around them. Overall it seems the turnout has been great. I can’t remember a Farm Bureau event from which I came away hungry and the annual meeting dinners have been no exception. Probably most of the younger generation just accepts the advances in technology that have invaded us. I have vowed to try to keep up with it all as long as my mind has at least some capability to understand how to use it. Lately, however, Jeanne (the New Hampshire

NHFB President Denis Ward addresses members of Sullivan County Farm Bureau at their annual meeting at The Old Courthouse Restaurant in Newport.

Kudo’s to the Young Farmer group for latching on to the 10-Gallon Challenge. Ty Higgins, a Wisconsin Farm Broadcaster, developed the ’10-Gallon Challenge’ not only to help struggling dairy farmers, but also to provide food for local families in need. Our young farmers adopted the idea and were able to get a large amount of milk purchased and donated to local food shelters in every county in NH. Anyone out there want to join me to continue this a little longer? Do we need legislation requiring squirrels to finish eating one pumpkin or apple or whatever they are chewing on before moving on to the next one? Maybe a policy resolution is in order! Have a great rest of fall!

INSIDE November/December 2018 County & Committee News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Local Meat Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Eye on Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Before beginning his rounds attending county annual meetings, NHFB President Denis Ward visited Stuart Farm Dairy in Stratham to take part in a discussion of the dairy Margine Protection Plan (MPP) and Farm Bill priorities for New Hampshire Farmers with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (not pictured), NH farmers, and other industry stakeholders.

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In 2018, Tax Planning is More Important than Ever for Agricultural Businesses The federal tax law that was passed late in 2017 significantly affects agricultural producers this year. This makes tax planning more important than ever. Farm Credit East recently released a short video summarizing some of these changes and the services it provides to help Northeast agricultural businesses create their tax strategy. “This year, tax planning is really important for farmers,” explained Dario Arezzo, Farm Credit East senior tax consultant. In this

video, Dario discusses some of the provisions that were eliminated, including DPAD, which has been replaced by new deductions, and also the higher expensing limitations. “Being proactive this year is particularly important regarding the new section 199A deduction for all taxpayers, except C-corporations,” Dario said. “There are ways to optimize section 199A, but it will require proactive thought and analysis during this year’s tax planning season.”

Farm Credit East Senior Tax Consultant Dario Arezzo discusses changes in tax planning for agricultural operations based on federal tax law passed late in 2017 in a recent video. Aimed at helping Northeast agricultural businesses create their tax strategy, Farm Credit Easts video can be found at www.farmcrediteast.com/News/media-center/press-releases/20180920TaxPlanningVideo

Agricultural taxation and tax laws are already complex. This makes tax planning important for farm business throughout the year, not just during tax season, especially when producers start to think about new investments. Key to tax planning is being proactive. “Any time a farmer is looking to buy assets, it’s always best to meet with a tax advisor beforehand to talk through the tax


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implications of every deal,” Dario explained. Farm Credit East offers new tax customers a free comprehensive review of the prior year’s taxes. “This review is a beneficial way to start the conversation,” said Dario. “Farm Credit East tax experts can find specific provisions relating to agriculture on your tax return that may not have been optimized for you in the past.”

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Young Farmers Accept the 10-Gallon Challenge Board of Directors Executive Committee President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denis Ward 1st Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joyce Brady 2nd Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matt Scruton 2nd Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tom McElroy Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Howard Pearl President, Associated Women . . . . . . . Ruth Scruton Chair, Young Farmer Committee. . . . . . Alicia Pedemonti County Presidents Belknap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Matarozzo Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . David Babson Cheshire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Moore Coos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Brady Grafton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glen Putnam Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trevor Hardy Merrimack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Stevens Rockingham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Ferdinando Strafford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Matt Scruton Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Cunniff Staff Executive Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Diane Clary Policy Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Johnson, II Communications Director. . . . . . . . .Josh Marshall Office Assistant/Receptionist. . . . . . . . . . Portia Jackson

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

Si Robertson from Contoocook Creamery and Ammy Rice from Bartlett Yarns stopped by The Friendly Kitchen in Concord to make a donation of 10 gallons of milk as part of a NHFB Young Farmers Committee project accepting the 10-gallon challenge.

This summer’s NHFB Young Farmer’s Committee Harvest for All project, the #10GallanChallenge was a great success! Inspired by Wisconsin Agriculture Broadcaster Ty Higgins’ original challenge on social media, Young Farmers across the state bought 10 gallons of milk from their local grocery store and donated them to an area food pantry or soup kitchen. Through the cooperation and organization of the Young Farmers Committee, the challenge was met in every county of the state! From there, it was the Young Farmers’ turn to inspire. Other individuals, farms, and organizations across the state, and even our neighbors in Vermont, accepted the challenge and amplified the impact of this great project.

The project had two goals: Support local dairy farmers by purchasing their product and provide those in need with a healthy and much needed source of nutrition. Milk is one of the hardest things for food pantries and soup kitchens to come across and many of the donations made were immediately put to use. The 10-gallon challenge doesn’t need to stop here. Will you accept the challenge? Be sure to let us know by posting a picture on social media and tagging the New Hampshire Young Farmers and using the hashtag #10GallonChallenge!

(Vice-Chair) Nicole Glines, Canterbury

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

Find us on Facebook Top: Amy Ladds and Ben Davis of Webster carried out the 10-gallon challenge in Belknap County at the Tilton-Northfield Food Pantry. Left: NHFB Young Farmer Committee Vice Chair Nicole Glines completes the challenge in Cheshire County, dropping off 10 gallons of milk to The Community Kitchen in Keene. Right: NHFB Young Farmer Committee Chair Alicia Pedemonti picks up milk to be donated to the 1269 Cafe in Manchester to check Hillsborough County off the 10-gallon challenge list.

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The Zipline Join Us for AFBF’s Centennial in New Orleans Registration for AFBF’s 100th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show opened this week, and we’re excited for the celebration in New Orleans. Like most Farm Bureau meetings, there will be lots of good fellowship and good food as we kick off the centennial year of your American Farm Bureau. The 100th Annual Convention gives us a great opportunity not only to look back on the rich history of the American Farm Bureau Federation but also to look forward to what lies ahead in the next 100 years. With this year’s theme, “Breakthrough,” we will explore how farmers and ranchers can continue to lead the way in making agriculture a driving force in shaping policy and boosting our economy. I am so proud of the dedication and innovation you bring to your farms and the greater ag community each day, and I know that together we will keep leading the world in sustainably growing and raising the highest quality food, fuel and fiber. Our convention team has been hard at work planning to make this event enjoyable and educational for all. The lineup of educational sessions and events will help farmer and rancher members sharpen their leadership skills, improve their businesses and advocate on pressing issues. From sessions that look at what’s ahead in commodity markets or the latest in biotechnology to exploring member recruitment strategies and sharpening your media interview skills, this year’s breakouts and workshops keep with the high quality you all have come to know and expect from our team. One of my favorite parts of convention is the chance to meet up with old friends and new. I hope we’ll see you on the IDEAg Trade Show floor to explore the exhibits, catch up with members and staff and check out the events we’ve got lined up. The Cultivation Center is back this year with TED-style talks for you to drop in on while you’re there. Plus, we’ll be hosting the final round of competition for our Ag Innovation Challenge live on the Cultivation Center stage. Come cheer on these inspiring entrepreneurs, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite! The Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year is chosen by a panel of judges, and the People’s Choice winner is chosen by you. Entrepreneurs won’t be the only ones taking center stage in Farm Bureau competitions this year. Our annual YF&R competitive events, including

