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NH Feeding NH Program Kicks off in Granite State

Picking Up A Legacy At Smith Orchard

By Josh Marshall NHFB Communications Director


Since 1986, the Richters have owned and operated Smith Orchard in Belmont, NH. Previous owner Charlie Smith claimed it was the first pick your own orchard in the state. While that legend is unverified, there is no doubt that the Richter family has picked up on the legacy of Smith Orchard to provide quality products and experiences alike for their customers. Today, Wende and son Chad (pictured above) welcome another season of apples, family, and fun.







here are myriad ways that NH farmers demonstrate their commitment to the community. When times get challenging for NH farmers, that community returns the favor. In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak that precipitated an unpredictable spring and summer, farmers wondered how consumers would safely get their products. Restaurant and school closings across the state further frustrated the local food marketplace as farmers lost valuable outlets. Consumers too faced challenges of food access as some farmers markets closed, even if temporarily, and populations at greater risk faced reduced food access. In the face of these challenges, the New Hampshire Food Bank, the NH Food Alliance, NH Farm Bureau, and NOFANH announced the pilot launch of “NH Feeding NH” a statewide initiative designed to support the purchase of NH grown food to feed the food insecure. The beauty of this program is that it will support local farmers, but will also help nourish communities in need, reduce food waste, and replenish the local economy. Announcing the program on their website, the NH Food Bank explained, “The NH Food Bank has more than 400 partner agencies across the state including food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, children’s programs, senior centers, and more. NH Feeding NH will connect these agencies with local farmers in their area to create partnerships and provide them with the funding to purchase more fresh, local, fruits and vegetables.”

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

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


he annual meetings and policy development will look considerably different this year. All members will be notified by your county boards what is happening in your county. Though the traditional inperson meeting may not happen or may look different, it is just as important this year, as it is every year, that every member be able to have input into what your county governance looks like and what policy is adopted to guide us in the coming year. I ask you to please stay involved, sign on to online or conference call meetings, or contact your county boards somehow to let them know what you are thinking. The frequent grassroots involvement of our members is what makes us the “Voice of Agriculture” in NH. At the time of this writing we have not determined completely what the state annual meeting will look like. It will not be the traditional meeting and dinner, but we will have some sort of meeting of Delegates to elect officers, conduct business and approve policy. Congratulations to Justin and Julie Hussey of Naughtaveel Farm in Conway for being awarded the NH Green Pastures Dairy Farmer of the Year Award. It takes many hours of hard work, community involvement and good farming practices to earn this prestigious award. Our dairy farmers do not seem to get a break from adversity. If it isn’t

one thing it is another, so for dairy farmers to remain so dedicated to their profession is praiseworthy. To strive to be as outstanding as the Hussey’s have been is even more so. Kudos to the farmers of our state for how they have pivoted where they have needed to in order to keep producing the great local fruits and vegetables that they do and getting the food to the consumers safely. If nothing else good comes from this COVID foolishness, at least many more people will recognize what great food is produced locally and how important it is that we protect our NH farmers. I was quite impressed with a recent report from New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association which puts a value on forests in NH. The information was obtained as NHTOA commissioned Innovative Natural Resources Solutions, LLC and Plymouth State University to do two studies to come up with the economic value and the impact of the 4,714,647 acres of forested land in NH. Some numbers: $1,337 per acre in recreation value to the NH economy and $384 per acre in timber value. $4.53 billion total economic output, $2.63 billion direct economic output. Roughly 82 percent of the state is forested. This is just part of the story. Go to https://nhtoa.org to get the full report. Zippy Duval, AFBF President, has recently gone through a bout with COVID-19. I doubt he will volunteer to go through the experience again, but fortunately he is doing fine now. Read more about his experience with this virus later in this issue as well as his experience with a company that is on the wrong track about animal agriculture. In the last issue of the Communicator I mentioned the nomination of Scott Mason to be Executive Director of Fish and Game. The Executive Council has confirmed his nomination and by the time you read this I suspect he will be well into his new job. Congratulations Scott. Thanks for being a New Hampshire Farm Bureau member!


INSIDE September/October 2020 County, Committee & Member News . . . . . . . . 6 Local Meat Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Local Fruit & Vegetable Producers. . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Eye on Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 New Hampshire Farm Bureau President Denis Ward speaks at August’s Policy Development Committee Meeting held at Apple Hill Farm in Concord. The meeting was the first in-person meeting held by NHFB since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Farm Credit Awards Efforts orts to Develop and Promote te Northeast Agriculturee

Pro Protect Against Rainfall with Past Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (P (PRF) Rainfall Index Policy

The Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program, a joint effort of Farm Credit East, Yankee Farm Credit and CoBank, recently provided more than $62,000 in grant funding to 19 organizations. With this latest round of funding, the program surpassed $2.5 million provided to various efforts to support young and beginning farmer initiatives, encourage youth leadership development, and promote northeast agriculture, forestry and commercial fishing, since the Northeast AgEnhancement program’s inception. The most recent grant funding supported projects and programs that enhance agricultural education, recognize industry leaders, educate consumers and community leaders, and support producer training and development. While COVID-19 caused some grant recipients to reschedule their programs for next year, others were able to alter their plans to be able to safely conduct programs. Recipients implementing projects to develop the next generation of producers include Maine TREE Foundation, America’s Grow-a-Row, Cornell Dairy Fellows, New Hampshire and Vermont Holstein Association, New Jersey Agricultural Society, New York Farm Bureau Foundation for Agricultural Education, and the Northeast Youth Sheep Show. Maine Farmland Trust, New York Animal Agriculture Coalition, Gulf of Maine Research Institute and the Greater Buffalo Urban Growers plan to use grant funds to implement projects to educate the public. Additionally, the Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets and All Farmers aim to use grant awards to improve infrastructure to comply with health and safety guidance. The Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program was created in 1996 to support projects that promote and enhance the region’s agricultural community. Since inception, the program has provided more than $2.5 million in grant funding to over 900 projects. Submissions for the next round of grant funding are due by August 1. Visit FarmCreditEast.com/AgEnhancement to learn more.

Forage losses from natural hazards, especially drought, can be a significant risk for forage and livestock producers. That is why Crop Growers, LLP, is pleased to provide Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (PRF) insurance. PRF can be an effective tool for producers who have experienced losses caused by reduced forage and grazing due to lack of rainfall. The sales closing and acreage reporting date for this important risk management tool is November 15. “Farm profitability depends on the productivity of hay or pasture ground,” said Kelsey Mapstone, Northeast Marketing Agent with Crop Growers, LLP. “We need to help each farm carefully evaluate their business risks and make sure they are covered in the event of a lack of rainfall related forage loss.” The PRF program is very affordable with support ranging from 51-59% of the premium. Producers can insure all or part of a pasture, rangeland or forage used for haying or grazing. Producers choose which months to insure (minimum of two two-month “index intervals”). In any selected interval that rainfall is less than 90% of the historical average, the producer will receive a payment. There are no adjusters, no additional paperwork and no production history to maintain. Coverage is based on the experience of the entire normal rainfall grid and not on the individual farm or specific weather station. The sales closing and acreage reporting date for Pasture, Rangeland and Forage (PRF) Rainfall Index Policy is November 15, 2020. No production reporting is required and there are no upfront costs as the billing date will be the following September 1, 2021. Crop Growers, LLP, is an independent agency that sells and services crop insurance for 34 different crops through a ninestate territory. Crop Growers is owned by Farm Credit East, in conjunction with other Northeast Farm Credit Associations. Producers do not need to be a Farm Credit customer to purchase crop insurance. Visit CropGrowers.com or contact the Crop Growers Customer Service Center at 1-800-234-7012 to learn more.


CONSULTING SERVICES As your business continues to adjust to the “new normal” it’s crucial to make sure you’re doing all you can to adapt. From operational changes to reworking budgets, the farm business consultants at Farm Credit East are here to guide you. Keep your business Strong at the Roots. Call your Farm Credit East advisor today.

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NH Officials Celebrate Farmers’ Market Week Board of Directors Executive Committee President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denis Ward 1st Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joyce Brady 2nd Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom McElroy 2nd Vice President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leandra Pritchard Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Howard Pearl President, Associated Women . . . . . . . Elaine Moore Co - Chair, Young Farmer Committee. Ammy Rice Amelia Aznive County Presidents Belknap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Matarozzo Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . David Babson Cheshire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beth Hodge Coos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Brady Grafton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kristen May Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trevor Hardy Merrimack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leandra Pritchard Rockingham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Ferdinando Strafford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Matt Scruton Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Cunniff

Above: Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food Shawn Jasper stops in to purchase flowers from Grand View Farm at the Concord Farmers’ Market in celebration of National Farmers’ Market Week. Below: Governor Chris Sununu checks in with Mt. Dearborn Farm as he peruses the offerings at the Concord Farmers’ Market before proclaiming Farmers’ Market Week in New Hampshire.

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

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

The Communicator Where NH Farmers Turn For News editor@nhfarmbureau.org The opinions expressed within this publication are not necessarily those of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau. The Communicator is published six times a year, by New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation. Subscription comes with membership. It is received in the homes of over 3,000 NHFB members. Presorted standard postage paid at N. Haverhill, N.H. Deadlines for submissions, advertisements and calendar listings are the first Friday of the month for the following month’s issue. For advertising information contact the NHFB office at 224-1934.

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Unsolicited ‘Mystery Seeds’ Reported Across the Country Reports began surfacing in July of unsolicited packages originating from China and other foreign countries containing mystery seeds being delivered to U.S. households. USDA is asking anyone who receives an unsolicited package to not plant the seeds, file a report online, and send the seeds and packaging to their local USDA office. “Our main concern is the potential for these seeds to introduce damaging pests or diseases that could harm U.S. agriculture. It is important that we collect and test as many seeds as possible. Anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds should submit an online report and mail their seeds to the nearest USDA office in their state.” This phenomenon appears to be an example of an online retail scam called ‘brushing,’ where online retailers send inexpensive packages to unsuspecting consumers in order to generate

Unsolicited packages of seeds and other small items were reported across the country in the early Summer of 2020. The packages appear to be a part of an online sales scheme called “brushing.” USDA APHIS is asking anyone who receives an unsolicited package to report it online and send contents and packaging to their local USDA Office.

bogus sales and reviews which increase a company’s ranking on online marketplaces like Amazon. For more information and

guidance from USDA, visit: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/ aphis/ourfocus/planthealth/newsinfo/unsolicited-seeds

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The Zipline COVID-19 is Nothing to Sneeze At Many of you know that I was diagnosed with COVID-19 in early July. I want to begin this column with a heartfelt thank you for everyone’s thoughts and prayers. Your messages of caring and encouragement have meant a lot to me. It is amazing how this virus hits people in such different ways. My COVID-19 experience has been much lighter than others have had. I’m blessed and grateful for that, but I also want to send prayers to everyone whose health has been more severely impacted, as well as those whose livelihoods have been threatened. For me, I felt very sick, had a high fever and headaches, and felt exhausted. I’m happy to say that today I am feeling much better. The fever and headaches are gone. Now, I just need to get my energy back. I was glad to be able to participate in virtual meetings and calls over those two weeks, but it took a lot out of me! Anyone who knows me knows that I can’t stand to sit around doing nothing, and that was part of the prescription. I’ll be so glad when I can get out and farm again. But I never stopped working for America’s farmers and ranchers. Farm Bureau continues to work for an increase in Commodity Credit Corp. funding to ensure USDA can respond quickly to any future body blows to farm markets and prices, and we’re working to ensure the next round of COVID-19 assistance is more helpful to farm and ranch businesses. We also continue to analyze the impacts to meat processing and prices, so we can learn

Vincent “Zippy” Duvall, a poultry, cattle and hay producer from Greene County, Georgia, is the 12th president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. what worked and what didn’t and improve the system for the future. In these times of the pandemic and economic challenges, it is comforting to remember and recite the Serenity Prayer. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” There’s a lot that’s happening now that we cannot change. But we can take care of ourselves and others, and we can keep working together to make our agriculture industry and our nation stronger. Let’s all commit to being more accepting, courageous and wise as we deal with the pandemic and other challenges we may face in our own businesses, lives and communities. And let’s never forget how blessed we are to live in the United States of America. May God bless you and keep you safe.

