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

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COMMUNICATOR Federal News US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR EASES H-2A ADVERTISING RULES

USDA Opens 2020 Enrollment for Dairy Margin Coverage Program

Keepers of the Breed: Raising Bison in Langdon

United States Department of Agriculture

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OUR SCIENCE, YOUR CHOICE: WASHING RAW POULTRY Page 15

State News LEADERSHIP TRAINING HELPS CHESHIRE CO. FARMER Page 10

2019 YOUNG FARMER AWARD NOMINEES Page 11

ADVOCACY & EDUCATION IN BELKNAP COUNTY Page 16

CURRENT USE BOARD RULES UPDATE Page 17

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Standing at the top of the hill of Valley View Bison, LLC at Clark Farm in Langdon, looking down over pastures and forests, one can imagine a long ago time when bison roamed the continent in the millions. Today, farms like this one, and their 30-head herd, carry on the legacy of a once extinctionthreatened animal. Linda Volpe and her partner Dave Clark have been in the bison business since 2005 and have made connections in their industry and with their animals

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airy producers can now enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) for calendar year 2020. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) opened signup today for the program that helps producers manage economic risk brought on by milk price and feed cost disparities. “We know it’s tough out there for American farmers, including our dairy producers,” said Bill Northey, Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “As Secretary Perdue said, farmers are pretty good at managing through tough times, and we know that more dairy farmers will be able to survive with this 2018 Farm Bill and its risk mitigation measures, like the Dairy Margin Coverage program.” The DMC program offers reasonably priced protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. The deadline to enroll in DMC for 2020 is Dec. 13, 2019. Dairy farmers earned more than $300 million dollars from the program in 2019 so far. Producers are encouraged to take advantage of this very important risk management tool for 2020. All producers who want 2020 coverage, even those who took advantage of the 25 percent premium discount by locking in the coverage level for five years of margin protection coverage are required to visit the office during this signup period to pay the annual administrative fee. “Dairy producers should definitely consider coverage for 2020 as even the slightest drop in the margin can trigger payments,” said Northey. “Dairy producers should consider enrolling in DMC to guard against what has been, for several years, an extremely unforgiving market.” For more information visit: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/ programs-and-services/dairy-margin-coverage-program/ index.

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ForWard Thinking By Denis Ward, New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation President ever before to help clear the hurdles that are placed in front of us. Farmers know how to work and will do what we need to do. We know the road will be bumpy, but the world is depending on us.

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

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n the front of the large building that sits in the middle of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is printed a statement which is worth reflecting on. It states, “Proud of the Past. Ready for the Future.” Despite not always knowing the best way to farm, I think I can speak for most of us in the farming world when I say that we are proud of our past. Our country started as a nation of farmers, but their incredible success has also made it possible for most people in our society to pursue other jobs and interests away from the farm. Throughout our history, farmers have been on the front line of innovation as they continually produce more food for less money while using fewer resources. They are constantly adopting farming practices that are beneficial to the environment. They are at the forefront in the care of animals, both wild and domesticated, and the young people coming off farms actually know the realities of life & death, love & hate. Throughout history farmers have been leaders in protecting our great nation. We can keep our heads high knowing we have done a good job in the past, but are we ready for the future? Though the future for many small farmers is concerning, I think the agricultural world is probably as prepared as any other industry. We are embracing technology as fast as we can and have more resources available to us than

As a juvenile I did not like bumble bees very much. I was stung by bumble bees more than any other type of bee. I guess I didn’t know how irritating I was to them (I do understand why the one I sat on stung me), but I have evolved. From the time I started farming, whenever mowing a field with clover (or other flowering plants) in it, I have been encouraged when there were a lot of bees. This summer I even left a patch of lawn unmown that had purple flowers with many bees doing their thing. I believe that my change of thinking is reflective of farmers everywhere that have learned how important the critters around us are to our survival. We all know that too much plastic is used then discarded carelessly throughout the world. Plastic bags in particular have caught a lot of the flak recently. I still don’t understand why we moved so quickly away from using paper bags in the grocery stores, though I know they are in some places still. I suspect the argument is that we were cutting down too many trees, but were we? My impression is that a lot of pulp wood and other lower value wood goes into the paper products. Maybe if we went back to requesting paper, we would help the forestry industry as well as using a more environmentally friendly product. Lastly, I turn to policy development season and Annual Meetings time of the year. I hope to see, or to have seen, many of you at one or another of these meetings. The NHFB Annual Meeting is in Grafton County this year and should be a good one, as it always is irrespective of the host county. Your membership is important to NHFB and your input is needed even more. Thank you for being a member. Have a great Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Denis

INSIDE November/December 2019 County & Committee News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Local Meat Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Eye on Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 NHFB President Denis Ward addresses members of the Coos County Farm Bureau at their annual meeting held at the 4-H Hall at the Lancaster Fairgrounds on October 9. Ward spoke on the importance of Farm Bureau membership and the NH Farm Bureau relationship with state and national legislators.


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Farm Credit East Approves 300th FarmStart Investment to Support Beginning Farmers Farm Credit’s FarmStart program is pleased to announce the approval of its 300th investment. FarmStart is a unique program that invests working capital of up to $75,000 in northeast agricultural, fishing and forest products ventures showing promise of success. Since the first investment approved in August 2006, FarmStart has invested more than $14 million with over 300 entrepreneurs throughout the Northeast. The program’s 300th investment was to Whitemarz Farm in Lunenburg, Mass. Owner

Jorge Marzuca began farming on his family’s broccoli operation in Mexico when he was a child. Recently, he moved to Massachusetts to start his own vegetable operation. “We grow over 40 different vegetable varieties that we sell at multiple farmers’ markets,” said Jorge. Whitemarz Farm also offers a Community Supported Agriculture program, or CSA, for members of the community to purchase part of the harvest in advance of the growing season. Currently, the farm’s CSA has about 40 participants.

Jorge Marzuca, Owner of Whitemarz Farm in Lunenburg, Mass., pictured with his FarmStart Advisor Samantha Stoddard. Jorge utilized his FarmStart investment to purchase a plastic mulch layer and equipment to assist with weeding so that he has more time to focus on other aspects of his business. (Photo credit: FCE)

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Due to Jorge’s lack of production history, he would not have been approved for traditional lines of credit. However, through his involvement in the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, which has also been supported by Northeast Farm Credit AgEnhancement, he heard about FarmStart. “The program had a course about obtaining financing, and one of the first programs mentioned was FarmStart,” said Jorge. “It was very easy to apply and a fast process to get financing.” With his FarmStart investment, Jorge was able to purchase a plastic mulch layer and equipment for his tractor to assist with weeding. He now has more time to focus on other aspects of his business. “Farm Credit East has a long-term commitment of helping individuals get started in farming, forest products and commercial fishing,” said Bill Lipinski, Farm Credit East CEO. “We recognize the demands for capital and financial management skills that can make it difficult to establish a new business, which is why we initiated the FarmStart program more than a decade ago to provide the capital and support these entrepreneurs need to get started.” FarmStart, LLP is a joint initiative of Farm Credit East, Yankee Farm Credit and CoBank to fulfill Farm Credit’s long-term commitment to support a vibrant, entrepreneurial northeast agricultural community. FarmStart participants complete a business plan and monthly cash flow budget to serve as a roadmap for their startup business. In addition to the financial investment, a FarmStart advisor works with each participant to help the new business stay on track toward achieving business objectives.


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Senator Shaheen Staff Tours Loudon Farms with NHFB 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 . . . . . . . Elaine Moore Chair, Young Farmer Committee. . . . . Alicia Pedemonti County Presidents Belknap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Matarozzo Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . David Babson Cheshire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beth Hodge Coos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Brady Grafton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristen May Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trevor Hardy Merrimack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leandra Pritchard Rockingham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Ferdinando Strafford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Matt Scruton Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Cunniff

By Rob Johnson, NHFB Policy Director Photos by Josh Marshall, NHFB Communicatons Director On August 29th NHFB President Denis Ward, Policy Director Rob Johnson, & Communications Director Josh Marshall took U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s Senior Legislative Assistant Erica Anhalt on a tour of two Loudon farms – Windswept Maples Farm & D.S. Cole Growers. At Windswept Maples, owned and operated by the Moore family, Jeff Moore spoke about the value of federal research & importance of technology to their maple operation as well as his focus on tree health. He also showed Erica their beef cattle. Special Assistant for Projects & Policy for Senator Shaheen, Peter Clark, joined the group at D.S. Cole Growers where Head Grower Chris Schlegel gave a tour of the greenhouse operation. Schlegel spoke about their Integrated Pest Management

approach to reduce chemical usage on their crops, showing their use of beneficial insects to control pests. They have evolved to the point where their budget for beneficial insects and biocontrols exceeds that of chemical controls but Schlegel stressed having the necessary chemical tools available where they may be the best and safest option. She also touched on the importance of trade to the operation as they regularly export material into Canada and import plants from numerous countries including from a lab in China. Anhalt, a Dartmouth College graduate, works out of Senator Shaheen’s Washington Office. She is her point person on agricultural issues. Clark works out of the Senator’s Nashua office.

