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Risk & Reward: From Tranquility Base to the Tractor Seat: How NASA A Pick-Your-Own Technology is Advancing Story ABOVE PHOTO Agriculture

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Consumers always want the freshest fruits and vegetables available and they won’t find anything fresher than a peach, apple, or nectarine they pick right from the tree. Giff (pictured above) & Mae Burnap own and operate Butternut Farm in Farmington as a pick-your-own only operation, tailoring their farm to a consumer who desires an experience as much as a product. As with any agricultural operation, that model comes with risk & reward.

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks to state Farm Bureau presidents at the Council of President’s Meeting about how space exploration technology benefits farmers and ranchers. (Photo credit: AFBF)

While most Americans associate NASA with the famed “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” and missions like the Mars Curiosity Rover, the agency is much more than the projects that make headlines around the world. Today, NASA is doing more than ever to advance the human condition on Earth, particularly in the agriculture sector. In fact, the agency, which receives less than 0.5% of the federal budget, is working on several missions that have major potential to impact the way America’s farmers and ranchers produce food, fuel and fiber for the world. According to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, the agency is using technology such as satellites and laser detection devices, built for a broad range of purposes, to collect data related to the environment and agricultural production. NA SA - CON T I N U ED ON PAGE 9

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September/Octobert 2019

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

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


e have, at the Old Homestead Farm, some strawberry plants, raspberry bushes and blueberry bushes. There isn’t much that is more enjoyable than fresh fruit right off the plant or fresh fruit from our own garden on cereal in the morning. We are small scale and only have enough to share with a few people, but throughout NH there are many farmers growing fruit and vegetables on a much larger scale. No doubt it is rewarding for them to know they are putting the freshest, tastiest and healthiest food on someone else’s table as well as their own. Our farmers are the best! Buy New Hampshire. Speaking of buy New Hampshire: The Dairy Premium Bill, HB 476, has been signed by Governor Sununu! The hope is that the specially labeled dairy products that support NH dairy farmers will be available in stores before the end of the year. The best milk is from NH and the rest of New England and we should do what we can to help keep our dairies viable. They contribute so much -more than just that glass of milk or that ice cream cone- to our economy and to the ambiance of the countryside. In July the American Farm Bureau Federation Council of Presidents meeting was held in Washington, D.C. We spent a couple of days listening to presentations from some of our fellow state Farm Bureau Presidents as well as from many of the senior staff at

AFBF. We also had a chance to hear from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Purdue, via video streaming and had several top-level government officials come to our meetings and speak to us directly. In particular, the Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, spoke of how they are working toward a more common-sense regulatory system with equal opportunity for everyone. If someone applies for a conservation permit under section 7 (I am not familiar with what this is in detail, but am speaking about the process here), they have changed the process so that instead of taking an average of 199 days to get a permit it now takes an average of 30 days. It has gone from 50 steps to half a dozen or so. On other issues they are working on creating fire breaks to limit the damage from fires that have devastated regions of the west the past couple of years and they are working hard to figure out how to handle the wild horse and burro problem in the west. They now spend $80,000,000 a year of taking care of the animals, roughly $50,000 per animal per year that is captured. The land is being destroyed by over population. We heard from others such as Andrew Wheeler, the EPA Administrator, who spoke about the new Waters of the U.S. rule that he hopes will be finalized by the end of 2019. He spoke of how they are working to clarify the science behind the use of chlorpyrifos, dicamba and neonics (and other pesticides and herbicides) and to make sure we can be sure that they are safe if used properly. Another speaker who was very interesting was Jim Bridenstine, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration administrator. He spoke about the technology and information that has been gained from space exploration and our trips to the moon as well as how much of it is being used all over our planet. In particular he talked about how this technology is benefitting farmers. You can learn more about this topic starting on the front page of this issue! Eat lots of ice cream; enjoy the rest of the summer!


INSIDE September/October 2019 Local Meat Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 NH Grown Fruits & Veggies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Eye on Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 NHFB President Denis Ward thanks NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food Commissioner Shawn Jasper for his leadership and advocacy for HB 476, the NH Dairy Premium Bill, at a signing ceremony at Morrill Farm Dairy in Penacook, NH. Ward, Jasper, and Governor Chris Sununu all spoke at the signing on the impact of the dairy industry in NH.

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Risk Management Agency Expands Coverage in the Northeast

Farm Credit East Provides Scholarships to Four Future Agriculture Leaders

Farm Credit East and Crop Growers, LLP are pleased the Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced the extension of Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) coverage in 2020 for Northeast farmers that produce peaches, pears and potatoes. MPCI peach coverage was extended to New Hampshire counties — Hillsborough, Merrimack, and Stratford; Connecticut counties — Hartford, New Haven, New London, Tolland and Windham; Rhode Island counties — Newport and Washington; Massachusetts counties — Barnstable, Berkshire, Norfolk and Plymouth. MPCI pear coverage has been extended to Niagara and Ulster counties in New York. MPCI potato coverage has been extended to Morris County, New Jersey. “This extension of coverage expands the federal crop insurance program’s safety net for these Northeast farmers, allowing producers to either expand their current risk management plan or develop a plan that includes crop insurance,” commented Jeremy Forrett, vice president for Crop Growers, LLP. The last date to purchase or amend peach and pear crop insurance for the 2020 crop year is November 20, 2019. The last date to purchase or amend potato crop insurance for the 2020 crop year is March 15, 2020. To find out more about the federal crop insurance program, visit CropGrowers.com, contact your local Farm Credit branch office or call the Northeast Customer Service Center at (800) 234-7012.

Farm Credit East has awarded four scholarships to students involved in the National FFA Organization (Future Farmers of America) as part of a new scholarship the financial cooperative began offering last fall. The student recipients exemplified a strong Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) and expressed a clear understanding of their project’s impact on their future career in an agriculturally related field. “Farm Credit East is committed to supporting the next generation of Northeast agriculture,” said Farm Credit East CEO Bill Lipinski. “These aspiring students have drive and passion, and their SAE projects are an important part of their development. We’re pleased to support their endeavors on their route to a career in an agriculturally related field.” The following students each received a $500 scholarship to support their current SAE project or to enhance their knowledge of the agriculture, commercial fishing or forest products industries. Stephania Surowiec, of Winnisaquam Regional High School and FFA chapter in Tilton, NH. Her diversified SAE includes vegetable production, managing her family’s agribusiness and plant breeding. Ameila Casper, of Salem Vo-Tech and FFA chapter in Mannington, NJ. Through her small animal SAE she breeds, raises, sells and markets various breeds of rabbits. Connor Moore, of Penn Yan Academy and FFA chapter in Penn Yan, NY, currently raises, breeds and markets British White Beef Cattle. Madison Miller, of Delaware Academy Central School and FFA chapter in Delhi, NY. Her SAE focuses on beekeeping and plant science.


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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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frank Linnenbringer Coos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Brady Grafton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristen May Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trevor Hardy Merrimack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leandra Pritchard Rockingham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Ferdinando Strafford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Matt Scruton Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Cunniff Staff Executive Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Diane Clary Policy Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Johnson, II Communications Director. . . . . . . . .Josh Marshall Office Assistant/Receptionist. . . . . . . . . . Portia Jackson

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Governor Sununun Signs Dairy Premium Bill into Law Governor Chris Sununu visited Morrill Dairy Farm in Penacook on August 7th to sign HB 476, the NH Dairy Premium Bill, into law alongside NHFB President Denis Ward, NH Department of Agriculture Markets & Food Commissioner Shawn Jasper, and the Morrill family. The bill provides a way for NH citizens to support dairy farmers across the state by purchasing specially labeled dairy products at a premium. The premium funds will then be distributed back to participating farmers. Speaking at the event, President Ward shared optimism that the bill, which replaces the Milk Producers’ Emergency Relief Fund, will provide a positive impact for dairy farmers. Hurdles still remain to get the program fully running, however. Commissioner Jasper is currently working with stakeholders throughout the supply chain in hopes of seeing dairy premium products on grocery store shelves by the end of the year.

Governor Chris Sununu (center) signs into law HB 476, the NH Dairy Premium Bill, while (left to right) NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food Commissioner Shawn Jasper, NHFB President Denis Ward, and the Morrill Family look on.

There are currently 97 bovine (cow) dairy farms permitted to sell milk in New Hampshire. Not included in this number are eight goat dairies and one sheep dairy also currently permitted. In addition there are farms in the state operating under RSA 184:84 which allows for the daily sale of less than 20 gallons of raw milk or the processing of less than 20 gallons of raw milk into cheese aged at least 60 days, yogurt, cream, butter, or kefir without a license provided the sale is made directly from the farm, farm stand, or at a farmers’ market directly to the consumer. Such product sales are subject to labeling requirements. These farm numbers are not tracked by the state. Of the state’s 97 permitted bovine dairy farms, 12 are not in the Interstate Milk Shippers program (highlighted red dots on the map). These permitted farms are currently selling their milk as raw or make cheese or yogurt at their own facility and sell it directly to consumers from their farm. New Hampshire dairy farms range in size from one to a little over 1,300 milking cows.

Bovine Dairy Farms Permitted to Sell Milk in NH


Map and NH dairy farm statistics compiled by NHFB* from the list of licensed NH dairy farms maintained by the NH Department of Health and Human Services, Dairy Sanitation Program


Dairy Farm 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

Dairy Farm not in Interstate Milk Shippers Program Public Institution Farm: UNH Dairy – Durham, UNH Organic Dairy – Lee, Alvirne High School Farm – Hudson, & Grafton County Farm - North Haverhill

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Farm Bureau - The Voice of N.H. Agriculture

The Zipline Regional Concerns Match National Priorities Over the past few months, I’ve had the privilege of meeting with nearly all state Farm Bureau presidents and their top staff. I have come away from these meetings even more impressed by how Farm Bureau’s elected and staff leaders are devoted to keeping agriculture strong. I’ve attended four regional meetings, as well as the American Farm Bureau’s annual Council of Presidents meeting attended by presidents from all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Discussions about what excites us about agriculture’s future and what keeps us up at night showed how our Farm Bureau leaders are abreast of trends, threats and opportunities. In the Southern region, I saw a great presentation on the importance of the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, at the end of the Mississippi River, to our ability to ship farm goods to foreign markets. Infrastructure issues were top-of-mind in all four regions, from improving roads and bridges needed to get farm products to market and get customers to our farms, to increasing rural America’s access to broadband Internet. Access to broadband is an issue that fires up Farm Bureau members everywhere I go. It’s an issue that crosses over from direct farming impact to quality of life for farm families. On the direct farming impact side, broadband is necessary for farmers to use modern technologies and techniques that let them use just the right amount of fertilizer, pesticides and fuel. That helps them farm smarter—growing more food for a growing population and protecting our environment. On the quality of life side, we must ensure access to educational, health care and economic resources to attract young people back to our rural, farming communities. Broadband is no longer a luxury. It’s a necessity! That’s why Farm Bureau is asking everyone to contact your members of Congress and urge them to support the Broadband Data Improvement Act. The bill will change how we map areas that don’t have broadband, so we get a better picture of where we need to do more work and commit more resources. I hope you will join us in urging Congress to pass the bill.