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UNH Mourns Passing of Long-Time Researcher Dr. J. Brent Loy By Lori Tyler Gula, PhD, NH Agricultural Experiment Station


he University of New Hampshire community is mourning the passing of Dr. J. Brent Loy, University of New Hampshire professor emeritus and long-time NH Agricultural Experiment Station researcher. Loy, 79, died Friday, July 24, 2020, after being diagnosed four months ago with a rare sarcoma cancer. Loy’s love of plants and agriculture began as a child in Utah, where he planted and tended his own vegetable gardens from a young age and, as a teenager, worked on a local truck farm before and after school. He received his bachelor’s in horticulture from Oklahoma State University and master’s and doctorate in genetics and horticulture from Colorado State University. He came to the University of New Hampshire in 1967, where he taught classes in plant genetics and reproduction and vegetable production and mentored many graduate and undergraduate students. Loy’s experiment station-funded work, which had largely taken place at the Kingman Research Farm, Woodman Horticultural Research Farm, and Macfarlane Research Greenhouses, has resulted in the development of more than 80 new varieties of squash, pumpkins, gourds, and melons during his career. His work represents the longest squash and pumpkin breeding program in North America, and his seed varieties are sold in seed catalogs throughout

New England and the world. Loy’s nutrient-rich crops, seeds, and germplasm research have influenced the harvest of countless farmers while delighting home gardeners and consumers. He served as a professional mentor to scores of undergraduate and graduate students throughout his career. “Brent was a humble, generous person, and he had a singularly productive career in providing improved cucurbit varieties for the state and region, as well as around the world. It was a very real personal pleasure getting to know Brent over the last dozen years. His work ethic, mentoring of our students, and productive use of our experiment station farms and greenhouses epitomized the land-grant university mission to serve our state and nation. The still-growing list of accomplishments from his long-term breeding program is remarkable. The annually awarded UNH Brent Loy Innovator of the Year Award, and the Big E’s Agricultural Adventurer Award are among the appropriate reflections of his character, his professional career, and of the outcomes that will continue for many years,” said Jon Wraith, dean of the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, and former director of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station. Becky Sideman, professor of sustainable agriculture and

Dr. J. Brent Loy. Credit: UNH

horticulture production and extension state specialist, said Loy was a wonderful colleague and a good friend who she will miss greatly. “I learned so much from him and am truly grateful to have gotten to know and work with him. His contributions to farmers in the Northeast–and far beyond–are too numerous to count. He is widely admired among growers far and wide. Many of the varieties he developed and released are mainstays on farms and gardens in the Northeast. Just last week, a farmer told me that Slick Pik summer squash is now the only one he grows,” she said.

Loy was one of the first researchers who Maria Emanuel worked with when she joined UNH in 2006 in the Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization, now UNHInnovation. “His cucurbit research was a driving force to establish UNH’s technology transfer program. Brent very patiently guided the office and myself over the years to develop an intellectual asset management program that promotes societal benefit, maintains fidelity to the research that yields those assets, and L OY - CON T. PAGE 20

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County, Committee & Member News MERRIMACK COUNTY Hello all! Here are a few updates from MCFB: - Our County Annual Meeting will be much different than normal this year. We will be mailing out a packet to farmer members mid-September which will include a ballot to vote on policies, officers, delegates, and to approve last year’s Meeting Minutes and this year’s Treasurer’s Report. Your timely return of the ballots will be greatly appreciated! We hope to have our regular in-person meeting again next year! - AW Pie Auction lovers, don’t be dismayed! We have plans in the works to be able to order some delicious pies this fall from the AW ladies! There will be information included with the Annual Meeting packet. - Please email policy recommendations by September 5th to merrimackcountyfb@gmail.com. - We also awarded scholarships of $750 each to two deserving students this year. Kaley Farmer of Warner plans to study Business/Marketing at Elon University this fall. Derek Ladd of Epsom plans to continue his studies at UNH in Sustainable Agriculture. Congratulations to both recipients! - As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact President Leandra Pritchard at pritchardfarms13@gmail.com or 603210-2460. Thank you all! Stay safe and healthy!

SULLIVAN COUNTY In order to keep Board Members safe, the SCFB Board met on Zoom in May, mainly to discuss cancellation of County activities; Legislative Dinner, School to Farm, Ag Quiz at the Cornish Fair, Fundraising at the New Hampshire building at the Big E, and our annual County Meeting. The Board hopes to resume all of these activities along with our regular board meetings in the next year. The Board did gather in person for our summer picnic at the Holmes Farm in Langdon on July 10th. The picnic was planned with careful sanitation, food safety, use of face coverings, and social distancing. The main order of business was to develop a plan for our Annual County Meeting. After considering several options it was decided to have a “meeting by mail” this year. Each Sullivan County Farm Bureau Member will receive a packet by mail in mid September. It will include the minutes of the 2019 meeting, a treasurer’s report, auditors statement, a ballot, and a postage paid return envelope. We ask you to complete and return the ballot which will include acceptance of reports, voting for officers, voting for State Delegate Assembly, and policy proposals by October 1st. The Board was excited by the strong attendance at the last two annual meetings and we look forward to being together again in 2021.

In front of the State House on Friday, August 14th Governor Chris Sununu swore in Scott Mason as the new Executive Director of the NH Fish and Game Department. Mason, a North Stratford dairy farmer and long-time Farm Bureau leader, was joined by approximately 40 family members, friends, and Fish and Game officials. In attendance was former NHFB President and Scott’s father-in-law Sheldon Sawyer (pictured far right). Following the ceremony he met at Fish and Game headquarters in Concord with the Fish and Game Commission and Department staff. (Photo credit: Rob Johnson)

MEMBER NEWS Trevor Hardy Named to 40 Under 40 for 2020

The Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40 Awards honor 40 outstanding individuals making their marks in the industry. Nominations from all segments of the fruit and vegetable industry are wittled down to 40 winners each year who demonstrate involvement, innovation and commitment. Trevor is a 7th generation fruit and vegetable farmer with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He is the Current President of New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association, as well as President of Hillsborough County Farm Bureau. He built and operates Brookdale Farm Supplies the largest irrigation and row crop supplies company in New England. His focus is on change in the industry towards no till vegetable production, high density apple production and the implementation of Lean principles on farms.

Jozi Best Named to Governor’s Commission If you want your County Farm Bureau, Farm Bureau Committee, or Farm Bureau Member news listed in the County, Committee & Member News section, please contact Josh Marshall at editor@nhfarmbureau.org or contact your County President or Secretary! A full listing of County Leaders can be found at www.nhfarmbureau.org

New Hampshire Farm Bureau will now be represented on the Governor’s Commission on the Humane Treatment of Animals by Sullivan County’s Jozi Best. Best replaces Kristi Atherton from Belknap County as NHFB’s representative on the Commission.

Scott Mason Sworn In as NH Fish & Game Executive Director On Friday, August 14th Governor Chris Sununu swore in Scott Mason as the new Executive Director of the NH Fish and Game Department. Mason, a North Stratford dairy farmer and long-time Farm Bureau leader, was joined by approximately 40 family members, friends, and Fish and Game officials.

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Adapt Versus Adopt

Annual Meetings & Policy Development in 2020

By Diane Clary, NHFB Executive Director


he last six months have seen New Hampshire Farm Bureau adapting to our current circumstances. What should be reassuring is that it doesn’t mean we are adopting these changes forever. Staying safe and healthy while still providing the support and services for our members is our most important goal. We have learned how to pivot on a dime to keep things rolling. In these times where grocery store shelves have been empty the role of the farming community has caused the general population to adapt different purchasing practices to provide for their families. This is a good thing for farmers and should therefore be a good thing for Farm Bureau. Unfortunately we have seen a decrease in renewal memberships. This fact really confuses me since our support and advocacy is even more important now. The value of a Farm Bureau membership only increases during these times. Take a moment and think about your current day-to-day lives since the pandemic hit. I know I have focused on buying more locally and promoting to my friends and family to do the same. I have even been

Due to impacts from the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s annual meeting season will be much different than usual. Each county Farm Bureau is making individual decisions on how to best proceed with completing necessary business and engaging in the Farm Bureau policy development process. Diane Clary NHFB Executive Director

thanked for pointing friends in the direction of local farm stands. Most farms have seen an increase in demand from individuals when the restaurant demand disappeared or was greatly reduced. Keeping those customers engaged going forward should be easier than ever before. Farms have adapted to the circumstances and will hopefully come out better on the other side. Please continue to support New Hampshire Farm Bureau so we can continue to support you.

The Time to Invest in Rural America is Now By Todd Van Hoose

AFBF Focus on Ag


s members of the communities we serve, Farm Credit has seen first-hand the powerful role that entrepreneurship can play in transforming communities. Just like their urban counterparts, rural communities benefit from the influx of fresh ideas and innovative businesses. Rural entrepreneurs, however, oftentimes face unique challenges: inadequate access to broadband, higher transportation costs and lack of access to a business network. The onset of COVID-19 has only compounded the stress facing these rural enterprises, turning the economy upside down and forcing many of them to alter their business models dramatically to remain in operation. That’s why Farm Credit partners with the American Farm Bureau Federation to host the annual Ag Innovation Challenge, a national competition for entrepreneurs who are solving challenges faced by farmers and rural communities. The Ag Innovation Challenge raises the profile of ten rural start-ups each year through extensive social media promotion, connecting these entrepreneurs to networks of rural innovation professionals and providing $145,000 in start-up capital, helping propel these new businesses toward success. Learn more and apply online at fb.org/challenge by Aug. 14. We’re proud to partner with the American Farm Bureau to celebrate entrepreneurs and to be a partner in rural America’s success for 104 years and counting. For rural businesses looking to grow, outside investment – particularly from entities that understand the unique challenges and opportunities rural America faces – can be hard to find. But rural entrepreneurs have an important tool they need to succeed right in their home communities, through the Agriculture Department’s Rural Business Investment Companies. These equity funds, uniquely

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Below, you will find information available at press time for those county Farm Bureaus who have plans in place. For up-to-date information keep watch on your mail box, e-mail inbox including reading NHFB’s weekly email newsletter ‘The Post’ and visiting the NHFB website at www.nhfarmbureau.org for further announcents and updates. Please contact your county Farm Bureau President or Secretary if you have questions.

New Hampshire Farm Bureau Annual Meeting The meeting of the House of Delegates (county Farm Bureau Delegates) in which NHFB officers are elected and policy positions are discussed and adopted will take place. The meeting is being tentatively planned for the third week in November at a location in which CDC guidance for gatherings can be adhered to. No other aspects of our customary annual meeting, such as an evening banquet, will take place this year.