Vincent “Zippy” Duvall, a poultry, cattle and hay producer from Greene County, Georgia, is the 12th president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. the Discussion Meet, showcase the importance of getting the next generation involved—and leading the way—in advocating for agriculture. I’m eager to hear from these young leaders and to applaud their achievements for agriculture this year. Last, but not least, we will be recognizing one of man’s best friends with AFBF’s first Farm Dog of the Year winner. I hope you’re all getting your entries in to honor these loyal helpers on our farms. Of course, it just wouldn’t be right to be in New Orleans without having a party, or two. We hope you’ll be able to join us for a live concert to support the important work of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture at the Foundation Night Out. This event is always a great time for an even greater cause. Be sure to get your tickets early before they sell out! Finally, you didn’t think we’d turn 100 without a big Farm Bureau-style party, did you? You won’t want to miss the special Centennial Celebration on the trade show floor this year. I can’t think of a better way to mark 100 years of advocating for agriculture than with great food from across the country, grown by our own hardworking farmers and ranchers. We’re grateful for the opportunity this organization has had to serve America’s farmers and ranchers for nearly 100 years, and we are excited for what the next 100 years will bring for American agriculture. I hope we will see you in New Orleans and that you will come ready to have a good time as we breakthrough to the next century of Farm Bureau. Our work wouldn’t be possible without each one of you, and serving you every day in our nation’s capital is what makes us Farm Bureau proud. (Editor’s note: For more information on the 100th AFBF Annual Convention see page 9)


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County & Committee News CHESHIRE COUNTY FARM BUREAU 2018 has been a very busy year for us in Cheshire County. We had guest speakers at the following meetings: January – Amanda Littleton from Cheshire County Conservation Office in Walpole. February – no guest speaker – meeting held at Moore’s in Westmoreland March – County Legislators at Stuart and John’s Sugarhouse in Westmoreland April – NH Agriculture Commissioner Shawn Jasper at Keene Public Library May – FFA Students at Keene High School June – Ag Teachers at Hooper Institute in Walpole July – Laurie Burt – President of Cheshire Fair – meeting at Cheshire Fairgrounds August – No Meeting September – Lee & Judy Sawyer – Silver Ranch Jaffrey October – Jay Kahn spoke to us about what Agriculture means to him at the Cheshire County Annual Meeting at East Hill Farm in Troy. November – Members will be attending the NHFB State Annual Meeting At CCFB Annual Meeting we nominated and approved to the Board: President – Frank Linnenbringer 1 year Vice President – Beth Hodge 1 year Treasurer – Ernie Vose – 1 year Clerk – Elaine Moore -1 year Cheshire Co. Associated Women Representative – Sandy Salo 1 year Directors for Three Years - Gary Phelps, Mark Florenz, Tom Sawyer, and Robert Moore Approved at Annual Meeting: Policy Resolutions Proposals for 2018 – 2019: (1) CCFB Supports the exploration of an agricultural exemption for large groundwater withdrawal permitting to provide for flexibility in operational needs on a limited time basis during the growing season. (2) CCFB Supports New England regional cooperation to create a standard for testing requirements for interstate transfer of livestock. (3) CCFB Supports the existing law on predators worrying livestock. We also had some very interesting door prizes at this year’s county annual meeting. • Raffle tickets for two round trip tickets to Foxwoods • 2 pounds Hamburg donated by Rudolph Livestock • Pudding donated by Echo Farm Pudding • 2 half pound boxes of Fudge made at Jingles Christmas Shop • Gas Card for Twenty Dollars • Bread and many more A message from outgoing CCFB President Bob Moore: 2018 has been a very busy year for Cheshire County. We gave $500 to Tabitha Phillips for our scholarship

(Above photo) Merrimack County Farm Bureau President Becca Stevens and Steve MacCleery (right) present MCFB Secretary Todd Larocque of Carter Hill Orchard in Concord with the inaugural Outstanding Contribution Award at the MCFB annual meeting. (Right photo) MCFB Profile Award nominee Tom Marston of Pittsfield displays his recognition.

award. We had a tour of the Ag Department at Keene High School and were served a wonderful dinner from the Culinary department at KHS. We had the pleaseure of working with FFA students again this year giving the FFA tests so they could attend the National FFA meeting. Four schools signed up for the test, however do to the lateness in the school year, three schools opted out of taking the test which left Keene FFA students winning by forfitures. Next year the tests will be done much earlier so all schools have a chance to participate. Thanks to Angie Hauri and the people who volunteered to help her run the CCFB ice cream booth at Cheshire Fair this year, the booth was very successful. Again the year we did not make quota, however we will be working much harder toward meeting our quota this coming year. CCFB is looking at avenues that may be useful in promoting Farm Bureau and making quota.

MERRIMACK COUNTY FARM BUREAU Merrimack County Farm Bureau celebrated its annual meeting on October 10th at Alan’s Restaurant in Boscawen. Thank you to all of our members who attended the meeting and to everyone who participated in the Associated Women’s Pie Auction, whether you made a pie or you purchased one. At the meeting, MCFB recognized several people as award winners or nominees. Tom Marston of Pittsfield was announced as the Profile Award Nominee. Tom is the eighth generation on the family

dairy farm in Pittsfield, NH. Tom and his brother Sam, and the ninth generation, Tom’s son Ben and Sam’s son Steve, currently work on the farm, milking 50-60 cows in a mixed herd. They crop approximately 225 acres in hay and corn. Also being recognized, but unable to attend, were Eric and Fiina Glines of Canterbury who were MCFB’s noinees for the Young Farmer Achievement Award (learn more about the Achievement Award nominees on page 15). The MCFB Board of Directors proudly presented a brand new award at the meeting this year. This award was presented to an individual who has shown influential leadership, support and volunteerism to Merrimack County and NH Farm Bureau, through helping with various events such as fundraising, the annual vet clinic, the annual county meeting, and the legislative luncheon, just to name few. The Outstanding Contribution Award was presented to Todd Larocque of Carter Hill Orchard in Concord, NH. Congratulations Todd!


During the Cheshire County Farm Bureau annual meeting, CCFB member Sandy Salo brought to attention a photo printed in the Keene Sentinel of a sign that reads, “This Farm is Raising One or More Acres of Cereals To Help Win The War,” and branded by Cheshire County Farm Bureau.

Sullivan County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting on October 1st at the Courthouse Restaurant in Newport. NH Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food Shawn Jasper spoke about his goals for the Department of Agriculture and took questions from the membership. After Commissioner Jasper’s remarks, SCFB Vice- President, Seth Wilner chaired a panel of four successful Sullivan County Young Farmers. The panel included: Jason LeClair of LeClair Acres, the NH Dairy Farm of the year; Liz MacNamara of MacNamara Farm and Mac’s Maple; Sam Nelson of Beaver Pond Farm; and Ray Sprague of Edgewater Farm. They described their operations, spoke about why they had chosen agriculture as a career, discussed what they were doing to survive in today’s changing agricultural environment, and spoke about what changes they expected to make in the next ten years. The panel then took questions from the membership. NHFB President Denis Ward spoke to the membership about NHFB’s important legislative accomplishments over the past year.