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

In the Midwest, much of the discussion was focused on this year’s flooding, trade challenges and farm economy—the triple threat or perfect storm that has hit farmers and ranchers in the region and elsewhere. What I heard is most farmers and ranchers support efforts to make China play by the rules of fair trade, but the Administration must negotiate an end to this trade war sooner rather than later. Even with the financial assistance the President has provided, and we are grateful for it, farmers and ranchers cannot hold on forever without a market for what we grow. We need to reopen access to China, as well as pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to modernize trade with our nearest neighbors. USMCA approval will let our trading partners near and far know that we mean business when we negotiate trade deals. In the West, federal lands and endangered species issues, of course, were a main topic. Western ranchers and the state Farm Bureaus that work for them are supporting a federal rule, long overdue, to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list. Wolf numbers far exceed the recovery targets set under the Endangered Species Act, and ranchers fear for the safety of their livestock. Delisting does not open up a free-for-all against wolves; on the contrary, gray wolves would continue to be managed under state conservation programs, while also allowing farmers and ranchers to protect their animals. Three successive presidential administrations have supported delisting because the wolf population numbers are clear. It’s time for agriculturalists and activists to

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall along with state Farm Bureau Presidents from across the northeast took part in a tour of Civil War battlefields in Gettysburg, PA during the Northeast Farm Bureau Presidents & Administrators Conference in August. (Photo credit: Denis Ward)

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join together in declaring the win and supporting the next step: delisting. A comment period on the federal rule has closed, and now we wait for the final decision. In the Northeast, there was a lot of discussion about the cost and availability of agricultural labor. With states like Massachusetts and New York passing increases in their state minimum wage, and other states like Connecticut considering wage hikes, many farmers in the region worry they won’t be able to afford workers, if they can even hire them in the first place. A national solution to our agricultural labor shortage, one that sets a fair, market-based wage, is needed now more than ever to ensure that agriculture can survive in every state. Northeast farmers are also struggling with the overpopulation of deer nibbling their crops. While deer management is more of a state and local issue, farmers and ranchers in every region deal with wildlife, such as the overpopulation of wild horses and burros in the West. They need to be able to reach commonsense compromises with activists and governments to properly manage populations and protect their crops and animals. In fact, there was a lot of overlap across the regions. For example, everyone is concerned about the toll the farm economy is taking on farmers’

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mental health. We discussed ways that Farm Bureau is working to raise awareness of rural stress and share information about resources available to farmers and the Farm Bureau staff members who serve them. The discussions at all these meetings confirm that our national policy priorities truly are national in scope—they affect farmers and ranchers in every part of the nation, even if they bubble up in different ways and at different times across states and regions. Our farmer members are looking to us and their elected officials in Washington to work for national solutions on these issues and more. We also had good dialog about the mission and goals of our organization. I’m grateful that our elected leaders of Farm Bureau are engaged in this discussion and committed to maintaining a strong national Voice of Agriculture. American agriculture truly is in good hands with these Farm Bureau leaders working for our farmers and ranchers. I want to thank all the state leaders who welcomed me to your meetings. I’m grateful for our national farm organization, and I’m Farm Bureau Proud to work alongside you for all our farmers and ranchers.

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2019 Legislative Review 2019 Legislative Review The disposition of bills followed by Farm Bureau in the New Hampshire Legislature this year. In bold print following each bill number and description is the position taken by Farm Bureau.

by Rob Johnson, NHFB Policy Director Bills* Signed into Law (Does not include study bills.) HB 25-A, making appropriations for capital improvements. Makes appropriations for capital improvements for the biennium (7/1/19 – 6/30/21) and extends certain lapse dates for previous appropriations. Includes appropriations for the renovation and expansion of Spaulding Hall, a building critical to agricultural education and research at UNH, as well as funds for capital improvements at the Career and Technical Education (CTE) centers at Alvirne High School in Hudson and Spaulding High School in Rochester. Also extends previous appropriations for the CTE centers at Dover High School, Plymouth Regional High School, and Spaulding in Rochester. Effective 6/30/19 (Extension of Lapse Dates) & 7/1/19, Chapter Law 146. Support. HB 162, repealing the requirement for the inspection of timber. Repeals antiquated statute (RSA 347) relative to the Inspection of Timber. Effective 8/30/19, Chapter Law 150. Support. HB 259, relative to building code violations. Requires violation notices issued by a code enforcement authority to reference the relevant section of the state or local building or fire code. Effective 8/4/19, Chapter Law 48. Support. HB 281, (New Title) relative to flow devices designed to control beaver damming and minimize the risk of flooding behind an existing beaver dam. Clarifies in RSA 210:9 that a landowner may install any type of flow device to control flooding caused by beaver damming without a wetlands permit by amending current law as follows new language in bold italics print: 210:9 Protection of Beaver, Flow Devices. I. No person shall destroy or disturb or interfere in any manner with the dams or houses of beaver, without first obtaining a special permit from the executive director. II. Notwithstanding paragraph I or any other provision of law or rule of the executive director or the department of environmental services, a landowner, the landowner’s agent, or any town or municipal or state official or employee, may destroy beaver, remove beaver dams, or install beaver pipes or beaver fences one or more flow devices on property under their control to protect property, public highways, or bridges from damage or submersion. The landowner or property owner shall be responsible for maintaining the flow device. Complete or partial dam removal or the installation or removal of a flow device shall be allowed without a permit under RSA 482-A if machinery does not enter the water and filling or dredging in or adjacent to surface water, wetlands, or their banks does not occur. Removal and shall be done in a gradual manner that does not allow a sudden release of impounded water so as to cause erosion, siltation, or a safety hazard downstream. II-a. For purposes of paragraph II, the term “beaver pipes” means no more than 3 temporary structures with the widest dimension no larger than 15 inches that is placed in a beaver dam to allow water passage to maintain a specific water surface elevation, and the term “beaver fences” means posts and fencing installed at culverts in such a manner as to either encourage or discourage beaver damming against the fence “flow device” means one or more fence structures or other combination of fencing and piping used to discourage beaver damming, maintain water flow through an existing beaver dam, or minimize the risk of flooding by preventing the further impoundment of water behind a beaver dam. III. The executive director may require the reporting of beaver taken pursuant to paragraph II by rules made in accordance with RSA 541-A. IV. Skins or unskinned carcasses taken under this section shall be sealed pursuant to RSA 210:8 before such skins or unskinned carcasses are sold or given away. V. The executive director or his agents shall provide advice relative to beaver control techniques when requested.

Effective 8/24/19, Chapter Law 125. Support.

*Bill & Resolution Abbreviation Key HB = House Bill – a bill where the prime sponsor is a Representative. House bills start in the House. SB = Senate Bill – a bill where the prime sponsor is a Senator. Senate bills start in the Senate. FN = Fiscal Note – means a cost estimate prepared by relevant agencies indicating the bill’s fiscal impact is attached. A = appropriates funds L = LOCAL - contains information on the bill’s impact on municipal revenue. CACR = Constitutional Amendment Concurrent Resolution – CACRs are proposed changes to the State HB 283, prohibits the transfer of rabbits younger than 8 weeks of age. (RSA 437:15) Effective 8/17/19, Chapter Law 81. Support. HB 394-FN, relative to crop theft. Amends existing law by changing the criminal intent for the crime of crop theft/ agricultural vandalism, expands what constitutes crop theft/ agricultural vandalism, and adds a minimum compensatory amount that must be paid to a victim by adding the language in bold italics to RSA 539:9 as follows: 539:9 Crop Theft; Agricultural Vandalism. I. Whoever shall [knowingly] recklessly cut, fell, destroy, injure, damage, cause to be damaged, carry away, consume, tamper with, worry, or vandalize any legal crop or legal crop bearing tree or plant, Christmas tree, cropland, pasture or pasture land, livestock or other farm raised animals, as defined in RSA 21:34-a, and all farm buildings, enclosures, structures, or equipment used in the care and production of crops, livestock or other farm raised animals, or aid in such action without permission of the owner, shall forfeit to the person injured a minimum of $500 or up to 10 times the market value or repair cost, whichever amount is higher. II. A person who violates the provisions of paragraph I shall also be guilty of a class B felony if the actual loss or cost of repair is $10,000 or more, or a misdemeanor if the actual loss or cost of repair is less than $10,000.

Effective 1/1/20, Chapter Law 167. Support. HB 443, relative to municipal watering restrictions. Expands the ability of municipalities to restrict the use of water by amending RSA 41:11-d as follows: 4:11-d Restricting the Watering of Lawns. I. The local governing body may establish regulations restricting the use of water from private wells or public water systems for [residential] outdoor lawn watering when administrative agencies of the state or federal government have designated the region as being under a declared state or condition of drought. The grass playing turf of a recreational field, the grass playing surfaces of a golf course, and grass agricultural fields, including fields used for the production of sod, may be excluded from any restrictions pursuant to this paragraph. Nothing in this paragraph shall limit any public water system’s authority to require a reduction in demand or implementation of conservation measures in accordance with rules of the department of environmental services. II. The local governing body shall give notice prior to the implementation of the regulations in paragraph I. Notice shall be given at least 3 calendar days before the regulations are implemented. The notice required under this section shall not include the day notice is posted. Notice of the regulations shall be published in a paper of general circulation in the municipality and shall be posted in at least 2 public places. III. The full text of the proposed regulations need not be included in the notice if an adequate statement describing the proposal and designating the place where the proposal is on file for public inspection is stated in the notice.

Effective 9/10/19, Chapter Law 213. Oppose as passed into law. HB 459-FN, (Second New Title) defining hemp, relative to its growth and use in New Hampshire, establishing a committee to study the federal guidelines on growing hemp, and relative to costs of care for animals seized in animal cruelty cases and prohibiting the future ownership of animals in certain animal cruelty cases. New RSA Chapter 439-A declares hemp an agricultural product permitted to be grown in New Hampshire provided “Any grower, processor, or commercial trader of hemp shall be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture.” and defines “hemp” as “the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration (THC) of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.” Also establishes a study committee charged with recommending the administrative mechanism for permitting the growing of hemp consistent with federal law as authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill (Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018) and determining labeling requirements for hemp products. The committee will recommend whether it is preferable for the state to establish a state oversight program for hemp within