Grafton County GCFB will be sending informational packets to its members rather than a traditional annual meeting. Packet to include reports from GCFB President and GC AITC Coordinator. This will provide an opportunity for farmer members to submit policy as well.

Merrimack County MCFB will conduct a Meeting by Mail Packets mailed out mid-September Ballots to be returned by October 10th Info about AW Pie Auction will be included in packet

Strafford County SCFB will be sending out packets with relevant information for business and policy development to be voted on by mail. An in-person policy meeting will take place in September. Todd Van Hoose President and CEO of Farm Credit Council Photo Courtesy Farmcredit.com

structured to serve rural America, enhance the flow of capital to innovative small rural businesses, spurring economic development and creating job opportunities for rural families. Authorized by Congress in the 2008 farm bill, the Rural Business Investment Program grants licenses to newly formed venture capital organizations. To qualify, they must invest 75% of their funds in areas with a population of 50,000 or less and 50% of their funds in small enterprises. They also must raise $10 million in private equity. And that’s where Farm Credit plays a role. Farm Credit institutions across the country continue to invest millions of dollars in RBICs – funds that have supported the food and agriculture value chain, technology-enabled agribusiness and more. We’re proud of these investments, just as we’re proud to provide reliable, consistent credit and financial services, from operating loans and farm mortgages for farmers and ranchers, to financing capital improvement projects in essential rural community facilities, such as hospitals, electrical cooperatives, wastewater treatment plants and more. Midwest Growth Partners is an RBIC that focuses its investments on growth-oriented companies in the upper Midwest. MGP was founded by native Iowans and supports businesses

Sullivan County SCFB will mail a packet to each SCFB member by Sept 15 Packet to include: Minutes of 2019 meeting, treasurers report, auditors statement, ballot to be returned w/included stamped return envelope by October 1

like Maytag Dairy Farms, a familyowned company that formed its first wheels of handcrafted, artisan blue cheese in Newton, Iowa, in 1941. Maytag Blue Cheese was on menus all over the world for decades. But, in recent years, its growth had stalled. Family members had moved out of the area, making it difficult for them to provide hands-on oversight of the business. And, in 2016, a voluntary product recall forced a closure of the cheese plant for more than 10 months, affecting wholesale and retail relationships built over generations. Faced with such challenges, the family decided to sell the business on the condition that the new buyer would honor Maytag’s heritage through continued investment and maintain its presence in rural Iowa. Maytag’s history, and its importance to the town of Newton, made it a perfect fit for MGP’s Midwest-

focused investments. The businesses in which MGP invests typically rank as the largest employers in their small communities, and MGP is dedicated to boosting rural employment and sustaining the health of rural economies. In January 2019, MGP purchased Maytag Dairy Farms and immediately began investing in the operation to ensure Maytag’s future success. In order to sustain our rural communities for generations to come, we need a steady pipeline of companies like Maytag. Now, more than ever, rural companies – and the communities on which they depend – need both the resources and expertise that RBICs can provide. Todd Van Hoose is president and CEO of the Farm Credit Council.

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By Debbi Cox, NHAITC State Coordinator Will I Grow an Apple Tree in My Tummy if I Swallow Apple Seeds? By LeeAnn Childress

Agriculture in the Classroom and Remote Learning Students are returning to school in different ways this fall. Whether they are face-to face in the classroom, learning remotely or a combination of both, it is always a great opportunity to encourage integration of agriculture into the curriculum. This past spring, NHAITC compiled a variety of resources suitable for both classroom and online education. Featuring a variety of commodities such as dairy, maple, eggs and soil, core academic lessons in math, science, social studies and more can be integrated into the curriculum. For instance, measurement can be taught all through the garden by calculating grids and tracking plant, life cycles can be learned by hatching chicks and following the progress of agriculture through the decades offers a number of lessons in United States history. National Agriculture in the Classroom has put a tremendous effort into tailoring many of their lessons and resources to be used in an online learning environment. A link to those along with many other materials can be found on our website (www.agclassroom.org/nh) under the Remote Learning tab. Here are just a few examples: National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix is an online, searchable, and standards-based curriculum map for K-12 teachers. The Matrix contextualizes national education standards in science, social studies, and nutrition education with relevant instructional resources linked to Common Core Standards. Journey2050 takes middle and high school students on a virtual farm simulation that explores world food s u s t a i n a b i l i t y. Using an inquiry based approach the program encourages students to make decisions and adjust them as they see their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale. The students hear from farmers across the globe.

Who didn’t wonder if you could grow an apple tree in your stomach by swallowing the seed? I sure did, so I always ate the whole apple, skin, core, seeds and all. Fortunately for me, an apple tree never grew in my tummy. Unfortunately as I became an adult and people started looking at me funny, I stopped eating the whole apple. I say “unfortunately” because by not eating the whole apple, I learned to toss the skin, core and seed in the trash, creating food waste.

Growing A Nation is a searchable interactive timeline highlighting significant historical events that have changed the way Americans live today. Instructional design and innovative technology brings depth and meaning to our history. America’s government, geography and innovation have helped to create agricultural abundance. Tapping into Maple Tradition is a program designed by NHAITC which dives into the process of making maple syrup focusing on a variety of academic concepts. Using an educational video, a classroom poster, a selection of K-12 lessons and a student maple syrup competition, these educational areas with hands-on, STEM focused activities reinforcing the learning process.

It’s become extremely important to think about food and food waste. The majority of us have access to helpful information to learn about how we deal with our food differently. It’s a mindset and your mindset can be changed if you want it to. The main reason to use the whole apple is to reduce food waste. Thirty to forty percent of our food supply goes to waste and most of that wasted food goes straight to landfills to decompose which creates methane. Apple cores and some other food waste could be used instead of adding to the problem. According to Chef Marco Canora, winner of the 2017 James Beard Award for best chef in New York City an apple core no longer needs to go to waste; it’s an ingredient to infuse fl avor into syrups, sauces and more. He has a program that raises awareness for people to think about waste and what they can do to eliminate it by taking advantage of the nutritionally values by using the whole fruit. Think of it as using the whole apple as another ingredient instead of tossing it into the trash. Chef Canora also recommends adding an apple core to a bottle of bourbon to create an apple infused sipping bourbon. Disclaimer – some people believe that it is dangerous to eat apple seeds because they have cyanide. However, apple seeds have a miniscule amount of cyanide that you would have to consume hundreds of crushed seeds to be at risk. A few uses for apple peels and cores • Make tea by seeping apple peels in boiling water with a cinnamon stick and local honey • Infuse some water with apple core and peels • Whip up a smoothie including apple peels with other fruit • Garnish salads with apple peels For more information go to https://www.myrecipes.com/extracrispy/ whole-apple-reduce-food-waste https://chemistrycachet.com/things-todo-with-leftover-apple-cores/

As always, New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom relies on donations and volunteers to bring these programs to life. Visit our website for more information.

Governor Picks Season’s First Apple at Apple Hill Farm

Left to Right: Governor Chris Sununu and Commissioner of Ag Shawn Jasper join Diane Souther, Ernie Roberts, and Chuck Souther at Apple Hill Farm in Concord to pick the cermonial first apple of the season.

September/October 2020

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Picking Up a Legacy at Smith Orchard         


e always thought we’d buy a property and just plant a few trees for ourselves,â€? Wende Richter said of the plan she and her late husband Rob had when they moved to Laconia from Maine many moons ago. Rob had worked at, and then managed, an apple orchard in the Pine Tree State where he fell in love with farming. When the couple settled into life in the Lake’s Region, Rob joined the Kiwanis Club and met Belmont farmer Charlie Smith. That’s when the Richter’s plans branched o into a dierent direction. Charlie, the namesake of Smith Orchard in Belmont, was in his 80’s and nearly blind when the Richters purchased the farm in 1986. He had planted the original 800 trees at Smith Orchard, which are now over 90 years old and still producing. The farm came with some equipment, including a Ford 9N tractor, and Charlie’s visits, which were non-negotiable. “The first harvest after the sale, Charlie wanted to drive the Ford 9N around the orchard,â€? Wende recalled. Rob replied, “Well Charlie‌you can’t see!â€? Undaunted Charlie confidently told them, “I know this orchard well enough.â€? Wende and Rob would expand the original footprint of Smith Orchard to 30 acres in 1987 and began planting semi dwarf trees. Year after year they would plant more until they reached their current scale of about 3,000 trees. This would probably be a good time to mention that Smith Orchard is the Richter’s side job – too big to be a hobby but not their full-time job. Wende still runs the family’s laundry and drycleaning business in Laconia in addition to the orchard. Their son Chad got his farming fix by assisting with the plantings. Wende recounted a particularly memorable

Wende Richter picks an apple to test for ripeness at Smith Orchard in Belmont. Wende and her late husband Rob purchased the farm from Charlie Smith in 1986. Since then they’ve doubled the land base of the farm, nearly quadrupled the number of trees, and recieved a NH Farm of Distinction award in 2014. Wende has continued to run the farm with help from son Chad after Rob’s passing in 2018.

planting when Chad and some of his friends helped establish 600 new trees. While Chad didn’t find his primary vocation on the farm (he owns his own electrical company just a few minutes away), he still makes a point to help out whenever he can. “It’s family first,� he said. That help has been even more necessary since Rob passed away in August of 2018. While the orchard was originally Rob’s passion, Wende quickly learned the joys of farming and sharing it with family. “The whole thing is rewarding,� she said. There was never any question in her mind that she would continue the operation. “This orchard has been around for so long, you want it to keep going,� Chad added. The history of the farm is clearly

Chad Richter plucks an injured apple o a tree at Smith Orchard in Belmont. This particular apple was likely pecked at by a turkey. Ravens, deer, and even woodchucks are all pests that Chad and his mother Wende have to worry about throughout the orchard.

not lost on its current operators. The Richters have excelled at building upon the legacy of Smith Orchard. Their focus on providing a quality product with an unforgettable experience helped garner themselves a 2014 NH Farm of Distinction Award from the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food. Providing an experience has become even more integral to the agriculture industry in recent years as consumers look for more economical ways to entertain the whole family. To that end, the orchard oers a birthday party package at just one dollar per child. This gets them a small bag to pick apples, a private tractor ride, and a private spot out on the property to celebrate. “It makes it aordable, and if someone doesn’t have a back yard to host a party, this is a perfect opportunity,â€? Chad explained. It’s also not unusual to find a family of four sitting down in the orchard for a picnic lunch. Things may look a bit dierent this year with precautions being taken in response to COVID-19. While apple picking is actually a great activity for a family to enjoy outdoors and socially distanced, some of the usual fall favorites, like tightly packed tractor rides might not happen. Wende is preparing to be flexible and make the appropriate changes as necessary. She is also confident in the behavior of her customers. After all, many of them have been coming to Smith Orchards for generations. “They’ve been here longer than we have!â€? Chad joked. “They love telling us their stories,â€? Wende said. “It makes them feel like a part of the farm.â€?