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County & Committee News Continued ASSOCIATED WOMEN A message from newly elected AW President Elaine Moore I am so proud to let you all know how grateful I am to have been elected President of the Associated Women of New Hampshire Farm Bureau. Before I go any further I want to thank Ruth Scruton, outgoing Associated Women’s President for all her hard work and dedication over the years and congratulate Jozi Best for being elected Vice-President of our group. As your newly elected President, I wanted to share a few words about who I am. I live in Westmoreland in Cheshire County along with my husband Bob Moore. Over the years we have trained and shown oxen at various fairs and we have two pair we are raising at this time. I have been a member of Cheshire County Farm Bureau for 17 years and held a committee or board position for most of those years. The last four years I have served as the CCFB Clerk. In that position I have put out a quartlery newsletter to our members and maintained the CCFB Facebook page (with assistance from NHFB Staff). My husband has been a Farm Bureau member for 60 years and we have certainly had some lively discussions at home about important Farm Bureau issues from time-to-time. I was honored to be chosen to attend the American Farm Bureau Federation Women’s Communication Boot Camp in Washington, D.C., this

summer (only 15 women were chosen out of 50 applicants). The experience has helped give me confidence in speaking to groups, one-on-one, and in everyday life. The course was very intense, interesting, and the leaders are wonderful people who worked with us on all aspects of communication. The course motivated me, so I am now taking another communication course through Keene State College. About one year ago I attended a meeting of the NHFB Associated Women in Concord. I was very impressed with what this group does. The are hardworking women and have so much enthusiasm for what they believe in. The Constitution of Associated Women of NHFB states: The objective of this organization shall be to create interest in, knowledge of, and desire to improve work relations, government, education, health, safety and standard of living as they affect the farm and rural families, and to cooperate in maintaining the objectives of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation. Our objective is promotion, education, and legislation! We welcome all Farm Bureau women to come forward with questions, ideas, and to find out who we are! Please check The Communicator each issue as I plan to have Associated Women’s news in each one. I thank you all for this opportunity to serve, work with, and learn from you. My door is always open. Feel free to email me at mklmfarm49@gmail.com or call 603-3131806.

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Tractor Diagnostics Demonstration for NH Farm Bureau Members Tuesday, November 27 5:00 - 7:00 PM North Country Tractor 149 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke The demonstration will take place in the shop at North Country Tractor. Expert service technicians will run through the diagnostic process and provide a hands-on demonstration of how diagnostic software works. A projector and screen will be used in the demonstration process and seating will be available. Tractor dealer representatives will be in attendance. Diagnostic, maintenance, and repair questions will be answered. Dinner will be provided. North Country Tractor is located 2 miles south of the NH Farm Bureau office on Route 106 (Sheep Davis Road) on the left side of the road just over the Concord city line in Pembroke. RSVPs (so that we have a count for food) are appreciated at 224-1934. Questions about the demonstration: contact Rob Johnson, NHFB Policy Director at 312-6877. There is no charge to Farm Bureau members for this event.

(Left to Right) Newly elected Associated Women President Elaine Moore with husband (and outgoing Cheshire County Farm Bureau President) Bob Moore, and NHFB President Denis Ward at the AW annual meeting.

A Look Back As New Hampshire Farm Bureau prepares to host its 102nd annual meeting, we take a peek back in history to the December, 1957 issue of New Hampshire Farm Bureau News. The cover of this issue features the Resolutions Committee of NHFB with a caption as follows: “Pictured here are members of the important Resolutions Committee of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation as they met a full day in advance of the annual meeting to analyze ideas which came in from the County Farm Bureaus, and work them into suggested resolutions for consideration of the voting delegates to the State Farm Bureau annual meeting.” Just like the committee in 1957, this year’s Resolutions Committee met to examine policy proposals from County Farm Bureaus and prepare resolutions for the Meeting of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau House of Delegates held during the New Hampshire Farm Bureau annual meeting in Whitefield on November 3rd.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheshire County Archway Farm - Keene Mark Florenz - (603) 352-3198 mark.florenz@gmail.com http://www.archway.farm/ Pasture raised heritage pork; whole, half, or individual cuts. See our website for details.

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

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

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

Partridge Meadow Farm - Westmoreland Richard & Susan Paul - 399-4876 richard.paul.1@hotmail.com Naturally raised Belted Galloway beef.

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 gorwn on our farm with our own homeade grain. Store open year round.

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

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

Sleepy Brook Farm – New Ipswich

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Wendy Juchnevics-Freeman - 878-3502 oink@sleepybrookfarm.com USDA certified pork

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

Temple Mountain Beef - Temple

Mandico Farm Cattle Co. - Nottingham

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

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

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

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

Merrimack County

Deb Robie - 747-3869 wehunt4@myfairpoint.net Local Lamb. Slow Grown Farm - Plymouth Jean Poulin - (603) 412-2133 j57.poulin@gmail.com We have various cuts of Scottish Highland beef. USDA cut, shrink wrapped, and frozen. Fresh eggs are available daily, as is our goat’s milk soap.

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

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.

Leel Farm – New Ipswich Butch Leel - 603-562-0860 bleel@comcast.net Pasture Raised Beef

Paradise Farm - Lyndeborough 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

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.

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

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

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

Schroeder Farm - South Newbury Bill Schroeder - 538-5911 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Diamond B Farm - New Durham 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Stone Farm - Cornish Charlie Stone 603-469-3559 5cstone@comcast.net USDA inspected. Vacuum wrapped. Seasonal turkeys. Fresh eggs. Saturday farm stand May-October 9-12

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2019 AFBF Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show New Orleans, Louisiana January 11 - 16, 2019 Join the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Delegation in Celebration of American Farm Bureau Federation’s Centennial Annual Meeting • Attend educational workshops • Visit with friends, old and new, from across the nation • Explore local agriculture through ag tours • Hear from exemplary keynote speakers • And more!

For details and cost estimate contact Diane in the NHFB Office at 224-1934 or by email dianec@nhfarmbureau.org


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Associated Women Host ‘Family Fun at the Farm Day’ Story By LeeAnn Childress Photos By Ammy Rice


he day was warm, dry, and perfect for the families who came out to enjoy the farming activities presented by the Associated Women. Moms, dads and smiling youngsters wandered around the beautiful grounds of the Equine Discovery Center in Raymond, NH. This day provided an opportunity for families to see and ask questions about horse shoeing, farm animal veterinary issues, sheep shearing, wool spinning, butter making and more. Too many to list, the following are just some of the highlights from that busy day: • Sheep (and duck) herding demonstrations by Lisa and Tim Molinero from Heartstone Farm. • Theresa from J&F Farms prepared fresh produce (tomatoes, corn on the cob) for visitors. • There were a couple of nutty “chicken ladies” running around selling raffle tickets. • The most amazing iced maple cream latte iced coffee from Journey’s End Maple Farm • A beautiful display of educational information all about bees presented by the Pawtuckaway Beekeepers Association, and delicious honey was provided by Eaton Hill Farm Honey. • Blackbird’s Daughter Botanicals had a booth sharing interesting information about plants, weeds, herbs and the importance our plant life plays in our daily health. • Rockingham County 4-H Ambassadors

had a table there to talk to other young people about the importance of farming. • Muriel’s Concessions stayed busy cooking and serving hot dogs, hamburgers and fried chicken. • Traveling Barnyard came out of retirement bringing farm animals for the children to interact with. • Deerfield Veterinary Clinic had displays to capture the attention of both children and adults, and answered their numerous questions about their work. • There was a yummy selection of dips and spices available from August Block Farm. • Mo Hicks for answering questions and showing off his farrier skills to everyone. • Taylor Septic Solutions was there to demonstrate farm equipment, moving sand around to make a huge sand hill for the children to climb. For most of the boys and girls, it was their first time to be able to sit in a huge excavator.

Left: A young visitor to the Family Fun Day readies his hobby horse before entering the arena. Right: There were plenty of animals on hand for young and old to interact with and learn about, including rabbits!

Left: Pawtuckaway Beekeepers Association provided a great display of honey bees and beekeeping equipment, this attendee explored the educational beehive. Right: A day at the farm wouldn’t be complete without milking! The Traveling Barnyard brought goats for an interactive milking demonstration. Below: The crowd looks on with excitement as a sheering demonstration gets underway at the Associated Women’s Family Fun at the Farm Day.

Based on the smiles on the children, knowing that they and their parents got an important insight in to what happens on farms, it was clearly a great day and a success. The Associated Women can’t thank, Patricia Bridgeo, owner of the Equine Discovery Center, enough for opening up this beautiful property to make this event possible. Her hard work, family and friends contributed to the success of this event.