September/Octobert 2019 Constitution. Hearings on are held similar to bills, the difference being the House and Senate must each pass a proposed CACR by a 3/5ths margin of their entire membership. CACRs do not require the Governor’s signature, they go directly before the voters for ratification at the next general election. They require a 2/3rds vote to pass HCR = House Concurrent Resolution – a statement of opinion of the Legislature without the force of law. Concurrent resolutions must be adopted by both the House and Senate. An HCR is sponsored by a Representative and originates in the House. the Department of Agriculture or to request the federal government oversee hemp production in New Hampshire. A report is due by November 1, 2019. USDA has announced it expects to issue an interim final rule implementing the Farm Bill’s legalization of hemp production in August. The bill also includes language that amends the animal cruelty statute (RSA 644:8) taken from SB 77-FN, relative to costs of care for animals seized in cruelty cases and prohibiting the future ownership of animals in certain animal cruelty cases – which had been tabled in the House. It does not include the Cost of Care provisions contained in SB 77. It provides for a preliminary hearing within 14 days of an animal being seized, strengthens due process rights of the accused, protects co-owners of an animal who are not defendants, clarifies the requirement for restitution and the disposition of animals if the defendant is convicted, clarifies the court’s capacity to limit a convicted person’s access to animals in the future, requires a minimum ban of five years on future animal ownership for anyone convicted of felony animal cruelty, clarifies the existing capacity of the court to require a bond for a person convicted in circuit court who want to appeal to a higher court, requires dogs, cats, and ferrets being transferred be accompanied by a health certificate, and provides the Department of Agriculture rulemaking authority to set limits for reasonable daily boarding and care costs for animals confiscated under the animal cruelty statute. Effective 7/30/19 (hemp language), 1/1/20 (animal cruelty language), Chapter Law 306. Support. HB 476-FN, replacing the milk producers emergency relief fund with the dairy premium fund. Creates a Dairy Premium Program (RSA 184:106-111) to be administered by the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food. Participation is voluntary, with the law stipulating a minimum of 86% of funds generated from the use of the program label going back directly to qualifying NH dairy farmers with remaining funds used to promote the program. Milk products containing no less than 85% NH produced milk qualify to be labeled as “New Hampshire’s Own” and milk products containing 100% New England produced milk qualify for labeling as “Supporting NH Dairy Farms”. A nine-member Dairy Premium Fund Board – which includes two dairy farmers - is created to advise the Commissioner of Agriculture regarding the operation of the program. The Commissioner is authorized to expend up to $200,000 the Department’s Agricultural Products and Scale Testing Fund for initial promotion of the program. Effective 8/7/19, Chapter Law 319. Support. HB592, relative to OHRV operation and license. Makes changes to RSA 215-A governing OHRV operation including making changes to existing statute by requiring any individual not licensed to drive a motor vehicle and operating an OHRV on a public way be accompanied by a licensed driver of at least 25 years of age – previously unlicensed drivers were required to be accompanied by a licensed driver of at least 18 years of age. Also requires unlicensed drivers keep to the extreme right when operating on a public way and stipulates licensed drivers accompanied by OHRV operators under the age of 14 are legally responsible for the under 14 year olds operation of the vehicles. Effective 9/27/19, Chapter Law 294. Monitor. HB 597-FN, relative to sales of beverages and wine hosted by other licensees. Allows nano brewery licensees to distribute samples at a wine manufacturer’s facility and wine manufacturer licensees to distribute samples at a nano brewery. Effective 5/15/19, Chapter Law 34. Support. HB 605-FN, relative to criminal penalties for possession, transfer, or manufacture of animal fighting paraphernalia with the intent to be present at, aid in, or contribute to such fighting. The penalties are created in the Animal Cruelty statute (RSA 644:8). Effective 10/27/19, Chapter Law 295. Monitor. HB 630-FN, operation increasing certain fines for OHRV and snowmobile operation violations. Increases fines as follows:

September/Octobert 2019 OHRV Violations under RSA 215-A & Snowmobile Violations under RSA 215-C Unreasonable speed, 1-24 mph over prima facie speed limit - $124, 25+mph over prima facie speed limit - $248, Required equipment/Sound levels mufflers and exhaust system - $248, Operating unregistered vehicle - $248, Operating on another’s property without permission - $248 (includes operating off designated trails)

Effective 7/1/19, Chapter Law 153. Support. HB 635-LOCAL, enabling a payment in lieu of taxes for a combined heat and power agricultural facility. Current statute under RSA 72:74 enables payment in lieu of taxes for renewable energy facilities but is silent regarding the ability to enter into such agreements for combined heat and power facilities. The entity North Country Growers is proposing a 20 acre greenhouse (in which greens and tomatoes will be grown) and product packaging & shipping facility in Berlin. They have a purchase and sale agreement on a 200 acre property in which their plan is to tap into an existing natural gas pipeline, generate electricity from the gas and recover heat generated as steam to heat greenhouses. A payment in lieu of taxes agreement will provide predictability in the property taxes they will pay and enable them to obtain the remainder of the financing they need to get the project off the ground. The city supports the project as an economic development tool that will expand its tax base. It is estimated 8.8 MWs of electric power will be generated – most of it used by the facility - and that 80 full-time, year-around jobs will be created. Effective 8/20/19, Chapter Law 266. Support. HB 642, defining specialty cider. Defines specialty ciders and makes provisions regarding the manufacture of specialty ciders. Specialty cider is defined as follows:

Farm Bureau - The Voice of N.H. Agriculture the rights and obligations of non-residential property owners on private roads as they exist under the New Hampshire common law on easements.” Effective 8/2/19, Chapter Law 308. Farm Bureau opposed as introduced but took no position on the version signed into law. SB 200, relative to wildlife corridors. Recognizes the protection of wildlife corridors and habitat strongholds as a public good in statute. Effective 9/10/19, Chapter Law 243. Monitor. SB 203, making modifications to legal requirements for wetlands and environmental council administrative appeals. Effective 9/8/19, Chapter Law 202. Support. SB 270-FN, establishing a tax credit against the business profits tax for donations to career and technical education centers. The law is repealed on 6/30/22. Effective 7/1/19, Chapter Law 247. Support.

Bills Passed by the Legislature Not Yet Acted on by the Governor HB 663, relative to the definition of agriculture and existing agricultural uses. Clarifies language in RSA 21:34-a defining the terms Farm, Agriculture, and Farming, RSA 672:1, lll-d relative to agriculture under General Provisions in the Planning and Zoning statutes, and RSA 674:32-a, b, & c under Agricultural Uses of Land in the Local Land Use Planning and Regulatory Powers statutes. Support. (HB 151, relative to the definition of “agriculture” has been retained by the House Environment and Agriculture Committee to be used as a vehicle in the event HB 663 fails to pass into law.)

RSA 175:1, LXIV-aa. “Specialty cider” means either the naturally fermented expressed juice of apples or the fermented expressed juice of apples to which activated yeast is added, either of which contains not less than 8 percent and not more than 12 percent alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Specialty cider may contain flavoring, coloring, or related ingredients and may be carbonated or fermented in a sealed container to produce a sparkling beverage or liquor. Specialty cider shall not include cider as defined in RSA 434:40-a.

Effective 6/6/19, Chapter Law 68. Monitor.

NHFB Members Howard Pearl (left), who serves as NHFB Treasurer, and Erick Sawtell, Chair of NHFB Government Affairs Committee, testify before the House Environment & Agriculture Committee on HB 663.

Bills and Resolutions Found Inexpedient-toLegislate (ITL) – (Also includes Bills Tabled & Bills in which the House or Senate did not concur)

HB 714-FN, relative to New Hampshire products purchased and sold by the liquor commission. Modifies requirements in the state’s liquor laws that the Liquor Commission purchase and list for sale New Hampshire products by adding the language in bold italics as follows:

CACR 4, relating to right to govern. Providing that the people of the state may enact local laws that protect health, safety, and welfare. Oppose.

Effective 7/14/19, Chapter Law 39. Monitor. SB 21, relative to notice to cut timber. Clarifies that public notice of Intent to Cut timber is only required when the Notice of Intent to Cut is signed by the assessing officials outside a public meeting. Effective 9/17/19, Chapter Law 84. Support. SB 39, relative to the repair of roads not maintained by a municipality. Adds language in statute (RSA 231:81-a) stating that in instances where an express agreement does not exist regarding the maintenance of a private road, residential landowners who enjoy a common benefit shall contribute to the cost of its maintenance. Does not include Class VI highways and includes language stating “Nothing in this section is intended to extend or restrict the common law as applied to residences on private roads, nor to affect

HB 322, relative to reporting the taking of a turkey. Requiring Fish and Game develop and make available telephonic and online registration of wild turkeys taken. Monitor. HB 331, relative to the duties of a veterinarian. - Allowed veterinarians to vary from rabies dosage protocols for companion animals. Oppose. HB 426, establishing a committee to study allowing town clerks to accept proof of certain exemptions from the rabies vaccine for the purpose of registering dogs. Oppose. HB 442, relative to coyote hunting. - Prohibiting hunting coyotes April 1 – August 31 to coincide with coyote pup rearing. Oppose. HB 485-FN, creating a one-day license for alcoholic beverages served at dinners hosted at farms. (Incorporated into HB 598 which established a commission to study beer, wine, and liquor tourism.) Support. HB 498-FN, prohibiting OHRV operation on class V highways. Oppose. HB 502, establishing a committee to study the will of Benjamin Thompson and whether the university of New Hampshire is in compliance therewith. Monitor. HB 510-FN-A, relative to state motor vehicle registration fees and funding for noise abatement projects. – Provided vehicle registration fees be adjusted annually for inflation and miles per gallon ratings. Oppose. HB 523, relative to integrated pest management for school grounds. – Prohibiting the use of pesticides on school grounds unless the school has an Integrated Pest Management plan in place, required public notice of pesticide applications, and requiring the Department of Agriculture maintain a public database of pesticide applications to school grounds. Oppose. HB 533, relative to training for servers of alcohol. Required training for servers of alcohol. Monitor.

HB 710-FN, relative to adoption of state building code and fire code amendments. Includes language requiring the State Building Code Review Board maintain a publicly accessible list of applicable building codes and amendments and provides for an appeal of final decisions of any local building code board of appeals established under RSA 674 to the State Building Code Review Board. Effective 8/11/19, Chapter Law 219. Monitor. (See also SB 113.)

RSA 176:12 New Hampshire Products I. The commission, wherever feasible, shall purchase and list for sale in all state stores [the domestic] liquor and wines [manufactured or bottled in this state by a manufacturer] that are grown in New Hampshire, made in New Hampshire, or packaged in New Hampshire. This section shall only apply to New Hampshire domestic manufacturers selling less than 15,000 9-liter-equivalent total cases annually within the state of New Hampshire. II. In this section: (a) “Grown in New Hampshire” means that at least 80 percent of the primary ingredients were grown or produced in New Hampshire and the finished product was manufactured and packaged in New Hampshire. (b) “Made in New Hampshire” means that the finished product was packaged in New Hampshire and was at least 50 percent manufactured in New Hampshire. (c) “Packaged in New Hampshire” means that the finished product was packaged in New Hampshire.

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CACR 3, relating to hunters’ rights. Providing that citizens of the state have the right to hunt subject to laws promoting sound wildlife conservation and management. Monitor.

CACR 7, relating to membership of the New Hampshire house of representatives. Providing that the number of representatives be reduced. Oppose. CACR 8, relating to the right to govern. Providing that the people of the state may enact local laws that protect health. Oppose. HB 206-FN-A-L, eliminating timber taxes for certain properties. – Adding residential owners of land not enrolled in Current Use to those not required to file an Intent to Cut or timber taxes. Oppose. (Current law RSA 79:1, II, (b) allows for an exemption from filing an Intent to Cut for timber cut for personal use.) HB 227, relative to the length of time an employer may lease an employee through an employee leasing company. - Limited employee leasing arrangements to 120 days. Monitor. HB 290, relative to (requiring) the removal of certain wood stoves upon the sale of a home and notification of such removal to the department of environmental services. Oppose. HB 296-FN, relative to animal waste cleanup in state forests and state parks. – Requiring a person bringing an animal into a state park or forest to remove solid waste produced by the animal. Oppose.