Rob Richter brought his love of managing apple orchards to Smith Orchard in Belmont in 1986 with his wife Wende. (Photo credit: Wende Richter)

This year has also thrown challenges at the Richters in terms of weather and critters. As Wende and Chad wound their way through the orchard checking trees for injured apples, Chad noticed a low hanging fruit that had been the victim of bird damage. His mother leaned over to inspect saying, “Because that is low enough, it was probably turkeys.� Deer are also a problem for both the fruit and new spring tree growth. “It’s like candy for them,� Wende explained. “Rob and my philosophy has always been, we’ll just plant enough for the deer and us.� This season, ground hogs have been unusually active as well. They can cause damage to trees when they tunnel underneath the root systems. Wende snapped a photo of one such suspect who was helping itself to birdseed on her deck. “And that groundhog was the fattest groundhog I’ve ever seen!� Chad pointed out. It’s hard for Wende to point to just one part of the operation that is her favorite. Being outdoors, growing a quality product, and working with her family are just a few blessings on the list. For Chad, hopping in the tractor and spraying is a favorite job on the farm. It’s kind of like meditation. He can unplug from the world and focus in on the peacefulness of the orchard. Their least favorite part about the orchard? That wasn’t a hard question to answer at all. Almost in unison Wende and Chad agreed on picking brush in the spring. “There’s nothing fun about picking brush,� Wende admitted. “I guess you just have to have a sense of humor about it,� Chad laughed. “At least I keep telling myself that.�

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September/October 2020

Successfully Saving Scruton’s: One of the Last Dairies in Strafford County Now Preserved in Conservation By Jeremy J. Fowler, NRCS Public Affairs Specialist


here is a saying out there that you have probably heard: ‘What comes easy won’t last, and what lasts won’t come easy.’ Perhaps no one in the Southeast corner of this state knows this as well as Jason and Kerri Scruton of Farmington, New Hampshire. On June 17, 2020 Jason and Kerri officially closed on a conservation easement of nearly 135 acres of their land in Farmington, which will ensure that it will remain productive agricultural land in perpetuity and that their farming legacy will last. This beautiful tract of land lies in the Southeast shadow of Blue Job Mountain and is along one of the last remaining,

deeply agricultural corridors in the ever-more-rapidly developing seacoast area. Along with neighboring farms, the dairy operation helps form a cluster of agrarian producers that provide local populations with fresh dairy, fruits and vegetables – the kind of important operations that all too often slip away as suburban development encroaches. In this area, that developmental pressure is real: between 2012 and 2017 Strafford County saw a decline of more than 40 farms and a loss of over 24% of its farmland according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture. This closing officially enrolls the property into U.S. Department of

Kerri Scruton bottle feeds young calves (Holsteins) at the Scruton dairy farm in Farmington, New Hampshire June 12, 2018. The farm recently closed in a conservation easement held by the South East Land Trust ensuring that agricultural land will be conserved for future generations agricultural uses and stabilize the viability of the dairy. (© Photo by Jerry Monkman, photographer and provided courtesy of South East Land Trust)

Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and prevents the Scruton property from becoming part of that above statistic. Working alongside the Southeast Land Trust (SELT), Jason and Kerri Scruton, the fourth generation at the dairy, decided that enrolling into ALE was the right move for their operation, their legacy and the land that the family has maintained as a dairy since 1926. The program is designed to protect the long-term viability of the nation’s food supply by preventing conversion of productive working lands to nonagricultural uses. This is done by NRCS providing up to 50% of the cost of purchasing the development rights from the landowner with the balance of the appraised price being procured by other entities. In exchange, landowners agree to keep the farm working and cooperate in conservation practices on their land. The landowners are then able to use the funds to keep their operations financially viable, such as paying down existing mortgages, or upgrading equipment and infrastructure. Properties protected by agricultural land easements provide additional public benefits including: environmental quality, historic preservation, protection of open space and wildlife habitat. That last one is important as more than half of the Scruton property is considered top-ranked wildlife habitat by the N.H. Fish & Game.

“What a tremendous accomplishment to permanently protect one of the last remaining dairy farms in Strafford County,” said Rick Ellsmore, the recently retired State Conservationist for NRCS in New Hampshire. “Thanks to Jason and Kerri Scruton and all the conservation partners for their efforts on this monumental day, we can now ensure agriculture will be here for future generations,” added Ellsmore, who retired in March while the application was undergoing review at the NRCS national headquarters. Scruton’s Dairy remains as one of less than five commercial dairy operations within Strafford County, excluding the University of New Hampshire’s two research herds. If you have never witnessed it, you might not know – being a dairy farmer is hard work. Early morning milking gives way to late evenings making fodder. These pillars of American agriculture tend to work in acres, not hours. You simply can’t take a day off – the herd always needs to be tended to. But for many dairy farmers, their herd is an extension of their family and the herd’s wellbeing is a source of pride. The stress can be enormous, especially as the family has watched increased interest in residential development lead to many of their former colleague’s shuttering their operations in the last 20-30 years. It is said in this farming community that “any field’s final crop will be houses,” highlighting the permeance of suburban development. That is a tough reality for many agricultural producers whose family legacy is tied so closely to the land. When those fields succumb to developmental pressure and grow a final ‘crop’ of houses, there is no going SC RU T ON - CON T. PAGE 17

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NH Farm Bureau Kicks Off Policy Development Process By Rob Johnson NHFB Policy Director

Shawn Jasper Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food

Steve Crawford State Veterinarian

Ken La Valley Vice Provost, University Outreach and Engagement Director, UNH Cooperative Extension

Amy Ouellette Associate Director, UNH Cooperative Extension

Jon Wraith outgoing Dean, UNH College of LIfe Sciences and Agriculture

Anton Bekkerman Director, NH Agricultural Experiment Station

In the first in-person meeting held by NHFB since Governor Sununu’s COVID-19 outbreak related Emergency Orders were issued in March, the Policy Development Committee met on Monday, August 10th at Apple Hill Farm in Concord. The meeting was held outdoors under tents with CDC guidance for gatherings followed. Each August the Committee invites in and hears from officials and leaders from around the state on the major issues they anticipate focusing on in the coming year. The Committee also seeks feedback on the existing NHFB policy document. The information provided at this meeting is taken back to Farm Bureau members at county Farm Bureau meetings and NHFB committee meetings to be utilized in formulating Farm Bureau policy for the coming year. A sample of the information provided and highlights of the meeting: • State agencies have been directed by the Governor to cut 20% from their budgets. Commissioner Jasper is optimistic he can do this without personnel layoffs. It does mean $750,000 provided in the budget for the Department of Agriculture’s farm land protection program is being cut. Prior to being funded in the current budget, the program had not been funded in decades. • State Veterinarian Steve Crawford pointed out an analysis of the staff time in the Division of Animal Industry shows just over one-quarter of staff time is spent on agriculture and emergency response issues, nearly three-quarters of staff time in the Division is spend on companion animal issues. • Retiring COLSA Dean and NH Agriculture Experiment Station (NHAES) Director Jon Wraith reported the University will expand roughly $20 million in COVID-19 pandemic precautions for students, faculty, and staff returning to campus for the fall semester. An intensive testing program is being put in place with initial testing this summer being done with students from COLSA life sciences programs and those from the UNH Nursing program – gaining them important practical experiences as well as summer employment. Because of financial stresses related to COVID-19, University System Trustees have slowed the Spaulding Hall addition project (adding 40% capacity). The expected move-in date continues to evolve, but estimated to be the end of the 2021 spring semester at the earliest. A Phase II of the project to renovate the existing building is dependent on state capital equipment funds. Wraith split the Dean and NHAES Director positions and introduced the new NHAES Director Anton Bekkerman. Bekkerman is an agricultural economist by training from Montana State University where he served as Associate Director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station. He also served as the faculty advisor to the collegiate Montana Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Club at Montana State University. • Newly named State Conservationist Becky Ross introduced herself to the Committee. Ross grew up in Oklahoma and has been with USDA for 27 years, working in Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana, Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. • DES Commissioner Bob Scott reported the agency recently began work with the U.S. Geological Survey on a PFAS chemicals leeching study in wet soil conditions. He said DES has not found issues in groundwater where biosolids have been applied as recommended but high PFAS levels found recently on two Maine farms have raised concern. Maine has made conservative estimates on what levels are acceptable, DES is not in agreement. They want to get better science. He said that the biosolids in Maine were applied in a more aggressive fashion than we in NH allow or have seen. • A highlight of the meeting is always Dr. Crawford’s much anticipated joke of the day, this year it was: “Why are leopards terrible at hide and seek? Because they are always spotted!” He has promised to bring his ‘A’ game next year. The Policy Development Committee is made up of the NHFB Board of Directors and Committee Chairs, as well as County Farm Bureau Policy Development Committee Chairs. County Farm Bureau Legislative Committee Chairs and NHFB Government Affairs

Jeff Holmes NH State Executive Director, USDA Farm Service Agency

Jasen Stock Executive Director, NH Timberland Owners Association

Chuck Souther Chair, Current Use Board

Becky Ross State Conservationist

Bob Scott Commissioner, NH Department of Environmental Services

Want to catch up on NHFB Policy? Visit www.nhfarmbureau.org where you will find the current NHFB policy document under the ‘legislative affairs’ tab!

Committee members are also invited to attend. The policy document guides the Board of Directors and staff in Farm Bureau’s advocacy work on behalf of our members.

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Local Meat Producer List Belknap County Beans

Greens Farm - Gilford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remick Country Doctor Museum 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.

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East Hill Farm - Troy

Slow Grown Farm - Plymouth

Yankee Farmers’ Market - Warner

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

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.

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.

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

JHF Stable

Livestock - Alstead

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

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

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

Up Top Farm - Winchester Earl Beaman - 603-355-0818 kathy@kbsunspaces.com Born and raised in New Hampshire, these beef cattle are pasture raised and corn finished, making the meat much more tender than just plain grass fed beef. They are hormone and antibiotic free and are processed in a federally inspected USDA facility. They are sold as “freezer sides”, meaning that you would purchased a side of beef (of split one with a friend or relative), have it cut to your specifications (steaks, roasts, size of packaging, etc) and pick it up in Athol, Massachusetts.

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

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

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

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

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

Pines Hill Farm – Lisbon Jessica Morin - 603-986-0359 jessmorin912@gmail.com pineshillfarm.com We are a small family farm selling pasture raised USDA processed beef and pork. We also have whole chickens and turkeys available seasonally.

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

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

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

Butternut Farm/Milford Dairy - Milford


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mandico Farm Cattle Co. - Nottingham Conrad & Kathy Mandsager - 770-1948 cmandsager@gmail.com 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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whispering Pines Farm 78 School Street Effingham, NH 603-662-2678 whisperingpinesnh@gmail.com Visit us at our farm stand.

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

Hillsboro County 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

Spring Ledge Farm

Saltbox Farm

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

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

Route 33, 321 Portsmouth Ave. Stratham 436-7978

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

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

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

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

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.


Blueberries, raspberries and flowers.

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

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

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

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

Oliver Merrill


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

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

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

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

Sullivan County Bascom Road Blueberry Farm 371 Bascom Rd, Newport 603-359-7703 kristy@bascomroadblueberryfarm.com www.bascomroadblueberryfarm.com Pick-your-own blueberries and farm storew with our own produce, honey and local meats and syrups.

