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Vol. 40, No. 5

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

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018

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COMMUNICATOR Federal News SOWING THE SEEDS OF POLICY FOR 2019 AFBF PRESIDENT ZIPPY DUVALL

American Farm Bureau Ag Raising Red Deer Innovation Challenge Offers in the Heart of $145K in Startup Funds New Hampshire ABOVE PHOTO

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Henry Ahern and Cindy Downing have been raising red deer at Bonnie Brae Farms in Plymouth, New Hampshire for over 25 years. Like other agricultural ventures, raising red deer has its own benefits and challenges, but Henry and Cindy still have a passion for their profession and an appreciation of the red deer’s Scottish heritage.

State News 2018 NHFB LEGISLATIVE REVIEW Page 6

POLICY DEVELOPMENT STARTS WITH YOU: STATE & COUNTY ANNUAL MEETING INFORMATION Page 9

COMMISSIONER JASPER TOURS DAIRIES WITH NHFB Page 10

EDITORIAL: THE TRUE COST OF LOSING BIOMASS Pages 17

SUMMER PICNIC RECAP Page 21 New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation 295 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, NH 03301 CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED

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he American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, recently opened online applications for its 2019 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds. The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations in agriculture. This is the fifth year of the Challenge, which is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural entrepreneurs launching food and agriculture businesses. Competitors are invited to submit for-profit business ideas related to food and agriculture online at http://fb.org/ aginnovationchallenge by Sept. 24. “Farm Bureau is proud to carry on our long tradition of strengthening the communities we live and farm in by encouraging new businesses across rural America,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Starting a business takes faith, courage and creativity, but rural entrepreneurs face added challenges including limited access to broadband, high transportation costs and a lack of access to business networks. Startup funds provided through the Challenge will help entrepreneurs working in food and agriculture take their businesses to the next level.” E N T R EPR E N EU R - CON T I N U ED ON PAGE 17

RAISING RED DEER – Page 15

A Recipe for Success! You’ll relish the recipe inside this issue, utilizing ingredients from your own garden or your favorite farm Find it on page 23

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September/October 2018

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

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

The Summer Picnic and Candidate Forum co-hosted by NHFBF and NHTOA was held on August 7th at J&F Farms in Derry. I extend a big thanks to Phil Fernando and his family for allowing us to use their farm, for the food they supplied, and for the tour of some of his cropland. Though there weren’t as many political candidates as we had hoped for, those who did come got ample time to mingle with our members and hopefully learn something about agriculture and our needs. NHFB Executive Director, Diane Clary, and the office staff did another stellar job of organizing everything and making it all go well. Some of the issues we are paying attention to: the farm bill, FSMA, immigration, right to farm, milk pricing, farm insurance programs, electronic logs for agricultural truckers, environmental regulations, animal cruelty, and several labeling concerns - GMO, real meat vs lab grown protein, milk vs juice. Our staff are working hard for their members. Enjoy that sweet corn!

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INSIDE September/October 2018 Local Meat Producers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 NH Grown Fruits & Veggies . . . . . . . . . .13 Eye on Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 County & Committee News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

n March 20, 1925 my dad was born, on July 13, 2018 he passed away. He was the last of five brothers and a sister, and father to four boys and one girl. He was a great dairyman who contributed to many agricultural organizations as well as serving his community in many ways. He loved to play his trumpet and was extremely good at it, which allowed him to play with several bands nearly to the end of his life. While going through his belongings recently I found some New Hampshire Farm Bureau membership cards, the earliest one I saw dated back to 1972, though there could have been earlier ones that I missed. I will miss him and hope that someday I can come close to living up to his reputation. The AFBF Annual meeting will be held in New Orleans in January. We will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the organization. NHFB’s own George M. Putnam helped to organize AFBF in 1919 and was on the board of directors for 26 years. Over the years we have had other NHFB Presidents serve on the AFBF Board as well. It would be great to have a large contingent of New Hampshire members at the celebration to help us stake our claim as an integral piece of the foundation of AFBF and to show that New Hampshire will continue to be an important voice for agriculture across the nation. “New Orleans” is synonymous with having a good time as well isn’t it? Join us! NHFB Policy Director, Rob Johnson, and I had the honor of spending a Harold Norman Ward, Father of NHFB President Denis Ward, passed away in July of this year. The younger Ward inherited his father’s proclivity for supporting couple of days taking Commissioner agriculture and agricultural organizations as exemplified by the New Hampshire of Agriculture Shawn Jasper around to Farm Bureau Membership Card from 1972 shown above. some NH dairy farms in June and will have spent a couple of days taking him to some fruit and vegetable operations by the time this paper is out. Our goal is to introduce him to as many farmers as we can, to give the farmers a chance to talk to the Commissioner directly, and to help the Commissioner get a feel for the needs around the state and for how different farming is from one end of the state to the other. Commissioner Jasper has indicated sincere appreciation for our effort and we appreciate that he NHFB President Denis Ward and Executive Director Diane Clary attended the 2018 Northeast is so willing to listen to our Farm Bureau Presidents and Administrators Conference in Albany, New York. Above, the group farmers and to work with us of Farm Bureau leaders and staff from across the region, including American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall and his wife Bonnie, enjoyed a tour of the Saratoga Race Track and on issues of importance. facilities


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A Challenging Year for Northeast Producers: Farm Credit East Releases Mid-year Outlook Overall U.S. agriculture, as well as that of the Northeast, faces both opportunity and challenges in the current economic climate. Tight margins, labor availability, production costs and the unpredictable weather remain the top concerns across all industries. Additionally, the latest tariffs and trade disputes have left producers concerned about what the future holds.

The Farm Credit East Northeast Production Cost Index, which tracks the costs of a number of agricultural inputs, is creeping up, and while input costs still remain below their 2014 peak, they’re currently at the highest in four years. It is essential for producers to watch margins closely and make adjustments necessary to maintain profitability.

Farm Credit East

Knowledge Exchange Report July 2018

Northeast Farm Economy – Mid-Year Update Northeast Net Farm Income Projection

We expect net farm income to fall in 2018 and come in somewhat below 2016 levels, due mainly to weak commodity prices. A significant factor in this decrease is milk prices, which are now rising, but were extremely low during the first half of the year. In addition, prices for grains and oilseeds remain weak. Relatively good performance is expected from the green industry, vegetables and ag retail, but this is outweighed by declines in the commodity sectors.

2018 net farm income expected to be lower than ’16 and ‘17

Net Farm Income Estimates Farm Credit East States $2,500 Net Farm Income, $ Millions

Farm Credit East recently released its mid-year Agricultural Credit Conditions report indicating net-farm income in its sevenstate region will continue to fall in 2018, coming in somewhat below 2016 levels. While several industries, including cash field crops and dairy, continue to deal with low prices, the outlook is brighter in other industries.

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The Farm Economy: Overall trends Inflation is starting to show up in many input costs. One of the major cost increases is energy and related expenses. Crude oil is expected to average $64.53 per barrel for 2018¹, an increase of 27 percent over 2017. This is forecast to bring summer gasoline prices to their highest

Increasing input costs

1 U.S. Energy Information Administration, West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil Mid-year Update Knowledge Exchange July 2018

Farm Credit East’s annual mid-year agricultural conditions report begins with an outlook on net farm income in Farm Credit East’s seven-state territory. This year’s report reviews the latest tariffs and trade disputes, which have left producers concerned about what the future holds. Input cost inflation for Northeast producers is also discussed. Finally, a summary of yearly progress is given for the dairy, cash field, timber, livestock, fruit, aquatic, greenhouse and vegetable industries. To view the whole report visit https://www.farmcrediteast. com/knowledge-exchange/Reports/northeast-farmeconomy-midyear-update

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The Communicator

September/October 2018

NHFB Board of Directors Tours Merrimack Brewery Board of Directors Executive Committee President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denis Ward 1st Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Joyce Brady 2nd Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matt Scruton 2nd Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tom McElroy Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Howard Pearl President, Associated Women . . . . . . . Ruth Scruton

The NHFB Board of Directors held their August meeting at the Annheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack getting a glimpse of how grains, hops, water, and yeast are turned into beer. In addition to making beer, the Merrimack brewery is also home to the Budweiser Clydesdale training facility. Visitors can stop by the stables and, if the timing is right, see the teams in action.

Chair, Young Farmer Committee. . . . . . Alicia Pedemonti County Presidents Belknap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Matarozzo Carroll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . David Babson Cheshire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Moore Coos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joyce Brady Grafton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glen Putnam Hillsboro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trevor Hardy Merrimack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rebecca Stevens Rockingham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Ferdinando Strafford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Matt Scruton Sullivan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Cunniff Staff Executive Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Diane Clary Policy Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Johnson, II Communications Director. . . . . . . . .Josh Marshall Office Assistant/Receptionist. . . . . . . . . . Portia Jackson

Policy Development Takes Shape

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

One of the essential functions of Farm Bureau is our grassroots policy development process. Each August, New Hampshire Farm Bureau leaders gather in Concord to hear from various agencies and stakeholders on issues facing agriculture in the state.

Fore!... Grafton County Farm Bureau fielded a team in the Grafton County 4-H Leaders’ Association “Playing for Clover” golf tournament in August. NHFB President Denis Ward, Grafton County Farm Bureau President Glen Putnam, past NHFB President Jeff Holmes, and NHFB Communications Director Josh Marshall took to Blackmount Country Club in North Haverhill for the event.

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...& Tour! Carroll County Farm Bureau hosted a farm tour and potluck dinner in August at the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth. Pictured to the right, Carroll County Farm Bureau President Dave Babson (Who isn’t hard to spot while wearing clothing from the college with which he shares a name).