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Scientists are investigating how to balance nutrient production from the fish and nutrient uptake by the plants, studying food safety concerns, developing integrated pest management (IPM) solutions, and optimizing the aquaponic designs based on economic modeling. Credit: Todd Guerdat/UNH

“Supporting sustainable agriculture in the Northeast United States requires a renewed focus on integrating agricultural production systems, such as combining recirculating aquaculture systems and hydroponic crop production. Agricultural systems become more economically viable when integrated and provide an ideal farming model that produces fish and plants for food, both locally and sustainably,” Guerdat said. Under construction for two years, the new aquaponic research facility at the UNH Kingman Research Farm will allow scientists to evaluate hydroponic plants grown using water from a recirculating aquaculture system fertilized with nutrients from the food fed to fish. Using three identical greenhouses, researchers will to develop an economically sustainable aquaponic production system design. Specifically, scientists are investigating how to balance nutrient production from the fish and nutrient uptake by the plants, studying food safety concerns, developing integrated pest management (IPM) solutions, and optimizing the designs based on economic modeling. They plan to demonstrate the results to producers by offering hands-on workshops covering a full range of topics, including hydroponics, aquaculture, and integrated aquaponic system design and operation.

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“In an age where growing, buying, and eating locally improves food security for all, food production systems that are sustainable economically and environmentally are more important than ever. Recirculating aquaculture businesses are already in use in New Hampshire and the Northeast. However, there are many questions that remain. How do you balance the fish and plant production systems? How big should each be? What are realistic production estimates for business plan development? What is the most efficient design for a recirculating aquaculture system? This research aims to answer all of these questions so anyone – a farmer or individual grower – can take the results and apply them directly to their own application,” Guerdat said. The research project has received extensive support and interest from local restaurants and chefs, as well as those in the food retail industry. Earlier this summer, 35 executives from Ahold Delhaize, one of the world’s largest food retailer groups that includes Hannaford, Stop and Shop, and Peapod, visited the new facility while it was under construction. “This research is key to our industry. For instance, an aquaponics facility that can produce strawberries late into the season would mean that we can ensure high quality food throughout the year. On their own, our suppliers, who are often local suppliers, do not have the capabilities to run this type of research,” said Megan Hellstedt, vice president of sustainable retailing from Ahold Delhaize. “The fish taste fantastic,” said Lee Frank, chef at Otis in Exeter who recently served fish raised in the new UNH system to restaurant patrons. The initial test runs for the facility are already bearing “fruit” (vegetables, fruit, and fish). Researchers met a huge milestone met in August when they hit their production goal on their first run of Boston butter head lettuce. They grew the lettuce in 35 days from seed to harvest and hit the magical 150g head weight using only nutrients from the fish. “Stay tuned for more results. We’ll be using even more nutrients to do good things for sustainable, local food production!” Guerdat 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 1010110, and the state of New Hampshire. This research also is supported by NH Sea Grant and the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. To learn more about some of the research being conducted at this facility, visit https://bit.ly/2NxEvs2.

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County Annual Meeting Season Like clockwork, each year, as summer winds down and fall starts to set in, the leaves begin to turn and New Hampshire Farm Bureau members gather for their county annual meetings. Along with sharing a meal, seeing friendly faces, and enjoying the camaraderie, attendees of county annual meetings dive in to the work of generating policy for the upcoming year. One of the quintessential qualities of Farm Bureau is its grassroots nature. That means that our policies and philosophy are created from the ground up.

Individual members bring policy proposals to their counties where they are discussed and voted on. Those proposals that pass at the county level move on to be deliberated and voted on at the state level. Through this process, New Hampshire Farm Bureau works to amplify the voices of our farmer members and share their story with legislators and the broader public. “Our members are truly our strength,” NHFB President Denis Ward affirmed at meetings

across the state. So, thank you to all of the members who made it out to a county annual meeting and to all those whose support allows NHFB staff and county leaders to continue to advocate for agriculture and rural life in the Granite State.

Bill Bartlett of Newport was the guest speaker at Grafton County’s annual meeting sharing his story of competing in the 1980 Iditarod Dog Sled Race. Grafton County Farm Bureau kicked off County Annual Meeting Season in Haverhill on September 26th with a BBQ dinner at Alumni Hall.

(Below) Merrimack County Farm Bureau’s annual meeting took place at Alan’s Restaurant in Boscawen on October 10th. MCFB recognized their Young Farmer Achievement Award & Profile Award nominees, presented Todd Larocque with the inaugural Outstanding Contribution Award, held the ever-popular Associated Women’s Pie Auction, and tested their knowledge with a farm trivia game.

Sullivan County Farm Bureau hosted their annual meeting on October 1st at the Old Courthouse Restaurant (right) in Newport. In addition to remarks from NH Commissioner of Agriculture Shawn Jasper, a panel of young farmers (above left to right) from LeClair Acres Farm, McNamara Dairy, Edgewater Farm, and Beaver Pond Farm shared their perspective on agriculture today and where they see it going in the future.

Cheshire County Farm Bureau continued with tradition, hosting their annual meeting at East Hill Farm in Troy on October 8th. (Below) Guests socialize while waiting for the meal to begin. (Left) Bob Moore stepped away from his position as CCFB President, a position which he has held multiple times throughout the years, and welcomed new President Frank Linnenbringer.

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(Left) Strafford County Farm Bureau members work on finishing their dessert, at the Jeremiah Smith Grange Hall in Lee on October 11th, before finishing their business meeting where they re-elected their current slate of officers and voted on policy. Earlier in the evening, they heard from NH Commissioner of Agriculture Shawn Jasper.

(Right) Sandy and Glen Pierce pose for a quick picture in celebration of Sandy’s many years serving as SCFB Secretary. SCFB presented Sandy with a flower arrangment in honor of 25 years of service to her county Farm Bureau.

(Right) Members of Belnkap County Farm Bureau settle in to their annual meeting on October 12th at the United Methodist Church in Gilford. Before getting down to business, attendees enjoyed a meal from Hart’s Turkey Farm.

(Left) BCFB President Brian Matarozzo and Associated Women of NHFB President Ruth Scruton share a laugh before the meeting begins. Later in the meeting, guests heard from New Hampshire Wildlife Biologist Patrick Tate on the subject of Bobcats.

(Left) Rockingham County Farm Bureau was one of several counties who invited NH Commissioner of Agriculture Shawn Jasper to speak at their annual meeting. Commissioner Jasper addressed the crowd at J + F Farms in Derry on October 16th before dinner, prepared by Lemay & Sons, was served.

(Right) Later in the evening, RCFB inducted Vincent & Miriam Ferdinando into the Rockingham County Farm Bureau Hall of Fame. Appropriately, host ‘Farmer Phil’ Ferdinando presented the honor to his parents.

Carroll County Farm Bureau welcomed world traveller and founder of Peace Fleece Peter Hagerty (Right) as the guest speaker at their annual meeting at Tumbledown Farms in Brookfield on October 17th. Peter spoke about his experiences in Vietnam, Russia, Israel, and various other countries in conflict promoting peace through agricutlure.

(Left) CCFB members enjoyed a wonderful meal in the Tumbledown Farms barn before getting down to business working through their policy proposal.

(Left) Members of Coos County Farm Bureau gathered at the United Methodist Church in Lancaster to hold their annual meeting on October 17th. CCFB is also hosting the 102nd Annual Meeting of New Hampshire Farm Bureau in November at the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield

(Right) CCFB President Joyce Brady, who along with her husband Chris own CJEJ Farm & Meat House in Columbia, kicked off the meeting before introducing guest speaker Anne Wiggin, an herbalist who gave a talk on the subject of Backyard Medicine.