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

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

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

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Naughtaveel Farm Named 2020 New Hampshire Green Pastures Award Winners By John C. Porter, UNH Extension Professor, Emeritus


ustin and Julie Hussey and Naughtaveel farm were recently announced as winners of the 2020 New Hampshire Green Pastures Award Winners. The Husseys operate the Naughtaveel Farm in North Conway, New Hampshire. This was a life-long dream that started when they dated as students at the University of New Hampshire. They were both in the dairy program and wanted to ultimately marry and farm on their own. There was a farm in Justin’s family, but it was not available at the time. After graduation in 2001, Julie went to work with her brother, Mike Tanguay, in Vermont. Justin began working for Northeast Agricultural Sales in Lyndonville, Vermont, and he became a certified pesticide spray applicator. After a custom heifer raiser closed, they started raising heifers at one of Justin’s grandfather’s farms in North Conway. They began with 13 calves and 20 acres in 2003. In 2007, Al Sherman of East Conway, approached them about buying his herd, and Julie had the bright idea of buying the cows and renting the facilities and they all agreed. The Sherman’s already had established a retail glass bottle business. They hauled their milk to Maine and assisted with the bottling and brought back the bottled milk. Justin and Julie continued with this for six years and then Justin’s grandfather’s farm became available to buy on the other end of town in 2013. It had been vacant for many years and used for storage, so they had to clean things up, add free-stalls, and

recondition the milking parlor. Now they operate a commercial dairy farm milking 185 cows with 175 head of heifers. The milked is shipped to Agri-Mark. Their herd average is 24,000 of milk with 1000 pounds of fat and 715 pounds of protein. Justin and Julie work as a team and hire three employees. They raise 250 acres of corn and 250 acres of hay crop. The farm is in the Saco River Valley in the beautiful Mount Washington region. Animal care and comfort is Julie’s area of interest as well as Justin’s, who

also focuses on raising quality crops with an emphasis on environmental preservation and following Best Management Practices. In addition to the dairy operation, the Hussey’s also have 19 Percheron show horses and actively show them at fairs around the country. They compete in shows from Maine to Colorado. In 2016 they were 6-horse hitch national champions at the Indiana State Fair, and their children, Allie and Sawyer, drive as well and enjoy the friendships they develop around the country. They keep

The 2020 New Hampshire Dairy Farm of the Year winner for the New England Green Pastures program is the Hussey family of Naughtaveel Farm in North Conway. Left to right, Julie,Sawyer, Allie, and Justin Hussey of Naughtaveel Farm in North Conway, NH. (Photo Credit: John C. Porter)

September/October 2020 a few mares and raise a couple of colts each year. Being the only dairy farm in the area, the Hussey Farm does a lot of agricultural education, and they and their children enjoy teaching other kids about what happens on their family’s farm and are respected as a valuable resource to the community. The selection was made by the three former NH winners: Adam Crete of Boscawen, Gary and Jean LeCLair of Claremont, and Walker Fitch of Milford, and facilitated by John Porter, UNH Extension Professor/ Specialist, Emeritus and Pete Erickson, UNH Animal Science Professor and Cooperative Extension Dairy Specialist. The on-site visits were done according to UNH COVID-19 protocol. With concerns about COVID-19 and the Eastern States Exposition not running this year, the traditional New England Green Pastures awards ceremony will be a virtual program done on Zoom. It is going to be held Friday, September 18 at 7:00 PM. The 2020 New Hampshire winner is Justin and Julie Hussey of Naughtaveel Farm in North Conway. We would like to encourage you to tune in and support them. Each New England winner will be narrating a picture presentation of their farm and the program will be directed by Gary Anderson of the University of Maine. The free Zoom conference can be accessed on your computer, and you can register in advance at: https://www.thebige. com/20greenpastures Since there won’t be the awards ceremony, we are trying to do a lot of special things for this year’s winners, and next year they will be invited back to the Big-E to join the 2021 winners at their banquet.



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Tractors and Trucks Take to the Town By Josh Marshall, NHFB Communications Director As the 4th of July neared, one Penacook farmer had a demoralizing realization: parades and events across the state had been cancelled, yet the community was in great need of some uplifting spirit. So, with true yankee ingenuity, he made a few phone calls and organized what came to be known as the ‘nonparade.’ Rob Morrill of Morrill Dairy Farm let his friends and colleagues know that if they happened to meet at his farm at

a certain time on the morning of July 4th, they could join him on a Saturday drive through town. The response was overwelming and appreciated by participants and observers alike. “There was minimal organization,” Rob said. “But it came together, everybody enjoyed it, and it was a huge success.” It’s the little things that make a big difference and this ‘non-parade’ was one little way to tie the community together through agriculture.

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September/October 2020

#The Power of Engagement: A Burger King Case Study By Zippy Duvall, President American Farm Bureau Federation


ho doesn’t love a quick fix? Commercials and pop-up ads constantly promise easy solutions with little to no work, and often to problems we didn’t even know we had. But too often those promises fall short. Farmers and ranchers know firsthand that real change takes hard work, perseverance and collaboration. Those are the key ingredients that have driven our sustainability story, a story that is marked by success and continued growth. When Burger King launched its Cows Menu campaign a couple weeks ago, the fast-food chain fell into the quick-fix trap. They offered up a magic ingredient, lemongrass, while overlooking the full recipe for agricultural sustainability and failing to bring key partners in agriculture to the table. No one is perfect, and sometimes the best intentions can trip us up when we bite off more than we can chew on our own. Eager to share what they hope to be another sustainability solution, Burger King overlooked key facts on beef’s environmental impact and tried to skip ahead with incomplete research. Instead of crediting U.S. beef producers for their minimal carbon footprint (only 3% of GHGs!), Burger King led off their campaign by citing global GHGs for all livestock and went for a quick laugh with a song about cow farts. Unintentionally, they set up animal agriculture as a villain in the climate change narrative. Leading environmental scientist Dr. Frank Mitloehner of UC Davis and

others immediately called the company out on the facts and their premature “solution.” Even with the best intentions, presenting an incomplete research study as a silver bullet for sustainability can be reckless. But we must also own that it’s just as reckless to respond in haste and outrage rather than pursue a thoughtful discussion. Quick punches may feel good at the time, but real change comes when we sit down and have honest conversations. Just a week after Burger King released its new Cows Menu ads, they have dialed back, pulling an offensive farmer stereotype from their ad and promising to take a more serious approach with their sustainability campaign. We would ask that they fully put the cow video out to pasture, as it’s still on their Twitter and YouTube accounts as of this writing. Still, a company adjusting course on a major ad campaign doesn’t happen by magic: this is an important step that should be applauded. Farmers and scientists voiced their concerns and shared the farm facts because we all agree sustainability is important, and Burger King is listening. It’s a great example of the importance of engaging with food companies, restaurants and retailers who are closest to consumers and selling the food we’re producing. Let’s talk about climate-smart solutions that acknowledge the role animal agriculture plays in recycling carbon. The agriculture industry is unique in our role and ability to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. When it

Michelle Miller, known as “The Farm Babe,” runs a blog that helps dispell myths and rumors in agriculture with science-based, first-hand accounts. Above, Miller hosts execeutives from Burger King to explain the environmental benefits of no till and cover crops in her soybean field. The visit also exposed the execs to feeding cattle, corn production, and other practices farms like hers use to protect the environment and provide healthy feed for beef cattle. (Photo Credit: Iowa Farm Bureau)

comes to carbon, my cows are taking the same as they give. Is it possible to further reduce GHGs from cattle? Yes. Researchers believe that reducing emissions from cattle through solutions like methane digesters can have a real impact on reducing net carbon in the atmosphere and bringing down global temperatures. Will adding lemongrass to my cows’ diet help? Well, I’ll wait for the researchers to finish their work and weigh in there. But you can look back on the last 30 years to see how quick farmers have been to adopt proven tools and practices that protect our natural resources. I’m proud to be a part of an industry that is always looking for ways to do better.


Consumers deserve to hear the facts about agriculture’s environmental impact from farmers and companies they trust. The fact is U.S. beef producers are leading the world not only in the quality of meat we produce but also in sustainability. The U.S. currently produces 18% of the world’s beef with just 8% of the cattle. This is a big reason we get so riled up when we’re misrepresented. When it comes to climate-smart practices, agriculture is a trailblazer, and we are eager to build on our success and work with companies to build a more sustainable future. My cows’ diet may not have changed this week, but there’s a great discussion about what’s on the menu for livestock and people.

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SCRUTON (From page 5) back. Generations of a family’s work become a mere footnote in local history, no longer visible. Jason and Kerri were determined to not let that happen. Somehow, through arduous effort and sheer tenacity, this dairy farm has remained. Jason Scruton will be the first to tell you that getting here was not easy: “In 1926 my great grandfather purchased the land where Scruton’s Dairy is now. The original family farm had burned down and he felt this was the perfect place to move. He and my grandfather, Frank, started milking cows in a post and beam barn his grandfather had helped raise decades before,” recalled Jason Scruton. “Conservation projects such as ours help to preserve the land for future generations, cementing our ability to provide local food and open spaces for our communities. I have lived on our farm my entire life and feel a strong connection to the land. Each generation starting with my great grandfather and now my son, has planted and harvested on our ground. I feel this connection back through the generations, and now with this conservation easement I feel that connection through our future generations. It makes me feel good to know that our farm will remain long after I am gone.” A hearty New England agricultural family, the Scrutons have weathered many hard times to get to this point. Starting the operation just prior to the Great Depression, they’ve also weathered a World War, the dairy crisis of the 1980s and even family tragedy striking the farm. That tragedy hit especially hard, and out of nowhere. Arthur ‘Artie’ Scruton, the third-generation dairyman, local agricultural legend, and overseer of the operation succumbed to injuries sustained while working a farm property in 2008. Admired among the seacoast farming community, the sudden loss of Artie was exceedingly difficult for the family and caused a ripple effect surrounding the ownership of the parcels that comprised the farm. Jason and Kerri were left to pick up the pieces and purchase these parcels to maintain the viability of the dairy. It seems with every roadblock Scruton’s Dairy, and in this generation Jason and Kerri, found the strength to hold the line. Each time they were able to persevere in the face of adversity and maintain their herd, currently numbering at more than 200 milking Holsteins. But in perpetuity, as all easements in New Hampshire are enrolled under ALE, is a long, long time – forever in fact. In that same vein, the actual process of enrolling into the program and getting to the closing can take up to two years. After an initial application is submitted to the agency through the land trust working with the landowner, funding for the project can be set aside. The land trust, in this case SELT, can then begin the survey, appraisal and deed work required to submit for final review by the agency headquarters. That final review can typically take between three and four months from submission to approval and subsequent closing. For Jason and Kerri that final review and approval process was even further protracted: “It certainly took longer than anyone was anticipating, but we had a lot of cooperation including at the congressional level, Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office, the Chief of NRCS, our partners at SELT, and the landowners were super patient and the farm is now,