HB 560-FN, (New Title) relative to required reporting on waste reduction.- Requiring towns report certain information to DES relative to solid waste reduction. As the bill passed the House it restricted the distribution of single-use carryout bags by stores (defined as retail establishments of over 1,000 square feet of retail space) and food service businesses (defined as a business selling food for consumption on or off the premises). Monitor. - House did not concur with the Senate amended. No Committee of Conference established. (Note: HB 102, relative to municipal ordinances regarding the use of plastics & HB 559, enabling municipalities to ban single-use sources of plastic pollution have been retained by the House Municipal and County Government Committee. Farm Bureau opposes both of these bills.) HB 688-FN, relative to transfer and inspection of animals. - Making changes in RSA 437 relative to the Transfer of Animals and Pets (customarily used as household pets). Included redefining “commercial breeding kennel,” specifying animal shelter facilities, hobby breeders, and working dog breeders shall not be defined as “pet vendors,” creating and defining a “hobby breeder” (a breeder who transfers animals for a fee and transfers 30 or fewer animals in a year), and requiring the licensing of animal shelters. Also established a Companion Animal Welfare Division within the Department of Agriculture and required the establishment of an animal transfer database within the Department. Monitor – Tabled in the House (See Vetoed HB 2-FN-A) HB 724-FN, relative to certain rights of employees. – Contained language requiring an employer with 10 or more employees or 2 or more locations in the state to provide employees with a work schedule in writing at least 7 days prior to the first day of the work schedule. Oppose. (See referred SB 60) SB 77-FN, relative to costs of care for animals seized in cruelty cases and prohibiting the future ownership of animals in certain animal cruelty cases. Opposed as drafted. Much of this language was amended and incorporated into HB 459-FN which was supported by Farm Bureau and signed into law. – SB 77-FN was Tabled in the House. (See also HB 2-FN-A.)

HB 313, establishing a study committee on the authority and duties of the board of veterinary medicine. Monitor.

SB 161, New Title) relative to the definition of pet vendor, the transfer of animals, and establishing the position of accounting clerk in the department of agriculture, markets, and food. Monitor. – Tabled in the House. (See HB 2-FN-A.)

HB 316-FN, relative to the law governing training permits for the training of bird dogs and trail or tree hounds. – Making changes to law governing dog training in the Fish and Game statutes. Monitor.

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County & Committee News CHESHIRE COUNTY FARM BUREAU CCFB has a new Membership Chair. Call her anytime: Elaine Moore 603313-1806 We are happy to say we made membership quota last month, however since then renewals have decreased. An effort will be made to speak with those who have not renewed and encourage them to continue membership in Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau is very important for our lives, now and in the future. You may not think about this but ask yourself, “where does your food come from, the clothes you wear?” Many will say supermarkets, and department stores. You’re correct however they directly come from FARMERS. Dairy products, fruits/veggies, and all your foods come from farmers as does cotton, wool and other fibers. The FARMER is your supplier, and in order to help the farmers produce these items they need your help. Joining Farm Bureau gives your support so they have access to advocates in the legislature who work for you in so many ways. There are many laws pertaining to how farmers must work, supply, and deliver your food. Laws on trucking items, trucking animals, and many others that need to be looked at by your legislators. Fortunately we have one of the best: Rob Johnson works for NHFB. When the legislators are in session, most days you will see Rob at the State House in Concord working for YOU. We need your membership to help support the work done by NHFB on your behalf. Your benefits received will be worth well more than what you pay for a one year membership. The CCFB Ice Cream Booth sales at the Cheshire Fair were great. We thank Angie Hauri, Beth Hodge and everyone who helped at the booth. WAY TO GO. We have also been very busy planning for our CCFB Annual Meeting to be held at East Hill Farm, Troy NH. More to follow as we finish planning. Scholarships: At this time no one has applied for the 2020 Scholarship. The deadline is very soon so please apply now if interested. Call Jean Rudolph 603-399-7074.

MERRIMACK COUNTY FARM BUREAU MCFB Annual Meeting: We will be holding our Annual Meeting on October 23rd at 6:30pm at Alan’s of Boscawen Restaurant. Dinner Buffet includes stuffed chicken breast, stuffed filet of sole, and roast pork loin with many sides and dessert! We will be holding our annual business meeting, working on policy development, as well as enjoying the Associated Women Pie Auction and Farm Trivia Game! Preregistration is appreciated by October 7th. The cost is $20 per person. Keep an eye out in your mailbox for the invitation with full details! Seeking Board Members: We are in search of at least one new Board member! The time commitment includes meeting once a month for about an hour on the second Thursday at the NHFB Office, as well as attendance at a few annual events. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Board member,

The Associated Women of New Hampshire Farm Bureau met at Sanctuary Dairy Farm in Sunapee for a meeting and farm tour on July 8th. Joined by several local families who noticed the event on the AW Facebook page, the group was given a tour of the facilities by owner Jolyon Johnson and his son Jared. It was a great opportunity to learn and reach out to potential new members.

please contact Leandra Pritchard at 603-210-2460 or pritchardfarms13@ gmail.com. Voting on the new position will take place at our Annual Meeting. Thank you!

SULLIVAN COUNTY FARM BUREAU The SCFB Board met in July at the Holmes Farm in Langdon for a cookout with our spouses. We were honored to have two former NHFB Presidents, Jeff Holmes and Gordon Gowen in attendance. In August, Lisa Holmes, Jozi Best, and Bob Cunniff went to the Cornish Fair to administer our Ag Quiz to 4-H Members. Our Annual Meeting will be held on October 7th at the Courthouse Restaurant in Newport. Your next County Newsletter will have more details.

ASSOCIATED WOMEN OF NHFB The Associated Women of NHFB met at Sanctuary Dairy Farm in Sunapee on July 8th for a farm tour. After advertising their tour on Facebook, the group was joined by several families for a fun and informative day at the farm. Owner Jolyon Johnson and his son Jared led the tour which covered all aspects of the dairy operation. Following the tour, the group held a quick meeting over Sanctuary Farm’s famous ice cream The Associated Women of New Hampshire Farm Bureau will hold their Annual Meeting on Monday, October 21, 2019, at the Common Man Restaurant, 25 Water Street, Concord, N.H. All NHFB members and friends are welcome to the social time at 11 AM in the Capitol Room upstairs with luncheon of New England Baked Haddock or Statler Chicken, garden salad, seasonal vegetables and chef’s choice of dessert. Steve Taylor, Commissioner of the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, Retired, will be the speaker. The business meeting will follow. You are invited to bring your craft or hobby to display for Show-and-Tell. To reserve your place and choice of entree, please phone Ruth Mann by the deadline, Monday, Oct. 14, 603-387-0701 or email gvf2@myfairpoint.net. The cost is $20.00, inclusive of tax and gratuity by cash or check made out to NHFB at the event on Oct. 21.

POLICY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE In preparation for reviewing current Farm Bureau policy and developing new policy for 2020, on August 6th Farm Bureau’s Policy Development (PD) Committee held its annual August meeting in which it heard from officials and leaders from around the state and region on issues important to NH agriculture and its future. Pictured below, NH Commissioner of Agriculture Shawn Jasper addresses the Committee. The PD Committee also heard from many of the Departments Division Directors and from Cooperative Extension, DES, Fish and Game, NH Timberland Owners Association, USDA Farm Service Agency, and USDA’s Northeast Climate Hub. Below is a synopsis submitted by David Hollinger at the Climate Hub looking at trends in the state’s climate: Recent Changes in the New Hampshire Climate - David Hollinger, Director, USDA Northeast Climate Hub New Hampshire has been getting gradually warmer and wetter. Over the last 30-years, average temperatures have risen about 2 °F, and annual precipitation has increased by about 2 inches. For NH agriculture, on balance, this is probably beneficial. These trends are very unlikely due to chance.

Average daily minimum temperatures are rising faster than average daily maximum temperatures, especially in the winter. The increase in average minimum daily temperatures is what is mostly driving the overall trend of rising temperature. In addition to NH getting wetter, heavy downpours are becoming more common. Storms with more than 2” of rainfall in a day are now happening several times a year. The most likely cause of these trends is rising levels of certain gases in the air. The most important one is carbon dioxide (CO2), and levels of CO2 have gone up about 12% in the last 20 years (from about 367 to 410 ppm). These gases reduce the amount of heat that escapes from the earth at night, much as lo-E windows keep more heat in your house. It seems likely that these trends will continue for the foreseeable future; NH will continue on average to get warmer and wetter. The pace of change will likely increase. However, natural variability means that each year won’t always be warmer or wetter than the one before it. Farmers are well aware of the consequences of changing weather. The warmer winters in NH mean less snow and more rain, earlier runoff, and less winter kill of pests. Warmer temperatures mean that the growing season is getting longer with opportunities for longer season varieties. Higher summer temperatures can lead to faster drying as evaporation increases from plants and soil. Adequate moisture is critical for agriculture, but excessively heavy rain can cause erosion and loss of seed or chemicals. More rain can mean fewer days to work fields and flooding in low-lying areas. Wet conditions also contribute to plant disease and crop losses. According to insurance data, excess moisture is already the top cause of crop loss in New Hampshire. Although the trend in New Hampshire is for more rain, 2016 was a good reminder that drought can also be important. Drought as indicated by the Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) has decreased in NH in recent years (Fig. 5). However, there is some concern that the increasing evaporative demand of warmer air and longer time between rains might increase drought risk.

NH Commissioner of Agriculture Shawn Jasper addresses the NHFB Policy Development Committee at their August meeting. The PD Committee also heard from many of the Departments Division Directors and from Cooperative Extension, DES, Fish and Game, NH Timberland Owners Association, USDA Farm Service Agency, and USDA’s Northeast Climate Hub.

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How NASA Technology is Advancing Agriculture

Keep Birds at Bay

(Cont. From Front Page) By Bailey Corwine

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“NASA is an amazing agency and the capabilities that we have developed have absolutely transformed the world,” Bridenstine said at a gathering of state Farm Bureau presidents in Washington, D.C. in July. “One of those areas that has been transformed, and is continuing to be transformed, is agriculture. Because of NASA’s technologies and capabilities, and our investments, we are going to be able to feed more of the world than ever before.” One of these missions is ECOSTRESS, or the Ecosystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station, which is attached to the outside of the International Space Station. ECOSTRESS, Bridenstine said, measures the heat coming off the Earth. “When a plant is not sufficiently irrigated, the stomata close, and when they close, the plant heats up,” Bridenstine said. “We can detect that from space, and when we detect that we can make a very rapid determination, two weeks before you can see it with your eyes, that a plant has stress.”