Staff Executive Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Diane Clary Policy Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Johnson, II Communications Director. . . . . . . . .Josh Marshall Office Assistant/Receptionist. . . . . . . . . . Portia Jackson

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U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s Senior Legislative Assistant Erica Anhalt joined NHFB President Denis Ward and staff on a tour of two Loudon farms earlier this summer. Above, Anhalt speaks to Jeff Moore of Windswept Maples Farm while observing pastured cattle. Moore spoke about challenges in rotational grazing in the farm’s livestock operation as well as the value of federal research and importance of technology to their maple operation. (left photo credit: Denis Ward)

NHFBF Standing Committee Chairs Dairy: Beth Hodge, Hinsdale Energy: Henry Ahern, Plymouth Equine: Jozi Best, Unity Government Affairs: Erick Sawtelle, Lee Horticulture: Seth Wilner, Newport Livestock & Poultry: Henry Ahern, Plymouth Ernie Vose, Walpole Membership: Sandy Salo, Marlow Policy Development: Joyce Brady, Columbia Profile Award: Ernie Vose, Walpole Young Farmer: Alicia Pedemonti, Hopkinton (Vice-Chair) Nicole Glines, Canterbury

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

At the second stop of day, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s Special Assistant for Projects & Policy Peter Clark joined the group at D.S. Cole Growers. Above, Head Grower Chris Schlegel takes the group, including NHFB President Denis Ward, on a tour of the greenhouse operation. Schlegel spoke about Integrated Pest Managment, including beneficial insects and other biocontrols, and the importance of trade as the company exports to Canada and imports from numerous countries. Insights from both farm operations should prove useful for the Senator’s staff, especially Anhalt, who serves as Senator Shaheen’s point person on agriculture in the Washington, D.C., Office.

U.S. Undersecretary of Farm Production and Conservation Tours NH Farms U.S. Undersecretary of Farm Production and Conservation for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Bill Northey visited several New Hampshire Farms on October 7th to hear, first-hand, how the resources and programs offered by the department are working. Northey started off his tour by visiting Contoocook Creamery at Bohanon Farm in Hopkinton. The Robertson Family, who were recently featured on the national television program “The American Farm,” provided a tour or their operation and some updates regarding various USDA programs they

participate in. The Robertsons have participated in programs to retrofit equipment to no-till planting and have taken advantage of NRCS cover crop funding opportunities. So far, they have been very happy with the benefits to soil health from no-till planting and cover crop use. Undersecretary Northey then continued his tour visiting Carter Hill Orchard in Concord, Taylor Brothers Farm in Meriden, and Poverty Lane Orchards in Lebanon.

Find us on Facebook U.S. Undersecretary of Farm Production and Conservation for the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited several New Hampshire Farms on October 7th to hear, first-hand, how the resources and programs offered by the department are working. Above left, Brahm, Heather, and Jaimie Robertson address the tour group outside of their new milk bottling plant. Above right, Si Robertson shows Undersecretary Northey a test plot utilizing NRCS cover crop funding.


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The Zipline Celebrating a Century of the American Farm Bureau Your American Farm Bureau turns 100 this November, a truly special cause for celebration. All year long we have been celebrating a century of working together for the men and women who grow our food, fiber and energy. This remarkable milestone is a testament to how much stronger we are when we speak with one voice. A lot has changed in 100 years, but farmers’ and ranchers’ most essential needs and concerns have not. Then and now, we need markets for what we produce, labor to grow and harvest it, infrastructure to transport it, and fair prices to keep our businesses moving forward. Thankfully, there is a strong, national organization working for those goals. Founded in November 1919, the American Farm Bureau Federation has given all farmers and ranchers a voice in our nation’s capital. Because of the decision 100 years ago to establish the American Farm Bureau Federation, farmers and ranchers are represented when Congress works on a wide range of issues. No matter what they grow or where they grow it, farmers and ranchers come together through Farm Bureau to work for the good of all of agriculture. On a day-to-day basis, it’s easy to take this organization for granted. It seems as if it always has been here for us farmers and ranchers, and it always will be. But to appreciate something’s true value, you need to imagine how things would be without it. Without Farm Bureau, we would not have federal programs to provide risk management tools to help farmers and ranchers survive volatile ups and downs in the farm economy. Without this great organization, non-farm interests would drown out the voice of farmers and ranchers. The American Farm Bureau was the first organization to bring groups of grassroots members to Washington, D.C., to influence their members of Congress in favor of farm legislation. Our Farm Bureau forefathers wrote the book on grassroots advocacy and influence, and we’re still proud of our grassroots structure. We have been standing firm for farmers since day one. In the early days of Farm Bureau, Congress

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

wanted to recess without voting on a farm bill. The American Farm Bureau worked with a “farm bloc” of senators and representatives, however, to stop Congress from recessing until the farm legislation was considered. With that same passion, we continue to band together across Farm Bureau to ensure that Congress, the White House and federal agencies make our farmers and ranchers a priority. We in Farm Bureau often say that if there wasn’t an American Farm Bureau, we’d have to create one today. Of course, the reality is we do “recreate” Farm Bureau with each new generation of grassroots farm and ranch leaders. Each generation determines where this movement will go next, how engaged they will be and, therefore, how effective and influential Farm Bureau will be. Each generation strengthens Farm Bureau for the next, so that future farmers and ranchers will have a strong, united voice working for them, too. In an age when it seems that so much is coming and going faster than ever, it is such a blessing to be able to celebrate 100 years as an organization. Much like the farmers and ranchers we represent, we tend to keep our heads down and hands on the plow here at American Farm Bureau, moving forward with the work that needs to get done. I’m so thankful for this opportunity to pause and reflect on our organization’s history and the good work we’ve accomplished together. May God bless us with another fruitful century of Farm Bureau!

WELCOME - NEW Members! (August August 13, 2019 - October 13, 2019) 2019

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he American Farm Bureau Federation today released a proposal for the future of U.S. milkpricing provisions and marketing-order reform. The recommendations aim to bring more democracy and a more equitable program for all dairy farmers. Although federal milk marketing orders have been a pillar of the dairy industry for more than 80 years, the program has not undergone substantial change in nearly two decades. A working group consisting of Farm Bureau grassroots leaders and other contributors from the Farm Bureau family prepared the report after broad consultation with industry and academia. The Farm Bureau Federal Milk Marketing Order Working Group recommendations are contained in the report “Priorities, Principles and Policy Considerations for FMMO Reform.” Key recommendations would:

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall addresses the crowd at the Ameriacn Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention and Trade Show. American Farm Bureau celebrates its 100th birthday this November. (Photo credit: AFBF)

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Give every dairy farmer a voice by eliminating the ability of coops to vote on behalf of memberproducers on changes to federal milk marketing orders (bloc voting);

Improve risk sharing across the supply chain in the product pricing formulas by adjusting the “make allowance” (a fixed deduction

or credit for processing milk into finished dairy products) to be variable on a commodity-bycommodity basis; •

Collect more robust pricing information by significantly expanding the Agriculture Department’s mandatory price reporting survey; and

Simplify milk pricing rules in the Southeast by aligning the qualifying criteria for pooling and eliminating transportation subsidies.

Farm Bureau leaders will convene in January to consider and vote on these priorities and policy recommendations. Based on the outcome, Farm Bureau staff will work with stakeholders in the dairy industry and policymakers to advance the recommendations. The working group was formed in January 2019 when AFBF’s voting delegates recommended the formation of a dairy task force to review methods to restructure and modernize the current Federal Milk Marketing Order system. The full report can be found at https://www.fb.org/newsroom/ farm-bureau-releases-milk-programrecommendations


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County & Committee News CARROLL COUNTY FARM BUREAU Carroll County Farm Bureau would like to recognize Alex Marcoux for receiving the inaugural Frank Riley Memorial Trophy for excellence in youth mentorship. Cheryl Riley, the wife of the late Frank Riley, their son J.B., nephew, and grandson were on hand for the award presentation at the Sandwich Fair. CCFB joined with the Wolfeboro Agricultural Commission to dedicate a memorial apple tree and plaque in honor of Dennis Devylder, an important member of the agricultural community who passed away in March. The tree was planted at the Clark House Museum in Wolfeboro.

CHESHIRE COUNTY FARM BUREAU As our year comes to an end and we again elect officers for 2019-2020 we wish to thank everyone who has been a Board Member for everything all of you have contributed. You have all helped make Cheshire County Farm Bureau a place where people who call or attend our meetings can come to be informed of what is happening in Agriculture in Cheshire County. By the time you read this our County Annual Meeting will have taken place. We wish to thank Frank Linnenbringer for holding the position of President for the past year. Frank has given us lots to think about and has worked hard for us over the course of the year. We all know it is very difficult to work outside the home, have farm animals to tend to daily, taking care of home and family and hold the position of President for Cheshire County Farm Bureau. Frank feels he would be best fit for the position of Vice President. He is on the roster for Vice President, to be voted on at our Annual Meeting. We are excited to once again have Beth Hodge running for President. With both President and Vice President having no competition for these positions we look forward to vote them in for year 2019-2020. Beth has previously held the position of President and has led us well. She is now a part of the American Farm Bureau Partners in Advocacy Leadership (PAL) Program and will have lots of wonderful ways to direct us in showing our support for Agriculture… not only farming, but all ag-related fields. We are happy to say Cheshire County made quota of 233 members for 2019. At this time we are down from that figure and the Board will work diligently to once again make quota in 2019-2020. We are all members of Cheshire County Farm Bureau because we

Carroll County Farm Bureau awarded Alex Marcoux (holding trophy) with the inaugural Frank Riley Memorial Trophy for excellence in youth mentorship at this year’s Sandwich Fair. Frank Riley served as President of Carroll County Farm Bureau. Frank’s family, including wife Cheryl, son J.B., nephew, and grandson, were all on hand to present the award.

believe in Agriculture of all kinds. We know that without farmers we would not have food on our tables, clothes on our back, nor would our lands prosper as they do. We work the fields, woodlots, gardens, and work the farms. Be it cattle, sheep, goats, or whatever, making this land a better place to live and prosper (we even have a deer farm in NH). As Secretary for CCFB I am proud of what we do, knowing we need to continue working hard to help people understand how Farm Bureau helps them in everyday life. -CCFB Secretary, Elaine Moore

Several members of AW went to area schools in conjunction with the NH Agriculture in the Classroom program and read to children. This year’s agricultural literacy book was “Maple Syrup from the Sugarhouse” by Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton. We also visited David’s House in Lebanon bringing with us various items, i.e.: canned foods, dry goods, wipes, paper towels and other items which were greatly appreciated. Ruth Scruton was a guest on WMUR’s “New Hampshire

Chronical” episode titled “Soil Sisters” in which Ruth gave a lot of important information regarding gardening. She also keep us up to date on her new adventure – beekeeping which brought about some fun paint classes held by AW ladies – Ruth Scruton, Lee Ann Childress, and Edith Regan. Anyone who would like to attend these classes in the future may contact Ruth at travelinbarnyard@aol.com. We sold many Century Farm Books and still have a few left if anyone interested in purchasing one. This year a banner was made for the Associated Women and a Lilac tree was planted at the NHFB office which will be called the ‘AW Presidents Tree’. A plaque will be made this year naming all AW Presidents and years served. This will be placed in the main meeting room at the NHFB Office. Abbie Sargent and Stacy Cole news articles have been collected and are being worked on to be on display at the Farm Bureau State Annual Meeting. Abbie Sargent was the first President of Associated Women and both she and Stacy Cole contributed so much to NHFB. Don’t forget if you are attending the State Annual Meeting to look over these collections. The collections will then be brought to the Historical Society in Concord where they will be kept.