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NHFB Young Farmers Achievement Award Nominees

Glen & Meredith Putnam Winsome Farm Organics Peirmont, NH Nominated by Grafton County Glen and Meredith Putnam own and operate Winsome Farm Organics in Piermont, NH with their two children Ella and Nathaniel. They milk 30 plus cows and ship their milk to Stonyfield Organics in Londonderry NH. Glen is the Grafton County Farm Bureau President and is currently serving his 10th year in the Naval Reserve as a Pett y Officer 2nd Class. Glen is also a certified 4-H leader and helps coach local youth sports teams. Meredith oversees the data entry team for the Human Resources Systems department at DartmouthHitchcock and runs the farm when Glen is gone for military duties. She also is pursuing her Bachelors degree in Business Management with minors in Human Resources and Information Technology.

The Young Farmer Achievement Award competition is designed to recognize young people between the ages of 18 to 35 who have excelled in their farming operation and have shown leadership abilities through Farm Bureau and in their community. The ideal candidate for the Achievement Award is an individual or couple involved in production agriculture with the majority of their income subject to normal production risk. The winner receives the use of a new Kubota tractor for six months or 250 hours thanks to Pinnacleview Equipment in Walpole, a barn sign displaying their achievement, and a trip to the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in New Orleans, LA this January!

Eric & Fiina Glines Sloping Acres Farm Canterbury, NH Nominated by Merrimack County Eric and Fiina Glines are part of a partnership that owns and operates Sloping Acres Farm in Canterbury, NH along with Eric’s brother. Eric is the fifth generation of his family to farm the 350 acres of owned and leased cropland that supports the 140-head dairy herd. Eric has developed a passion for cattle and agriculture through life on the farm and involvement with 4-H. He now focuses on crop production and equipment maintenance. Eric and Fiina, who works off farm in early education, welcomed their daughter Allison to the farm in 2017. In their spare time, the Glineses enjoy visiting new places around New England and Pennsylvania.

Judges for this year’s competition were (left to right) NH House Environment & Agriculture Committee Chairman John O’Connor, UNH Professor Emeritus John Porter, and Associated Women of New Hampshire Farm Bureau President Ruth Scruton

Thank you Mike Snide and Pinnacleview Equipment in Walpole, NH for their continued support of the NH Farm Bureau Young Farmers!

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NH Landscape Association & NH Plant Growers Association Discuss Possible Merger

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By Dave DeJohn


n the beginning, the members of the landscape industry created an association to promote ethical practices and professional development. This association grew in all areas of the industry, including plant growers. So, in late 70s or early 80s, the New Hampshire Landscape Association decided to split into two separate associations, the New Hampshire Plant Growers Association, NHPGA, and the New Hampshire Landscape Association, NHLA, in order to better address the needs of their various members. Since that time the two associations have retained close ties as exemplified by our joint January conference. For a majority of the time since the split, membership has been high in both groups. However, over the years as the horticultural, greenhouse, and landscape industries have changed, especially since the 2008 recession, membership in both associations has dropped, as well as, created other challenges for both associations. In February 2018, several members of the Cooperative Extension, the Landscape Association and the Plant Growers Association got together to discuss the possibility of bringing the two associations back together, as one. Over the last several months this committee has looked at the pros and cons of the proposal, as well as, compared the By-Laws and Constitutions of both associations, in order to find ways to combine them into one document. This process is in the beginning stages and still has a long way to go. We will be presenting this idea at our annual joint Conference, in January, where our members can hear

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about the proposal, ask questions and address concerns. At the end of the discussion, the membership will vote to move the process forward or not. The two months between the January and March conferences, will be a comment period. During this time, it is imperative that we hear from as many members, as possible. An official vote, to approve the merger, by the full membership of both associations will be completed during the March meeting, at the Puritan Conference Center, on March 22, 2019. Your thoughts and concerns are very important, as we address this exciting possibility. We would appreciate your support by attending both meetings. If you have any immediate questions feel free to contact any of the directors on the NHLA or NHPGA Boards. You can find us at www.nhlaonline.org or www.nhpga.org

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Eye on Extension EVENTS & WORKSHOPS 2018 NH Direct Marketing Conference Nov. 7 at 12:00 PM Portsmouth Country Club 80 Country Club Lane, Greenland Save the date for the 10th annual NH Direct Marketing Conference, taking place on Nov. 7 in Greenland. This year’s theme is “Farm-to-Table in Your Community” and growers and farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, market managers and other experts will lead sessions on emerging markets, building alliances, social media marketing, networking and what it takes to grow and feed a community. Registration opens mid-September. For more information, contact Nada Haddad, UNH Extension food and agriculture field specialist, at nada. haddad@unh.edu or 603-679-5616.

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course Nov. 8 from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Wilder Club & Library 78 Norwich Avenue, Wilder, VT Nov. 15 from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Urban Forestry Center 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth These two training courses are geared toward fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Produce Safety Rule, good agricultural practices, and co-management of natural resources and food safety. Registration includes beverages, lunch and snacks, a PSA grower training manual and certificate of course attendance. White River Junction session registration is $22; register at bit.ly/2Oi0vYk. Portsmouth session is $25; register at bit. ly/2QEdQ9V. For more information, contact Heather Bryant at 603-787-6944 or heather.bryant@unh.edu.

Tree Fruit Risk Management Meeting Nov. 10 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM UNH Extension Hillsborough Co. Office 329 Mast Road, Goffstown Join Extension specialists and other experts for the 2018 risk management meeting. Topics include a discussion of apple and stone fruit diseases and this year’s apple evaluation. The meeting includes two grower panel discussions and a special presentation on hail netting. Presenters include Kari Peter, Penn State Extension plant pathologist, UNH Extension specialists Anna Wallingford and George Hamilton and others. $15, lunch included, scholarships available. Registration required. For more information or to register, contact Janell George at 603641-6060 or Janell.george@unh.edu or visit extension.unh.edu/events/treefruit-risk-management-meeting.

Lean Processes for Vegetable Farms Nov. 15 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM UNH Cooperative Extension Hillsborough Co. Office 329 Mast Road, Goffstown Reducing labor costs on farms can be complex. This workshop introduces the foundations and applications of Lean Processes to help farmers increase efficiency and systemize practices on the farm. These processes can reduce waste, optimize labor and increase profitability. Farm consultant and author Ellen Polishuk will lead the workshop. With 35 years of experience in vegetable farming and a dynamic, easy to understand instructional style, Polishuk will make this complex topic easy to understand. $15, lunch included. For more information, contact George Hamilton at george. hamilton@unh.edu or Seth Wilner at seth.wilner@unh.edu.

Farm Transfer Planning Basics Nov. 16 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM AMC Highland Center Bretton Woods This full-day workshop covers what farm families need to know as they plan the future of their farm. UNH Extension specialists and experts in estate and succession planning will lead presentations on legal considerations, business and estate planning and how to transfer business ownership. We encourage farm owners and next-generation farmers to attend together. Lunch is available for purchase on-site, or you can bring your own. Coffee and light refreshments will be available. Free, register at bit. ly/FarmTransferPlanning. For more information, contact Kelly McAdam at kelly.mcadam@unh.edu or 603-5275475.

introduction to QuickBooks (Nov. 30); entering transactions, sales and expenses and invoicing customers (Dec. 7), and generating and analyzing QuickBooks reports (Dec. 14). Attend either in person or online. Remote connections are available for participants who cannot attend one or more classes in person. Mary Welles of Farm Credit East and Kelly McAdam of UNH Extension are the instructors. Free, register at bit.ly/2CAaty7. For more information, contact McAdam at 603-527-5475 or kelly.mcadam@unh. edu.

High Tunnel Production Conference Dec. 3-4 Manchester Downtown Hotel 700 Elm St., Manchester The High Tunnel Production Conference returns for its second year. This conference is for high tunnel growers and agricultural service providers of all experience levels. Share your expertise and learn from one another. Registration is $75 for the first registrant and $40 each for additional registrants or students. Visit extension.unh.edu/events/ high-tunnel-production-conference for registration details and more information.