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capability.” Better-informed irrigation practices could also lead to increased sustainability practices, which would benefit the larger community in more arid regions, such as San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, and Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada. “They’re going to need more water than ever before,” Bridenstine said. Increased demand for water, particularly the runoff from the Sierra Nevada range, means that farmers, ranchers and growers will need to make sure they are not using “one drop more than they need,” Bridenstine said. “We want to make sure we are maximizing every drop of water that is available to the public, so we want to get very precise irrigation measurements,” Bridenstine said. While these specific missions have the capability to impact agriculture in a very direct way, Bridenstine also wants farmers and ranchers to know the agency’s technology as a whole is improving the way farmers work. Technologies such as GPS, broadband internet and cable TV are

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“Because of NASA’s technologies and capabilities, and our investments, we are going to be able to feed more of the world than ever before.” Jim Bridenstine NASA Administrator

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This has important implications for agriculture, allowing farmers to increase crop yields and reduce risk, Bridenstine said. “We’re measuring the Earth and the infrared, so we’re measuring the stress of plants from potential underirrigation,” Bridenstine said. NASA is also using its technology to measure the snow pack of the Sierra Nevada mountains, which, when melted, is used to irrigate much of the farmland in California and Nevada. The technology, called Light Detection and Ranging, was developed to help map the moon during the agency’s Apollo era. “So, Apollo applies to ag,” Bridenstine said. LIDAR technology is used in conjunction with another NASAdeveloped technology, spectroscopy, to measure how much snow pack has accumulated in the Sierra Nevada range and convert that snow into a water equivalent. These predictions can be used to help farmers and ranchers in snow pack runoff areas better prepare to irrigate when the snow melt arrives, Bridenstine explained. “It’s important to know when the [irrigation] water is going to show up and to know how much is going to show up,” Bridenstine said. “NASA is working really hard to enable that

NASA utilizes cutting-edge systems like Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) to measure plant health from space and predict how snow pack in the Sierra Nevada mountains will convert to water for irrigation.

widely used by the American public, yet many Americans do not know that those capabilities were pioneered by NASA. One of those, GPS, recently revolutionized agriculture with the increase in use of GPS-enabled autonomous navigation systems in many modern pieces of equipment. “That’s NASA technology on your tractor,” Bridenstine said. Since the agency’s inception in 1958, NASA has worked to send men to the moon, collect scientific data on Mars and launch spacecraft into Jupiter’s orbit. But NASA has also made a significant impact on the way humans live on Earth. “We have elevated the human condition in ways people do not even think about,” Bridenstine said. An urban mother clicking on the television, a student at a suburban university logging onto broadband internet and a rural farmer or rancher firing up a GPS-enabled tractor are everyday examples of how NASA technology is changing the world. Bailey Corwine is an intern in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Communications Department. She will graduate from the University of Arkansas in December with a degree in agricultural communications.

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Have Your Voice Heard: The Importance of County Annual Meetings By Diane Clary, NHFB Executive Director “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison


on’t miss your opportunity to have your voice heard! I can’t believe that we are starting annual meeting season! Annual meeting season is an exciting time for New Hampshire Farm Bureau. This is the time that we set policy and meet with our counties and the entire membership. Unfortunately, due to a concussion, I was unable to attend any of the county meetings last year - I can honestly say I really missed the experience. In my seven years here I have rarely missed any (only when two counties are on the same day) although the exhaustion sets in around meeting 7, each county

has a unique spin on the event. If you haven’t attended your county annual meeting in the past don’t let another year slip by. Not sure what this is all about, you say? Setting thoughtful, timely and effective policy is the most important thing this organization does. Every voting member has a voice in those policies and if you have an issue that is important to you please bring it to your county meeting. Don’t miss the opportunity! Contact your county President or our office (224-1934) for more information on an opportunity near you! The future of agriculture in New Hampshire is very important to me and it should be even more important to you. Don’t blink or you will miss out.

County Annual Meetings The following is a listing of County Farm Bureau annual meetings as confirmed at time of publication. For complete details, contact your county President or Secretary.



Sullivan County Farm Bureau The Old Courthouse Restaurant 30 Main St., Newport


Coos County Farm Bureau 4-H Hall, Lancaster Fairgrounds 516 Main St., Lancaster



Strafford County Farm Bureau Jeremiah Smith Grange Hall 1 Lee Hook Rd., Lee


Cheshire County Farm Bureau Inn at East Hill Farm 460 Monadnock St., Troy


Rockingham County Farm Bureau J & F Farms (Winter Location) 108 Chester Rd., Derry


Merrimack County Farm Bureau Alan’s Restaurant 133 North Main St., Boscawen


Belknap County Farm Bureau Steele Hill Resort - Carriage House 516 Steele Hill Rd., Sanbornton



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Grafton County Farm Bureau Alumni Hall 75 Court St., Haverhill


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November 15 & 16, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn 35 N Labombard Road Lebanon, New Hampshire

Reflection, Innovation and Diversification JOIN US FOR A PACKED AGENDA, INCLUDING: FARM TOURS: Tullando Farm, Orford Poverty Lane Orchards, Lebanon

MORNING WORKSHOPS: Addressing Wildlife Concerns for Vegetable & Small Fruit Crops, Discussion & demonstration of ways to reduce, prevent and control birds and other wildlife damage. Pesticide credits available. Wetland Rules and Wetlands Permitting, Reviewing new DES Wetland’s Rules, which take effect Dec. 15th, focusing on Agricultural Activities, Forestry, and Ponds.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS: Young Farmers Panel Discussion with Robin Kinney, American Farm Bureau 2020 Candidate Roundtable Discussion with Dave Salmonsen, American Farm Bureau

YOUNG FARMER DISCUSSION MEET BANQUET: Young Farmer Awards, Profile Award Keynote Speaker Dave Salmonsen, AFBF, Political Advocacy in a Changing World

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED Two ways to register: 1. Online at nhfarmbureau.org 2. Call (603) 224-1934

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Grafton County Conservation District Recognizes Farm Bureau Members for Land Stewardship and Sustainability Grafton County Conservation District


rafton County Conservation District is pleased to announce the 2018 Agriculture Steward of the Year, and the 2018 Forest Steward of the Year. Recipients are recognized for use of Best Management Practices (BMP’s), being a sustainable operation involved in long-range planning, managing resources with concern for sensitive natural areas and wildlife, and a socially responsible neighbor. About our winners: Agriculture Steward of the Year 2018: Steve and Lora Goss, StoneFen Farm, LLC, Pike, NH - Abundant water can be a blessing and a challenge at StoneFen Farm. With Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conservation planning assistance Steve and Lora have installed grassed waterways, riparian buffers, and a low water stream crossing protect water quality. Using a no-till seeder, Lora planted a cover crop mix to improve soil health along with applications of lime and wood ash. StoneFen Farm has been practicing regenerative and sustainable rotational grazing on 30 acres for eighteen years. “We have realized tremendous growth with gains up to 3.2 pounds per day on both dairy and beef heifers,” says Lora. Currently StoneFen is developing a grassfed beef herd offering nutritionally dense beef to local consumers. With the aid of a forest management plan StoneFen Farm completed a selective harvest in 2015 and is now working to strengthen existing, environmentally

enhancing practices by developing a silvopasture program. GCCD recently offered a silvopasture workshop at StoneFen Farm. Forest Steward of the Year 2018: Jon Martin, Martin Forestry Consulting, LLC , Bridgewater, NH - Jon began his own business to help landowners manage their land to its best potential. Jon believes sustainably managed forests can simultaneously maintain open space, enhance future timber quality and generate income for the landowner. He works with each client, including StoneFen Farm, to develop a customized plan based on their individual property and unique management needs and goals. Jon assists landowners with forest stewardship planning, timber sale administration, wildlife habitat management, tree pruning, GIS mapping and NH DES Shoreline Assessments. He uses his property for demonstrating innovative silvicultural practices so that he can inform landowners about the benefits of long-term resource management. Jon shares his knowledge and experience serving on local boards and committees, and through workshops with NH Timberland Owners Association. Forestland owners working with Jon also learn about NRCS conservation programs and how they fit into natural resource stewardship.

Left: Lora and Steve Goss flank Bill Fosher at their farm in Pike. Above: Jon Martin (right) accepts the Forest Steward of the Year Award. (Photo credit: Denis Ward)

NHFB Summer Interns (left to right) Caroline Crouch and Abby Davis show off the County Member Spotlight brochures in one of the stores they visited throughout the state.

NHFB Summer Interns Take on Statewide Membership Drive This summer NHFB welcomed two interns to our team: Caroline Crouch of Loudon and Abby Davis of Canterbury. Caroline and Abby spent time learning and assisting with various aspects of non-profit work and agricultural advocacy and also took the lead on a major membership campaign. This summer’s campaign took the Farm Bureau story on the road to hardware stores, farm & garden centers, farm stands, and more all across the state sharing our information with a new crop of potential members. With customized promotional materials for each county, the ‘County Member Spotlight’ showcased the wide variety of farmer members we are proud to support. So keep your eyes peeled for our brochures at local businesses and be sure to share why you are Farm Bureau Proud!


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

Paradise Farm - Lyndeborough

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

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

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

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.

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.

Leel Farm – New Ipswich

Manning Hill Farm - Winchester

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

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

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

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.

Carroll County

Grafton County

Wooded Valley Acres - Gilmanton IW

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.

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.

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

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

Temple Mountain Beef - Temple

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Diamond B Farm - New Durham

Pinewoods Yankee Farm - Lee

Deb Robie - 747-3869 wehunt4@myfairpoint.net Local Lamb.

Hillsboro County

JӕF Farms Inc. - Derry

Merrimack County

Rocky Road Tunis Farm - Bath

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!

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

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

Trombly Gardens - Milford

Schroeder Farm - South Newbury

StoneFen Farm, llc - Haverhill

Great Bay Farm - Greenland

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highland Lake Apple Farm 50 Maple Street, East Andover (603) 735-5058

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blueberries, raspberries spberries and flowers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We Can’t Do It Alone By Debbi Cox, NHAITC State Coordinator


t is said that today’s students are three and four generations removed from the farm. Gone are the days when most children are lucky enough to spend the summer on grandma and grandpa’s farm. The vast majority miss out on seeing firsthand how their daily lives are dependent upon agriculture. In their minds, food and fiber just magically appear in their pantries and closets. Many of the fourth grade students that I chatted with over the past year think that Walmart makes milk in the back room, Ronald McDonald makes chicken nuggets and, my favorite, cotton comes from white sheep.

NHAITC School to Farm Days bring 4th grade students from across the state to local farms to learn about various aspects of agriculture, like beekeeping.

These misconceptions and myths are what New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom works to dispel by helping teachers provide students with a factual overview of our food and fiber systems. Although it is wonderful to have children take an active interest in production agriculture or consider an ag-related career, our primary goal is to provide students with a general agricultural overview. If they are armed with accurate information, students will be more prepared to make informed decisions for both themselves and for others. Although today’s teachers are typically tied to educational requirements and standardized testing, agriculture can easily be integrated into core subjects such as science, math, social studies and language arts. New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom has several programs in place to facilitate these efforts in local classrooms. However, we can’t do it alone! In order for them to be successful, we rely on your experience, time and financial support. Please sign-up on the NH

Farm Bureau website (www.nhfarmbureau.org), email nhaitc@nhfarmbureau.org or call (603) 2241934 if you are able to help. Annual Agricultural Literacy Program – each year, we select an agriculturally accurate book targeted towards early elementary grades. We prepare an Educators’ Resource Guide full of lesson and supplementary educational resources to enhance the learning opportunities. Volunteers are asked to purchase the book for $5, arrange to read the book in a local classroom, perhaps share a related activity with the students and to leave the book for continued learning. The book for 2020 will be unveiled at the NH Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in November. School to Farm Days – for 2020, we expect to visit working farms in 9 counties for a day of hands-on agricultural education with area 4th graders. A series of stations are set-up where students can learn about a particular commodity or aspect of agriculture. A class spends 15 minutes at a station and then rotates to the next. We are always looking for agricultural professionals to spend the day with us sharing the very basics of their specialty with students. In 2019, over 2,000 students took part in this program statewide. We also offer teacher workshops, a resource library and a monthly newsletter.