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The Zipline Sowing the Seeds of Policy for 2019 We are coming up on an exciting time for Farm Bureau when you gather as members to begin the policy development process with your local county Farm Bureau. This is a tradition many of you have been carrying on for a century now, and we can all be proud of our active grassroots heritage. Our strength comes from our grassroots at Farm Bureau, and this process is living proof. You know better than anyone the impact that policies and regulations coming out of your state capitals and our nation’s capital have on your individual farm and ranch. This is your opportunity to bring those issues to the table, so we can all speak with one voice to protect our businesses and way of life. You set the direction for Farm Bureau as you each step outside your fencerows to make a difference for agriculture. Every time I meet with lawmakers and officials here in D.C., I am proud that I can say our Farm Bureau policies come directly from their farmer and rancher constituents back home. Together we shape policies that affect not just our farms today but future farms for generations to come. And we have not shied away from the tough or complex issues either. When big data became a major concern on farm and ranch land, threatening our privacy and placing our valuable farm data at risk, our grassroots members stepped forward to begin developing policy to tackle the issue. Since then, we have established broad coalitions and worked with leading agriculture companies to develop privacy guidelines that make it clear just how, when and where your information is stored and used. Technology is changing the landscape of agriculture, and farmers continue to be on the cutting edge. Your involvement and adoption of new technology like drones has given us the opportunity to work with agencies like the Federal Aviation Administration to be sure you can bring the latest innovation to increase the efficiency of your farm. But our policy directive to shape that work began at a county Farm Bureau meeting. We are eager to hear what you all bring forward for the coming year. Questions are swirling around Washington on how to address innovative technology like lab-grown meat. I expect it’s a topic that has come up around your local feed stores as well. While we need to keep exploring innovative ways to feed a booming population, we must also be on the alert

Vincent “Zippy” Duvall, a poultry, cattle and hay producer from Greene County, Georgia, is the 12th president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. to protect our ability to bring healthy, farm-raised meat to consumers’ tables. This is something we need to talk about soon, especially as government agencies plan their next steps. This is also a time for you to tackle the challenges you’re facing on your farm with the down economy and ongoing trade disruptions. Farm Bureau has been a longtime advocate for trade, and we continue to meet with Congress and Administration officials to urge a swift resolution to the trade war, as well as the opening of new markets for agriculture. Farm Bureau is committed to protecting your status as a leader in the global marketplace. As you meet in the coming weeks and share with one another how the trade war is hitting your farms, we are counting on you to share with your county and state leaders what you need to keep your businesses moving forward. Finding a solution for our nation’s trade challenges will be difficult, and getting new and improved trade deals could take a long time. As we move forward with our policy development, we need clear and current policy on trade and aid, policy that addresses the crisis at hand and the long battle ahead. At the national level, we will keep taking those messages and stories to Congress and the Administration, and we won’t ease up until the trade uncertainty is resolved. Together we can ensure agriculture remains a top priority in trade negotiations. Finally, I want to thank you for taking the time to come together to discuss these tough issues and help strengthen our farming and ranching communities. Time is always precious, and even more so on our nation’s farms and ranches. But I trust that the time you spend planting these policy seeds will yield a fruitful harvest for all of U.S. agriculture for years to come.

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2018

Legislative Review

*Bill Abbreviation Key HB = House Bill – a bill sponsored by a Representative and originating in the House SB = Senate Bill – a bill sponsored by a Senator and originating in the Senate FN = Fiscal Note – means a cost estimate prepared by relevant agencies indicating the bill’s fiscal impact is attached. A = Appropriation – means the bill includes an appropriation of funds.

2018 Legislative Review The disposition of bills followed by Farm Bureau in the New Hampshire Legislature this year. In bold print following each bill number and description is the position taken by Farm Bureau.

by Rob Johnson, NHFB Policy Director Bills* Signed into Law HB 1233, preempting local regulation of seeds and fertilizer. Modeled on and dovetails with the existing pesticide preemption statute (RSA 430:49) by making explicit in law what is already implied by adding the following new section to state law regarding seeds: 433:7-a Preemption of Local Regulation. Administration and enforcement of this subdivision shall be implemented in an equitable manner throughout the state. This subdivision is of statewide concern and occupies the whole field of regulation regarding the display, distribution, growing, cultivation, harvesting, production, labeling, marketing, mixing, notification of use, planting, possession, processing, registration, sale, storage, transportation, or other use; or the inspection, analysis, examination, certification, classification, testing, or licensing of agricultural, flower tree, shrub, or vegetable seeds, or products or sellers of such seeds to the exclusion of all local regulation. Except as otherwise specifically provided in this subdivision, no ordinance or regulation of local government, including but not limited to, an action by a local governmental agency or department, a county board of commissioners or a city council, or a local regulation adopted by the use of an initiative measure, may prohibit or in any way attempt to regulate any matter relating to the display, distribution, growing, cultivation, harvesting, production labeling, marketing, mixing, notification of use, planting, possession, processing, registration, sale, storage, transportation, or other use, or the inspection, analysis, examination, certification, classification, testing, licensing, of agricultural, flower tree, shrub, or vegetable seeds or products or sellers of such seeds and any of those ordinances, laws, or regulations are void and of no force or effect. Nothing in this subdivision shall limit the authority of any political subdivision to adopt and enforce planning, zoning and related regulations under RSA 674, including the authority to require native plantings, and combat invasive species listed in accordance with RSA 430:53 as part of a planning board’s site plan review or subdivision authority or as a condition of a zoning board of adjustment’s granting of a variance or special exception.

Also adds a sentence (in bold italics) to existing law regarding fertilizers to ensure no local authority may dictate fertilizer use by type (inorganic vs. organic) as follows: 431:4-d Preemption of Local Regulation. Except as otherwise specifically provided in this subdivision, no ordinance or regulation of local government, including but not limited to, an action by a local governmental agency or department, a county board of commissioners or a city council, or a local regulation adopted by the use of an initiative measure, may prohibit or in any way attempt to regulate any matter relating to the registration, sale, formulation, or transportation of fertilizer. Additionally, no local regulation shall regulate the type of fertilizer when used for agricultural purposes as defined by RSA 21:34-a

Effective 8/7/18, Chapter Law 169. The bill was filed at the request of the Department of Agriculture and Farm Bureau. To alleviate concerns of municipal and environmental interests we worked on the language with the Department of Environmental Services, Municipal Association, and Nature Conservancy. Supported

HB 1238, (New Title) relative to animal cruelty involving an equine colt. Repeals antiquated statute, RSA 105:1418 relative to the authority of Sheriffs, Constables, and Police Officers regarding animals and animal cruelty. Also repeals RSA 435:5 titled “Colts Less Than 90 Days Old” in the Animal Care statute (RSA 435) and moves the relevant language concerning the care of equine colts to the animal cruelty statute, RSA 644:8 by amending III(e)-(f) by adding the language in bold italics as follows: (e) Negligently abandons any animal previously in his or her possession or custody by causing such animal to be left without supervision or adequate provision for its care, sustenance, or shelter; [or] (f) Has in his or her possession an equine colt that is less than 90 days old that is not being nursed by its dam, unless the colt was born in this state, and its dam has died within this state before the colt became 90 days old; (g) Sells an equine colt that is less than 90 days old that is not being nursed by its dam; or (h) Otherwise negligently permits or causes any animal in his or her possession or custody to be subjected to cruelty, inhumane treatment, or unnecessary suffering of any kind.

Effective 1/1/19, Chapter Law 170. Supported repeal of RSA 105:14-18 HB 1289, (New Title) relative to trespassing domestic fowl. Adds domestic fowl to the existing Trespassing Stock statute and specifies enforcement provisions as follows: 635:3 Trespassing Stock or Domestic Fowl. If any person having the charge or custody of any sheep, goats, cattle, horses, [or] swine, or domestic fowl shall knowingly, recklessly, or negligently suffer or permit the same to enter upon, pass over, or remain upon any improved or enclosed land of another without written permission of the owner, occupant, or his or her agent, and thereby injures [his] the owner’s crops[,] or property, [he] the person shall be guilty of a violation. Complaints shall be made to law enforcement officials or local animal control officers who shall enforce the provisions of this section

Effective 7/24/18, Chapter Law 60. Supported. HB 1331, relative to incidental uses for agricultural plates. Passed with the goal of making clarifications to the statutes governing Agricultural Plates (RSA 261:82, IV) and Farm Plates (RSA 261:84, II) as follows: 261:82, IV. This section shall be construed as authorizing the holder of agricultural plates, or a driver authorized by the holder, to operate the vehicle while it is empty so long as it is being used generally to accomplish the purposes allowed in this section, and to transport within such vehicle incidental personal property such as food, tools, and clothing. The holder or authorized driver may operate the vehicle for purposes that are incidental to the purposes in paragraph I, including, but not limited to, stops at a school or place of business during travel authorized by paragraph I. (See paragraph I below) I. A truck, truck-tractor, tractor, or cargo van shall qualify for agricultural registration rates and number plates and shall be driven with such registration only within a 20 mile radius from the main entrance to the farm upon which said vehicle is driven, and may be used for the following purposes: (a) Transportation of agricultural products for delivery to storage or to market or to carriers for transportation to market. (b) Non-commercial hauling of firewood harvested on the farm. (c) Hauling animals, hay, fertilizer, feed, livestock, poultry, agricultural supplies, farm workers or other supplies or farm products in connection with the registrant’s farming operation. (d) Hauling household rubbish or garbage from the farm to a disposal site. (e) Hauling or towing implements of husbandry.

September/October 2018 L = contains information on the bill’s impact on municipal revenue. CACR = Constitutional Amendment Concurrent Resolution – CACRs are proposed changes to the State Constitution. Hearings on are held similar to bills, the difference being the House and Senate must each pass a proposed CACR by a 3/5ths margin of their entire membership. CACRs do not require the Governor’s signature, they go directly before the voters for ratification at the next general election. They require a 2/3rds vote to pass RSA 261:84, II. This section shall be construed as authorizing the holder of farm plates or a driver authorized by the holder to operate the vehicle while it is empty so long as it is being used generally to accomplish the purposes allowed in this section, and to transport within such vehicle incidental personal property such as food, tools, and clothing

Effective 7/24/18, Chapter Law 62 HB 1349, relative to biological products and diagnostic reagents for animal use. State law requires certification of licensure by the USDA before biological products and animal reagents can be approved for use in the state. In recent years the state Department of Agriculture has received requests for use of some of these products for which the USDA does not require licensure. Allows the Department to approve the use of such products, provided the requests for use are accompanied by a letter from the USDA stating the exemption in lieu of licensure. The bill was a request of the State Veterinarian. Effective 7/14/18, Chapter Law 33. Supported HB 1402, relative to ordinances regarding forestry activities. Requires municipalities minimize adverse effects to forestry activities when adopting ordinances and prohibits municipalities from adopting ordinances targeting forestry operations by adding two new sections to law as follows: 47:17-a Ordinances Affecting Forestry Activities. I. In this section, “forestry activities” means developing, caring for, or cultivating forests; timber harvesting; silviculture; and customary management and supporting activities II. Before enacting any ordinance, bylaw, rule, or other regulatory provision that is likely to affect forestry activities, a municipality shall consider the possible adverse effects on forestry activities and take any steps that are reasonably available to minimize such effects. III. No municipality shall enact any ordinance, bylaw, rule, or other regulatory provision that applies only to forestry activities which adversely affects such activities. Nothing in this paragraph shall limit a municipality’s authority to regulate forestry activities under duly adopted land use ordinances and regulations, subject to the protections of RSA 672:1, III-c, RSA 674:1, VI, and RSA 674:32-a through 674:32-d.