SULLIVAN COUNTY FARM BUREAU On September 15th, members of the Sullivan County Farm Bureau went to the Big E to serve pie and ice cream in the New Hampshire Building as a fundraiser. SCFB held it’s annual meeting on Oct.7 at the Courthouse Restaurant in Newport. 59 people enjoyed a program that showcased agriculture in NH in the 50’s, 60’s,and 70’s. Seth Wilner moderated a panel that included Gordon Gowen, Becky Nelson (speaking for her Mom, Norma McDonough), Steve Taylor, and Jolyon Johnson. We learned about the changes in their farm operations and the evolution of agriculture in NH over the past 60 years. NHFB president Dennis Ward spoke about the activities of NHFB. Our next SCFB Board meeting will be in November at Lisa Holmes farm in Langdon.

The Associated Women of NHFB show off their new banner and the lilac tree planted at the NHFB office in Concord. The tree, in honor of past AW Presidents will also be accompanied by a plaque inside the NHFB office listing all past AW Presidents.

ASSOCIATED WOMEN OF NHFB The Associated Women of New Hampshire Farm Bureau have met every month in 2019. We were kept up to date on agriculture related Legislative concerns by Rob Johnson and AW’s Jozi Best who attends most ag-related legislative meetings.

Associated Women of NHFB member Henrietta Kenney presents during “show and tell” (where AW members take time to share some of their hobbies, interests, or heirlooms) at the AW Annual Meeting held on October 21st at the Common Man Restaurant in Concord. (Photo credit: LeeAnn Childress)


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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule Easing Burden of Advertising Requirements for H-2A. United States Department of Labor

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he U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has issued a Final Rule aimed at helping Americans find open agricultural jobs by modernizing the labor market test for H-2A temporary agricultural labor certification in the Federal Register. The improved labor market test will assess whether qualified American workers are available to fill temporary agricultural jobs by advertising all H-2A job opportunities on SeasonalJobs.dol. gov, the expanded and improved version of the Department’s existing electronic job registry. SeasonalJobs. dol.gov is a mobile-friendly and centralized online platform that will offer more robust and personalized search capabilities as well as information about agricultural job opportunities in a format that is compatible with third-party jobsearch websites. The Department also seeks to leverage the existing localized services, knowledge, and expertise of State Workforce Agencies to promote awareness of H-2A job opportunities. In addition to making it easier for Americans to find and fill open jobs, the Final Rule will reduce regulatory

burdens like the requirement that all employers advertise in a print newspaper of general circulation in the area of intended employment as the method of recruitment. Interested stakeholders may obtain a factsheet on the new regulations as well as a copy of the Final Rule, published in the Federal Register, on the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s (OFLC’s) website at www.foreignlaborcert. doleta.gov. The Final Rule will be effective on October 21, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. EDT. ETA’s mission is to contribute to the more efficient functioning of the U.S. labor market by providing highquality job training, employment, labor market information, and income maintenance services primarily through state and local workforce development systems. The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

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U.S. Department of Labor Online H-2A Resources Agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers can utilize the H-2A temporary agricultural program to bring nonimmigrant foreign workers to the United States for temporary or seasonal labor or services. Employers can use the Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) online portal to file new applications and manage their cases at https://flag.dol.gov.

Whether using a desktop or mobile device, employers can determine eligibility, learn about the Labor Certification Process, and access support resources like Users Guides ands Video Tutorials.

Local New Hampshire Youth Auction off Homegrown Meat at the NH 4-H Livestock Sale and Auction By Michelle Bersaw-Robblee

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he farm to table trend has been growing in NH since the mid1990’s. Helping to drive this is the demand from consumers to know where their food is coming from and to be able to purchase locally. The NH 4-H Livestock Show & Auction is an opportunity for consumers to do both. 4-H members ages 8-18 from around the state came together at the Hopkinton State Fair on Monday, September 2, 2019 and provided buyers the opportunity to purchase an animal they had raised right here in NH. Throughout the day, youth were on hand to answer questions about their market animal projects. In the morning, buyers had the opportunity to observe market classes before the auction in which an outside judge placed the animals based on their readiness for market that day. Bidding began in the afternoon and continued until all 26 animals had been auctioned off. Rick Lemay from LeMay and Sons in Goffstown, NH was on hand to provide buyers guidance with processing options and transported animals for buyers wanting that service. The NH 4-H Market Animal project is a year round commitment for the 4-Hers participating. During the project, members participate in educational sessions to grow their skills around animal health, food and nutrition. They also attend workshops

on marketing and communications and actively work year-round to promote their project and recruit potential buyers. A 100% of the proceeds from the sale of each animal goes back to the 4-Her and often will be used to help start their next year’s project. To learn more about the NH 4-H Livestock Show & Auction contact Michelle Bersaw-Robblee (michelle. bersaw@unh.edu, 603-796-2151). 4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA, and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000 local Extension offices. Globally, 4-H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. The researchbacked 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs.

Lila Smith of East Kingston, NH at the NH 4-H Livestock Sale and Auction

NH Farmers Markets Sought for 20192020 Winter Season Directory The NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food is assembling its annual NH Winter Farmers’ Market Directory, for the 2019-2020 season. A copy of the 2018-19 directory can be seen on our website: https://www.agriculture.nh.gov/ publications-forms/documents/winter-farmers-markets.pdf. This list is used extensively by shoppers and the media. It is FREE to list your NH farmers’ market. If you coordinate a winter farmers’ market or are part of a market that is currently not on the list, please complete the form found on our website: https://www.agriculture.nh.gov/publications-forms/documents/winter-fmregistration.pdf . Or contact gail.mcwilliam.jellie@agr.nh.gov for more information.


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StoneFen Farm, llc - Haverhill

Local Meat Producer List Belknap County Beans ӕ Greens Farm - Gilford Andrew Howe - 293-2853 beansandgreensfarm@msn.com www.beansandgreensfarm.com Grass fed beef, GMO free pork, chicken, turkey.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

Mandico Farm Cattle Co. - Nottingham

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.

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

Kinney’s Farm - Brookline

Coppal House Farm - Lee

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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


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November/December 2019

Keepers of the Breed Raising Bison in Langdon, NH

Story and Photos By Josh Marshall, NHFB Communications Director

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he Clark family have been stewards of their Langdon property for five generations. With sprawling hilltops and wooded valleys, the diverse landscape provides an ideal home for a 30-head bison herd (Valley View Bison, LLC) and an award winning maple sugaring operation (Clark’s Sugar House). For the Clarks, the family legacy of boiling down sap into pure maple syrup goes all the way back to 1893. Today, it’s Dave Clark who runs the operation. His father Alvin, who passed away in May of 2019, began his sugaring career at a very young age, winning his first accolades in the form of the 1949 Felker Award for youth maple producers. He would go on to earn Clark’s Sugar House awards for ‘Best Syrup in New Hampshire’ and the honor of being named a New Hampshire Farm of Distinction in 2001. As it turns out, that wouldn’t be the only time Clark Farm would be recognized as a NH Farm of Distinction, but that story starts with the entrance of Linda Volpe. Linda met her partner Dave when she returned for a second stint working for E.D. Swett, Inc., a bridge

construction company where Dave has worked since 1981. As she tells it, “All Dave does is work. If we hadn’t met there we never would’ve met.” The thing is, Linda didn’t come alone. She was a package deal with her own menagerie including horses, goats, chickens, a duck, geese, miniature donkeys and more. So it was only natural that she suggested they add some animals to the picturesque countryside farm. “It was my idea,” she confessed. “I’m the animal nut.” Starting a herd of bison isn’t something one just does overnight. Linda, Dave, and Alvin each got involved in learning about the history and challenges of raising bison. They joined the National Bison Association and the Eastern Bison Association. What attracted Linda to bison was just how few were left on the planet. According to a U.S. Fish & Wildlife timeline, there were 30-60 million bison in North America in the 1500’s. Some estimates suggest that by the late 1800’s as few as 100 bison remained. The pressures they faced in the United States ranged from habitat loss due to western expansion, increased hunting by Native Americans (for trade rather than sustenance), and the purposeful killing of bison by settlers who hoped to ruin the food source of the native tribes. The establishment of private bison herds in the early 1900’s turned the tide dramatically for the species. Today, farms like Valley View Bison not only provide a nutritious, lean red meat and protect open spaces and natural resources, but they also carry on the genetic heritage of the bison. The 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture says there are now 183,780 bison reported to reside on private ranches in the U.S. The remarkable comeback of bison as a species would