Save the Date: Advanced Marketing Short Course: Creating a Sales Forecast Jan. 9-30 Wednesdays 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM Granite State College 25 Hall St., Concord

Join Extension specialists and other experts for two corn and forage crop meetings in November. Bill Deen of the University of Guelph, Ontario will be the featured speaker. Pesticide applicator credits available. Registration is $25. Online registration coming soon. For more information, contact Carl Majewski at carl. majewski@unh.edu or 603-352-4550.

Are you thinking of expanding your agricultural operation by adding a new product, growing more of an existing product or moving into a new line of products? This four-week course is for you. Business owners will learn how to evaluate market demand, segment the market and better understand their customers. Find out how to plan for marketing risks, track and forecast sales, evaluate marketing costs and understand business rules and regulations. Guest speakers include livestock producers Liz and Jeff Conrad of Riverslea Farm in Epping, vegetable grower John Moulton of Moulton Farm in Meredith, and UNH Extension specialists and service providers. Co-sponsored by the USDA Risk Management Agency. Sessions take place each Wednesday beginning on Jan. 9. Registration details coming soon. For more information, visit bit. ly/AdvancedMarketingShortCourse or contact Nada Haddad at nada. haddad@unh.edu or 603-679-5616.

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Nov. 30 - Dec. 14 Granite State College, Room 120 25 Hall St., Concord

Hydroponic Workshop Series for Kids

Corn and Forage Crop Meetings Nov. 28 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Grafton County Extension Office North Haverhill Nov. 29 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Stuart & John’s Sugarhouse Westmoreland

This three-week series will teach women farmers how to establish a recordkeeping system in QuickBooks or better understand the system they already have. Small, interactive classes focus on issues facing women farmers in establishing and maintaining business records. Sessions include: Recordkeeping principles and an

Learn how to grow with H2O with the three-week Hydroponic Workshop Series for Kids, taking place on Nov. 8, Nov. 15 and Nov. 29 at Simonds Elementary School in Warner. Designed for youth in grades 3-5, this workshop covers the basics of hydroponics. Participants will build their own hydroponics system to take home. Registration is $10 and

includes all supplies for building a hydroponic unit. Register by Nov. 7 at bit.ly/hydroponicsforkids. For more information, contact Michelle BersawRobblee at michelle.bersaw@unh.edu or 603-796-2151.

4-H Volunteer Leaders Conference Join N.H. 4-H volunteer leaders for the annual 4-H Volunteer Leaders Conference on Nov. 9-10 at Red Jacket Mountain Resort in North Conway. Whether you’re an experienced 4-H leader or are just starting your volunteer journey, you’re welcome at this special conference. From capacitybuilding to networking to simply reinvigorating your volunteer spirit, this two-day conference is an enriching experience for all 4-H volunteer leaders. Friday evening’s program includes fun, food and fellowship. Workshops follow on Saturday, and an awards ceremony and banquet caps off the weekend. For registration information and additional details, visit bit.ly/4HVolunteerConference.

NEWS & INFORMATION Ruth Smith Joins UNH Extension as Master Gardener Program Volunteer Coordinator Ruth Smith joined UNH Cooperative Extension as the Master Gardener Program’s volunteer coordinator in September. Working out of the Extension Education Center located at the Rockingham County Extension office in Brentwood, Smith will recruit, train and support Master Gardener volunteers throughout the state and help grow the program and deepen its impact “I admire the Master Gardener program and have appreciated firsthand the importance of their contributions to the community,” said Smith. “I am deeply honored to have been chosen as the new volunteer coordinator.” Smith received her bachelor’s degree from UNH in 1985. She later earned a master’s degree in environmental studies from Antioch University New England in 2008. Well known in New Hampshire, Smith came to Extension from New Hampshire Audubon, where she coordinated educational programs, planned events, raised funds and engaged the community. Smith has a track record of coordinating volunteers, forging community partnerships and growing support for Granite State gardening and agriculture. Smith is a life-long gardener and longtime community volunteer. She has received awards from New Hampshire Project Learning Tree and the New England Environmental Education Alliance, among others. “We asked our Master Gardener volunteers what qualities they wanted to see in the next Coordinator, and Ruth is a perfect fit,” said Amy Papineau, Extension’s Food & Agriculture Program team leader. “She brings knowledge, passion, enthusiasm, kindness, and love of gardening.”

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Farmers’ Market Classified

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

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

FOR SALE: Farm Opportunity, Bradford, NH. 47 acres open land w prime + important soils; 93-acre woodlot. 3,600 sq ft farmhouse; 40’ x 70’ barn. 4,000 feet along Hewes Brook. Conservation easement allows for second dwelling for family or farm workers. $495,000. NH Conservation Real Estate. (603)253-4999.

partly furnished), The farm business and farm assets, including 4 greenhouses, caterpillar tunnels, tractors, implements, supplies and much more. This is a great opportunity to buy a going profitable vegetable farm. For more information, and an equipment list, please reply to Steve Fulton at Steve@blueoxfarm.com

WANTED HELP WANTED: In repairing antique Red Jacket water pump from early 1900’s. Was my grandparent’s source of water for the house and now want to use in dug well on farm. Call Tom - 978-771-9979


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

WANTED: Looking for someone to maintain/cut flat hayfield. Typical yield 600 1st SERVICES FOR SALE: Sitrex RT 5800 H four head tedcut, 300 2nd. Fertilized annually. Interested in der. 19’ tow behind model with hydraulic fold. Like new, nice lightweight unit, does a good options to keep/sell/buy hay. Tami - 603-487- CORDWOOD PROCESSING: 1254 Will process wood for wood or buy any job. Call Michael in Loudon @496-5307 marketable stumpage. Call Tim 603-393WANTED: A new idea. Looking for land 7328 or Ron 603-744-2686 FOR SALE: Top quality Timothy/orchard in Carroll Cnty., a piece of a working farm. Six grass hay. 4x5 round dry bales from well maintained acreage. Could deliver to bulk buyer. or more acres. Build a home on the edge. Then WELDING & FABRICATION: lease the land back to farmer for free. Continued Farm & heavy equipment welding repair Call Michael in Loudon @496-5307 to be farmed under mutually satisfactory terms. and custom fabrication. Gates, Feeders, FOR SALE: Rare antique 14 ft traverse I get a nice piece of land that is kept open and Headlocks etc. Please call Dan at 603-746sled w/ice tongs. 14” w x 13” h - $1200 or BO. 2 farmed. You get some cash and keep farming. 4446 or danp@skytrans-mfg.com I presently live in Maine. Bruce - 978-430-6063. wooden skids both $50. Call (603) 475-8819 REAL ESTATE: Broker with Farm FOR SALE: 116 Acres, Tamworth, NH. 5,000 WANTED: Want to lease or purchase breed- Knowledge Representing Sellers and Buyers. Accredited Land Consultant with feet along Bearcamp River. Great opportunity ing age hereford bull. Call Charlie 753-9547. Expertise in Conservation Easements, for limited development w conservation WANTED: Current beef/hay farmer Farms, Forests, Recreational Land. NH component. 12 contiguous lots of record. Adjacent to White Lake State Park and boat wanting to expand operation. Looking to Conservation Real Estate, (603)253-4999. launch. $428,000. NH Conservation Real Estate. buy at least 100+ acres for hay or pasture and decent housing for approximately 40 animals. BOOKKEEPING SERVICES: (603)253-4999. Location could be anywhere around or in Let us handle your pile of receipts. Payable/Receivable, FOR SALE: Like new Rossi 5-foot cutter between Conway and Concord. Email: chris. Accounts powles@kw.com. Not interested in leasing. QuickBooks, Financial Reports. Email bar mower for a 3-point hitch, ready to use. AccuracyCountsLLC@gmail.com or call Excellent condition, with an extra knife. New 603-598-6620. WANTED: Looking for acreage, with a 3 London - 526-4203 please call after 5pm. bdrm, 2 bath home would be a bonus. Disabled FOR SALE: 1940’s Farmall A Cultivision Combat Veteran looking to get into tree farming tractor. Two bottom plow, 5-foot rear mounted or possible beef cattle. Prefer Grafton County area. email: david.binford@yahoo.com sickle bar. Has original exhaust lift. $2250. Ctr. Sandwich - 603-284-6210 FOR SALE: Two polled Hereford bull calves 10 and 11 mos. $650.00 each. Also hay, $5.00 a bale. Please call cell 603-455-0576.