The bill was a request of the NH Timberland Owners Association. Effective 6/8/18, Chapter Law 179. Supported HB 1407, repealing the prohibition on the use of milk containers. Removes arcane law on the books since 1907 by repealing RSA 184:30-d - Use of Milk Containers which stated, “No milk or milk product containers shall be used as a receptacle for any substance other than dairy products.” Effective 7/24/18, Chapter Law 70. HB 1473-FN, relative to the timber yield tax. Requires public notice be posted when an Intent to Cut is received by a municipality, shortens the review period officials have before they must act on an Intent to Cut from 30 days to 15 days, clarifies officials may sign an Intent to Cut notice outside of a public meeting, and removes the requirement for a supplemental notice to cut be filed when the total volume of a cut exceeds the total volume initially reported by less than 25%. Also permits municipalities to waive the yield tax on timber harvested on land (in the municipality) owned by the municipality. Effective 9/1/18, Chapter Law 182. HB 1808, repealing certain inactive dedicated funds. Since 2015 the Joint Committee on Dedicated funds has existed. Each year the committee reviews dedicated funds in a handful of state agencies to determine whether or not they are active and useful and makes recommendations


September/October 2018 for repeal of those they find are not. In HB 1808 as introduced the Committee recommended repeal of the Historic Agricultural Structure Matching Grants Program, Barn Preservation Fund (RSA 227-C:28) initially established in 1999. The repeal of the fund was removed upon objections by the Historic Agricultural Structures Advisory Committee (on which Farm Bureau is represented) and Farm Bureau. It does repeal the Special Account for Agricultural Development Rights contained in RSA 432:30, established to hold funds “appropriated or acquired to provide financial and technical assistance associated with agricultural restricted covenants or to fund the acquisition of development rights” associated with the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Development Rights program that is in statute - RSA 432:18-31-a. Effective 7/1/18, Chapter Law 204. SB 349, relative to course requirements in a career and technical education program. State law (RSA 186:8, VIII) requires a minimum of 4 courses in mathematics for high school graduation or 3 mathematics courses and one nonmathematics content area course “in which mathematics knowledge and skills are embedded and applied, as may be approved by the school board.” This legislation adds language to the law specifying “including, but not limited to, a CTE program under RSA 188-E” as an acceptable non-mathematical content area course students may take to fulfill their high school mathematics requirement. Effective 7/24/18, Chapter Law 108. Supported SB 444, relative to cutting timber near certain waters and public highways. Removes the basel area tree cutting restrictions adjacent to Class IV highways contained in RSA 227-J:9 by adding the language in bold italics print as follows: 227-J:9 Cutting of Timber Near Certain Waters and Public Highways of the State; Penalty. I. Within a 12-month period, no more than 50 percent of the basal area of trees shall be cut or otherwise felled, leaving a well distributed stand of healthy, growing trees: (a) Within 150 feet of: (1) Any great pond; (2) Any standing body of water 10 acres or more in area; (3) Any fourth order or higher stream; or (4) Any public highway, except class VI highways, as defined in RSA 229:5, VII; or (b) Within 50 feet of: (1) Any stream, river, or brook not included in subparagraph (a)(3) which normally flows throughout the year; or (2) Any standing body of water less than 10 acres in area associated with a stream, river, or brook which normally flows throughout the year. This paragraph shall not apply if the person who pushes over, cuts, saws, or operates upon, or causes to be pushed, cut, sawed, or operated upon, any trees described in subparagraphs (a) or (b), obtains the prior written consent of the director, or of the director’s agents in accordance with paragraph V. Note: the 50 percent limitation shall be based on “each 200 linear feet or fraction thereof of frontage”. For complete RSA see also II – VII.

Farm Bureau - The Voice of N.H. Agriculture IX. Adjudicate disputes concerning activities that constitute agritourism pursuant to RSA 21:34a. Prior to a party filing a land use application with a municipality, or after such land use application is denied, an applicant may petition the commissioner for a declaratory ruling regarding whether or not a municipality’s ordinance, bylaw, definition, or policy regarding agritourism activities conflicts with RSA 21:34-a. The commissioner’s jurisdiction shall be limited to the question of whether or not a municipality’s ordinance, bylaw, definition, or policy on agritourism conflicts with RSA 21:34-a. The commissioner, or the commissioner’s authorized representative, shall notify the parties, hold a hearing within 30 days of such request, and shall issue a declaratory ruling within 15 days of the hearing. The commissioner’s declaratory ruling shall be dispositive, including in future land use applications with a municipality where such ordinance, bylaw, definition, or policy is at issue. A party aggrieved by the declaratory ruling may petition the commissioner for reconsideration within 20 days of the declaratory ruling, and thereafter, within 30 days of the decision on reconsideration, may appeal such decision to the New Hampshire supreme court. If the applicant petitions the commissioner for a declaratory ruling, all municipal appeal processes, including those defined in RSA 677:2 shall be stayed. The 30 day time period in which to request a rehearing shall begin on the next calendar day after the commissioner issues the declarative ruling, or after any appeal of the declarative ruling is complete. The commissioner shall adopt rules pursuant to RSA 541A relative to the declaratory ruling process, including, but not limited to, an allowance for timely intervention of an aggrieved party. A municipality shall furnish the commissioner with a copy of any non-confidential appeal decision on any land use application involving whether or not a municipality’s definition or policy on agritourism conflicts with RSA 21:34-a.

Effective 7/15/18, Chapter Law 56. Supported SB 435, relative to alternative programs for granting credit leading to graduation. Requires the state Board of Education to adopt rules for approving alternative programs for granting credits leading to graduation, the goal being develop instructional partnerships with businesses and other entities to provide students greater opportunities to gain the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills needed in the 21st Century. Effective 8/7/18, Chapter Law 224. Support

This bill was filed at the request of the NH Timberland Owners Association. Effective 1/1/19, Chapter Law 173. Supported

SB 491, (New Title) transferring responsibilities for produce safety from the department of health and human services to the department of agriculture, markets and food. New RSA 426 implements the Produce Safety Standards portion of the Food Safety Modernization Act in NH (subject to continued federal funding) and transfers all authority and resources for the program from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Agriculture Markets and Food. Also makes updates to the dairy sanitation and inspection statute (RSA 184) based on recommendations contained in a 2016 audit conducted by the office of the Legislative Budget Assistant and subsequently reviewed by the House Environment and Agriculture Committee. The updates included in the bill had the support of the Department of Agriculture. Effective 6/25/18, Chapter Law 323. Supported

SB 412, relative to agritourism. Adds language (in bold italics below) to RSA 674:32-b, II relative to Agricultural Uses of Land making it clear municipalities are prohibited from adopting any ordinance, bylaw, definition, or policy regarding agritourism that conflicts with state statute as follows:

SB 500, amending references to firearms terminology. Includes language amending general provisions in Fish and Game statute, RSA 207:7 Hunting From Motor Vehicle, OHRV, Snowmobile, Boat, or Aircraft, II relative to protecting livestock and crops by adding language in bold italics as follows:

II. Any new establishment, re-establishment after abandonment, or significant expansion of a farm stand, retail operation, or other use involving on-site transactions with the public, including agritourism as defined in RSA 21:34-a, may be made subject to applicable special exception, building permit, or other local land use board approval and may be regulated to prevent traffic and parking from adversely impacting adjacent property, streets and sidewalks, or public safety. No municipality shall adopt an ordinance, bylaw, definition, or policy regarding agritourism activities that conflicts with the definition of agritourism in RSA 21:34-a

II. No person shall have or carry, in or on a motor vehicle, OHRV, snowmobile, or aircraft, [whether] when moving [or stationary], a cocked crossbow, a loaded rifle or loaded shotgun, [or a rifle or shotgun with a cartridge in a magazine or clip attached to the gun] muzzleloader, or air rifle, except a person or a person’s agent while in the act of protecting his or her interest in their livestock or crops. Except when crossing or traveling on a public way, such person or the person’s agent may carry a loaded rifle or shotgun, muzzleloader, or air rifle while traveling through or between farming or agricultural areas while in the course of protecting his or her interest in their livestock or crops

In addition, provides authority for the Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets, and Food to issue a declaratory ruling on whether agriculture activities constitute agritourism by adding a new paragraph under the duties of the Commissioner in RSA 425:4 as follows:

Effective 8/24/18, Chapter Law 324. Supported SB 577, (Second New Title) requiring the public utilities commission to revise its order affecting the Burgess BioPower plant in Berlin, prohibiting the import of certain liquid fuels, and relative to the production of

Page 7 useful thermal energy. Effective 7/1/18 & 8/27/18, Chapter Law 340. Support