Top left: Senator Maggie Hassan presents Dave and Alvin Clark with their second New Hampshire Farm of Distinction Award, this one for Valley View Bison, LLC, which they and Dave’s partner Linda Volpe started in 2005. Top right: Linda introduces her 29 year old pet goose, Cuddles. Bottom: Linda feeds Suzie Q an apple straight from her hand. Not every bison will eat from her hand, but Suzie Q was bottle fed by Linda and the two now have a strong connection.

not be possible without these private herds and people like Linda who put so much passion into caring for their animals. Linda, Dave, and Alvin started their herd officially in 2005 when they purchased their first bison from Brian Farmer in Warner. Since then they’ve been growing the herd and producing grass-fed bison meat and other products like skulls, hides, and calfs. Linda doesn’t focus on the meat production side of things, however. It’s a necessary part of the business, but she would just as soon keep the animals as long as possible. In 2018 Dave and Alvin accepted the second New Hampshire Farm of Distinction award on behalf of Clark Farm, this time for Valley View Bison. Linda’s favorite part of her work is making a connection with the animals. While the massive creatures are undoubtedly dangerous and unpredictable, there is a certain comfort they show while in Linda’s presence. “Anything they do has to be their idea,” she explained as a female named ‘Suzie Q’ ate an apple from her hand. Suzie Q was too weak to nurse when she was born and is the last calf that Linda bottle fed. The two have a strong connection. After returning to the herd and rearing a calf of her own, Suzie Q still recognized Linda and allowed her to approach her new baby. “She was either going to kill me or just lick me to death,” Linda joked. While Linda has a rapport with Suzie Q, that doesn’t mean she can just waltz around inside the 40-acres of fenced in pasture. There are two lines of 9,000 volt electric fencing to help keep humans and animals separate. That infrastructure isn’t cheap either. The cost of the bison fencing was $78,000. The farm took advantage of Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) grants to help offsett some of the expense. In addition to help with fencing, they also worked with NRCS to build watering systems and the NH Department of Agriculture for Agricultural Nutrient Management grants for heavy use areas. Bison are beautiful, calm looking mammals, but when they get stressed, upset, or defensive they can turn in an instant. Respecting their power and independence is paramount for raising them. It’s certainly not a job for everyone, but Linda took to it like a natural admitting, “I like animals a lot more than I like people.”


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Partners in Advocacy Leadership (PAL) Program Helps to Shape Tomorrow’s Advocates for Agriculture

in a variety of contexts including media interviews, public policy and legislative settings, testimony, and panel discussions. Even more importantly, it helps us develop the ability to find common ground with stakeholders, especially those with a different viewpoint as well as confidently engage even when that may lead to criticism by opponents. Our first module took place in New York City and was focused on the media. For 5 days in July, we had challenging mock interviews and presentations. Our next trip will take us to Washington, D.C., to learn how to effectively craft and communicate policy. Next year will take us to St. Louis to learn about stakeholder engagement and our final module will be an international trip to China next fall to learn about trade issues. It’s been an incredible experience so far. I’m learning so much about myself and really exploring how to use my skills and take it to the next level! I hope to bring an article to The Communicator after each of our modules is completed. I thank the NHFB for supporting me and encouraging me to apply for this fantastic program (thanks, Diane!). I look forward to the challenges ahead!

By Beth Hodge, Cheshire County Farm Bureau President

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hat do you do when you are too old for Young Farmers and yet still have a passion for telling your story and helping to improve our food system to make sure New Hampshire agriculture thrives in the future? That’s a question I had been asking myself in the last year. I have had so many amazing experiences being involved in New Hampshire Farm Bureau over the last 20+ years, with trips all over the U.S. to attend annual meetings and conferences (even Hawaii, twice!). I discovered a passion for advocating for policy when I went to Washington, D.C., with other NH young farmers, and those trips taught me

Cheshire County Farm Bureau President Beth Hodge, who runs Echo Farm Puddings in Hinsdale along with her sister Courtney, was selected to be one of ten participants in American Farm Bureau’s 10th Partners in Advocacy Leadership (PAL) Program. Above, Hodge practices media interview skills as part of the program.

so much about how important it is to speak up and to develop relationships with our elected officials. I also had a more challenging experience right here at home at our own State House when I spoke up about a dairy bill last winter. I had some concerns about some of the small details in the bill and testified during a committee hearing with our lawmakers. As a result of my concerns, I was then raked over the coals in a public forum and I learned some of the other side of speaking up and speaking out. With those experiences, both incredibly positive and negative, I was searching to learn more about how to engage and how to craft my message. In that process I found the Partners in Advocacy program through American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). I applied and was lucky to be chosen as one of the 10 participants of PAL Class 10. The program pamphlet describes it better than I can, “Partners in Advocacy Leadership (PAL) program is designed to help today’s agricultural leaders accelerate their engagement abilities and solidify their role as ADVOCATES for agriculture through a rigorous, two-year curriculum. The PAL program uses interactive, real world experiences to encourage personal and professional growth, challenge comfort zones, encourage critical thinking and creative problem solving.” PAL training involves four modules designed to develop specific skill sets that help participants stand The 10th Partners in Advocacy Leadership (PAL) Program class, including NHFB’s and deliver a message or position Beth Hodge, travelled to New York City as part of their media training.

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2019 Young Farmer Award Nominees Excellence in Agriculture Award The Excellence in Agriculture award is intended to acknowledge Young Farmers between the ages of 18 to 35 who do not derive the majority of their income from production agriculture. Competitors are judged on their involvement in agriculture and leadership roles within the industry, Farm Bureau, and their community. The winner receives a barn sign displaying their achievement along with a trip to the American Farm Bureau annual meeting in Austin, TX this January.

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Achievement Award 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 Austin, TX this January!

Zachary Mason Nominated by Coos County Farm Bureau Zachary grew up on a dairy farm in northern NH where he developed a love for animal husbandry, which continued through 4-H. Zachary followed his passion to Cornell University where he participated in various ag-related clubs, joined Alpha Zeta honors agricultural fraternity and the Dairy Science Club. He is currently finishing his masters thesis at Mississipi State University

Jay & Leandra Prtichard Pritchard Farms, Pembroke Merrimack County Farm Bureau Jay and Leandra Pritchard are first-generation farmers in Pembroke, NH. Farming over 300 acres, the couple produces corn silage, hay, haylage and other forage crops as well as raising dairy replacement heifers, some beef cattle, and 170 laying hens. Both Jay and Leandra have been involved in NH Farm Bureau in various leadership roles during their young farming careers. Leandra is currently the Merrimack County Farm Bureau President while Jay is a member of their Board of Directors. They have also been involved with the Young Farmers Committee working on various projects from Harvest for All to Pumpkin Fest and more. The next generation of Pritchard farmers includes their daughter Millie and newborn son Walt.

Morgan Mewkill Nominated by Merrimack County Farm Bureau Morgan is the third generation to participate in agriculture at her family’s farm in Chichester. She grew up surrounded by a 10,000 bale haying operation, John Deere tractors, and sheep -which she showed at various fairs across the state. Today, she continues to assist with the haying business and is a 4-H leader in addition to working a full time job off the farm.

Animal Husbandry Award The Farm Animal Husbandry Award has been developed by the NHFB Young Farmer program to promote sound animal husbandry and to recognize individuals who have implemented exceptional livestock welfare practices on their farm. The winner receives a custom work jacket from the Young Farmer program in recognition of their achievement. The winner will be announced at the NHFB Annual Meeting on November 15th.

Nicole Glines Nominated by Rockingham County Farm Bureau

Peter Glines Sloping Acres Farm Canterbury

Nicole grew up in Milton, NH and her first agricultural passion was in equestrian sports, where she competed and gave riding lessons. After being introduced to dairy cattle at UNH she changed course and eventually completed a masters degree in Dairy Nutrition. She went on to be the herd manager for the UNH Organic Dairy Farm and currently works as a dairy nutrition and forage consultant for Agri-King.

Peter operates Sloping Acres Farm in Canterbury along with his brother. They milk 140 cows, producing a rolling herd average of 23,500 pounds, and raise an additional 110 head of replacements calves/heifers. The farm also grows 110 acres of corn for silage along with 60 acres of corn for snaplage and 160 acres of hay crops that they use for their own feed.

Ammy Rice Nominated by Strafford County Farm Bureau

Erik Fredrickson Top of the Hill Farm Wolfeboro

Ammy was born into an agriculture and forestry family and quickly showed an interest in the family traditions at the sawmill they owned and in wool processing. Today she assists with the commercial wool procuement for Bartlett Yarns, volunteers with many groups including NH Sheep and Wool Growers, is the Granite State FFA Alumni President, and serves on the NHFB YF Board.

Erik works alongside his parents and sister operating Top of the Hill Farm in Wolfeboro raising beef, pork, and lamb for sale on site at their 108-acre farm. In addition to meat products, the farm also sells a selection of vegetables, flowers, and hay products. Erik attended Oklahoma State University graduating with a degree in Animal Science.


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November/December 2019

COUNTY ANNUAL MEETINGS

Grafton County Farm Bureau hosted their annual meeting at Alumni Hall in Haverhill. Above: NHFB President Denis Ward addresses the audience. After an Italian meal, NH Fish & Game’s Dan Bailey and Andy Timmins presented on bear damage to agriculture in NH.

Sullivan County Farm Bureau invited a panel of farmers to discuss the changing landscape of agriculture in NH to their annual meeting at the Old Courthouse Restaurant in Newport. Above: Steve Taylor, Gordon Gowen, Becky Nelson, and Jolyon Johnson moderated by Seth Wilner.