Farm Bureau - The Voice of N.H. Agriculture we think, going to be in good shape for a long time and will be protected for a long time,” said Matt Brown, the interim State Conservationist for NRCS in New Hampshire. And that level of cooperation is just what it takes sometimes. “We need to work together in New Hampshire to both protect our vital dairy farms and preserve land for future generations to enjoy,” said Senator Shaheen in a response to SELT regarding the closing. “I was glad to support South East Land Trust’s hard work to conserve Scruton’s Dairy Farm. I’ll continue to bolster programs that help organizations dedicated to safeguarding our environment and protecting our land and waterways,” she added. Despite the delay, the family remained committed that the easement was the best thing for protecting the land as well as their heritage and that conservation was their goal. Scruton’s Dairy has a long history of teaming up with the NRCS to ensure conservation on their farm, which impacts the environmental quality beyond their property lines: “They have worked with conservationists in our agency in the past on such things as agricultural waste storage facility planning, nutrient management plans, aerial seeding, crop rotation and reduced tillage practices – really a lot of the programs we offer” said Keri Neal the former District Conservationist for NRCS field office in Epping that services the family’s operation. Neal, who has worked with the family for years addressing conservation goals, explains that those interactions led Jason and Kerri to have a deepened understanding of the benefits conservation practices have on their operation and the land around them. Their commitment to these practices were certainly helping more than just milk customers, explained Neal, by using these practices to keep their nutrients and soils on the farm instead of making it to nearby reservoirs, they really have been helping the entire community. Neal cites the proximity of the large agricultural operation to several municipal reservoirs and water bodies that help supply drinking water for the nearby City of Rochester’s more than 30,000 residents as one of the primary beneficiaries. This final step of enrolling the land into ALE is a culmination of all those years of conservation effort. “It helps secure the investments we’ve made there in the past,” said Brown. “We’ve worked with them for years and have a lot of conservation [practices] going on, but it requires continued operation and maintenance, and this helps those investments continue to pay off.” Of course, there were many steps to take along the way and much planning and family discussion had to take place as well. The family had to come to a thorough understanding of the meaning of an ALE enrollment and the gravity of committing this land in perpetuity. Weighing the permanency of the enrollment against other possible uses, ultimately the family concluded that it was in the best interest of the herd, the neighborhood, the local community, and most importantly, the land to be enrolled. Located just outside of the Rochester city limits, Meaderboro Road in Farmington is one of the most scenic agricultural byways in all the seacoast area of New Hampshire. It is also one of the last remaining not heavily

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Jason Scruton (right) with a farm worker in the barn at his dairy farm in Farmington, New Hampshire June 12, 2018 conducts one of the daily milkings of his herd numbering 200 Holsteins. The farm recently closed in a conservation easement held by the South East Land Trust ensuring that agricultural land will be conserved for future generations agricultural uses and stabilize the viability of the dairy. (© Photo by Jerry Monkman, photographer and provided courtesy of South East Land Trust)

consumed by residential development, but the threat is there. “It doesn’t take long for a neighborhood to be completely changed by rapid development, and it’s a oneway street,” explains Jeremy Lougee, Conservation Project Manager for SELT who shepherded Jason and Kerri Scruton through the process. “Once farmland is converted to suburban and residential uses, there is virtually no going back – it’s lost forever … We’re thrilled that Jason and Kerri were able to persevere, and we’re honored at SELT to be part of this conservation legacy” he added. Through the efforts and fund raising of SELT, and in coordination with funding from the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), New Hampshire Moose Plate Program, the Great Bay Resource Protection Partnership, the 1772 Foundation, more than 120 private donors, and a generous donation from Jason and Kerri Scruton they were able to fundraise the other 50% non-federal match and will be the holders of the easement. Together SELT will work with Jason and Kerri to ensure conservation momentum is maintained.

A sign greets passersby and visitors at the Scruton dairy farm in Farmington, New Hampshire June 12, 2018. The farm officially closed on a conservation easement of the property in June 2020 cementing its use as productive agricultural land in perpetuity. (© Photo by Jerry Monkman, photographer and provided courtesy of South East Land Trust)

So, it may have been a bumpy road to get there, but this family is no stranger to setbacks. They are also not strangers to rising above them. Now with the process concluded, Jason and Kerri can now rest assured that their farming legacy and land is secure – now and for the future. ‘What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy;’ just ask Jason and Kerri Scruton.


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

Gardening Questions Gardeners: Please contact us at answers@unh.edu or 1-877-EXTGROW (398-4769) with any questions you have. Photos are welcome and may help us identify any weed, disease or insect problems you encounter.

Extension Events

For a full list of events and to register, please visit our website.

Lunch and Learn Crop Storage: Hold on to What You’ve Got Wednesday, September 9 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch and Learns in Coös County provide a way for people to get together as we continue to practice social distancing. The talk will last one hour and will include time to discuss or ask questions. To register in advance, please visit the event on Extension’s website. Instructions for how to join will be e-mailed to all registered attendees. For questions or special accommodations, please e-mail Nicholas.Rowley@unh. edu or Heather.Bryant@unh.edu.

New England Women in Livestock Business Sept. 6 - 15 from 10:00 - 8:30 PM Join us for a two-day focus session where women livestock producers from around New England will tune in virtually to learn how to strengthen communication and improve negotiation skills to become an even more effective employer and business manager. During this program, women producers will have the unique opportunity to work closely in small groups with like-minded farmers from around the region. Participants will also have the chance to partake in a facilitated discussion to help shape the curriculum for the upcoming New England Women in Livestock Business virtual conference which will address risks associated with managing a farm business such as, financial planning, market viability, and farm safety. There are three opportunities to participate in these focus sessions with limited space in each session, so preregistration is required! Pick from one of the following dates below when you register: Track One, Morning Session—October 6 & 13, 10 a.m-12 p.m.

Track Two, Afternoon Session— October 7 & 14, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Track Three, Evening Session— October 8th & 15, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. For questions or for special accommodations contact Elaina Enzien at elaina.enzien@unh.edu or 603-6795616. This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2018-70027-28588. This program is in partnership with UNH Cooperative Extension, UVM Extension, UMaine Cooperative Extension, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, and The Tri-State SARE Project. Thank you to our UNH Cooperative Extension Women Farm Educator Intern, Catherine Doheny, for all her hard work in helping us plan this program! Cost: Free

Open Forum for NH Farmers Mondays Sept. 14, Oct. 12 & Nov. 9 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM UNH Extension has been hosting an online forum for NH Farmers to share and discuss how they are adapting in these uncertain times. This is an open platform for growers and producers to share concerns, strategies for success and other information about how the current public health disaster is affecting their operation. Register in advance for this meeting on Extension’s website. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the meeting. Individual organizations will be invited to give a “flash presentation” to the group that is no longer than 20 minutes plus time for Q&A about their work. The second half of the forum will include our traditional open forum platform for updates from providers and space for growers to air concerns or questions. If your organization would like to be featured, contact Olivia.Saunders@unh.edu.

Commercial Pesticide Applicators: Supervisory Trainings September 15 - 23 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM UNH Cooperative Extension will host a series of all-day 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. The September 2020 Supervisory Registration Certificate Training Classes are currently being evaluated. Courses will be offered in some combination of virtual training and in-person training. While we hope to include an in-person component, please understand that this may not be possible. The planning team is working on designing courses for 2020 that will offer a safe and quality experience for all. Workshops include a chance to take the Core training, which reviews the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual & NH Code of Administrative Rules and a training day in each of the following categories:

Turf (G2), Shade & Ornamental (G1), Right-Of-Way (B) and Mosquito & Black Fly (F2). To be eligible to apply for a Supervisory Registration Certificate - General Use, a person shall: • Complete 8 hours of category specific training if they seek a certificate in any of the following categories: G1, G2, B, F2, F8, or C1, • Complete 8 hours of general instruction (Core Training), • Submit a resume form to the Division of Pesticide Control including with it the certificates of attendance to the above aforementioned training sessions as verification of completion, • Take a written exam, AND • If the exam is passed, the applicant will take part in a scheduled oral examination given by a panel from the Division of Pesticide Control. Dates Core*: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 *OR* Tuesday, September 22, 2020 Turf (G2): Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Shade & Ornamental (G1): Thursday, September 17, 2020 Right of Way (B): Friday, September 18, 2020 Mosquito & Black Fly (F2): Wednesday, September 23, 2020 *Please note, there are two Core class dates. You only need to enroll in a single one. Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: After September 1, price is $140 per class per day If classes are held in-person, in an effort to protect attendees’ safety, we will be monitoring attendees’ temperatures and requiring you to wear cloth face masks. Additionally, we are asking people to self-assess their health: Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19? Have you had a fever or felt feverish in the last 72 hours? Are you experiencing any respiratory symptoms including a runny nose, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath? Are you experiencing any new muscle aches or chills? Have you experienced any new change in your sense of taste or smell? If ANY of these conditions apply to you on the day of the program, we ask you to stay home, as we cannot allow you to participate. Study materials are required. If you do not presently have them, please order online at least 10 days before your class.

Industrial, Institutional, Structural, and Health Related Pest Control Training Category F1 Thursday, September 24 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM This September 2020 Industrial, Institutional, Structural, and Health Related Pest Control Training is currently being evaluated. The course will be offered in some combination of virtual training and in-person training. While we hope to include an in-person component, please understand that this may not be possible. The planning team is working on designing the course for 2020 that will offer a safe and quality experience for all.

This all-day Industrial, Institutional, Structural, and Health Related Pest Control Training, category F1, will focus on individuals and businesses in the field of Urban IPM. This course is being offered to address the continuing educational needs of the Urban IPM community and will be conducted by Urban IPM professionals. A structural pest control applicator must be able to identify, and know the basic life history, habitat and damage of structural pests. From this information, the applicator must be able to determine a method of control, and if that method of control involves the use of pesticides, the applicator must ensure that pesticides are used safely and effectively. This training will cover the minimum amount of information that all structural pest control applicators must know in order to be a proficient pesticide applicator in category F1. We will have guest speakers share information and expertise in the areas of Principles of IPM, Current Topics in Pest Management, Pesticide safety- what’s in that active ingredient, Insect ID Lab: Key pests found in NH residences, Bedbugs and their Resurgence, Rodent Management in Residential Areas and Pesticide Use and Record Keeping requirements. Hands-on training is to be provided in an Insect Identification Lab, equipped with microscopes and hand lens, to help professionals identify key pests found in NH residences based on anatomical features. Cost: Early Registration Price $120. After September 1, price is $140.

ServSafe® EXAM ONLY September 24 Two Sessions: 10:00 AM or 2:00 PM Hillsborough County UNH Ext. 329 Mast Rd., Goffstown Participants must agree to adhere to COVID-19 protocols, which include bringing and properly wearing a face mask, maintaining social distancing, having temperature checked and truthfully answering COVID-19 health screening questions. ServSafe® is a nationally recognized food safety certification program of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). Participants passing the exam with a grade of 75% or higher will receive ServSafe® Food Safety Certification from NRAEF. Certification is valid for five years.