Bills Found Inexpedient-to-Legislate or Otherwise Defeated CACR* 17, relating to initiative and referendum powers. Providing that initiative and referendum powers shall be reserved to the people of the state. Opposed CACR 19, relating to right to govern. Providing that the people of the state may enact local laws that protect health, safety and welfare. Opposed HB 1210, establishing a committee to study the effect of current use taxation on small and rural municipalities. (Tabled) Note: there was also an attempt in the Senate to amend SB 405, enabling municipalities to adopt a separate exemption against the statewide property tax for certain long-term residents by replacing in its entirety the language contained in HB 1210. SB 405 was also Tabled. HB 1412-FN, relative to cruelty to non-captive wildlife. Addresses cruelty to wild animals in RSA 644:8 Cruelty to Animals which currently deals solely with domestic animals, household pets and wild animals in captivity. (Tabled) Opposed – Farm Bureau believes cruelty to wild animals should continue to be addressed solely through the Fish and Game statutes. HB 1463, relative to requirements for noise ordinances in towns. Limiting the authority of towns to enact bylaws regulating noise by requiring its ordinance meet four criteria. (1) Decibel levels be specified, (2) decibel levels may vary by time of day, (3) noise must be measured by someone qualified to use a decibel meter, and (4) law enforcement only as the result of a complaint. HB 1470-FN, repealing the timber tax. In 1942 the NH Constitution was amended with the following language: “For the purpose of encouraging conservation of the forest resources of the state, the general court may provide for special assessments, rates and taxes on growing wood and timber.” This amendment set up passage in 1949 of the statute establishing a Normal Yield Tax on timber stumpage values (today’s rate is 10%) assessed at the time of cutting. Prior to the passage of this law standing timber (as real estate) was assessed and taxed annually. This caused people to cut their timber in order to reduce their tax burden. Oppose HB 1498, relative to alternate certification pathways for career and technical education instructors. Permits local school boards to offer a certificate of eligibility to a person interested in becoming a career and technical educator in an identified specialty area. Voted ITL by the Senate because legislation was found unnecessary. The NH Department of Education already has the ability under its teacher certification authority and has initiated the process of writing proposed rules enabling alternate certification pathways for career and technical education instructors. Supported HB 1585, requiring conservation commissions to keep a natural resource inventory. As the statute (RSA 36A) is already being interpreted to enable the keeping of a natural resource inventory the by conservation commission, the bill was found unnecessary. Monitored HB 1591, relative to a private right of action for toxin exposure. Establishing a private right of action for equitable or declaratory relief for violation of any solid waste (RSA 147-A) or hazardous waste (RSA 148-A) permit, regulation, condition, requirement, prohibition, or order. The definition of solid waste in RSA 147-A, XXII includes “solid, liquid, semisolid or contained gaseous material resulting from industrial, commercial, mining, and agricultural operations, and from community activities. Also sought to establish a private right of action for medical monitoring damages and strict liability for the release of toxic substances. Defined “toxic substance” as “any substance identified as toxic or hazardous under state or federal law, or mixture thereof, or any other substance that has been shown at any time to cause increased risk of disease.” Opposed HB 1669-FN, relative to commerce in food in New Hampshire. Exempting foodstuffs grown or produced in NH from federal regulation so long as it is labeled “Made in New Hampshire.” Includes language providing penalties to federal officials who attempt to enforce federal regulations in NH. Opposed CONTINUED ON PAGE 8


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Legislative Review

Continued from pages 6 & 7 HB 1712-FN, relative to New Hampshire local liquor manufacturers. Creating a unique new license for manufacturers of liquor in New Hampshire. Required a minimum of 45% of raw material (exclusive of water & yeast) be produced in state, licensees certify expected sales of no more than 20,000, 9-liter cases or equivalent annually, and all liquor sold by licensees in NH be solely under this license. Supported HB 1723-FN, relative to the reckless beating of animals. Changing the intent required to be charged with a felony from “purposely” to “recklessly” in certain animal cruelty cases and making it a felony if certain negligent acts of animal cruelty cause the death of an animal Opposed HB 1797-FN-A, adding a 50 percent charge to all amounts assessed to persons liable for costs of containment, cleanup, and remediation of water, air and soil pollution. Oppose SB 361, relative to dual and concurrent enrollment agreements between high schools and colleges and universities. Extending the dual and concurrent enrollment program currently existing between high schools and the community college system in RSA 188E governing Regional and Career Technical Education in the state to the University System of New Hampshire. In addition requiring the NH Department of Education and University System to develop a model agreement to be used by participating school districts. Supported SB 401, relative to repair of roads not maintained by a municipality. Requiring an owner of land that abuts a road that is not maintained by a municipality to repair and maintain his or her share of such road. (This bill was passed by the Senate but the House refused to consider it as it had already taken up HB 181 – substantially the

same legislation – and found it Inexpedient to Legislature in 2017 in the first year of the session. Similar legislation (HB 1578) was also introduced in 2016 and found ITL. Opposed SB 569-FN, (Second New Title) relative to animal cruelty and establishing a commission to study cost of care for confiscated animals. Making changes to the statute (RSA 437) governing commercial breeding kennels & pet vendors and establishing a commission to study the cost of care for confiscated animals and inspections related to pet vendors. Language contained in the Senate passed version of SB569-FN requiring individuals to post a bond – prior to a conviction - for the care of animals seized as part of a cruelty investigation was removed from this version which passed the House. (Conference Committee unable to agree.) Opposed Senate passed version, Supported House passed version

Bills Vetoed by the Governor - Legislative Action Pending SB 365, (Second New Title) relative to the use of renewable generation to provide fuel diversity. Supports the state’s biomass (wood-fired) power industry and the markets it provides to the state’s forest economy by modifying existing power sale contracts and creating new contracts between the wood-fired power plants and Eversource. The goal of modifying the contracts is to provide short-term certainty in the wholesale power markets - currently quite volatile - while the Governor’s Office of Strategic Initiatives completes an assessment of the state’s biomass industry mandated in last year’s state budget bill (HB 517). Support SB 446, relative to net energy metering limits for customer-generators. Increases the allowable size of customer generators of power to self-generate (net meter) from one to five megawatts and sets sale and purchase pricing to help avoid cost shifting, the goal being to make it economical and therefore possible for municipalities and businesses to generate their own power and become more energy independent. Support

Bills Held in Interim Study HB 486, relative to the protection of wetlands. (House Resources, Recreation and Development

September/October 2018 HB 1320, establishing a committee to study crop theft. (House Environment and Agriculture) HB 1343, relative to the protection of beaver. (House Fish and Game and Marine Resources) HB 1385, establishing a committee to study animal welfare in New Hampshire. (House Environment and Agriculture) HB 1388-FN, relative to testing for Lyme disease. (House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs) HB 1733-FN, relative to digital electronic product repair. (House Commerce and Consumer Affairs) HB 1762-FN, relative to documentation requirements for the department of labor. (House Labor, Industrial, and Rehabilitative Services) HB 1763-FN-A, establishing a road usage fee and making an appropriation therefor. (Senate Transportation) SB 240-FN-L, (New Title) relative to the monitoring and treatment of contaminated wells. (House Resources, Recreation and Development SB 475, relative to testing for Lyme disease. (House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs) SB 338, relative to the growing of cannabis if it becomes legal. (Senate Judiciary) (We will have more on these study bills in future issues of The Communicator & Friday Review)

You can contact NHFB Policy Director Rob Johnson if you have questions by phoning him at 312-6877 or through email at robj@nhfarmbureau.org. You can also stay abreast of what is happening in the NH Legislature affecting agriculture and landowners by subscribing to the NHFB’s Friday Review, a public affairs review for farm, forest, and rural interest published weekly during the legislative session.

LeClair Acres Farm Wins 2018 New Hampshire Green Pastures Award Mike Lunak, UNH Extension Specialist - Dairy Management

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he story of LeClair Acres Farm goes back to 1926 when Gary’s grandfather Harry purchased the farm with 120 acres of land. He had registered Guernseys at that time. When Harry passed away his son Henry (Gary’s father) continued farming until 1976 when the farm was auctioned. The farm was idle for two years before Gary and Jean purchased the 120 acre farm back in 1978. Both Gary and Jean were from farming backgrounds and had a vision for the farm. They had 22 cows and purchased an additional 36 soon after the farm purchase. After that, they never made a giant leap to expand the herd, but rather allowed a slow internal growth to increase the herd size over time. Additional land purchases of 290 acres followed throughout the years. Today, the farm consists of a total of 410 acres and 250 milking cows. The corn fields have a nutrient management plan, soil samples are taken and analyzed on an annual basis, which is used for manure and fertilizer application for 25 tons per acre production. This year, Gary has planted 260 acres of corn and 45 acres of alfalfa. Every year, approximately 60 acres of corn are planted to winter rye cover. The fresh cows are fed a Total Mixed Ration (TMR) once a day, but the feed is pushed up several time a day. Gary started this practice several years ago and so far likes it. The first lactation cows average 96 pounds of milk per day. Other cows are fed by TMR four times a day. The total herd averages 102 pounds of milk per day. For the last eight months, Gary has used the Pocket

Cow Card (PCC) by Dairy One on his smart phone. He says that he has become much more efficient in managing his herd compared to his previous practices with the DHIA paper records. Gary and Jean have improved/ remodeled their milking parlor twice. The first remodeling project was done in the mid-1980s when the four stall parlor was replaced with a double-five herring bone parlor in one month’s time. The recent upgrade in 2015 took just two days, when they went from a doubleeight to a double-ten stainless parlor with hydraulic brisket bar. This time included not only fitting new stalls, but also remodeling the building. They also started 3x milking at that time which helped to decrease the SCC from 173,000 to 105,000. Over the past 40 years, Gary and Jean employed local high school students as occasional help. “After all these years, it is nice to see these kids coming back, grown up with their families, some of them have their own businesses, and some of them chose agriculture or animals as life careers,” Jean said. The farm currently has a few part-time employees, and all the full time labor comes from family members who contribute to the daily management, with responsibilities informally divided. In addition, there are two fulltime employees sharing daily chores. Gary manages the cow herd and crops. Jean runs the business side of the farm on a daily basis, feeds the calves, and milks the cows every morning seven days a week. When in corn season, you can see Jean riding the tractor packing

Left to right: Troy LeClair, grandson; Tonya LeClair, daughter-in-law; Matt LeClair, grandson; Jason LeClair, son; Liam LeClair, grandson; Gary LeClair with granddaughter Piper; Jean LeClair, wife; Tim LeClair, son; Cory LeClair, daughter-in-law.

corn silage on the bunk silo. Recently, Jean ventured into the direct customer marketing side of farming and started operating a small vegetable stand selling sweet corn and a variety of vegetables. Their son Jason, a very important part of the farm management, manages the feed, nutrition, equipment, and day to day employees. Jason’s wife Tonya, helps Jean to feed the calves. Gary and Jean’s other son Tim and his wife Cory have off-farm jobs. In addition, Cory bakes bread, cookies, and muffins for the farm stand. Gary is also active in his community. For many years, he has been a member

of the Town of Claremont Planning Board, Claremont City Council, and NH Farm Bureau, as well as being an NHIAA basketball official. Recently he become a part of the State Farm Service Agency Board. Jean was a member of the Steven High School alumni association nominating committee for four years. LeClair Acres Farm is a great representative of the New Hampshire dairy industry. They maintain a neat and clean operation, and take pride in the work that they do. They are well deserving of the 2018 Dairy Farm of the Year.