I Kissed a Fish! By Deb Robie, Grafton County AITC Coordinator


hat was the response I received from a student at one of the many School to Farm Days, or as we call them here in Grafton County Ag Awareness Days, this past school year when I asked him what his favorite station was at the event in May held at the Rocks Estate in Bethlehem. Now, you might be wondering how fish are connected with Agricultural Awareness. If you start by having NH Fish & Game bring their Trout Tank, then put a young trout in to a viewing box and, yes, allow the students to kiss the fish if they want, then you can introduce them to aquaculture here in New Hampshire. Aquaculture is defined as the breeding, rearing and harvesting of fish, shellfish, plants, algae and other organisms in all types of water environments. That sure sounds like farming to me…and the students made the connections also. This is just one way Ag in the Classroom can

A student attending Grafton County’s School to Farm Day gets a close up view of aquaculture in NH in the form of a young trout.

be used to educate our young people and maybe along the way some of the more life experienced folks among us. Ask the parents of these students and they will tell you their children really liked that school day. In addition to the four different Ag Days we had here in Grafton County this past academic year, I had the opportunity to go to a local elementary school once every month and present an agriculturally themed lesson. We learned how apples grow, where chicken eggs come from and how strong their eggs are, made pumpkin pie in a bag, smoothies, and ice cream in a bag, along with projects where students planted their names (ask me sometime), made pancakes with real NH maple syrup and more. All fun and easy lessons, but the students loved it and they learned many new things about NH agriculture along the way. Another really fun day was spent with Mad Science (www.maine.madscience.org) when they came down to the Haverhill Cooperative Middle School and Woodsville Elementary School and did a program on energy. A huge THANK YOU goes out to Grafton County Farm Bureau members for helping to make it all happen. With the help of other volunteers from Grafton County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom did some sort of program in at least 15 different schools just this last year. I can’t wait to see what we can do during the upcoming school year. Last but not least, did you know that Grafton County Farm Bureau sent three teachers to the National Ag in the Classroom conference in Little Rock, Arkansas this past June? One of which was Hannah White from Woodsville Elementary who had been named as the 2019 Agriculture Teacher of the Year by the NHFFA. Next year’s conference will be in Salt Lake City, Utah and I have more teachers asking me about it already. Just think about the possibilities if your county was to send a teacher to next year’s conference!

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The G r eat Pumpkin De bate

By Josh Marshall


ometimes I get a funny look when I tell people that the official state fruit of New Hampshire is the pumpkin. “Pumpkins are a fruit?”Yes, indeed they are and it’s not just because the legislature chose to recognize them as such. While the distinction may be more complicated in the kitchen, out in nature it’s pretty easy to determine what is a fruit and what is a vegetable. To put it simply, a vegetable is the edible portion of plant (for example: lettuce, the leaf of a plant; carrots, the root; or broccoli, the flower) while a fruit, as UNH Extension Sustainable Horticulture Specialist Becky Sideman explained to me, is the reproductive body of a seed plant. Essentially, it has seeds inside it. Sideman also said that vegetable is more of a culinary term rather than a botanical one. A chef may argue with you as to whether or not a pumpkin is a fruit, but cut them some slack. They probably aren’t approaching the debate from a botanical perspective. The good news is you don’t have to feel so bad this fall if you overindulge a bit on pumpkin pie. After all, you’re eating a fruit!



PUMPKINS Besides being the official state fruit of NH, there are plenty of other ways that the Granite State shows its appreciation for pumpkins. Since 1991, the NH Pumpkin Festival (held in Keene until 2014 and Laconia since) has been a fall staple of the region and even drew national attention with a world record for most carved and lit jack-olanterns in one place with 30,581 in 2013. But that’s not the only pumpkin record NH holds! Boscawen resident Steve Geddes set the North American Record for largest pumpkin ever grown in 2018, with one weighing in at a whopping 2,528 pounds!

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New Farmers.gov Feature Helps Producers Find Farm Loans that Fit Their Operation United States Department of Agriculture


new online tool can help farmers and ranchers find information on U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm loans that may best fit their operations. USDA has launched the new Farm Loan Discovery Tool as the newest feature on farmers.gov, the Department’s self-service website for farmers. “Access to credit is critical in the agriculture industry, especially for new farmers,” said Bill Northey, Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “This new interactive tool can help farmers find information on USDA farm loans within minutes. We are working to improve our customer service, and part of our solution is through improving how farmers can work with us online.” USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers a variety of loan options to help farmers finance their operations. From buying land to financing the purchase of equipment, FSA loans can help. Compared to this time last year, FSA has seen an 18 percent increase in the amount it has obligated for direct farm ownership loans, and through the 2018

Farm Bill, has increased the limits for several loan products. USDA conducted field research in eight states, gathering input from farmers and FSA farm loan staff to better understand their needs and challenges. “We received suggestions from both farmers and our staff on how to improve the farm loan process, and we wanted to harness this opportunity to be more efficient and effective,” Northey said. “This feature is one step in our efforts.” How the Tool Works Farmers who are looking for financing options to operate a farm or buy land can answer a few simple questions about what they are looking to fund and how much money they need to borrow. After submitting their answers, farmers will be provided information on farm loans that best fit their specific needs. The loan application and additional resources also will be provided. Farmers can download application quick guides that outline what to expect from preparing an application to receiving a loan decision. There

are four guides that cover loans to individuals, entities, and youth, as well as information on microloans. The guides include general eligibility requirements and a list of required forms and documentation for each type of loan. These guides can help farmers prepare before their first USDA service center visit with a loan officer. Farmers can access the Farm Loan Discovery Tool by visiting farmers. gov/fund and clicking the “Start” button. Follow the prompts and answer five simple questions to receive loan information that is applicable to your agricultural operation. The tool is built to run on any modern browser like Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or the Safari browser, and is fully functional on mobile devices. It does not work in Internet Explorer. About Farmers.gov

Page 17 where farmers will be able to apply for programs, process transactions, and manage accounts. The Farm Loan Discovery Tool is one of many resources on farmers.gov to help connect farmers to information that can help their operations. Earlier this year, USDA launched the My Financial Information feature, which enables farmers to view their loan information, history, payments, and alerts by logging into the website. USDA is building farmers. gov for farmers, by farmers. In addition to the interactive farm loan features, the site also offers a Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool. Farmers can visit farmers.gov/recover/disasterassistance-tool#step-1 to find disaster assistance programs that can help their operation recover from natural disasters. With feedback from customers and field employees who serve those customers, farmers.gov delivers farmer-focused features through an agile, iterative process to deliver the greatest immediate value to America’s agricultural producers – helping farmers and ranchers do right, and feed everyone. For more information or to locate your USDA Service Center, visit farmers.gov.

In 2018, USDA unveiled farmers.gov, a dynamic, mobile-friendly public website combined with an authenticated portal

Ag and Food Industry Opportunities Continue to Accelerate By Robert Giblin


rends and changes in the food industry are more dynamic than ever. While trends always shift and others emerge over time, the convergence of rapidly developing technologies, shifts in consumer demographics, desires and expectations, food retailing and diets are creating core changes that will have profound effects on food and agriculture.

AFBF Focus on Agriculture those experiences will involve creating interactions at multiple levels, using artificial intelligence to both analyze and enhance the experience. For example, facial recognition technology may be used at a store to recognize consumers and link them to products based on their preferences, incorporating digital interaction with tools that consumers use, such as Google

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New technologies like artificial intelligence could help shape the way we shop in the future. That and increased consumer awareness bring opportunities to the forefront of the food industry.

A recent report by global consulting and management firm McKinsey & Company, “The future of personalization – and how to get ready for it,” says personalization will be the prime driver of marketing success within the next five years. The report says that advances in technology, data and analytics will soon allow marketers to create much more personal and “human” experiences across moments, channels and buying stages. While the report is broader, it reflects some of the changes going on at the retail grocery level in terms of how retailers relate to consumers. In food, consumers seek personalized experiences that involve their health, diet, mind, emotions, digestion and appearance. Delivering

Home, Amazon Echo or Facebook Portal, their phones, other technologies and knowledge of their purchasing patterns and other inputs gained through loyalty programs or payment information. The grocer will create a shopping experience to help guide food purchases and menu planning, calling attention to products or brands that not only meet consumer dietary needs or goals, but also emotional needs such as environmental stewardship, animal welfare, clear labeling and plant-based products. Consumers are asking for clearer labeling. They want to know what is in their food, where it came from and how it was produced. However, several so-called “clean and clear” marketing campaigns and labels used in the past

few years failed. Even though consumers still buy based on desires and emotions, access to more and better information created a backlash – avoidance and boycotts – against meaningless “freefrom” and fearmongering campaigns and labels. Consumers want “clean” products, but honest information. Consumers also are rediscovering some of the more mainstream things – like fat – that they have avoided for years. While “grass-fed” beef has been promoted for the past several years, it’s OK again to feature “corn-fed” on menus and labels. Prime beef is reappearing in meat cases, and 80/20 (lean/fat percentage) hamburger is being promoted for its flavor. Demand

is also growing for high-quality, higherfat pork products, fueled in part by the popularity of pork for grilling and barbecuing. Also interesting – while overall milk consumption fell by more than 20% from 2000 to 2016, there are signs that it may make a comeback, especially whole milk. Though there are conflicting studies, some show that flavor is the most important consumer attribute driving milk purchases, yet the industry has long promoted nutrition and low-fat milk products. Now, consumers are again discovering whole milk for its flavor advantages over 2%, 1% and skim. Continued on Page 20

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training day in each of the following categories: Turf (G2), Shade & Ornamental (G1), Right-Of-Way (B), and Mosquito & Black Fly (F2). $150 per class per day (includes light breakfast, lunch, & snacks). Learn more and register at: http://bit.ly/ pesticide-trainings-2019.

Backpack Sprayer Calibration Event – How To Do It!

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment (S.A.F.E.)

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

Sept. 4 from 4:00 - 5:30 PM UNH Cooperative Extension, Coos County Office, Lancaster

Sept. 24 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Keene Public Library 60 Winter St., Keene

UNH Extension Field Specialists Olivia Saunders and George Hamilton will lead a hands-on workshop on how to calibrate backpack sprayers and will help attendees evaluate the effectiveness of spray applications. Key components include nozzle selection, correct calculations and calibrating for sprayer pressure at walking speed. This meeting is geared towards vegetable and tree fruit growers as well as landscapers. Certified organic growers using neem, Bt or kaolin clay are encouraged to attend. To register or for any questions, please contact Olivia Saunders at Olivia.saunders@ unh.edu or 603-447-3834. Pesticide credits, pending approval. Learn more and register at: http://bit.ly/ sprayer-calibration-event.