Rockingham County Farm Bureau held their annual meeting at J + F Farm in Derry. Attendees enjoyed a bbq meal from Lemay & Sons Beef and a silent auction. RCFB Board of Directors announced Gretchen Hicks as the newest member of their Hall of Fame. Above: Gretchen is presented the award by grandson Danny Hicks IV at their farm in Londonderry.

Cheshire County Farm Bureau kept with tradition, bringing their annual meeting to East Hill Farm in Troy. Above: Attendees of the meeting listen to a presentation from guest speaker Andy Pressman, Northeast Regional Office Director for the National Center for Appropriate Technology.

Coos County Farm Bureau gathered for their annual meeting at the 4-H Hall at the Lancaster Fairgrounds. In lieu of an outside guest speaker, CCFB members took turns sharing some of their favorite ‘tall tales.’ Above: John Scarinza anchored the evening with a story from his days as a NH State Trooper.

Strafford County Farm Bureau invited members and guests to the Jeremiah Smith Grange Hall in Lee for their annual meeting. Special guests in attendance included NH Fish & Game’s Dan Bailey, UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture Dean Jon Wraith, Commissioner of Agriculture Shawn Jasper and 2020 NH Miss Agriculture USA Faith Mariacher of Lee. Above: The Commissioner meets NH Miss Agriculture, a senior at Oyster River High School who plans to pursue a degree in Livestock Production and Management from the Ohio State Agriculture Technical Institute.


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November/December 2019

Ice Cream, Milkshakes, Farm Bureau...Oh My! By Diane Clary, NHFB Executive Director

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t the end of September and into early October for the last seven years I have run the dairy booth at the Deerfield Fair for New Hampshire Farm Bureau. Many of you have come by for an ice cream or milk shake and I love to interact with our members and potential new members for those four days each fall. But the greatest joy comes from my interaction with several high school groups that earn money by scooping. These are 16-18 year olds who are thrown into a high pressure retail situation with very little training. Granted there are some that come to me as freshman and return until their senior year, but for the most part I get a fresh new group every four to five hours for four days. When the weather is nice, the line at our booth stretches all the way to the dairy barn.

People come back year after year for the quality ice cream and milk provided by Contoocook Creamery and Granite State Candy. The groups that have scooped consistently are:

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Coe Brown FFA (Future Farmers of America) Coe Brown FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Coe Brown FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) Pembroke Academy Women’s Soccer Seacoast School of Technology FFA I thank them all for their hard work! It couldn’t happen without them. Also a big thank you to Beth Hodge who gave me a break Friday night and Jamie Robertson who has been my partner in crime for all seven years!

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Washing Raw Poultry: Our Science, Your Choice United States Department of Agriculture

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study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that individuals are putting themselves at risk of illness when they wash or rinse raw poultry. “Cooking and mealtime is a special occasion for all of us as we come together with our families and friends,” said Dr. Mindy Brashears, the USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety. “However, the public health implications of these findings should be of concern to everyone. Even when consumers think they are effectively cleaning after washing poultry, this study shows that bacteria can easily spread to other surfaces and foods. The best practice is not to wash poultry.” The results of the observational study showed how easy bacteria can be spread when surfaces are not effectively cleaned and sanitized. The USDA is recommending three easy options to help prevent illness when preparing poultry, or meat, in your home. 1. Significantly decrease your risk by preparing foods that will not be cooked, such as vegetables and salads, BEFORE handling and preparing raw meat and poultry. • Of the participants who washed their raw poultry, 60 percent had bacteria in their sink after washing or rinsing the poultry. Even more concerning is that 14 percent still had bacteria in their sinks after they attempted to clean the sink. • 26 percent of participants that washed raw poultry transferred bacteria from that raw poultry to their ready to eat salad lettuce. 2. Thoroughly clean and sanitize ANY surface that has potentially touched or been contaminated from raw meat and poultry, or their juices. • Of the participants that did not wash their raw poultry, 31 percent still managed to get

bacteria from the raw poultry onto their salad lettuce. •This high rate of cross-contamination was likely due to a lack of effective handwashing and contamination of the sink and utensils. •Clean sinks and countertops with hot soapy water and then apply a sanitizer. • Wash hands immediately after handling raw meat and poultry. Wet your hands with water, lather with soap and then scrub your hands for 20 seconds. 3. Destroy any illness causing bacteria by cooking meat and poultry to a safe internal temperature as measured by a food thermometer. • Beef, pork, lamb and veal (steaks, roasts and chops) are safe to eat at 145°F. • Ground meats (burgers) are safe to eat at 160°F. • Poultry (whole or ground) are safe to eat at 165°F. • Washing, rinsing, or brining meat and poultry in salt water, vinegar or lemon juice does not destroy bacteria. If there is anything on your raw poultry that you want to remove, pat the area with a damp paper towel and immediately wash your hands. “Everyone has a role to play in preventing illness from food,” said Administrator Carmen Rottenberg of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). “Please keep in mind that children, older adults, and those with compromised immune systems are especially at risk. Washing or rinsing raw meat and poultry can increase your risk as bacteria spreads around your kitchen, but not washing your hands for 20 seconds immediately after handling those raw foods is just as dangerous.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that millions of Americans are sickened with foodborne illnesses each year, resulting in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths.

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Broiler Chickens 128,782 Turkeys 5,875

Ducks 1,656

Geese 237

Guineas 203

Quail 670

Chukars 60

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Advocacy and Education By Josh Marshall, NHFB Communications Director

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ur organization’s mission statement is pretty succinct: “New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation is a membership organization dedicated to advocacy for and education about agriculture.” Those two pillars, advocacy and education, are the foundation upon which all of our work is built. Often it’s our advocacy work in the halls of the State House and Legislative Office Building that are

Belknap County School to Farm Day on September 24th, hosted at Ramblin’ Vewe Farm in Gilford, where nearly all of the stations featured NHFB members. “Interaction with the kids is what it’s about. There are so many people removed from agriculture,” Belknap County Farm Bureau President Brian Matarozzo said. He, his wife Amy, and their son Hayden brought one of their dairy cows from LorrenJoyce Farm in Barnstead to the event as part of their

Above: A cow from LorrenJoyce Farm in Barnstead was a popular attraction for students at the Belknap County School to Farm Day at Ramblin’ Vewe Farm in Gilford. Below: Ramblin’ Vewe Farm’s Farm Manager Jeff Keyser takes provided hay rides to the groups of local fourth grade students as part of the event. Earlier in the day, Keyser put on a sheep shearing demonstration to help students better understand where wool comes from and how it is produced.

Above: NH Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut gets some first hand experience in animal husbandry at the Belknap County School to Farm Day at Ramblin’ Vewe Farm in Gilford. Below: Karen Wright of Trail Bend Farm in Belmont teaches local students about raising chickens during the event. Their favorite part of the presentation was most definately getting to pet a live chicken!

our most recognizable contributions to agriculture. After all, these efforts, over 103 years, have resulted in successes like affordable expansion of power and lighting to rural areas in the 1930s, the establishment of Current Use law in the 1970s, and enabling local agricultural commissions in the early 2000s (just to name a few). The dedication of NH Farm Bureau staff and members alike has also prevented legislation potentially damaging to agriculture from being passed. The fact of the matter is, however, that advocacy doesn’t exist solely in the Capitol. It starts on farms and woodlots across the state. It thrives in conversations farmers have in the supermarket or on social media. By offering your experiences and practices as a primary source to the non-agricultural world you are actively advocating for your own way of life while educating them at the same time. An impactful and easy way to connect with the non-farming community is to participate in New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom’s School to Farm Days. These events, organized by NHAITC State Coordinator Debbi Cox and held across the state, invite fourth grade students to a local farm where they will visit dozens of stations explaining various aspects of agriculture. The fusion of education and advocacy was fully demonstrated at the

station on cows and milk. Along with cows, the Belknap County School to Farm Day offered students a chance to see and learn about goats, chickens, oxen, garlic, soil conservation, maple sugaring, and more. “In the several hours that they are rotating stations they learn about the connections to agriculture in their daily lives,” NHAITC Coordinator Debbi Cox explained. “We try to incorporate history, math, science and more to really coordinate with teachers’ curriculum.” The New Hampshire Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut stopped by as well to get a better understanding of just how important hands-on learning opportunities like School to Farm days are in the overall education system. “All of the various tactile things, the overall experiences are really a concrete learning opportunity for the kids,” Edelblut observed. That’s the long way around getting to my point, which is that advocacy and education become the same thing when you share your story. Share it with your neighbors, your fellow church parishioners -anyone who will listen! But most importantly, share it with our youth. Someone is going to provide the next generation of leaders and thinkers with a depiction of agriculture. It’s up to us in the agriculture community to make sure that depiction is accurate.


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Current Use Board Clarifies and Updates Rules

Part Cub 301 – Definitions (added language to “betterment” & “curtilage” in bold italics)

By Rob Johnson, NHFB Policy Director

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he Current Use Board (CUB) has adopted a number of clarifications and updates to its operating rules (Cub 100 & 200 rules) and its rules on the assessment of open space land (300 rules). It is an effort that has been in the works for well over a year. A major goal of the rewrite is to provide greater clarity to assessors, municipal officials, and landowners. The new rules became effective in August. Changes include the addition of a number of newly added terms (including equipment, irrigation, seasonal tunnel) with definitions, defines previously undefined terms used in the rule (including map, parcel, structures), and amends current definitions (including betterment, curtilage). A few of the newly defined terms are reprinted here as well as is some of the language added to the assessment section of the rule. The complete new CUB rules can be found on the NH Department of Revenue Administration’s (DRA) website at https:// www.revenue.nh.gov/current-use/index.htm. Other information about Current Use can also be found on this website including the Current Use Criteria Booklet, which includes the Current Use statute (RSA 79-A) and CUB meeting minutes. DRA administers the CUB. This summer Farm Bureau member Chuck Souther of Apple Hill Farm in Concord was elected Chair of the Current Use Board. Souther has served on the CUB since 2013 as the public member representing current use landowners who own farm land. Farm Bureau was extensively involved in the rewrite and supports the rules changes.