NH Beekeeper Fall Meeting October 17: Save the date for this meeting and for more information, contact George Hamilton at george. hamilton@unh.edu

Webinars Extension has several helpful webinars that can be accessed for free online. Please visit https://extension.unh.edu/ tags/agricultural-resources-covid-19. Here are a few examples: COVID-19 Federal and State Funding for Farmers This webinar is a joint event with the N.H. Department of Agriculture,

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Eye On Extension - Cont. Markets and Food, the Farm Service Agency, Rural Development Agency and the Small Business Administration. Learn about financial resources available to agricultural operations from the following sources: Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery - The NH Agriculture COVID-19 Relief Program Farm Service Agency – Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and other loan programs Rural Development – Business & Industry CARES Act Program Small Business Administration – Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) Best Management Practices for Farmers Markets: Thinking through Operations during a Pandemic and Beyond This webinar is a collaborative effort between the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food and UNH Cooperative Extension. This webinar covers tips on market layout and flow, on site sales and pick-up, food safety, communication among vendors and with customers in the days of COVID-19 and its aftermath. See how some farmers market managers and vendors are adapting and changing their sales practices to enable them to offer customers a diverse selection of agricultural products in a safe environment. The good news is the consumer demand for local food seems particularly high as a result of COVID-19. Reaching Your Customers in Times of Social Distancing This webinar focuses on how some New Hampshire and Vermont farms who sell through direct market channels including farm stands, CSA’s, and farmers markets are adapting in a changing business environment due to COVID-19. We will hear from four panelists on how they are adapting their businesses to social distancing. Panelists: John Moulton, Moulton Farm in Meredith, NH; Becky Nelson, Beaver Pond Farm in Newport, NH; Vital Communities in White River Junction, VT; Andre Cantelmo, Heron Pond Farm in South Hampton, NH and Veggie - Go food delivery service offered by the Three River Farmers Alliance in NH Seacoast area. Adding SNAP/EBT Sales to your Farm The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and can be an added revenue source for direct market farmers. As funding for SNAP is increasing, we hope NH Farmers will consider becoming an approved vendor to provide healthy, local food to SNAP customers. This webinar covers: What is FNS and how to start an application, Steps to become a SNAP/EBT authorized retailer, How to use your EBT or debit/ credit terminal for SNAP sales, Options for low-tech sales when technology or internet is limited, How to double the SNAP benefit with Granite State Market Match Speaking on the webinar is Seacoast Eat Local’s Shelly Smith and Morgan Morani, program coordinators who have extensive experience administering SNAP incentive programs. Brendan Cornwell, Nutrition Incentive Network Coordinator from the New Hampshire Food Bank speaks about the Granite State Market Match Program. Seacoast Eat Local is a Regional Lead in the New Hampshire Nutrition Incentive Network, helping to expand the reach of SNAP incentives (Granite State Market Match) at farmers markets and farm stands in the Seacoast region. This webinar is in partnership with the NH Food Alliance, UNH Cooperative Extension, Seacoast Eat Local, the NH Food Bank, NH Department of Ag Markets and Food and NH Farm Bureau.

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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: Superb condition 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with all the Factory

FOR SALE: Generators. Olympian model options/attachments similar to the Summit. G55LTA2, 55KW. Runs off LP gas. Production date 1/21/10. $12,000 or BRO. Olympian model G25LTA2, 22KW. Runs off LP gas. Production date 4/10/12. $9,000 or BRO. Located in Danbury NH. Call 603-851-2624

Always been hand washed-no commercial washes, Dealer maintained per Jeep manual, many new parts, I have all service records, no scratches, no rust, no dents, no accidents. Complete with 5 sets of Factory Remote Start FOR SALE: Round steel hay feeder for $ transmitter keys ($1300 value). Still covered 100.00. Two Pallet Jacks $125.00 each. Call 603- under Jeep diesel engine & emissions warranty. $18,500 firm. Phone 603-465-2672 635-3355.

FOR SALE: Troy Bilt Lawn/Garden Tractor, FOR SALE: Used ZipGrow Towers for Sale. finish mower. 42” deck. Garaged indoors,

7′ length. Great condition. Some have minor excellent condition like new. Only 10 hours scratches on outside. The grow medium and usage. $800 603-465-2672 cotton wicking strips have roots from previous harvests that will need to be cleaned. Price: $2000 FOR LEASE/RENT for 50 towers or $45 per tower (shipping extra) or pick up in Nashua, NH. Contact: Chris@OaFOR LEASE: Barn for rent, currently has sisSpringsFarm.com or (603) 521-2003. 6 stalls suitable for horses, can be tailored for FOR SALE: Closing retail greenhouse busi- car/antique storage. Large loft area, electric, ness: Tables for sale, many different sizes. Small water, outdoor arena and ample room to build seeding machine. Potting supplies. Decorative a walkout. Located on 30+ private acres, next pots (not ceramic). North Hampton, NH. Call to 300 acres of conservation land with well 603-964-1330 and leave message. established riding trails. $1200/month. Email admin@nebcast.com Goffstown FOR SALE: Alpacas: Breeders, proven and unproven, male (2, both ribbon winners, left) WANTED and female; pets; herdguards. Range of colors from white to black. Prices range from $200- WANTED: Ground driven manure spreader, 6000. Social distancing observed/required. 603- new or used; please email classicbayfarm@ 746-3385, Hopkinton gmail.com. FOR SALE: Jotul 118CB Black Bear wood stove. Stove has been used for 3 years and is WANTED: Gently used cattle chute and a in excellent condition. It takes up to 24” wood set of 6-8 head locks that can be set in cement. and has the new style baffle. It has a heating SERVICES capacity of 2000 square ft, output of 60,000 btu, weighs 340 lbs., has a cookplate and owner’s Veterinary Services: Now accepting new manual. Asking $1,175.00. Located in Nelson, farm and equine clients in New Hampshire & NH. Call Steve at 603-847-3020. Vermont within a 40 mile radius of Canaan, FOR SALE: Old JD side delivery hay rake, New Hampshire. Also specializing in Equine rusty but operational, needs some tines $250.: Dentistry with over 25 years of experience. old double disk harrow, pull type $ 125.: 12 Able to travel further for larger barns. Cardigan used green steel building panels 3x14: 8 month Veterinary Clinic. 603-632-7500. old Jersey bull, friendly, parents on site $500. Email chesleymtnfarm@yahoo.com AGRICULTURAL FENCING FOR SALE: Hay Baler John Deere 327, with INSTALLATION: Some of the fencing we Kicker and sprayer applicator.. Excellent con- install is high tensile electric, woven wire stock dition. used very little - $8,500.00 has all the fence and open to other requests. Other services books twine still in the baler. Two Pallet Jacks - available include field perimeter and fence line $125.00 each. 150 gallon water stock tank heavy mowing with mini excavator with flail mower duty - $150.00. Please call 603-635-3355 anytime head. Please call Nate @ 603-648-6211 or email mockangus@tds.net after 7am.

FOR SALE: Used Honda FRC 800 rototiller. CONTRACT PRUNING: We are a contract

Paint has faded but mechanically is 100% and pruning service for the management of orchard works like a dream - $1400. Pictures available. crops and landscape specimens. We’re equipped to prune standard, dwarf, and TSS varieties to Call 603-475-3723 maximize productivity and increase disease FOR SALE: Turner Portable Band Sawmill, resistance. For landscapes, aesthetics are also full hydraulic cuts 16ft, 6 - 28 in wide. $8500. taken into consideration. Call 919-478-3788 to OBO call for more information 603-859-7981 request a quote. leave a message. located in New Durham


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Farms, Woodlots, Recreational Land. Broker Tom Howard is an Accredited Land Consultant with expertise in Conservation Easements, Agriculture and Forestry. NH Conservation Real Estate, (603)253-4999.

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LOY (From page 5) invests in institutional research and scholarship efforts,” said Emanuel, now an affiliate associate professor for large center development and broader impacts with UNH Research, Economic Engagement and Outreach. “On a personal note, Brent was one of the most genuine, passionate, humble, and funny researchers that I have met. I so looked forward to meetings with him and updates about his research, collaborations, awardwinning varieties, and need for lots of experimental field space--and the occasional experiment that he had harvested that day. Brent also shared his love and pride for family, always asking about my family while talking about his beloved wife, children, and grandchildren,” she said. “We are all fortunate for Brent’s 50plus years at UNH and the outcomes of his dedicated efforts: research that epitomized the mission of a land-grant institution, novel plant varieties that had both a local and global impact, and inspiring institutional recognition of innovative research. Brent will be sorely missed but enduringly celebrated through his legacy,” she said. Rob Johnston, founder and chairman of Johnny’s Selected Seeds of Maine, worked with Loy for 41 years. His earliest letter from Loy is dated January 26, 1979. “He was my most important colleague outside of my own company, Johnny’s Selected Seeds. Brent influenced me through his knowhow in plant genetics and his accomplishments in breeding. But just as important an influence on me was his positive disposition. Brent was usually smiling, even when he complained. Brent leaves a rich legacy. I will miss him,” Johnston said. UNH Professor Emeritus Otho Wells met Loy in July 1967 and said he had a mission and passion for breeding improved vegetable crops, especially cucurbits. Loy also wanted to develop new cultural methods for vegetable production, which was Wells’ specialty. They teamed up to do research with plastic and paper mulches and row covers. “For 53 years, Brent was an inspiring team player, forever passionate about his work, and very generous with his time for colleagues and students,” Wells said. “Even though Brent achieved global recognition for his breeding accomplishments, he was never one to toot his own horn. As we sorrowfully say goodbye to an exemplary colleague and personal friend, may his legacy live on.” Former graduate student Janel Ohletz said Loy’s passion went beyond just breeding squash and melons. “He was kind, patient, and generous with his time. He also seemed to possess unending amounts of energy for field research and would put in long days in the field right alongside students and research techs, and often was the one least tired at the end of the day. He was more than an advisor to me. Brent was a great mentor and his guidance and support were truly a gift. But most importantly, Brent was my friend, and I will miss our long conversations that meandered through a broad range of topics from farming to food, and from plant to politics. He blessed those who knew him with his humble personality, and those who did not with his vast contributions to plant genetics. His legacy will live on through his hundreds of melon and

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Loy’s work represents the longest squash and pumpkin breeding program in North America, and his seed varieties are sold in seed catalogs throughout New England and the world. (Photo Credit: UNH)

squash varieties that grace dining tables worldwide,” Ohletz said. Loy was awarded numerous grants, licenses, and royalties in recognition of his cutting edge, extensive research in plant breeding development and plasticulture – the use of plastics in agricultural systems. This innovative research has contributed to the development of new varieties of crops suited for New England and has enhanced farm capacity and viability via enhanced growing season extension. UNH has executed more than 50 exclusive licenses for inbreds and hybrids developed by Loy. Throughout his career at UNH, more than 200 hybrids and inbreds have been licensed or utilized in trial and germplasm agreements. Royalties generated by this portfolio continue to increase each year, including an expected 10 percent increase from last year. Royalties have generated more than $2 million for the university since commercialization began of these varieties. He has received numerous honors including the 2015 Vegetable Breeding Working Group Award of Excellence and the 2007 Outstanding Vegetable Publication Award by the American Society of Horticultural Science. In 2011, Loy was named the inaugural UNH Innovator of the Year for his research program and its impact on the university’s commercialization efforts. The award, thereafter, was named the J. Brent Loy Innovator of the Year Award. In 2010 and 2011, he was named a finalist for the Christopher Columbus Foundation Fellowship Foundation Agriscientist of the Year Award and received the Pioneer Award of the American Society of Plasticulture in 2000. Most recently, Loy recently received the Eastern States Exposition’s 2020 New England Fellowship of Agricultural Adventurers Award. Due to Loy’s declining health, a special presentation was made to him June 8 at his home in Epping, by former NH Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Taylor who serves as the Agricultural Adventurers committee chair and a Big E trustee, and Eugene Cassidy, Big E president and CEO. Loy is survived by his wife Sarah and their three children Jamie, Laura, and Reed Loy and his wife Linden Rayton, grandchildren Laurel and Julian, step-mother Chieko Loy and her husband Larry Schultz, brother John Loy and his wife Liliana Gonzalez, sister Lorna Loy, brother Bert Loy, many beloved cousins, siblings-in-law, nieces and nephews, and grand dog Grover.

More Options for Agricultural Mediation in New Hampshire NH Agricultural Mediation Program


hen you hear the words “Congress” “help” and “agriculture” in the same sentence, what comes to mind? Less onerous regulations? Subsidies or loan programs? Grants for new technology or farm improvement projects? It’s probably not “free mediation services,” but the 2018 Farm Bill included a big change that could be just as important for helping to keep New Hampshire’s farms in business. Congress has breathed new life into a thirty-yearold program that helps farmers resolve disputes outside of a courtroom. Forty-one states now have certified programs and a roster of trained mediators, but until this year, the types of “covered cases” remained quite static, even as shifts in agriculture produced new challenges.