S.A.F.E. reviews critical food safety and sanitation concepts such as personal hygiene, preventing crosscontamination and controlling time and temperature. This twohour workshop will provide food safety training for new employees and refresher information for more experienced staff, using practical discussion and hands-on demonstrations to help participants apply safe food handling practices in the workplace. S.A.F.E. participants receive a certificate of attendance. Two classes will be offered this day: 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Please make your selection when you register. Space is limited and registration will close September 19 at noon. For information on scheduling a S.A.F.E. class at your facility, contact Mary at mary.choate@unh.edu. Learn more and register at: http://bit.ly/foodsafety-keene.

unh.edu). Learn more at: http://bit. ly/vines-field-day.

11th Annual NH Direct Marketing Conference— Agritourism: Building the Connection with Farmers, Customers and Communities November 4 from 12:00 - 5:30 PM Portsmouth Country Club 80 Country Club Lane, Greenland The NH Direct Marketing Conference will help demystify the agritourism buzzword. It 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. Registration is $30 per person until October 28 and after that date it will be $35 per person. Afternoon refreshments are included. For any special arrangements, contact Nada Haddad, UNH Extension food and agriculture field specialist, at nada.haddad@unh.edu or 603-6795616. Ten working days are needed to facilitate needs requests. See conference details and register at http://bit.ly/2019Agritourism.


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

NH 4-H Livestock Show & Auction Sept. 2 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Hopkinton State Fair 392 Kearsarge Ave., Contoocook

Commercial Pesticide Applicators: Supervisory Trainings Sept. 17 - 25 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM NH Dept.of Environmental Services 29 Hazen Dr., Concord UNH Cooperative Extension Hillsborough County Office 329 Mast Road, Goffstown Extension will host a series of allday training workshops for those seeking a Supervisory Registration Certificate - General Use from the State’s Division of Pesticide Control. Training will prepare participants for the State of NH certification exam. Workshops include two chances to take the Core training, which reviews the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual & NH Code of Administrative Rules, and a

Under the Vines Field Day October 2 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM UNH Horticultural Research Farm 70 Spinney Lane, Durham Those interested in the commercial production of kiwiberries and seedless table grapes are invited to this annual event, which is free and open to the public. Under the Vines is an opportunity for current and future commercial producers, value-added processors, nursery owners and the public to visit the vineyards, learn about current research and breeding activities, and share their knowledge, questions and perspectives. For more information, please contact Iago Hale (iago.hale@unh.edu) or Becky Sideman (becky.sideman@

Youth 4-H members will auction off the 4-H project animals they have been raising specifically for this event. The Livestock Show begins at 10:00 a.m. and buyers will get a chance to see the available animals to bid on. The Livestock Auction begins at 12:30 p.m. and bidders should be present or make arrangements to submit an absentee bid. Learn more at: http://bit.ly/ livestock-auction-2019.

All Aboard the Ag Express! October 5 from 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Bus leaves from the Merrimack County 4-H Office 315 Daniel Webster Hwy, Boscawen This is an opportunity for youth to get a behind-the-scenes look at

four farms in Merrimack County: Marshall Pumpkin Farm (Boscawen); Contoocook Creamery at Bohanan Farm (Contoocook); Rossview Farm (Concord); and Yankee Farmer’s Market (Warner). $10.00 per person includes transportation and snacks. Scholarships are available upon request. This event is open to youth age 10 and older; 4-H and non-4-H youth are welcome! Learn more and register at: http://bit.ly/4-h-farmtour-2019.

4-H at The Sandwich Fair October 12 - 14 The Sandwich Fair 7 Wentworth Hill Rd. - Rte. 109 North Center Sandwich The finished results of 4-H member and volunteer leader efforts will be on display at the fair, emphasizing practical life skills through a broad variety of projects and activities displayed in the 4-H building, livestock barns and show rings. Not only do 4-H’ers pursue ribbons and fair premiums, but they also work to educate other fairgoers about responsible agricultural practices. For questions about camping, open show or livestock checkins please contact the Sandwich Fair Association at 603-284-7062. Learn more at: http://bit.ly/4-hsandwich-2019.

NEWS & INFORMATION Cornell Researchers Seek Plant Samples Cornell University researchers in plant science are looking for samples of tomato leaf mold, bacterial canker, spot and speck of tomato, black rot and Alternaria leaf spot on brassicas, downy mildew of cucurbits and late blight of potato and tomato. The ultimate goal of studying these pathogens is to obtain knowledge to help with management. If you see any of these and are willing to share samples, please send an email to Chris Smart (cds14@cornell.edu) and Holly Lange (hlw7@cornell. edu). More info here: http://bit.ly/ tomato-leaf-mold.

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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: Two new tires mounted on steel wheels. LT245/75R16. $135. 603-465-2672. FOR SALE: John Deere Model 60 tractor 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.


SALE: Five 36-inch Aerotech, Advantage exhaust fans with shutters and winter covers. $250 each or bro. Call 756-3589.

FOR SALE: Started pullets for sale. 16

FOR SALE: Blue Ox Farm, a certified organic vegetable farm in Enfield, NH is for sale. Due to personal reasons, my wife and I are selling the farm as a going, profitable, farm business. The farm has good land, good markets, good records / financials, and a good assortment of equipment and supplies. We own 25 acres, and rent more land and a local barn. We are selling: Our house and land (The house is partly furnished), The farm business and farm assets, including 4 greenhouses, caterpillar tunnels, tractors, implements, supplies and much more. This is a great opportunity to buy a going profitable vegetable farm. For more information, and an equipment list, please reply to Steve Fulton at Steve@blueoxfarm.com

weeks of age, $15 each. Call 603-721-1214.

FOR SALE: Bradco rock rake, like new. Has quick attachment for skidsteer, $1500. Excellent galvanized round bale feeder, used briefly, $700. McCormick Farmall 230 Model H tractor with book. Intact except alternator, not run recently, to repair or restore. $2000. Located in Hill. Call 744-8860.

HELP WANTED HELP WANTED: Experienced Arborist with valid driver’s and CDL license. Work as a member of tree service team. Experience with chain saws, chippers, stump grinders and crane. Mass Hydraulic license a plus. Salary based on experience. References required. Dudley’s Tree & Crane Service, Haverhill, MA. Bob Dudley 978-373-1510

FOR SALE: Five flat back 2 1/2 gallon heated water buckets. Like new. $10 each or all for $45. WANTED Box of miscellaneous electric fence parts and insulators. est. $50 value for $15. Belmont. Call WANTED: Cows, heifers, and steers. Tom 267-5905. Between the age of 17 mo. and 3 yrs. Cows FOR SALE: 6-Ton Low Bed Trailer, 22’ - must not be pregnant. Call Luke - 603-798-4570 (please leave a message). $2250. Call Robert 603-224-3036. FOR SALE: Recently built barn frame WANTED: Looking for someone to restore - 6”x6” beams, 4”x4” braces, 2”x6” rafters, two old buggies. email nhmapr@aol.com locally-sawn lumber, photos available - $3456. Frame assembled to the rafters on your site. Call Jim for details - 603-651-8881. FOR LEASE/RENT

FOR SALE: Recon 300 Hay Conditioner - FOR RENT: Garden Center opportunity

1,000 RPM - Tedder Attachment - Very Good Haverhill, MA. 20k sq feet greenhouses + 2 Condition - $ 9,995. Bill Hall Hollis 603-620- retail hoophouses. Storage container, golfcart & 2893. retail shed & stands. Growing field option. Bob Dudley 978-373-1510 FOR SALE: John Deere 327 hay baler with kicker and spray applicator In GREAT SHAPE. FOR LEASE: Equestrian facility includes $10,000.00 call 603-635-3355 7am-6pm elegant 18th century colonial w/new kitchen, heating & floors, barn and riding rink –

FOR SALE: 1952 Massey Harris Pony. adjacent to 400 acres of conservation land with

Runs great, vg rubber. Incl front blade, plows, harrow, cultivator, original books. $3000 OBO. Leave message 603-827-3630

established trails. $4500/mo. Goffstown. Email: admin@nebcast.com


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

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

FOR SALE: Alpaca Sale: Buy 1, get 2nd of REAL

ESTATE: Farms, Woodlots, Recreational Land. Broker Tom Howard is an equal or lesser value at 1/2 price. Nationally ranked breeders, proven and unproven; pet/ Accredited Land Consultant with expertise fiber; herd guard. Colors range from white in Conservation Easements, Agriculture to black. Prices start at $200. 603-746-3385, and Forestry. NH Conservation Real Estate, (603)253-4999. Hopkinton

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

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

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Legislative Review

Continued from pages 6 & 7 Bills Vetoed by the Governor________________ State Budget Bills: HB 1-A, making appropriations for the expenses of certain departments of the state for fiscal years ending June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021 & HB 2-FN-A, relative to state fees, funds, revenues, and expenditures. HB 1-A contains funding for programs that have not been funded in years, including $750,000 for the Department of Agriculture’s farmland conservation program and revenue sharing with cities and towns. HB 2-FN-A repeals scheduled reductions in the Business Profits Tax in 2020 (7.7%) and 2021 (7.5%), maintaining the tax at its current level – 7.9% and repeals scheduled reductions in the Business Enterprise Tax in 2020 (.6%) and 2021 (.5%), maintaining the tax at its current level - .675%. It also contains language defining a “pet vendor” in RSA 437 as the transfer (with or without a fee) of 25 or more dogs, 25 or more cats, 30 or more ferrets, or 50 or more birds customarily used as pets and establishes a Cost of Care Fund to be administered by the Department of Agriculture to assist municipalities by providing grant funds for the care of animals confiscated in cruelty cases. $100,000 in each year of the biennium is appropriated from the general fund. Farm Bureau policy supports the repeal of the Business Enterprise Tax. Farm Bureau opposes the proposed “pet vendor” definition and supports the creation of a Cost of Care Fund within the Department of Agriculture. HB 183, (Second New Title) establishing a committee to study the applications of microgrids in New Hampshire and changes in law necessary to allow for microgrids in electrical supply, and relative to baseload renewable generation credits for biomass energy facilities. Creates a study of small, local power grids and amends current law with what is known as the “Biomass Amendment” in another attempt to preserve the state’s six wood-fired power plants. The amendment allows for a baseload renewable energy credit to be sold to utilities in a similar pricing methodology as became law as part of last year’s SB 365. This amendment creates a mechanism that avoids the issues in the litigation pending at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and challenged at the Public Utilities Commission by opponents of the SB 365. It follows precedent established in other

states that have looked for ways to preserve homegrown power generation. The goal is to achieve the same benefit of SB 365 through a slightly different mechanism. Farm Bureau supports HB 183. HB 326, relative to the definition of prime wetland. Enables wetlands less than 50 feet in width to be included in wetland areas designated by municipalities as “prime wetlands.” RSA 482-A:15 provides for a local option to designate prime wetlands. There are currently 33 municipalities with designated prime wetlands. A prime wetland designation automatically elevates permitting requirements for any work conducted in or adjacent to a prime wetland to a “Major” permitting project. Farm Bureau supports the Governor’s veto. HB 365, relative to net energy metering limits for customer generators. Increases the electric generating capacity of

customer generators who may participate in net energy metering from one megawatt to “less than 5 megawatts.” Farm Bureau policy supports increasing the electric generating capacity of customer generators who net meter to 3 megawatts.

to review the LCHIP surcharge. Increases the additional surcharge assessed to record deeds, mortgages and mortgage discharges or plans from $25 to $35 in support of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. Farm Bureau supports SB 74-FN-A.