SALE: Goats: pure-bred Alpine doelings & bucklings, 6 weeks old, bottle fed. disbudded. $200 to experienced goater or has taken UNH extension small ruminant classes. Milford NH 603-673-2963 or 603 -732-2654

FOR SALE: Wood stove, good condition. Takes up to 24-inch wood. $195. Galvanized serrated metal steps, very good condition. 2’ x 9’. $95. 603-498-0647

FOR SALE: Blue Ox Farm, a certified organic vegetable farm in Enfield, NH is for sale. Due to personal reasons, my wife and I are selling the farm as a going, profitable, farm business. The farm has good land, good markets, good records / financials, and a good assortment of equipment and supplies. We own 25 acres, and rent more land and a local barn. We are selling: Our house and land (The house is

Tips for Avoiding Scams 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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Grizzly Bears Are Not Always Good Neighbors By Cyndi Johnson


farm grain in Montana on the Rocky Mountain Front. Sixty miles to the west are mountains with gorgeous rolling hills, but the rest of our landscape is flat—not exactly prime grizzly bear habitat. However, someone forgot to tell the bears. The Endangered Species Act lists the grizzly bear as threatened in the Mountain Prairie region of the American West, except for right around Yellowstone Park. The federal government controls the management of this bear although the original intent of the ESA was to include state and local governments, as well as farmers and ranchers, in the decisionmaking. The first human-bear interaction in my county that caused significant concern was on a weekend two years ago when a sow (mother) grizzly was teaching her two yearling cubs to hunt. The mother bear took her cubs to what she must have thought was her private hunting preserve. In fact, it was my best friend’s sheep ranch. The bears killed and mutilated 75 ewes, rams and lambs in two nights’ “hunting” and they didn’t eat a single one. This was just one more incident that proves ag pays where bears stay. Early in June this year, one local business had to close in order to “manage” a grizzly that wandered into town, putting both human and bear lives in danger. Bears have been spotted as far as 300 miles from the front in Central Montana–tipping over bee hives and ripping doors off full grain bins. I have full grain bins, and that concerns me.

AFBF Focus on Agriculture The ESA also contains unfunded mandates for which local and state communities shoulder the cost. It says actions designed to protect a species take precedence over infrastructure and development. For example, to repair a road, special (and costly) barriers must be erected to prevent bears and other wildlife from entering construction zones. This includes the cost of designing and building avenues for wildlife to cross or fences with dirt fill on both sides so critters don’t have to jump or crawl under. Some of the mandates also strike at the individual level. My goatraising neighbor is being required, at her own expense, to add tall electric fencing to prevent bears from eating her goats and their food. Again, ag pays when the bears stay. Even with all these rules, the ESA has only been three percent successful in recovering listed species. Imagine if only three percent of your beef or milk was acceptable for market or only three percent of your students could pass your class. Amending this act is necessary. Let’s bring every stakeholder back to the table to take care of the problems with the ESA. Solutions should include incentives, rather than relying solely on unfunded mandates and penalties. These solutions could include pilot projects to reduce human-bear encounters, like the one in Valier, Montana, where a driver is paid to picked up livestock carcasses and move them to a landfill, thus cutting down the prospects of unwanted bear visitations.

Grizzly bears are listed as a threatened species in the Endangered Species Act but are increasingly causing problems for farmers like Cyndi Johnson in Montana.

Grizzly bears have been within a few miles of me and my home. The standard response to these problem bears is usually relocation, if the bear survives the encounter. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always result in a bear that stays put in his or her new home as they will wander hundreds of miles back to the scene of the crime. Reform of the ESA is finally being discussed by government officials in Washington. Proposals have been made to re-evaluate the original legislation and improve the rules that rob states and communities of the ability to address the local threats presented by the bears.

The ESA also needs to provide resources to encourage better livestock safety, animal feed storage and grain storage in remote areas if we are to continue having this increase and mobility in the bear population. Human life and safety are important. Bear life and safety are important. Let’s tell Congress to continue the hard work of updating the Endangered Species Act. Let’s help our grizzly bears become better neighbors. Cyndi Johnson is a grain farmer and vice president of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation

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Farm Bureau Calls for Evaluation of Endangered Species Protection American Farm Bureau Federation California Farm Bureau Federation President Jamie Johansson urged Congress earlier this summer to improve the current culture of conflict that exemplifies current Endangered Species Act regulations. Testifying on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation, the California olive and citrus grower told members of the House Committee on Natural Resources that an evaluation is needed of how the Endangered Species Act works, and how it can be improved to better work with farmers and other landowners. “We all value protecting species from extinction.” Johansson said. “Our disagreements are not about the goal of species protection, but the best way to achieve that goal. We are not here to question the Act’s fundamental goal of striving to conserve species from extinction. This goal will not and should not change. What we grapple with today is not whether we should conserve species from extinction,

but how we should conserve species from extinction.” Johansson explained to the Committee that farmers and conservation groups understand that for species protection programs to work better, they must be improved for both species and people. “What we know is that to actually take care of species on the land, we need to work with, not against, the people on the land,” Johansson said. “For this to happen, we must increase the opportunities for collaboration and decrease the opportunities for conflict. Currently, landowners view the ESA as a threat. The history of the ESA has generally shown landowners that having species or habitat (on their private land) creates a lot of risk and provides no real benefit. Given that half of listed species spend 80% of their lives on private land, this situation offers little opportunity for people or species.”

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November/December 2018

By Debbi Cox, NHAITC Coordinator

Conferences and Farm Days Signal End of Summer


ew Hampshire was well represented at the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference held last June in Portland, Maine. Five teachers joined Coordinators Debbi Cox and Deb Robie for a multitude of workshops, field trips, awards, speakers and more. Becky Carney, the 2018 NHAITC Teacher of the Year, was recognized on stage for her efforts in agricultural education.

We hope to have teachers join us once again for the conference next year when we travel to Little Rock, AR. The school year is off to a busy start for NH Ag in the Classroom beginning with Belknap School to Farm Day. Over 230 fourth grade students joined us for a day of hands-on agricultural education at Ramblin’ Vewe Farm in Gilford.

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Students were treated to two new stations this year including one offered by NH Assistant State Veterinarian Dr. Nate Harvey and a hayride tour of the farm with Jeff Keyser. Returning stations included wool, garlic, oxen, pumpkins, soil, corn and maple. All of the students tried their hand at butter making in a group activity and also watched Jeff Keyser expertly sheer a sheep during a group demonstration. Volunteers enjoyed a delicious lunch courtesy of Moulton Farms. Thanks to all who made the day a success. Recent teacher conferences provided an opportunity for NHAITC to share the need for agricultural education along with tools for integrating lessons into classrooms. Both NEANH (National Education Association) and the NH Science Teachers invited us to offer workshops at their recent conferences. Teachers from around the state explored a variety of lessons and tried their hand at a few of our favorite activities.

Left: 2018 New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year Becky Carney was recognized at the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Portland, Maine earlier this summer. Right: NH Assistant State Veterinarian Dr. Nate Harvey gives a demonstration during the Belknap County Farm Bureau School to Farm Day at Ramblin’ Vewe Farm in Gilford.