Cub 301.01 02 “Betterment” means the installation or construction of improvements which influence the value of land, such as: (a) Roads, with the exception of roadways and trails pursuant to Cub 303.06; (b) Water lines, with the exception of irrigation lines pursuant to Cub 303.09; (c) Sewage lines, with the exception of farm land tile drainage; (d) Utility lines, with the exception of a power source used exclusively to service equipment pursuant to Cub 303.10;or (e) Other physical improvements, with the exception of fencing pursuant to Cub 303.08. The term does not include equipment as defined in Cub 301.08. Cub 301.04 05 “Curtilage” for the purposes of this chapter means the land upon which a structure stands and the land immediately surrounding the structure, including the following: (a) A yard contiguous to the structure; (b) Land groomed and maintained around the structure; and (c) Land necessary to the support and service of the structure such as, but not limited to: (1)Driveways and improved parking; (2)Utility lines; (3) Wells; or (4) Septic tanks and leach fields. Cub 301.08 “Equipment” means devices which are not permanently affixed and are used exclusively for a farming or forestry purpose that, upon being situated or relocated, does not affect the utility of the underlying land, such as, but not limited to: (a) Transportable animal shelters; (b) Seasonal tunnels; (c) Portable irrigation pumps; or (d) Tree sap collection devices. Cub 301.10 “Irrigation” means to supply controlled amounts of water to grow in-ground crops or to supply drinking water to pastured livestock pursuant to Cub 303.09.

Chuck Souther of Apple Hill Farm in Concord was recently elected Chair of the Current Use Board.

Cub 301.16 “Seasonal tunnel” means a nonpermanent covering, used exclusively for extending the growing season or for enhancing the growth of crops grown in the underlying farm land, which: (a) Consists of fastened framing covered with membrane sheeting or other similar coverings which can be disassembled without damage and with little effort or difficulty;

NH Food Alliance Seeks New Members for Network Leadership Team NH Food Alliance What is the NH Food Alliance? The NH Food Alliance is a growing network of people working together to build a food system that is good for people, businesses, communities, and the environment. The Alliance connects the many groups and initiatives already working across the state to strengthen our local food businesses and support thriving communities. Partners work together to advance goals outlined in the NH Farm, Fish, and Food Enterprise

Viability Initiative published by the network in 2015. By collaborating and learning from each other, we can better understand and creatively address complex challenges and emerging opportunities in the NH food system. What is the Network Leadership Team? The Network Leadership Team (formerly the Process Team) is the heart of the Food Alliance. ● Dedicated leaders from regional food initiatives and key statewide organizations work with NH Food Alliance staff and the broader network to provide overall strategic guidance for the Alliance. ● Members leverage their experience and knowledge to connect people and initiatives across the state, spreading good ideas and sparking collaboration to strengthen the NH food system.

Page 17 (b) Is not permanently affixed to the underlying farm land with concrete or similar non-portable footings; (c) When removed does not affect the utility of the underlying farm land; (d) Does not contain tables or benches; (e) Does not contain permanent electric service, heat, or ventilation; and (f) Is not used to provide shelter or housing for livestock, or for storage. Cub 301.18 “Structures” means buildings, appurtenances, or other man-made improvements and impediments which alter and interfere with the natural state of the land. Part Cub 304 – Current Use Assessment of Open Space Land Cub 303.06 Roads. Land supporting roads or trails, including wetland crossings, shall be eligible for current use assessment when the primary purpose and use of the road or trail is for one or more of the following purposes: (a) Farming activities pursuant to Cub 304.03; (b) Forestry or watershed activities pursuant to Cub 304.05; or (c)Recreational activities pursuant to RSA 79-A:4, II. Cub 303.08 Fencing. Land supporting fencing and the associated power source(s) which is used exclusively to contain pastured livestock or used for the protection of crops shall be eligible for current use assessment under the category in which the land would normally qualify. Cub 303.09 Irrigation. Land supporting irrigated farm land that is used exclusively for sustaining livestock or for in-ground crops shall be eligible for current use assessment under the category in which the land would normally qualify. Cub 303.10 Equipment. Land supporting tree sap collection devices inclusive of its housing, the non-permanent staging area, and the associated power source, or other non-permanent devices, which are used exclusively for farming or forestry purposes shall be eligible for current use assessment under the category in which the land would normally qualify. Cub 303.11 Seasonal Tunnel. Land supporting a seasonal tunnel, as defined in Cub301.16, shall be classified and assessed as farm land.

● The team is an opportunity for members to regularly communicate, share information, problem-solve, and collaborate with each other in ways that benefit both the NH food system and their own professional work. Network Leadership Team Responsibilities Leaders meet monthly to: ● Provide overall strategic direction for the NH Food Alliance, including monitoring progress toward goals and keeping an eye on changing conditions within the food system. ● Advance and support the Viability Initiative and the work of their own organizations. ● Promote engagement in the Food Alliance network. ● Build professional skills as network and collaborative leaders, bringing new ways of working back to their own organizations and communities. Network Leadership Team Structure 10-12 leaders who represent diverse sectors of the NH food system including the major geographic regions of the state (North

Country, Monadnock, Lakes, Dartmouth/ Lake Sunapee, Merrimack Valley, and Seacoast) as well as key statewide leaders such as UNH Extension, Farm to School, Farm Bureau, finance, state government, food business, etc. ● Members are nominated and selected by the Food Alliance staff and current leadership team based on their role in the food system and alignment with the values of the Food Alliance. ● The Network Leadership Team meets in person in Concord every other month for 4 hours, other months by phone for 1.5 hours, and annually for a day-long retreat. ● Quarterly, the chairs/co-chairs of the Action Teams join the Network Leadership Team meeting to review and monitor progress. ● Experience suggests that it is helpful for Network Leadership Team members to stay in their roles for at least 2 years. ● When funds allow, team members will receive a $1000 stipend for their participation/year. Members are fully reimbursed for travel to and from meetings. Interested candidates can find an application at https://unh.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/ SV_cvHJC3pNAzSiJWB or contact Erin Hardie Hale at erin.hale@unh.edu.


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

EVENTS & WORKSHOPS 11th Annual NH Direct Marketing Conference— Agritourism: Building the Connection with Farmers, Customers and Communities Nov. 4 from 12:00 - 5:30 PM Portsmouth Country Club, 80 Country Club Lane, Greenland The NH Direct Marketing Conference will provide attendees with information about how to start or grow an agritourism business with a presentation by NH Commissioner of Agriculture Shawn Jasper and panel discussions with local farmers. After October 28, registration is $35 per person. Afternoon refreshments are included. FMI, contact Nada Haddad, UNH Extension food and agriculture field specialist, at nada. haddad@unh.edu or 603-679-5616. See conference details and register at http://bit.ly/2019Agritourism.

Food Safety for Poultry and Rabbit Producers Nov. 14 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Keene New Hampshire producers can sell poultry and rabbits (up to 20,000 poultry and 1,000 rabbits per calendar year) directly to NH restaurants without USDA inspection. This program fulfills the education requirement specified in the rules and will help producers develop a working plan for providing safe meat products for this market. Even if you do not plan to sell to restaurants, this program would also be appropriate for those looking to learn more about best practices when processing their own poultry or rabbits. $50.00 per person and $25.00 per additional person from your farm. Register online by November 8, 2019: http:// bit.ly/poulty-rabbit-producers.

Beginning QuickBooks for Farm Businesses Mondays, Nov. 25, Dec. 2 & 16 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM UNH Extension Office 629A Main St., Lancaster or Kilton Public Library 80 South Main St., West Lebanon This workshop will teach farmers how to set up a bookkeeping system using QuickBooks. Topics covered include recordkeeping concepts and accounting principles, how to record common business transactions in QuickBooks and how to utilize reports to guide business management decisions. Instructors are Seth Wilner and Kelly McAdam, UNH Cooperative Extension field specialists. This workshop teaches the desktop version of QuickBooks and the online version will not be covered. Participants will need the desktop version to get the most from this workshop. Please contact Kelly McAdam, kelly.mcadam@unh.edu or (603) 527-5475 for assistance. This program is sponsored by USDA Risk Management Agency, and is free of charge. This event will be offered in two satellite locations in Lancaster and West Lebanon. Please indicate which location you will be attending when registering. Learn more and register at: http:// bit.ly/quickbooks-farmers

2019 New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show December 10 - 12 DoubleTree by Hilton 700 Elm St., Manchester Planned collaboratively by growers and Extension professionals from throughout the region, this conference will feature over 30 educational sessions over three days, covering vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops and various special topics. Farmer-to-farmer sessions bring speakers and farmers together for informal discussions, and the extensive trade show will feature over 120 exhibitors.

Forestry Mowing, General Excavation, View Enhancement, Field Reclamation, Vegetation Control, Headland Clearing Ben Davis (603) 998-3642 brdavisland@gmail.com www.brdavisland.com Canterbury, NH

View full program details and register at: http://bit.ly/fruit-vegconference-2019

Save the Date: Corn and Forage Meetings December 3 - 4 Details forthcoming. FMI, contact Carl Majewski, dairy, livestock & forage crops field specialist, Cheshire County Office, 603-3524550, Carl.Majewski@unh.edu.