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September/October 2018

Policy Development Starts with You: Have Your Voice Heard By Diane Clary, NHFB Executive Director

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his is grassroots, This is where it all starts.” - Jim Black Annual Meeting season in NH Farm Bureau is an exciting time of year. It is a time where all members can give a voice to Policy Development. We are a “Grassroots” organization which means we develop policy from the bottom – up. We take opinions and proposals from our membership, voiced at the County Annual Meetings, to our State Annual Meeting, all the way to the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. I have seen this process at its best here in New Hampshire. In the time I have been here I have seen several of our policies make it all the way from New Hampshire to the national level. We are small in number, relative to traditional agricultural states in the country, but our voice on policy is heard just a loudly as Texas or California. Don’t

miss the opportunity to use your voice in this extremely important part of our mission. Each county will be having an annual meeting during September or October so, if you haven’t heard when yours is being held, reach out to your County President and find out! If you are not sure who that is, call us in the office 224-1934 or check out our website www.nhfarmbureau.org. You can also find a list of all the County Annual Meetings that have been scheduled so far to the right of this column. New Hampshire Farm Bureau is known for its thoughtful policy development process and is a resource for our state representatives on all things agricultural. Be a part of that esteemed reputation. “This is where it all starts!”

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Grafton County Farm Bureau Alumni Hall, Haverhill Guest Speaker - Bill Bartlett Sullivan County Farm Bureau Courthouse Restaurant, Newport NH Commissioner of Ag Shawn Jasper Young Farmer Panel Discussion Cheshire County Farm Bureau Inn at East Hill Farm, Troy Family-Style Dinner Merrimack County Farm Bureau Alan’s Restaurant, Boscawen AW Pie Auction, Farm Trivia Strafford County Farm Bureau Jeremiah Smith Grange Hall, Lee Belknap County Farm Bureau United Methodist Church, Gilford Dinner From Harts Turkey Farm Rockingham County Farm Bureau J + F Farms, Derry Farm to Table Dinner

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NH Farm Bureau Tours Dairy Farms with Commissioner Jasper

With June being National Dairy Month, Farm Bureau spent June 26th & 27th with NH Commissioner of Agriculture Shawn Jasper touring 12 of the state’s dairy farms Photos by Josh Marshall & Rob Johnson, Captions written by Rob Johnson

Echo Farm, Hinsdale

Morrill Farm, Penacook

Beth Hodge of Echo Farm in Hinsdale shows off the new robotic milking system on their dairy (while the Commissioner digs into some Echo Farm pudding). They are planning on a 7-year payback on the system, which cost close to $250,000 and replaces two employees. The cows make the decision on when to come into the parlor to be milked, which on average takes seven minutes. Echo Farm is one of three dairies in the state using robotic milkers.

Springvale Farm/Landaff Creamery, Landaff

Top: Rob Morrill (center) of Morrill farm in Penacook shares his thoughts concerning the Commissioner’s idea for a NH milk label with money generated by use of the label going to dairy farmers. Sherri Morrell (left) looks on. The Morrill’s recently stopped leasing a second farm in Alstead and are in the process of planning and constructing a new milking facility in Penacook to accommodate the transfer of the farm to their three sons. Inset: Oldest son Andy with Commissioner Jasper.

Jones Farm, Chichester

NHFB President Denis Ward looks on as Deb Erb (Springvale Farm/Landaff Creamery) and the Commissioner discuss the industry. Deb’s husband Doug is a certified cheesemaker. Ten years ago his father’s former veterinary clinic was completely redone into a creamery. One-quarter of the milk they produce is used in making their cheese. Deb believes they would probably still not be milking cows today without the creamery. Above right: The Commissioner takes a look at the cheese making room through a public viewing window.

Forbes Farm Partnership, Lancaster At Jones Farm in Chichester, Marion Jones took a break from her gardening to tease the Commissioner about a miscue in one of his columns in the Weekly Market Bulletin. Years ago Marion worked for the Department of Agriculture and one of her jobs was to proofread then Commissioner Steve Taylor’s weekly column. She offered to proof Commissioner Jasper’s column as well.

Bohanan Farm, Contoocook

Forbes Farm Partnership in Lancaster milks close to 1,200 cows and has 35 employees. They crop in the neighborhood of 2,500 acres of owned and leased land. Pictured is Scott Forbes (L) and his father “Mickey” (center). Inset: the calf barn at Forbes Farm. Also part of the tour (not pictured) were: Connolly Brothers Dairy Farm (Temple), Manning Hill Farm (Winchester), Winsome Farm (Piermont), Hatchland Farm (North Haverhill), Highway View Farm (Boscawen), Yeaton Farm (Epsom), & The Local Butcher (Center Barnstead)

Jamie Robertson (second from left) treats tour participants to some of their flavored milk while touring the bottling facility under construction at Bohanan Farm in Contoocook. Since 2011 the farm has been trucking some of their milk to a processing facility in Maine where it is bottled and also processed into butter and cheese under their Contoocook Creamery label. The new processing facility is slated to begin production later this year.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sleepy Brook Farm – New Ipswich

JӕF Farms Inc. - Derry

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

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

Temple Mountain Beef - Temple

Mandico Farm Cattle Co. - Nottingham

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

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

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

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

Merrimack County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schroeder Farm - South Newbury Bill Schroeder - 538-5911 bangus@tds.net Black Angus beef by the side or individual cuts. USDA inspected, all grass fed. Roaster Chickens 10-12 pounds, all natural grain fed.

Song Away Farm – Loudon Rocky Road Tunis Farm - Bath

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

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

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

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

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

Diamond B Farm - New Durham Meghan Bickford - 762-0190 or diamondbfarm14@gmail.com All natural, pasture raised beef, pork, chicken, turkey and eggs. Visit our website at http://www.bickfordsdiamondbfarm.com for more information.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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!

Grafton County Autumn Harvest Farm 77 Johnson Lane, Grafton 632-9144 suzautumnharvest@aol.com autumnharvestnh.com Veggie and annual plant starts, hanging pots, vegetables and more! Visit us at the Farmers’ Markets in New London, Lebanon, Newport, Enfield and Canaan.

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.

Spring Ledge Farm

Scamman Farm

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

Butternut Farm-Milford

Two Sisters’ Garlic of Clough Tavern Farm

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

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

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

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

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 and Harmens in Sugar Hill. We also have P.Y.O Raspberries.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Saltbox Farm m Route 33, 321 21 Portsmouth Ave. Stratham 436-7978 bobsaltboxfarm1@myfairpoint.net 1@myfairpoint.net

Blueberries, raspberries spberries and flowers.

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

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.

Windswept Maples

Merrimack County Autumnview Farm

Sunnycrest

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


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Raising Red Deer

In the Heart of New Hampshire Story and Photos By Josh Marshall Marshall, NHFB Communications Director

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he story of Bonnie Brae Farms in Plymouth, New Hampshire began over 25 years ago with a trip to the New Hampshire Farm & Forest Expo where Henry Ahern attended two meetings: one on fish farming and another on deer farming. With his interest sufficiently sparked in the latter, he spent a week visiting an existing deer farm and made up his mind. Upon returning home, he immediately got to work putting up fencing. Today, Henry and Cindy Downing continue to raise red deer, approximately 260 of them, on their sprawling property bordering the Pemigewasset River. “I knew I didn’t want to be milking cows every day,” Henry joked, but he did want to find a way to keep his family’s property in agriculture, rather than see it grow with condos. Fish farming didn’t seem to have an established infrastructure in the state like deer farming did, with a successful venison co-op and farmers who were actually

Above: Cindy Downing and Henry Ahern discuss how they share responsibilities on the farm. “He does the heavy lifting,” Cindy said. Cindy manages most of the accounting work and operates their farmers’ market booth amongst other duties. Below: A curious hind, or female red deer, turns to investigate the camera.

making a profit. “I’ve always loved deer, I used to be a deer hunter. My friends told me I got too lazy to walk through the woods so that’s why I’ve got all these deer in my backyard.” But lazy is not an adjective to describe Henry and Cindy’s work. Like all farms, there are chores and routine maintenance of infrastructure to go along with marketing and selling of the product, which they do at farmers’ markets as well as directly from the farm. Moving the deer around through the different pens, whether it be to administer medication, harvest antlers, or to separate the males and females, is a regular occurrence. How Bonnie Brae Farms sells both hard antlers as dog chew toys and also can one person wrangle tens or even hundreds of velvet antler that has been processed and encapsulated as a medicinal supplement. Used by athletes and in traditional eastern medicine, velvet deer by themselves? The sound of grain filling a antler has a wide variety of benefits. five-gallon bucket is all it takes. Like most animals, Red deer also have different terminology red deer are motivated by food. “The grain is not than their wild or white-tailed counterparts. A so much a food supplement as it is simply a way male red deer is known as a stag, a female is known to handle them,” Henry said. This work is only complicated by the active as a hind, and a group of red deer is called a mob. railroad track that cuts through the middle of the Their ancestry traces back to northern Europe and farm. The downside to this arrangement is that is most often associated with Scotland, although they’ve had to fence both sides of the track at $10 today New Zealand leads the world in red deer a foot, add thousands of dollars of gates, and need production. That Scottish heritage ties in well with just to check in with the railroad lines to monitor train activity before moving deer from one side to the how Bonnie Brae Farms got its name. Henry’s other. Ever the optimists, Henry and Cindy also family has a cottage on Little Squam Lake and on make good use of the railroad by taking the train, that cottage once hung a sign reading: Bonnie Brae. from time-to-time, and explaining their operation When the sign came down so the cottage could be re-sided, the family gave it to Henry who hung it to travelers as they pass by. The two have been together for 39 years in his office. It was his sister who later made the and have been raising red deer the majority of that suggestion, “If you’re looking for a name for the time. “We’re so deep into it now, it’s kind of hard farm, why not Bonnie Brae? You already have the not to do it,” Cindy said. She enjoys watching the sign.” So, Henry explained, “We looked up Bonnie animals run around, especially the fawns, and Brae, which means beautiful hillside in Scotch. We appreciates the agricultural community in New had Scottish deer, we had Scottish blood, and we Hampshire. “There are a lot of really nice people had beautiful hillsides…so that’s what we named in the farming industry.” By attending farmers’ it!” markets and trade shows, they get to meet a lot of them too. Choosing red deer over other species was a decision Bonnie Brae Farms made for good reason. According to He Henry, they are the easiest species to handle, much easier than fallow ha deer or white-tailed deer, and they are more co comfortable to be around than the la much larger elk. They are also versatile in terms of the various goods they can produce Bonnie Brae sells antlers, both produce. an hard antlers for dog chew toys and the an velvet antler as a nutraceutical product (a food or supplement that contains medicin benefit), breeding stock, and, Henry Ahern of Bonnie Brae Farms in Plymouth is popular with this mob (the term for medicinal a group of red deer) as he doles out grain. The grain is used primarily as a management of cours course, meat. tool to get the deer to a particular area rather than a food supplement. Moments before this photo was taken, there wasn’t a deer in sight.