What’s new? • Leases: With the high cost of land in New Hampshire, many farmers now grow crops on land they don’t own. Farmers may lease rather than purchase large pieces of equipment. With the update to the Farm Bill, mediators can now work with the farmers, landowners, and equipment dealers at no cost to the participants. • Family transitions: The average age of farmers in 2014 was 58 years old. Transitioning to the next generation can pose challenges. Trained mediators can help family members address unspoken conflicts to plan for the future. • Farmer-neighbor disagreements: Roosters too noisy or pig farm too smelly for your neighbors? Conflicts with neighbors can create long-term stress. Neutral mediators can help break the impasse and focus discussions on solutions that can work for everyone. • Credit counseling: Mediators can work directly with farmers to review their overall credit situation. • Organic certification: Are you

FEEDING (From front page) “When I first read the NH feeding NH offer, I instantly replied yes! I have listened to our area small farmers desperately needing the financial support to keep doing what they love to do, grow fresh and wholesome vegetables for their surrounding community,” George Rau, Director of the Community Food Center in Tamworth said. “Helping them financially and giving our clients great fresh vegetables was a Win Win for our entire Community!” “Farmers are in the business of feeding people and that means those who can’t afford food too,” said Kathy

having an issue with either setting up or maintaining being certified as organic under the USDA organic certification program? Our mediators can help at no cost to the producer. • State flexibility: Farming in New Hampshire has unique opportunities and challenges. Does another issue come to mind that could benefit from the help of trained mediators? The 2018 Farm Bill authorizes the Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture to designate additional issues that can be covered under our state-certified program. This flexible approach can help us tailor our mediation program to meet the needs of our farmers. o Conservation Easements: Thanks to Commissioner Jasper NHAMP is now able to cover issues with NRCS and other agricultural conservation easements – both in terms of addressing problems when setting one up or a dispute that arises once in place. Mediators with the New Hampshire Mediation Progam (NHAMP) also provide free services for disputes involving: • • • • • •

Farm credit Farm loans Crop insurance Pesticides Wetland determinations Adverse USDA decisions

Where can I get more information? Requesting mediation is easy and consultations are also free. For more information about mediation and NHAMP visit: www.nhamp.org or contact: Matt Strassberg, (603) 685-4780 ext 101, matts@emcenter.org Cara Cargill, (603) 685-4780 ext 105, carac@emcenter.org

Sherman of Sherman Farm in Conway. Sherman Farm has partnered with area food pantries in the past to allow for gleaning, but visitors were restricted in the farm fields this year. “However, the NH Feeding NH grant will allow us to purchase the produce this year,” said Joe Dame of the Madison Food Pantry. The NH Food Bank and all involved hope that this pilot program will demonstrate the need for further funding to continue this program beyond 2020. To learn more about the NH Feeding NH program and how you can get involved, as a farmer or an agency, visit www.nhfoodbank.org/programs/ nh-feeding-nh.

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Associated Women Of NHFB Member Spotlight:

Jozi Best


ow very dierent it is. It’s not typical but extra quiet this year down on our little farm in Unity, Sullivan County. Underneath the sense of feeling “at loose ends,â€? nevertheless, a good chunk of time is still doing what I love to do - taking care of animals. I wasn’t born on a farm like my maternal grandfather, on our ancestral place in Sunapee, but visiting there to play with cousins, and going to fairs, zoos, petting farms, and even an occasional local horse show were always regular summer activities. For me to somehow be near animals was what made me happy and still does. One of my favorite places is now being at those venues explaining animals to the visiting public. Special early memories include a llama ride at the Bronx Zoo; sitting behind the collar of Uncle John’s work horse; petting all the huge pulling horses lined up for contests (but Papa not letting me watch them pull because the teamsters might hit or swear at them); taking bread scraps to spoil a neighbor’s goats; being content to watch milking all down the line and playing cowgirl trying to tame the Sunapee Shorthorn calves. Living in Keene in the 50’s I found that 4-H was only for kids who lived on a farm and FFA was only for boys.

Undaunted, I walked or biked to nearby farms in West Keene to hang around, breathe in the smells, help shovel or groom cows and horses to come home smelling like a barn. I got to ride a few cast-o horses, read everything I could find, always listening, trying to learn all I could for “someday.â€? Papa sometimes arranged for a riding lesson and girl scout camp with riding. It seemed maybe I liked animals more than people, so being a Veterinarian would be a logical choice. But in 1960, a five-foot tall girl was not even looked at for large animal practice and I knew I did not want to work inside. I had enough money from all my summers waitressing at Sunapee for maybe a year of college and went to Montana. I wrote in my yearbook that I would, “Study pre-vet and ‘someday’ write about animalsâ€? (because, of course, I would marry and do the family bit like every other girl). I did think maybe I could get a job at the sheep research station as a step above small animals even though I had only one acquaintance with sheep. How could I have missed all I had read in Zane Grey books about woman’s place out West!? They wouldn’t even interview me and neglected to invite me to sign up for the livestock activities. When I married, I really did not

Jozi Best greets her sheep during afternoon chores. Jozi serves as the Vice President of the Associated Women of NH Farm Bureau and raises sheep, horses, and other animals on her three-acre property in Unity, NH. (Photo Credit: Deb Ostrom)

expect children who would share my dreams because of all those experiences with parents and children who seemingly never shared their parents’ passion for horses. Yet lo and behold I was blessed with two who took to all creatures great and small from birth. Family outings followed the pattern. They fed the ducks everywhere, cooed in front of me in the saddle and they were like Velcro on ponies. We bottle fed baby lion cubs at the Oakland Zoo, where probably the most prophetic memory occurred -- my gut fascination with a goat birthing triplets, completely mesmerized by the miracles of life. My dad wrote that New Hampshire was crying for workers. We moved. By then, my dream was to have a small farm in a small rural town so we could have some animals, do some gardening,

belong to a local church, be active in the school’s PTA, and join Grange. 50 years ago my older daughter, at age eight, began 4-H with our pony and a bunny. Showing first at Cheshire Fair in 1970, she launched our family on a whole new life. Juli asked at the end of a successful day to have a lamb project next. The following year Jeni wanted a lamb too. The flocks grew with horses, beef, including scramble calves, dairy goats, even a milking Shorthorn, plus hens and bunnies. Never did I imagine how sheep and 4-H would steer our schedules year round through the 70’s, much less that the skills I acquired - shearing, fitting, wool and fiber handling, breeding, management, judging, trucking, consulting, and much more, plus the shear (pardon my pun) enjoyment of working with good








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to their Hello baas, “Giddy Up, Let’s Go.” They bolt ahead, their chestnut red ears flapping and snapping as they buck and whirl and swerve away downhill toward the feeder. Part way, they halt and hop back to see if I am really following before they continue the race. Heads up watching they give a moment to fling the grain straight out into the trough. After a gulp or two they jostle and trade places like children playing musical chairs, always making me laugh, a great way to start the day. As they chow down, I walk around them to check legs and rear views for any signs of problems. I pause, thankful for nice healthy lambs and the ability to be out with them. An old shepherd mentor once told me, “A good shepherd looks at/ sees to his sheep every day.” I have committed to that literally for the woolies, remembering that we have the Good Shepherd watching over each of us. Then I hotfoot it back to shovel wet bedding into the waiting wheelbarrow before the lambs finish their grain because it is a struggle to have their help. The other five buckets of feed go onto my plastic toboggan/sled (Yes, even without snow it pulls better than the red wagon) and head out back. The older sheep and other animals all have their greetings and antics that delight me, also prompting chuckles and grins that make my day. They all know that “Giddy Up, Let’s Go” means go ahead to their feed troughs but they all go their own way. The mini donkey is also a daily giggle and although she runs with the little horse, she has a separate creep pen so she gets all of her share. I always run my hand over most of the little horse after putting grain and hay in her feeder, checking while smiling and remembering the saying “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of man…or woman!” I believe we all come to this Earth given interests that lead us to talents and gifts in order to improve life and help others.

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“Visitors are always a welcome chance to explain and answer all kinds of curiosity about animals and farming,” Jozi says. Above, .friends of Jozi’s from church dropping by to pick blueberries also get to try their hand at farm chores. Below, Jozi’s flock aren’t shy in front of the camera. (Photo Credit: Deb Ostrom)

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country folks- would end up making my living and taking me around the world. In case anyone is wondering, yes, I did do writing also. I became the first field editor in the 80’s for New England Country Folks, the only weekly ag newspaper in New England, and wrote articles for the sheep magazines. That position afforded me a wonderful further education by covering all kinds of ag-related seminars, conferences and other events, with my press pass opening select gates, across our country and even in others. I invented, edited and published for 5 years a directory/magazine for my Tunis sheep breed at the end of the 90’s promoting the spread of popularity of Tunis from coast to coast. Through it all was a rhythm of traveling to exhibit animals, not just our own but many different breeds of sheep for various clients, besides other management jobs including lambing five springs in England when Jeni was having two grandsons born over there. In 1995 I skipped the England gig and married my sheep shearing pal, Matt Best from Ohio. We managed a sheep and cattle ranch in Montana for three years, including the sheep show circuit, before the booming alpaca industry lured us back to Ohio to manage one of the two largest alpaca operations in the U.S. There we learned to shear the camelids, expanded to shearing off farm, even spending our whole month “vacation” shearing alpacas in New England. The Down Easters pressed us to become resident shearers and we moved back to manage one of them in NH in ‘04. There were really too many breeders needing our services to carry on part time so we made the plunge and started our own place two years later and here we are. My old friend from 4-H parenting days reminded me several times that I needed to renew my NH Farm Bureau membership and join Associated Women. So grateful for that. We have attended some terrific FB training/leadership workshops and conferences around the country where I learned methods to better advocate for agriculture and farm life and proper care for our animals at legislative hearings. My experiences have come in handy explaining to legislators various details essential to caring for, breeding, and the general handling of livestock, including horses. Through Farm Bureau I also connected with New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom, a perfect fit for interacting with youngsters about animals. I started by reading the annual ag literacy books at local schools, even bringing the animals, tools etc. to the schools. A bigger goal was conceived, nurtured for almost 10 years, until coming forth as Sullivan County School to Farm Day which of course included my sheep, hens, and Percheron, Abby. During Holiday Season, I take lambs, donkey, and sometimes, alpacas dressed in camel tack, to local Nativities, another venue for interacting with young and old who have never touched a farm animal. And now 2020... the beat is missing. No fairs means no shows to exhibit animals, nor judge. No extra prepping which I love doing --hands on, in the wool-- shearing, washing sheep and their blankets; no need to halter train lambs and practice posing them and the yearlings; no deadlines for extra ear tags and rush registration papers, although we did have the annual veterinarian inspection for health papers, etc. for sales of breeding stock. No time spent weekly from Memorial Day through Columbus Day on the usual scheduling and reorganizing supplies to take, vehicles to keep road worthy, loaded and unloaded. Chores now are rather tame. Most of the lambs had to be sold early to live markets for much less than usual to meat customers due to the jam for abattoir appointments. An increasing number of friends keep trying to convince me to quit. Why would I stop what I look forward to doing regardless of the weather? Anyway, with a pail held high, I open the gate for the six lambs eagerly greeting me as I spot check eyes, noses, shiny faces, and reply

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