4-H EVENTS To see all of our upcoming 4-H events, visit extension.unh.edu/4-HEvents

NH 4-H Volunteer Conference 2019 Nov. 15 - 16 The Grappone Center 70 Constitution Ave., Concord Whether you have been a 4-H leader for years or are just starting your 4-H volunteer journey, please join us for our 3rd annual conference. This year’s conference theme is The Future of Leadership: Inspiring Kids to Do! This event will provide capacity building and networking opportunities while reinvigorating your volunteer spirit. Register online at: http://bit. ly/2019-volunteer-4h-conference.

4-H Science Bonanza Dec. 7 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM STEM Discovery Lab UNH Manchester 88 Commercial St., Manchester Tired of cartoons on Saturday morning? 4-H’ers can control a VEX robot, build a hydroponic garden, sample maple syrup, meet some goats and more at the 3rd Annual 4-H Science Bonanza! The Science Bonanza is a free event offering fun science workshops to youth ages 4–13 and a 4- H Science Expo that provides participants an opportunity to learn about science opportunities in 4-H and at the STEM Discovery Lab. Lunch is included. Participants will get to choose from a variety of 60-minute

workshops in the following topic areas: maker/engineering, plant and animal science or ecology/ environment. Learn more and register at: http://bit.ly/2019science-bonanza

Milk and Cheese Please: Grafton County 4-H SPIN (SPecial INterest Project) January 4, 2020 UNH Extension Conference Room 3855 Dartmouth College Hwy. Rte. 10, North Haverhill 7 Wentworth Hill Rd. - Rte. 109 North Center Sandwich Save the date for this special interest project and learn more at: http://bit. ly/milk-cheese-4h.

NEWS & INFORMATION Job Announcement UNH Extension is searching for a dairy and farm management specialist to deliver research-based educational programming and technical expertise to dairy farms of all sizes and production models throughout the state to enhance sustainability and viability. He or she will develop and implement innovative outreach programs for New Hampshire’s dairy producers with a focus in: business economics and farm management; facilities and engineering; and production practices. He or she will help farmers assess the financial health of their operations, use financial and production data to make management decisions and address other farm management topics such as labor, product diversification and markets. The specialist will provide one-on-one instruction and technical assistance to dairy producers, organize and implement educational events (workshops, field tours, producer meetings) and will use a variety of delivery methods to disseminate current research-based information to clients. To apply visit: http://bit. ly/dairy-specialist-job

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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: 8x14 ft. flat bed, 2 axle. Good conditon $350. Horse trailer $800. Good condition. Call Lois 539-8436 Ctr. Ossipee.

FOR SALE: 2013 Ski Doo 600 etec MXZX, in amazing shape. About 800 miles, new carb boots last fall. Always ski doo oil used. $7500 obro. Pics on request. Ski Doo 600 SDI MXZ, studded track, serviced every year. Always ski doo oil used. Custom paint job - PINK - in 2017. Around 8,000 miles. Electric and pull start w/ reverse. $2,100 obro. Pics on request. Call 603969-7461.

records / financials, and a good assortment of equipment and supplies. We own 25 acres, and rent more land and a local barn. We are selling: Our house and land (The house is partly furnished), The farm business and farm assets, including 4 greenhouses, caterpillar tunnels, tractors, implements, supplies and much more. This is a great opportunity to buy a going profitable vegetable farm. For more information, and an equipment list, please reply to Steve Fulton at Steve@blueoxfarm.com

HELP WANTED

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

HELP WANTED: Great Opportunity -

FOR SALE: Four y/o pure bred polled and Independent Sales Rep Selling Lawn, Garden bred hereford. Good condition. Halter broken. 1,300 lbs. Steer - 11 mo. 600 lbs. $1,850/pair. Call Luke. 603-798-4570

Belknap 1st Thursday

FOR SALE: John Deere Model 60 tractor -

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and Hardscape Supplies. Territory: ME, NH, VT. 50 year old Rep Firm - K&S Associates. Would prefer rep who currently has a few lines. Please contact Rich Knoener - 413-357-8706 or FOR SALE: Two new tires mounted on kandsassoc@comcast.net. steel wheels. LT245/75R16. $135. 603-465-2672. Serial No. 6004627 (@1952). Wide front wheels, live pto, hydraulic, poor rear tires, 4-pt hitch, no attachments. Purchased used in Maine Sept. ‘02. Used lightly, garage stored. Pictures by request. Located in Alton. Call 970-901-7306.

WANTED WANTED: Do you have an old york rake rusting in the grass? I want to rebuild it onto a skid steer plate and am willing to pay up to $300. Email Lanette lmechtwombly@gmail.com

SALE: Five 36-inch Aerotech, WANTED: Cows, heifers, and steers. Advantage exhaust fans with shutters and Between the age of 17 mo. and 3 yrs. Cows winter covers. $250 each or bro. Call 756-3589. must not be pregnant. Call Luke - 603-798-4570 (please leave a message). FOR SALE: Started pullets for sale. 16 weeks of age, $15 each. Call 603-721-1214. WANTED: Looking for someone to restore FOR SALE: Bradco rock rake, like new. Has two old buggies. email nhmapr@aol.com quick attachment for skidsteer, $1500. Excellent FOR LEASE/RENT galvanized round bale feeder, used briefly, $700. McCormick Farmall 230 Model H tractor with book. Intact except alternator, not run FOR RENT: Garden Center opportunity recently, to repair or restore. $2000. Located in Haverhill, MA. 20k sq feet greenhouses + 2 Hill. Call 744-8860. retail hoophouses. Storage container, golfcart & retail shed & stands. Growing field option. Bob FOR SALE: Five flat back 2 1/2 gallon heated Dudley 978-373-1510 water buckets. Like new. $10 each or all for $45. Box of miscellaneous electric fence parts and FOR LEASE: Equestrian facility includes insulators. est. $50 value for $15. Belmont. Call elegant 18th century colonial w/new kitchen, Tom 267-5905. heating & floors, barn and riding rink – FOR SALE: 6-Ton Low Bed Trailer, 22’ - adjacent to 400 acres of conservation land with established trails. $4500/mo. Goffstown. Email: $2250. Call Robert 603-224-3036. admin@nebcast.com

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Beaudry Named Conservation Educator of the Year Cheshire County Conservation District

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ach year the Cheshire County Conservation District honors an individual or organization with the “Educator or the Year” award. This is done to celebrate the efforts the recipient has undertaken to steward a conservation ethic and awareness through their personal and professional work, in whatever form of education that takes. This year we are happy to announce Tom Beaudry of Walpole, NH as our 2019 Educator of the Year. Tom Beaudry is a Certified Crop Consultant who works with farmers to meet their production goals and provide education on best management practices for soil health and water quality. Tom has been doing this work since 1995 on over 20,000 acres of farmland on both sides of the Connecticut River, from the MA border to Woodsville, NH. Tom grew up right here in the region, in Charlestown, NH, and prior to attending college and later starting his own farm Tom worked and managed several local farms including Putnam Farms in Charlestown, Ascutney View Farm in West Claremont, and Boggy Meadow Farm in Walpole. After gaining this experience, Tom received two backto-back degrees - an undergraduate degree in Animal Science from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech. All of Tom’s early education and work experience led him to purchase Elm Island Dairy Farm in Walpole in 1995, at which point he also began his career as a Crop Consultant. While Tom only raises approximately 15 heifers on the farm today, at its peak the dairy farm was milking approximately 50-60 cows.

Tom Beaudry of Walpole was named the 2019 Conservation Educator of the Year by Cheshire County Conservation District.

As a Crop Consultant, Tom supports farmers throughout NH and VT in a variety of ways. First and foremost, Tom’s work focuses on meeting each farmer where they’re at to provide recommendations to meet their desired production goals. His work varies from farm to farm for this reason, but often involves a focus on nutrient management and recommendations for manure/fertilizer/herbicide application rates, seeding rates, farm equipment and machinery conversions and maintenance, as well as education and advice regarding soil health & water quality. If you were to ask Tom, he might not label himself an educator - but that doesn’t change the fact that he certainly is. Through his consulting work Tom aims to help farmers understand best management practices for soil and water health, and how to navigate those practices when and if they make sense

for each farm’s end goal. This includes conversations and education regarding pH levels in the soil, cover cropping, crop rotation, manure application, erosion control, seed application, and especially no-till practices - all practices that support the conservation of soil and water resources in the region. This year alone, Tom has worked with farms to transition approximately 2,000 acres on both sides of the Connecticut River to no-till - which is no small feat! Farmers in and around our region respect Tom and trust his input. As he puts it “This is their game” and “it’s about building relationships.” Tom is a farmer, which goes a long way to bridging those tough conversations. He recognizes the financial restrictions farms are plagued with given the current state of the local dairy economy. He recognizes that implementing these practices must make sense in more ways than one and thus, does his best to communicate the value of practices such as cover cropping and no-till, while remaining transparent that change is not going to happen overnight though the benefits, both economically and ecologically, will grow over time. Additionally, as a Technical Service Provider (TSP) for the USDA NRCS in New Hampshire Tom serves as a liaison between NRCS and local farmers to develop nutrient management plans. He has worked closely with NRCS Soil Conservationist Heidi Konesko through the years and Heidi had this to say about the great service Tom provides to the conservation community: “Tom has a deep understanding of the plant and soil interactions that affect the nutrient cycle on our farms. His practical knowledge of farm operations and local soil and climate conditions allow him to help farmers improve their crop production and bottom line while minimizing the risk of environmental harm from nutrient leaching and runoff. Farmers trust his advice. He knows the landscape and he

Elaina Enzien receives the Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents during a conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana.(Courtesy photo)