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The True Cost of Losing Biomass Markets: An Argument for Overturning Vetoes of SB 365 & 446 By Jasen Stock, NHTOA Executive Director

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arlier this year, during the regular legislative session, the New Hampshire legislature considered two Senate bills, 365 and 446, of crucial importance to New Hampshire’s timber industry, tree farmers, and timberland owners. Considering that timber and forestry comprise our state’s third-largest industry, with a collective $1.4 billion annual economic contribution to the N.H. economy, it is not surprising that both bills passed the N.H. House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan majorities. Senate Bill 365 was drafted to provide a reasonable amount of revenue for New Hampshire biomass plants’ continued operation over the three-year term of the bill. These energy plants provide a critical market for woodchips, which make up more than 40 percent of all the timber harvested in New Hampshire. SB 365 was intentionally designed not to be an overreach. The bill is a modest solution that will keep the biomass industry alive. Moreover, a viable woodchip market gives timberland owners incentive to sustainably manage their forests, which means healthier forests and better wildlife habitat in the longterm. Senate Bill 446 similarly supports the woodchip market and businesses seeking to generate their own power by increasing the allowable quantity of electricity an individual or business can sell back to their utility (a.k.a. “net meter”). Many businesses and institutions in New Hampshire, including schools, hospitals, manufacturing plants, sawmills, and others, generate their own electricity through small hydroelectric plants, solar panels, or biomass boilers. Yet Governor Chris Sununu vetoed both bills. Why? Because, he claimed, the bills would increase energy rates for New Hampshire residents. This is nonsense, however. A fiscal analysis conducted by the N.H. Public Utilities Commission on SB 365 estimates the rate increase at $18 million per year (a far cry from the hundreds of millions of dollars claimed by the Governor). And Sununu’s claim ignores the mandated costs NH ratepayers will experience with replacing the lost biomass power. A former Northeast Utilities official testified that the loss of 100 megawatts of biomass power will cause an annual $17 million increase in N.H.’s share of regional generation capacity costs that continues into the future. For ratepayers, this veto does not produce a savings — it results in costs to ratepayers. It’s a simple case of Pay me now or pay me later. And in the case of SB 446 specifically, the PUC estimates no increase in electric rates or cost shifting. That’s just half the argument favoring overriding Sununu’s vetoes.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY GRAFTON COUNTY FARM FARM MANAGER Full time (based on 48 hour work week) – Varied Hours $48,048-64,571 The Farm Manager is responsible for overseeing all operations of the County farm. Total dairy herd size is 190 (95 cows/95 young stock/milk an average of 80).

Jasen Stock, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association

The veto ignores the economic benefits New Hampshire receives from private timberland. Seventysix percent of timberland in New Hampshire is privately owned. With more than two-thirds of all standing timber in New Hampshire being low-grade (not suitable for lumber production), landowners need markets for this wood to support their management objectives and enable them to financially hold onto their property and keep it open to support the state’s largest industry – tourism. The veto will also have a direct impact on the agricultural community: as these power plants close, New Hampshire framers will lose an important fertilizer, namely wood ash. And then there’s the direct economic impact on hundreds of New Hampshire families. The rural economy and the livelihood of many people are heavily dependent on the operation of these six biomass facilities. Plymouth State University quantified this in 2017 to be 932 jobs, and $254 million annually in economic activity. But, in a practical sense, what the governor’s vetoes truly mean for these men and women is wood suppliers with outstanding loans for mechanized forestry equipment will find it difficult to keep up with loan payments, and local restaurants, stores, and other businesses will be devastated by an industry shut-down. The downward economic spiral is not difficult to imagine. The New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association is asking the N.H. Farm Bureau to help us overturn these misinformed, misguided, irresponsible vetoes by contacting your local Senator and Representative and asking them to vote to override these vetoes when they meet on September 13. Loss of these power plants and the trickle-down impacts that have already begun to occur (timber sales shelved, logging crews idled, wood ash shortages, etc.) is having very destructive impact on New Hampshire’s rural economy. Thank you for your support.

Knowledge of current best practices in farming and dairy work and their associated work procedures and methods; must be able to prepare and manage the farm budget and provide long range strategic planning; performs a variety of farm related work, including, but not limited to milking and feeding cows, care of pigs and chickens and planting and harvesting crops; ability to effectively supervise staff of the farm as well as sentenced inmates from the Department of Corrections who perform work on the farm while incarcerated; must also be skilled in the operation and maintenance of all types of farm equipment. Must have knowledge of farm work equivalent to completion of an Associate’s Degree in related field and over five years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Exceptional benefits package including low deductible health plan, NH Retirement System, generous earned time plan and 12 paid holidays. Apply online, visit: www.co.grafton.nh.us/employment-opportunities Grafton County Human Resources 3855 Dartmouth College Hwy., Box 3 North Haverhill, NH 03774 Phone: 603-787-2034 Fax: 603-787-2014 E-mail: hr@co.grafton.nh.us

Entrepreneur Continued From Front Cover Ten semifinalist teams will be announced on Nov. 9 and awarded $10,000. The final four teams (selected from the 10 semifinalist teams) will be announced on Dec. 5 and will receive an additional $5,000 and have all expenses paid to compete in a live pitch competition at AFBF’s 100th Annual Convention in New Orleans on Jan. 13. The final four teams will compete to win: • Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year award and $15,000 (chosen by judges), for a total of $30,000 • People’s Choice award and $10,000 (chosen by public vote), for a total of $25,000 Rural entrepreneurs with businesses in the following categories are encouraged to apply:

• Ag technologies; • Agritourism; • CSAs, farmers’ markets, food stands and food hubs; • Farms, ranches, greenhouses, managed forests, aquaponics, cut flowers, herbs, honey and landscape plants; • Farm-to-table businesses; • Support services including scouting, equipment repair and fertilizer sales; • Value-added processing including yogurts, cheese and processed meats; and • Wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries. Entrepreneurs must be Farm Bureau members to compete. Applicants who are not Farm Bureau members have until Nov. 5 to join. Visit fb.org/join to learn about becoming a member. Detailed eligibility guidelines, the competition timeline and profiles of past Challenge winners are available at http://fb.org/ aginnovationchallenge .


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Eye on Extension EVENTS & WORKSHOPS Pesticide Safety Education Program Fall Trainings The Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) is offering three training classes this fall, including core training sessions for applicators seeking firsttime certification. These courses provide the training applicators need to obtain the knowledge, skills and confidence to take the state certification exam. Instructors will review information from the National Pesticide Applicator Certification Core Manual, the NH Scope of Administrative Rules and turf, right of way and ornamentals categories. Core Training: Two core training sessions will be offered this fall. Only one core session is needed. Sept. 26, 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sept. 28, 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m., both at UNH Law School, 2 White St., Concord. Turf Training: Sept. 27, 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m., UNH Extension Hillsborough County office, 329 Mast Road, Goffstown. Ornamental Training: Oct. 2, 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m., NH Department of Environmental Services, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord. Right of Way Training: Oct. 3, 8:15 a.m.-5 p.m., NH Department of Environmental Services, 29 Hazen Drive, Concord. Register for trainings at bit. ly/2vUckYr. Advance registration is required for all and space is limited. Cost of the program is $115.00 per day. There are required study materials for training. The study materials need to be ordered before class begins and are available at the UNH Extension Education Center, 329 Mast Road, Goffstown. Call 603-351-3831 or 1-877-398-4769 with questions.

Twilight Meeting: Backpack Sprayer Calibration and Application Safety Sept. 19 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM Urban Tree Service 119 Walnut Road, Rochester UNH Extension field specialist George Hamilton will lead a handson workshop to help you evaluate the effectiveness of your turf and ornamental spray applications at this Twilight Meeting. Key topics include nozzle selection, making correct calculations and calibrating sprayer pressure for your walking speed. Also includes a tour of Urban

Tree Service. Pesticide credits pending. Contact Jaime Roberge at Jaime.roberge@unh.edu or 603-7494445 to register. Have your business name, phone number, email and number of employees attending ready when registering.

Turning Up Soil Health: Integrating Cover Crops in Vegetable Production Oct. 15 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM Longview Farm 175 Quincy Road, Plymouth Learn how to add cover crop practices to your vegetable production. In partnership with Northeast SARE, NH Association of Conservation Districts and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Event takes place rain or shine. Pesticide applicator credits pending. To register, contact Olivia Saunders at Olivia.saunders@unh. edu or 603-447-3834.

2018 Maple Syrup Grading School Oct. 24 - 25 Stonewall Farm 242 Chesterfield Road, Keene The International Maple Syrup Institute Maple Grading School is a two-day event for maple producers, bulk syrup buyers, state inspectors and others who need to accurately grade maple syrup or judge maple product entries at fairs and contests. Quality control issues are also addressed. This school provides a strong scientific base combined with intensive hands-on exercises. This approach enables participants to learn how to grade or judge maple products with confidence. Co-sponsored by Stonewall Farms, IMSI, University of Maine and University of Vermont. $140, register at bit.ly/2Mx5u2o.

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

4-H HIGHLIGHTS NH 4-H Livestock Show & Auction The NH 4-H Livestock Show & Auction takes place at the Hopkinton State Fair on Monday, Sept. 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Granite State 4-H’ers will auction off the project animals they’ve raised specifically for this event. The livestock show begins at 11 a.m. and buyers will have a chance to see the available animals. Bidding begins at 1 p.m. and bidders should be present or make arrangements for an absentee bid. For more information or to become a buyer or sponsor of the auction, visit bit.ly/2MgkTag. New Hampshire youth can experience archery, shotguns, pistols and rifles in a safe environment with certified adult instructors at the 4-H Shooting Sports Jamboree on Sept. 9, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pointer Fish and Game Club, 252 Back River Road in Bedford. Open to 4-H youth ages 8-18 and their parents/guardians. Non-4-H’ers enrolled upon request. Youth must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All firearms and archery equipment will be provided. Personally-owned firearms and other equipment is not permitted. Bring your own eye/ear protection if you have it; otherwise, gear will be provided. Event takes place rain or shine; wear appropriate clothing. Sandals, flip-flops and open-toed shoes are not allowed. $5 youth/$10 adults, contact Hillsborough County 4-H at 603-641-6060 or Hillsborough@ceunh.unh.edu to register after Aug. 30. Join Rockingham County 4-H’ers for the Fun Horse Show on Oct. 14 at Brookvale Pines Farms, 154 Martin Road in Freemont. Both 4-H members and non-members are welcome to join. Registration and class list will be posted three weeks before the event. Hosted by the Peppermint Ponies 4-H Club. For more information, visit bit. ly/2npKeAJ.