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In the early 1970’s the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, responding to recommendations from the 1969 White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health, implemented food labelling regulations in order to better inform consumers of the nutritional value (or lack thereof) of foods under their oversight. The evolution of food labeling regulations is another story but, in short, the discourse between lawmakers and food manufacturers about just what the latter must or mustn’t include on their packaging has carried on ever since, sometimes very publicly. While the focus of labelling law deliberation has often been on making sure consumers know what a food product is (For example: Should consumers be made aware that a product they’re purchasing contains genetically modified ingredients), an emerging battle looms over what a food product isn’t.

By Josh Marshall, NHFB Communications Director


ou’ve no doubt seen almond or soy ‘milks’ populating the dairy case at your local grocer and while you probably haven’t seen lab-cultured proteins yet, commonly referred to as ‘lab-grown meat,’ it’s on its way to a plate near you. Non-dairy beverages like soy milk have been around for centuries in China and later Europe, but were first noted in literature here in the United States in the 1899 U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmers Bulletin No. 58: Soy Beans As Food For Man (which even presents a ‘comparison of the composition of soy-bean milk and cows’ milk.’ Over the next century, many patents were filed for various soy-milk products or processes and the last 30 years has seen an explosion of similar nut-based products branded as milk. While dictionaries have long included some form of plant juice in the definition of milk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has different requirements for the fair and truthful labeling and marketing of these products. The conversation surrounding how nutbased drinks and lab-cultured proteins should or shouldn’t be marketed is best framed by the words of FDA Commissioner Scott Gotllieb, M.D., who said in a statement this summer, “Food labels - including the name of food - inform consumers about what they’re buying, and standards of identity are used to ensure that foods have the characteristics expected by consumers. The information provided through food labeling must be truthful and not misleading. The consumer choices made based on this information can have important impacts on health.” The important term to keep in mind from that statement is standards of identity. The FDA currently has 300 standards of identity in 20 categories of food. The standard of identity for milk reads, in part, “Milk is the lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows...” It goes on to detail pasteurization, milk solid and milkfat limits, and a laundry list of labeling requirements for milk fortified with vitamins or flavored. Essentially, this standard of identity sets the requirements for how to properly market

milk but also provides a logical rationale for why non-dairy drinks derived from nuts shouldn’t be marketed as milk. From the farmer’s perspective, the argument for defending standards of identity for dairy foods is based largely on protecting the market for a product they work so hard to provide and this is also a real concern for the FDA. “...These alternative products are not the food that has been standardized under the name “milk” and which has been known to the American public as “milk,” Gotlieb wrote. However, equally important to this debate is the consideration of the nutritional difference of the two products. “...some of these products can vary widely in their nutritional content - for instance in relation to inherent protein or in added vitamin content - when compared to traditional milk.” It could be suggested that this year’s announcement by FDA to review and modernize their standards of identity for dairy products has come too late to fully insulate real milk from the confusion of almond and soy drinks (along with other products marketed as milk, cheese, or yogurt). Which is why some are looking to prevent that same mistake from happening as lab-cultured proteins inch closer to market. Lab-cultured proteins begin with a tissue sample from an actual animal, then cells (typically stem cells) are collected from the sample and multiplied in order to generate a balance of muscle and fat that resembles naturally grown meat. This type of protein is very expensive to produce, but increased interest and scientific advances are cutting costs all the time. Lab-cultured protein is known in the media by many names including ‘in vitro meat,’ ‘vat-grown meat,’ and ‘clean meat.’ Whatever you call it, the same common sense understanding Gotllieb cites in his statement for milk, namely that this product is not what Americans think of as meat, applies. The only caveat is that unlike dairy products, actual meat is not overseen by FDA. Instead, the U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees meat production, inspection, and marketing. The Federal Meat Inspection Act, which became law in 1906, gives USDA the authority to

ensure that meat products are slaughtered and processed under sanitary conditions but also to prohibit the sale of adulterated or misbranded meat products. Under U.S. Code (specifically Title 21, Chapter 12, Subchapter I, Section 607) The Secretary of Agriculture may prescribe definitions or standards of identity to meat or meat food products in order to fulfill this authority. While the Federal Meat Inspection Act does define the term “meat food product” as, “any product capable of use as human food which is made wholly or in part from any meat or other portion of the carcass of any cattle, sheep, swine, or goats...,” there are some who want USDA to go further in protecting the definition of meat. One such group is the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) who petitioned USDA in February to exclude products not derived directly from animals raised and slaughtered from the definition of “Beef” and “Meat.” Missouri’s State Legislature became the first in the country to act on this issue, earlier this year, when they defined meat as “any edible portion of livestock or poultry carcass or part thereof.” If more states adopt similar definitions and/or USDA does indeed exclude non-traditional proteins from being defined as meat, that would then put these lab-cultured proteins back in the jurisdiction of FDA. That may be why USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Gottlieb announced a joint public meeting to discuss the use of cell culture technology to develop products derived from livestock and poultry to be held in October. The meeting will have already taken place by the time this publication reaches you, but written comments can be submitted on regulations. gov by November 26th. Milk and meat are both staples of a balanced diet and have well-established identities in the eyes of the public and through oversight by government agencies. The rationale for defending these identities is not based on taste nor is it blind to circumstances that may cause someone to choose a non-dairy alternative or lab-cultured protein. The simple fact is that neither alternative is what they market themselves to be.

Bacon-wrapped Turkey Cook time: 3 hours 30 minutes Prep time: 40 minutes Servings: 10 to 12

Everyone has their own way to prepare and roast a turkey, but this year, venture outside your comfort zone and add bacon to the recipe. Wrapping your turkey in bacon this year will certainly impress your family and friends - and it tastes great too. Somehow it’s doesn’t give your turkey an over-the-top decadent bacon flavor. What it does do is add a deep rich flavor and it helps keep the turkey moist. I don’t think it is necessary to stuff the turkey.

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Preheat the oven to 350° and arrange the shelf nearest the bottom.

Place a large sheet of parchment paper on the counter. To form a lattice shaped square, work from the left side of the square, fold back every other strip of bacon the width of a slice. Lay a new slice of bacon over the unfolded strips and return the folded bacon to the original position. Continue weaving until you have a woven square.

Place the turkey on a cutting board and tie the legs together.

Carefully lift up the parchment and turn it over close to the turkey letting the woven bacon fall onto the turkey. If you want, wrap additional bacon around the turkey legs.

Place the turkey onto a roasting rack set in a roasting pan and scatter the vegetables, neck and giblets all around. Add 3 cups of water to the pan. Loosely cover the turkey with foil and roast for 1 ½ hours, adding water to keep the vegetables moist. Remove the foil and roast until in instant-read thermometer inserted in the thigh registers 165°, about 1 ½ hours longer. Transfer the turkey to a cutting board and tent it with aluminum foil. Make gravy - strain the pan juices into a heatproof cup and spoon 4 tablespoons of the fat into a large saucepan. Whisk the flour into the fat and cook over moderately high heat until bubbling, about 4 minutes. Add the turkey stock and defatted pan juices and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until thickened, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

(And be sure to take a silly picture with your bacon-wrapped turkey.)

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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!


Call the NH Farm Bureau at 224-1934 to receive your prescription card.


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

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

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

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 Grainger The Barn Store in Salisbury and Osborne’s Agway locations in Hooksett and Concord. Present your membership card at checkout.

Save $5,000 a year on your taxes with AgriPlanNOW.

AgriPlanNOW is a Section 105 health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) that enables family farmers and other qualified small business owners to deduct 100% of their medical expenses as a business expense. Each year, AgriPlanNOW clients average $5,000 or more in savings. How much could you save? Call toll-free at 855-591-0562 to learn more about this savings program or visit our website (bit.ly/VnGekt).

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 - 2018 November/December  

The Official New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Newspaper

The Communicator - 2018 November/December  

The Official New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Newspaper