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laina Enzien received the Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during the 2019 Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Elaina Enzien was one of several honorees who represent the top one percent of the membership selected by their peers and the Director of Extension. The following represents the awardee’s recognition citation: Elaina’s work in extension focuses on providing innovative, hands-on

programming in small scale livestock production and grazing management to commercial and backyard livestock producers in New Hampshire. Elaina integrates the holistic management framework into her work to help farmers make effective decisions that move them towards their desired goals. Additionally, as a state facilitator for Annie’s Project, she has played an essential role in the expansion of exceptional programming for women farmers throughout the state.

has personally sampled the soil in just about every crop field in the CT River Valley as well as many outside it!” In addition to working closely with the USDA NRCS, Tom plays several additional volunteer roles throughout the farming community. He is an Associate Board Member of the CCCD, a member of the NH Soil Health Partnership, he sat on the Walpole Conservation Commission for 12 years and served as Chair of that Commission for 7 years, sits on the newly established Modern Nutrient Management Commission as well as the NH Agricultural Experiment Station External Advisory Commission, and also served as Vice-Chair of the Connecticut River Watershed Farmers Alliance. If this all seems like a lot of work that’s because it is! Education comes in all shapes and sizes and presents itself in obvious and sometimes not-so-obvious ways. The impact of Tom’s work educating through crop consulting often has a more immediate impact than traditional education. Tom’s advice is respected by farmers and practices are often quickly implemented as a result of his guidance. Remember those 2,000 acres converted to cover cropping in just this year alone? Those converted acres yield a range of ecological benefits that include increased water retention in the soil, reduced erosion, and increased soil biodiversity and organic matter. These benefits not only have a positive impact on farm productivity but support the overall health of our watershed and the wildlife they support. The service Tom provides is invaluable to the region and we thank him for his commitment to conservation and advancing the farming community in NH and beyond. It is with great honor that the CCCD presents Tom Beaudry with the 2019 Educator of the Year Award. Congratulations Tom!

Join us for UNH Food & Ag Day

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armers and those involved with New Hampshire’s food and agricultural industry are invited to meet with researchers and industry experts and explore how they can partner and collaborate with the University of New Hampshire. UNH will host Food and Agriculture Day Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Huddleston Hall Ballroom, 73 Main Street. It is one of UNH’s bi-annual industry “Sandpits” that promote innovation and industry/ university collaboration by providing companies in various industries with direct access to UNH researchers working in the same field. It is free to attend, but registration is required. Attendees will learn about UNH research, including sustainable agriculture and food systems, aquaculture, nutrition and nutrition trends, organic dairy farming, animal and crop health, veterinary technology, extending New England growing seasons, big data and farming, brewing science, ecogastronomy, and fisheries. There will be networking opportunities to exchange ideas with researchers, faculty, scientists, engineers, and industry experts. Attendees also can tour New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station’s Woodman Horticultural Research Farm and Macfarlane Research Greenhouses, and the NH Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

In addition, there will be information about additional UNH resources and facilities, including the experiment station’s Kingman Research Farm, Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center, UNH Organic Dairy Research Farm; Hubbard Center for Genome Studies; UNH Cooperative Extension soil testing, insect ID, and Plant Diagnostic Laboratory; and the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture’s Brewing Science Laboratory. “The food and agriculture sector is undergoing rapid transformation due to changing consumer preferences, new technologies, and climate changes. Industry participants in our state can potentially benefit from UNH expertise to help them address these opportunities and challenges,” said Denis Ward, president of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation. The UNH Food and Agriculture Day brings together the combined expertise, capabilities and facilities of the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, NH Agricultural Experiment Station, and UNH Cooperative Extension. The event is administered by UNHInnovation in partnership with NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs, the Business and Industry Association of NH, the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, the New England Farmers Union, and the NH Farm Bureau.


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Great NH Pie Festival at the NH Farm Museum New Hampshire Farm Museum

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ew Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom concluded the 2019 School to Farm program in Belknap County at Ramblin’ Vewe Farm in Gilford. Thanks to the efforts of the Belknap County Farm Bureau, we were able to offer the area fourth grade students a variety of stations to visit throughout the field trip. Students learned about sheep, wool, garlic, soil conservation, goats, oxen, maple and much more throughout the day. A visit from the NH Commissioner of Education, Frank Edelblut, was an important part of the day. For the first time, the Department of Education saw first-hand the need for agricultural education around the state. After touring the stations and chatting with students, the Commissioner noted that “all of the various tactile things, the overall experiences are really a concrete learning opportunity for the kids”. Continuing to build our relationship with the Department of Education can lead to increased validation for agricultural education, new outlets and possible funding opportunities. Coming up next are the Annual Literacy Program and the Tucker Mountain Challenge. “Right This Very Minute” by Lisl Detlesen is the American Farm Bureau Foundation Book of the Year. Readers will learn where their food comes from and introduces them to modern agricultural techniques. Please think about sharing the book with a local elementary classroom along with our Educators’ Resource Guide. Contact NHAITC at nhaitc@nhfarmbureau.org for

more information. Classes are registering now for the Tucker Mountain Challenge. By April 1st, these classes will submit a quart of student produced maple syrup to be judged on density, color, clarity and flavor. Bonus points will be awarded for samples of classroom work which reflect the integration of maple production principals into teaching science, math, history, engineering and other academic concepts. Thanks to our partnership with the New Hampshire Maple Producer’s Association, the first place class receives $1,000, second place is awarded $750 and third place gets a check for $500. We are currently searching for additional sponsors for this program. Please contact us if you are interested in helping out.

Classes are now registering for the Tucker Mountain Challenge. To learn more about how your students can get involved, contact Debbi Cox!

he Great NH Pie Festival is in its 11th year and fits in with our mission to “preserve, promote, and carry forward New Hampshire’s agricultural and rural heritage.” It has grown and this year with 75 amateur pie entries from all around the state and beyond, crowds in the hundreds, and 15 commercial bakeries it was the largest ever. We plan to grow next year with adding bakeries coming and have their own tables and tents to both serve pie to compete for People’s Choice and sell their whole pies during a great day together. It has been free to those who enter a pie, and while people wait for the amateur pies to be judged commercial pie slices are served. Once Amateur judging is completed the Amateur pies are then available to eat. This all takes place at the New Hampshire Farm Museum, an idyllic location if there ever was one. The Museum is housed on two 1770s homesteads, the Jones and Plummer homesteads, and includes tours in the Jones house bringing you from 1770 in the Little House section, to 1810 Victorian in the Big House section, and ends with the “new” 1940s kitchen in the Ell. Additionally self-guided tours of the barn farm tool exhibits, a black smith shop, cobbler shop, cider press barn, tractor and carriage pole barn are on the Jones side while animals at the Plummer homestead along with field and wood trails makes for an amazing experience on a normal day and a great location for the many events all year round.

(Left to right) state Executive Councilor Micheal Cryans (judge), NH Governor Chris Sununu (judge), Grand Prize Winner Debbi Shellhase, NH Farm Museum Executive Director Kagen Weeks, and Susan Gaudette (judge representing NH Farm Museum). (Courtesy Photo)

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f you want the inside scoop when it comes to policies and perspectives that will affect your farm or agribusiness in 2020, don’t miss the 101st consecutive American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention & Trade Show. This is your opportunity to help set the agenda for the leading voice of agriculture in Washington, DC, and so much more. Participate in educational workshops to advance your leadership skills, expand your business acumen, and gain deep insight into the trends and realities impacting food production. Witness cutting edge innovation in agriculture, hear from powerful speakers, and explore the trade show floor to build a stronger network, shop featured products, and enjoy TED-style talks on the Cultivation Center stage. Don’t miss the chance to look beyond the horizon at the future of agriculture, sharpen your skills and help set the agenda in Washington.

Contact Josh Marshall for more information at editor@nhfarmbureau.org or call 603-224-1934

Farms, landmarks, and historical sites. Spend a day or a half day on guided tours in the Austin, TX area. Sites include Texas Painted Churches, WWII Museum, Distilleries, Pecan Farms, Cattle Ranches and more!

TRADE SHOW

The AFBF Annual Convention & Trade Show will bring together nearly 6,000 of the country’s leading farmers and ranchers to view the latest products from top agribusinesses. The trade show at the AFBF annual convention offers a unique experience to attendees and exhibitors alike through an exciting floor plan, special events, educational Ted-style talks and information on Farm Bureau member benefit companies.

COMPETITIONS

Come support the New Hampshire Young Farmers as they compete in the Acheivement Award, the Excellence in Agriculture Award, and the Discussion Meet competitions.

Ruth Scruton and Bernie Liberi joined the NH delegation at the AFBF Annual Convention & Trade Show in Phoenix, AZ in 2017.

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

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Use the applicaƟon on this page or sign up online at www.nhfarmbureau/join-today/ Join in on the fun at the 101st Annual American Farm Bureau Federation Convention & Trade Show this January in Austin, TX. Agriculture tours, speakers, workshops, competitions, music, and more...don’t miss out on the one week where nearly 6,000 farmers and ranchers get together to celebrate and set policy for the year to come!

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The Many BENEFITS of Farm Bureau Farmu Burea S

American National Special Rate Plans for NHFB Members

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With VE SA com r. e g grain New Hampshire Farm Bureau members get special member prices on selected categories and brands from Grainger, PLUS free standard parcel shipping on all standard Grainger products.

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

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

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

or visit

Brandon Coffman, General Agent

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

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

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

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

It’s easy to become a John Deere Rewards member too! Just sign up for John Deere Rewards program using a valid member ID and zip code for membership verification, and become a Platinum 2 level by visiting www.JohnDeere.com/FarmBureau!

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www.nhfarmbureau.org/member-benefits for more info

lifelinescreening.com/nhfb Or call us toll free at (800) 718-1169

New Hampshire Farm Bureau Members can save up to 20% off the Best Available Rate

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

New Farmer Toolkit

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

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

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

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

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

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

10% DISCOUNT

FREE Prescription Drug Card

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

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

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

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