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with a strong background in research and implementation of IPM strategies. She attended Virginia Tech University and received a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and both a master’s degree and PhD in entomology. Her research focus has been IPM for apple and grape production in the mid-Atlantic region and IPM for vegetable and ornamental crops. A New Hampshire native, Wallingford will work with colleagues and the state’s agricultural producers to implement strategies for sustainable management of crop pests.

Anna Wallingford joined UNH Extension this summer as the new state specialist in entomology and integrated pest management (IPM).

Ebba currently splits his time between Extension and the UNH Thompson School’s horticulture facilities, where he teaches courses in greenhouse crop production, greenhouse design and management and hydroponics. He developed the Thompson School’s very successful hydroponic growing program in 2016 and also developed and runs Plant Camp!, a one-week day camp for youth ages 8-12 that explores plants and their roles in the world. Ebba has many years of experience as a commercial grower. He is currently completing his master’s degree research with Extension specialist Ryan Dickson. Ebba will continue in his roles at the Thompson School for the next year; in May 2019 he will shift to a fulltime Extension field specialist.

UNH Extension Welcomes Anna Wallingford and Jonathan Ebba Anna Wallingford and Jonathan Ebba joined the UNH Extension staff this summer. Wallingford is the new state specialist in entomology and integrated pest management (IPM) and is a member of the vegetable and fruit production team. Ebba is a Hillsborough County field specialist and a member of the landscape and greenhouse horticulture area of expertise. Wallingford comes to Extension

Jonathan Ebba splits his time between UNH Extension and the UNH Thompson School’s horticulture faciliites.


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Farmers’ Market Classified

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

FOR SALE FOR SALE: Sitrex RT 5800 H four head tedder. 19’ tow behind model with hydraulic fold. Like new, nice lightweight unit, does a good job. Call Michael in Loudon @496-5307

FOR SALE: Top quality Timothy/orchard grass hay. 4x5 round dry bales from well maintained acreage. Could deliver to bulk buyer. Call Michael in Loudon @496-5307

FOR SALE: Nigerian Dwarf kids for sale: 1 - some cash and keep farming. I presently live doeling $350. 3 - bucklings @ $300/ea. Plymouth - in Maine. Bruce - 978-430-6063. 603-412-2133. WANTED: Want to lease or purchase FOR SALE: Belarus 822 farm tractor. 4WD, breeding age hereford bull. Call Charlie 753enclosed cab, bucket loader, diesel, 81 HP. Runs 9547. great. $5,000. Loudon. 603-568-5931 FOR SALE: Small square bales of hay $5. 50- WANTED: Current bale loads delivered locally $200 (Boscawen). Call Charlie 753-9547.

FOR SALE: Rare antique 14 ft traverse sled w/ice FOR SALE: Wood stove, good condition. Takes tongs. 14” w x 13” h - $1200 or BO. 2 wooden skids both $50. Call (603) 475-8819

up to 24-inch wood. $195. Galvanized serrated metal steps, very good condition. 2’ x 9’. $95. 603498-0647

FOR SALE: Like new Rossi 5-foot cutter bar

FOR SALE: Alpacas for sale - breeders, proven

mower for a 3-point hitch, ready to use. Excellent condition, with an extra knife. New London - 5264203 please call after 5pm.

FOR SALE: 1940’s Farmall A Cultivision tractor. Two bottom plow, 5-foot rear mounted sickle bar. Has original exhaust lift. $2250. Ctr. Sandwich - 603284-6210

FOR SALE: 8 Herefords: two service age bulls, 3-year-old heifer, 18-months heifer, one 6-yearold cow with twin heifer calves 4 months old, one 6-year-old cow due soon - Reasonable prices. They are in great shape. Contact Morton Bailey, Lyme, NH - 603-353-4130

FOR SALE: 3 Southdown Babydoll sheep/ wethers. Very friendly & sweet natured. One-yearold in March ‘18. Great pets or for training working dog. Have been worked with a Boarder Collie. Call 603-529-8993 - Weare, NH FOR SALE: Two polled Hereford bull calves 10 and 11 mos. $650.00 each. Also hay, $5.00 a bale. Please call cell 603-455-0576.

FOR SALE: 1940’s Farmall A Cultavision. Excellent shape. with exhaust lift. Left and right plows and mowing machine. $3100. Sandwich, NH 284-6210

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

FOR SALE: Deluxe Alpaca Chute. Can be use for other species: goats, sheep, etc. Head, neck, and belly restraints with quick release. Side panels open for easy access to animal for vetting and grooming. $750. Contact 746-3385. FOR SALE: 570 New Holland baler. Hydraulic tongue and basket, hydro tension chute, trailer hitch - $14,200. 243 Kuhn disc mower conditioner. Poly fingers, 7’ 10” cut - $10,800 (both one owner). Pro Choice 17-foot hydraulic lift Tedder - $3,500. 10ft Kuhn gyro rake - $2,500. 256 New Holland rake - $2,500. Diller 9 x 20,10-ton, running gear, metal sides hay wagon - $2,800. All equipment excellent condition and always shedded. Kingston 978-8156867 FOR SALE: Massey Ferguson hay baler. Model number 3, small capacity. Always kept under cover. Used last summer. Knotters vg. w/owners manual. $1000. Call Charlie 753-9547 FOR SALE: Battles Farm, Bradford, NH. 154 Acres w fields, forests + brook frontage; large farmhouse, 40’x70’ barn, silo. $495,000. NH Conservation Real Estate, (603)253-4999.

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Bearcamp River Investment, Tamworth, NH. 116 Acres; 12 contiguous lots of record; 5,000 feet of river frontage. Adjacent to White Lake State Park! $428,000. NH Conservation Real Estate, (603)253-4999.

beef/hay farmer wanting to expand operation. Looking to buy at least 100+ acres for hay or pasture and decent housing for approximately 40 animals. Location could be anywhere around or in between Conway and Concord. Email: chris.powles@kw.com. Not interested in leasing.

and unproven; 3 bred; pet/fiber, herd guard. Prices WANTED: Looking for acreage, with start at $600. Wide range of colors. Contact 603-746- a 3 bdrm, 2 bath home would be a bonus. Disabled Combat Veteran looking to get into 3385 or contookcookalpaca@gmail.com. tree farming or possible beef cattle. Prefer FOR SALE: Blue Ox Farm, a certified organic Grafton County area. email: david.binford@ vegetable farm in Enfield, NH is for sale. Due to yahoo.com personal reasons, my wife and I are selling the farm as a going, profitable, farm business. The farm has FOR LEASE good land, good markets, good records / financials, and a good assortment of equipment and supplies. FOR LEASE: Active and long established We own 25 acres, and rent more land and a local pick-your-own blueberry farm business in barn. We are selling: Our house and land (The house is partly furnished), The farm business and southern NH is available for lease starting farm assets, including 4 greenhouses, caterpillar 2018. Turnkey operation includes 2600 well tunnels, tractors, implements, supplies and much tended blueberry bushes, drip irrigation, more. This is a great opportunity to buy a going operating equipment, and onsite storage. profitable vegetable farm. For more information, Guidance and assistance from owner is and an equipment list, please reply to Steve Fulton available as needed. Farm is located on Rte at Steve@blueoxfarm.com 3A in Litchfield NH between Manchester and Hudson/Nashua NH. For more information, FOR SALE: Nice timothy hay, not dusty, nice phone (603) 809-0514 or visit website http:// color for a load of approximately 680 bales. For a price delivery please give me your zip code. berrylease.wixsite.com/farm Also, wood shavings are available in 3.25 cubic foot plastic bags, direct from the mills.WWW. HERITAGEEXPORT.COM

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FOR SALE: 2006 New Holland 30 h.p. tractor wood for wood or buy any marketable w/backhoe and bucket. 647 hrs. Very good rubber. stumpage. Call Tim 603-393-7328 or Ron 603Ex. cond., photo available. $15,900. Sandwich - 455- 744-2686 8346. WELDING & FABRICATION: Farm & heavy WANTED equipment welding repair and custom HELP WANTED: In repairing antique Red fabrication. Gates, Feeders, Headlocks etc. Jacket water pump from early 1900’s. Was my Please call Dan at 603-746-4446 or danp@ grandparent’s source of water for the house and skytrans-mfg.com now want to use in dug well on farm. Call Tom REAL ESTATE: Broker with Farm Knowledge 978-771-9979 Representing Sellers and Buyers. Accredited WANTED: Looking for someone to maintain/cut Land Consultant with Expertise in flat hayfield. Typical yield 600 1st cut, 300 2nd. Conservation Easements, Farms, Forests, Fertilized annually. Interested in options to keep/ Recreational Land. NH Conservation Real sell/buy hay. Tami - 603-487-1254 Estate, (603)253-4999. WANTED: A new idea. Looking for land in Carroll Let us Cnty., a piece of a working farm. Six or more acres. BOOKKEEPING SERVICES: Build a home on the edge. Then lease the land handle your pile of receipts. Accounts back to farmer for free. Continued to be farmed Payable/Receivable, QuickBooks, Financial under mutually satisfactory terms. I get a nice Reports. Email AccuracyCountsLLC@gmail. piece of land that is kept open and farmed. You get com or call 603-598-6620.