SB 1, relative to family and medical leave. Establishes a Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI) program in which employers are required to participate in a FMLI program, whether it be an equal or greater self-insured or private program, or the state administered program. Employers would be required to submit premium payments on a quarterly basis equaling 0.5% of wages earned. Employers may pay this in its entirety, a portion of it, or withhold any or all of the amount from wages. Employees would be eligible for FMLI after 6 months and having met a certain minimum earnings threshold, and able to take up to 12 weeks of leave in a years-time for the following: (a) Because of the birth of a child of the employee, within the past 12 months; or (b) Because of the placement of a child with the employee for adoption, legal guardianship, or fostering, within the past 12 months; or (c) Because of a serious health condition of a family member; or (d) Because of a serious health condition of the employee that isn’t related to employment; or (e) Because of any qualifying exigency arising from the foreign deployment with the Armed Forces, or to care for a service member with a serious injury or illness as permitted under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, 29 U.S.C. section 2612(a)(1). Medical certification demonstrating need would be required to qualify for the benefits. Benefits would be 60% of wages with no weekly benefit less than $125 per week or greater than 0.85 of the average weekly wage in the state. Monitor. Farm Bureau policy opposes taxes on gross income.

Study Bills & Retained (House), Rereferred (Senate) by Committees, and Not Listed in July/ August Communicator

SB 10, (Second New Title) relative to the state minimum hourly rate. Sets a state minimum wage rate (RSA 279:21) for non-tipped employees as follows: From January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021, $10 per hour. From January 1, 2022 and thereafter, $12 per hour. Does not change the existing exemption in statute for “farm labor” nor does it change existing language relative to employees with less than 6 months’ experience in an occupation or relative to persons 16 years of age or under – provided they are not paid less than 75% of the applicable minimum wage rate. Farm Bureau policy opposes the adoption of a state minimum wage. (See also Rereffered/ Retained HB 186 & HB 731-FN) SB 20, relative to notification requirements for employees, workplace inspections, and the youth employment law. Makes changes to the state’s labor laws including adding language to the Youth Employment Law (RSA 276A) that “The employment of any youth in any place or establishment defined in RSA 276-A:11 at any time other than the posted hours of labor shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this section” and language under RSA 273 that all inspections performed by the Department of Labor “shall be proportional and relative to the potential violations being inspected.” Much of the language contained in SB 20 overturns law adopted in 2018. Farm Bureau supports the Governor’s veto. SB 74-FN-A, (2nd New Title) relative to register of deeds fees used to support the land and community heritage investment program (LCHIP), and establishing a committee to study the economic impact of land conservation and

Food Industry (Cont. From Front Page 17) By Robert Giblin Farmers and others are also pushing to re-incorporate whole milk into school lunch programs. Several companies have introduced high-end, wholemilk chocolate milk products that are gaining strong followings, including among older adults. Closely related – for some time now, great taste has fueled demand and market growth for unique, highly flavorful and locally grown cheeses. Fermented products are also gaining ground. As consumers seek “gut health,” they are moving beyond sauerkraut and seeking more products with probiotic values. Once rare, kombucha drinks are now commonplace in store coolers.

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AFBF Focus on Agriculture Fermented probiotic pepper and hot sauces are emerging as value-added products, with some directly produced by farmers. These are just a few examples showing that the rate of change and investment in new food products is growing at an unprecedented pace. While hard to keep up with, these radical and exciting changes bring new opportunities for farmers and ranchers to adapt and change to meet new consumer needs. Robert Giblin writes, speaks and consults about agricultural and food industry issues, policies and trends.

SB 164, (2nd New Title) establishing a committee to study unprotected drinking water sources. The study committee is tasked with looking into ways in which drinking water resources are contaminated, determining and cataloging all known unprotected high priority drinking water resources in the state, and identifying funding mechanisms for their protection. A final report is due November 1, 2020. Effective 7/12/19, Chapter Law 238. Monitor. House Environment and Agriculture HB 484-FN-L, relative to group dog licenses. Increases the fee for group dog licenses of more than 5 dogs. Monitor. House State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs HCR 6, applying to congress to propose a congressional term limits constitutional amendment. Farm Bureau policy supports term limits for members of Congress. House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services HB 731-FN, relative to the minimum hourly rate. Establishes a state minimum wage with a cost of living adjustment and sets a training wage for employees who are 16 or 17 years of age. Also enables municipalities to establish a minimum wage greater than the state minimum wage. (See vetoed SB 10 & rereferred HB 186.) Senate Commerce SB 60, relative to advance notice to hourly employees of work schedules. Requires employers with 15 or more employees in NH to provide their employees with two week advance notice of the work schedule. Oppose. (See Inexpedient-to-Legislate HB 724-FN) HB 186, establishing a state minimum wage and providing for adjustments to the minimum wage. Includes language establishing a youth minimum wage for employees under 17 years of age. Current law (RSA 279:21, V) sets a minimum wage rate of 75% of the statutory rate for persons 16 years of age and under. Farm Bureau policy opposes the adoption of a state minimum wage and supports a youth wage separate from the minimum wage. (See vetoed SB 10 & retained HB 731-FN.) HB 272, relative to temporary workers. Establishes notification and disclosure provisions for the hiring of temporary workers. Monitor. Senate Executive Departments and Administration SB 113, relative to municipal authority regarding the state building code. Includes language requiring the state Fire Marshall review and approve local fire safety codes and ordinances and also prohibits municipalities from imposing a fee to appeal a decision of a code compliance official. Monitor. (See also HB 710-FN.) You can contact NHFB Policy Director Rob Johnson if you have questions by phoning him at 312-6877 or through email at robj@nhfarmbureau.org. You can also stay abreast of what is happening in the NH Legislature affecting agriculture and landowners by subscribing to the NHFB’s Friday Review, a public affairs review for farm, forest, and rural interest published weekly during the legislative session.

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

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Risk & Reward: A Pick-Your-Own Story Story and Photos by Josh Marshall, NHFB Communications Director


hatever the commodity, New Hampshire farmers know that direct to consumer sales are key to maximizing success. We see dairy farms bottling their own milk or creating value-added products to have more control in pricing, farm stands and farmers’ markets cut out the middle man leading to greater sales for producers, and the farm as a destination has helped sustain a resurgence in agritoursim. Giff and Mae Burnap, who own and operate Butternut Farm in Farmington, picked up on the direct to consumer sales model 15 years ago and haven’t looked back. They’ve tailored their 25acre farm to be as direct as possible, focusing on pick-your-own. From mid-June through early November, you’ll find something to pick in the immaculately manicured fields and orchards of Butternut Farm. From strawberries to pumpkins, it’s important for Giff to find crops that can fill all the gaps in a growing season and keep consumers coming back for more. Raspberries are just hitting their stride at the tail end of peak strawberry season and build a bridge to blueberries and peaches, he explained, and plums come in full force just before apple season. “My job as a grower is to reduce our risk,” Giff said. Accomplishing that in a pick-your-own operation means diversifying and stretching those seasons as long as you can. The Burnaps purchased Butternut Farm in 2005 from previous owners Howard and Anne Stevens. They have a great appreciation for the work the Stevens put in reshaping the former dairy farm into a destination for people to pick their own fruit and saw the farm as an opportunity they couldn’t pass up. “There’s risk in doing things and there’s risk in not doing things,” Giff said. Even though purchasing a farm outright puts stress on the balance sheet, he and his wife were confident they could continue to grow and sustain the business in a way that would benefit the land, the consumers, and their family. “I was 30 and she was 28,” he explained. “We had two kids and she was pregnant with our third!” For them, moving the family from

Growing peaches in New Hampshire isn’t an easy occupation. While Butternut Farm had a great peach crop this year, there have been seasons where winter weather has wiped out entire crops.

Giff Burnap (left) who owns Butternut Farm with his wife Mae, stops to chat with Michael Polk, his right hand man on the farm.

western New York, where Giff’s family has roots in fruit farming, to New Hampshire wasn’t as scary as it might sound. “It didn’t seem risky at the time because I understood fruit growing and I knew what was going on here.” Giff also had his wife Mae to rely on. He readily admits that she is, “a beacon of true north,” in times where his passion on the farm side of things might carry him off in a different direction. “You put your heart and soul into the trees and sometimes that can cloud your vision as a business man,” he said. So while Giff spends his time in the orchards, Mae keeps tabs on what’s going on behind the scenes.

Susan Burnap, Giff and Mae’s daughter, (foreground) and Debbi Leach make pies in the commercial kitchen inside the farm’s cider house.

The combination of his agricultural acumen and her steady outlook has made decision-making a team effort. When pondering planting styles for a new apple block a few years ago, Giff considered some modern techniques with smaller tree spacing and more pronounced trellising. It was Mae who reminded him to think from the consumer’s perspective saying, “People want to feel like they are picking from a tree.” And the customer is always king at Butternut Farm. “Whenever a customer shows up on the farm you want to make them feel like royalty,” Giff explained. That means the farm has to look appealing, the staff has to be friendly, and the experience should be easy. The farm can be a

foreign environment for some, so the Burnaps make sure they keep everyone in the loop by providing as much information as possible through several different channels. Customers can visit www. butternutfarm.net to see the weekly snapshot of what’s happening on the farm. The website directs you to a phone message that is updated nightly and gives even more specifics about picking conditions in the orchards. And once you’re on the farm, countless signs lead you right to the exact row with the ripest fruit that day. This makes it easy for the customer and also makes sure people aren’t wandering in the wrong places picking fruit that isn’t ready yet. To further diversify the operation, Butternut Farm recently added craft hard cider to their repertoire. In only their second season of production, they’ve fermented 2,000 gallons of hard cider with hopes of maxing out at 3,000. The fully licensed cider house offers farm visitors the opportunity to taste several varieties of cider ontap and even fill growlers to take home. They also bake pies and donuts, scoop ice cream, and offer a variety of salsas, jams and jellies. While the tasting goes on upstairs, the basement hosts a laboratory of tanks and barrels where Giff and his right-hand man Michael Polk play mad scientist. Infusing their hard ciders with farm fresh fruit to create flavors like Peachy Keen and Red Rum Raspberry, they’ve established a clientele that matches their production. For Giff, the main attraction at the farm will always be the fruit and he has a true passion for his craft. “I understand the orchard,” he said. “I understand the inputs that go into keeping the orchard producing.” His care is evident as we drove around the farm. From the renovation of strawberry plants underway up on the hill to the selection of ripe peaches for the perfect photo op and the excitement for the upcoming apple crop, Giff and the team at Butternut Farm are working hard to provide consumers with the best possible products and experiences around.

Customers at Butternut Farm can take a break from picking fruit with a refreshing glass of hard cider made on site. Butternut Farm produced 2,000 gallons of the adult beverage this year and hopes to max out at 3,000 in the future.


2 medium onions - minced 2 Tbls. butter 2 medium zucchini - sliced 1/4” 2 cups canned tomatoes 1/2 tsp. salt, dash of pepper 1/4 cup grated cheese 1/2 cup bread crumbs

Recipe submitted by Ann Fifield of Canterbury, NH

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