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County & Committee News CHESHIRE COUNTY FARM BUREAU Members are gearing up for our annual meeting to be held at East Hill Farm in Troy, NH on October, 8th. What a great place to hold an event (or just visit). We will have a guest speaker again this year. As we speak, the committee is working on locating a guest speaker. Cheshire County Farm Bureau Secretary, Elaine Moore was chosen to participate in this year’s American Farm Bureau Federation Communications Boot Camp in Washington D.C. (Yes that’s me). New Hampshire also sent a participant last year, Ruth Scruton. A big ‘WAY TO GO’ to Ruth of Strafford County. She enjoyed Boot Camp so much and told me about the instructors and their teaching, so I wanted to apply. After talking with Ruth more about the Communications Boot Camp I sent in an application. I was so elated to learn that I had been accepted this year. I recommend this Boot Camp for everyone. There were 50 applications however only fifteen women chosen, all from various states. It was such an honor to be chosen, one I will never forget. We had to write a speech to present on our second day there. Our classes taught us how to speak, how to hold the public’s interest, the do’s and don’ts in public speaking, and presenting our speech. The classes were intense and emotional in some cases. Looking back it was a very enriching time for me. So much to learn and take in. I know I am a better person because of all I learned in those four days. Each of us had to visit “Capitol Hill” and speak to either a Representative or Senator from our respective states about the topic of our speech. In my case I wrote about our need for more farm workers. If we are not able to hire within the states, there should be an easier process to hire from other countries. (If anyone is interested in this topic please contact me. – mklmfarm49@gmail.com.) We all had to do a presentation on our speech on social media, TV, Radio, and hold an interview with a newspaper reporter. Although attending Bootcamp was way out of my comfort zone, that’s really why we were all there: to understand, learn, and be comfortable speaking not only one-onone but to a group of people. You may wonder, “Was it hard work?” YES. Was it interesting? YES. Was it worth going? ABSOLUTLY. Not only did I learn a lot, and hope to apply what I learned in my daily life, I also met the most wonderful, enthusiastic and dedicated

Above: Merrimack County Farm Bureau Secretary Todd Laroque of Carter Hill Orchard in Concord. Top right: MCFB Board Member Jill Dumont of Foster Meadow Farm in Boscawen. Bottom right: MCFB Board Member Steve MacCleery of MacCleery Farm in Chichester. Below: MCFB Board Member Bobby Drown of White Ash Farm and BoKaJa Enterprises in Webster.

women. Farming and Farm Bureau are their life’s calling. They all inspired me. I will always remember them and their kindness, laughter, and devotion they showed to each other and myself. Our instructors were wonderful, sometimes hard on us, sometimes laughing with us but we knew they were always there to help us. A highlight of this trip was meeting American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. He is a wonderful person with his whole heart in agriculture and working for agriculture. Not only for farmers but everyone.

MERRIMACK COUNTY FARM BUREAU Merrimack County Board of Directors Announces Brand New Award! The Board of Directors will be handing out a BRAND NEW award at our annual meeting! This award is the “Outstanding Contribution Award” and will be presented to an individual who shows influential leadership, volunteerism and support to Farm

Cheshire County Farm Bureau Secretary Elaine Moore, above receiving her certificate, graduated from the 2018 American Farm Bureau Federation Women’s Communication Boot Camp in Washington, D.C. this summer.

Bureau and Merrimack County. If you would like to nominate an individual for this award, please email or call Becca at Stevensfarm16@gmail.com or 603-8480579 with your nomination along with a brief description of why this person should receive the award. Nominations are due September 13th. The award will be presented at our annual meeting on October 10th.

Meet the Merrimack County Board of Directors! Todd Larocque, Secretary/Treasurer Todd Larocque is the owner of Carter Hill Orchard in Concord, NH. Todd grows apples, peaches, blueberries and vegetables. Todd has been on the Merrimack County Board for the past 9 years, serving as the Secretary/ Treasurer for the past 5 years. Steve MacCleery, Member of the Board Steve has served Merrimack County as a board member as well as its President. He owns MacCleery farm in Chichester. Steve’s primary crop is hay and he also repairs farm equipment. Steve collects John Deere toys and memorabilia. Jill Dumont, Member of the Board Jill is the manager at Foster Meadow Farm, a dressage training facility, owned by Pam Goodrich, where she cares for and oversees the horses, barn, and grounds. She is also a freelance dressage instructor and trainer, specializing in starting young horses, and is working towards internationally recognized dressage competition with her personal horse, Rosie. Jill has served on the Merrimack County Board for many years, and has also served as the Young Farmer Chair. Jill shares almost 15 acres with her partner Shawn and hound dog Remi, where she keep bees and grows a variety of fruits and herbs. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, gardening, and baking.

Bobby Drown, Member of the Board Bobby has served on the Merrimack County Board of Directors for many years, and has also served as its President. He owns his family farm BoKaJa Enterprises where he raises Thanksgiving Turkeys. He also manages his family’s farm, Great Ash Farm, where he works along side his parents, Bob and Kay, and sister Beth where they have a dairy operation. Bobby is the past winner of the Profile Award. Bobby is the emcee for the Associated Women’s Pie Auction at the Merrimack County annual meeting!

SULLIVAN COUNTY FARM BUREAU All Sullivan County Farm Bureau members are encouraged to attend our annual meeting on Monday, Oct. 1st at the Courthouse Restaurant in Newport. Social hour begins at 5:30 with dinner and the annual meeting to follow. The cost is $20 for members and $24 for guests. We are pleased to have as our guest, the newly appointed Commissioner of Agriculture, Shawn Jasper. He will speak briefly on the state of agriculture in New Hampshire. Following the Commissioner’s remarks, we will have a panel discussion by four of Sullivan County’s young farmers. The panel will include: Liz Macnamara from Mac’s Maple, Ray Sprague from Edgewater Farm, Sam Nelson from Beaver Pond Farm, and Jason LeClair from, the NH Dairy Farm of the year, LeClair Acres. They will speak about working to succeed in today’s agricultural climate. Please put the date on your calendar. More details will be in the September Sullivan County Newsletter.


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Summer Picnic Left: Attendees of the 2018 NHFB/ NHTOA Summer Picnic on a tour of host farm, J + F Farms, in Derry. Owner, ‘Farmer Phil’ Ferdinando explained how he uses drip irrigation to conserve water, showed the difference between sweet corn varieties, and talked about the consequences of pest damage. Right: Associated Women of NHFB President Ruth Scruton and Strafford County FB member Richard Levis

Left: NHTOA Executive Director Jasen Stock (left) and NHFB President Denis Ward chat in between greeting attendees to the picnic. Right: (left to right) Sullivan County FB President Bob Cunniff, Cheshire County FB President Bob Moore, Cheshire County FB Secretary Elaine Moore, and Robert Cunniff Jr. enjoy the meal.

Left: NHFB Summer Intern Caroline Crouch makes sure attendees have what they need as they make their way through the buffet line. Most of the food was sourced directly from J + F Farms including the salad, hamburgers, and sweet corn. Right: Host ‘Farmer Phil’ Ferdinando takes a break from cooking sweet corn to chat with NH Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food Shawn Jasper.

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Fall Containers Are So Much More Than Mums! By Linda Zukas, NH Plant Growers Assoc.

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Stop fertilizing perennials, trees, and shrubs. You can add compost and organic matter, but do not put anything on them that will encourage them to put up new growth this fall that will be too tender going into the winter.

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If there’s a period of no rain, keep up with your watering. Winter may be coming on, but they still need the hydration. As this is written, that hardly seems like a problem, but think back to earlier in the summer and it looked like we were headed into a drought. Especially water if you transplant anything this fall. With all the rain we have had of late, we may go the other way and go into a cycle of no rain for a month.

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Fall is an excellent time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials. The weather isn’t quite so hot during the fall, so the new plantings won’t dry out so quickly. Start thinking of what you’d like to plant when the weather cools off. Remember that new plantings will still need to be watered frequently to help them establish their roots. The ground stays warmer than the air for quite a while, so that plants will keep putting out new roots, long after they want to put out new growth on top. The plants you purchase in the fall, may be summer or spring bloomers and may not look as good in the pots at your local grower, but trust your expert at these growers and they will advise you as to what is a good plant and that it just needs to get in the ground and will flourish next year.

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Clean up any diseased plant material. Cut and remove any diseased plant material, but do not put it into your compost pile. This will just breed those mildews and other diseases to breed into your yard again next year. Leaves that are spotted on plants like rose bushes etc. that fall at the end of the season, should be removed from your gardens, to try to break that cycle.

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Cut back perennials, rake out your beds, plant your bulbs and you will be all ready for a great spring. Enjoy a nice late fall day, and cut back all your perennials, rake out those beds, and if you are going to add some spring blooming bulbs, this would be the time to plant them. Now you are all ready to have your garden ready to enjoy in the spring time. We are all so busy in the spring, that by doing the clean up in the fall, you will be able to sit back and enjoy your gardens emerging in the spring and welcoming a new year.

hen you think of planting your containers for the Fall, most people think of planting a Mum in your containers and calling it done. That is one option, but there are so many other cool tolerant annuals that can add color and texture to your container and often they will add color much longer than your mum. Mixing these annuals with your mums make a container that will last thru the fall. If you have planted a nice grass or Dracenea in your summer container you may be able to leave that in the container and use it again in the fall, or you can plant a nice red grass in your container to add height and fall color. Then select other plant material that add some great texture, such as ornamental cabbage and kale, swiss chard, beets, heucheras, and ivy are all plants that add color and texture to a fall container, and will last well into late fall. For flowering plants, select plants that perform in the cooler weather. Fall pansies, Oesteospermum Daisies, Million bells, Nemesias, Rudbeckias (annual varieties), Alyssum, Verbenias, and Dusty Miller are some of the annuals that make great additions to your fall containers. You can always incorporate a mum into a nice selection of plants to make a unique fall container and to get a traditional plant into the mix. Planting a container in the fall has the same basics as planting a container for the spring or summer. Use good potting soil, not garden soil, water regularly, and feed with a liquid fertilizer at least once weekly. This will ensure that you will have great color until frost or later.

Selections like ornamental cabbage (left) can add texture to your fall containers. Incorporating flowering plants that perform well in cooler weather like Million Bells (right) can add a great blast of color in addition to ever popular Mums.

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As fall approaches we think of cleaning out the garden and using up the green tomatoes before the frost gets them. Ways in which I use them are in relishes, green tomato mincemeat, and even Fried Green Tomatoes. Our families favorite recipe is green tomato relish, passed down from my grandmother, and it is delicious on hot dogs and hamburgers.

• 2 cups vinegar • 2 cups sugar • 2 Tbsp mustard seed • 2 Tbsp salt • Mix above ingredients and add vegetables, Cook 15 minutes, • Have boiling hot, put in hot sterilized jars and seal. • Makes approximately 4 pints.

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The Communicator - 2018 September/October  

The Official New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation Newspaper

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