Agriculture

NH News
5:43 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

NH Department Of Agriculture Celebrates 100 Years

Credit Michael Samuels

The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

 

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NH News
4:51 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Orchards Compete For A Slice Of The 'Pick Your Own' Pie

Pick-your-own is increasingly where the money is for New Hampshire orchards
Credit She Shimmers via Flickr Creative Commons

Fall in New Hampshire means fairs, foliage – and getting out to one of the state's 300-odd apple orchards to pick your own. Elaine Starkey is out at Butternut Farm in Farmington, with her sons and grandkids, to do just that.

"They usually have donuts, but we got here a little late."

'Pick Your Own Apples' now means not just picking the fruit, but also hay rides, corn mazes, petting animals, And enjoying other seasonal products, like cider, pies, and yes, donuts. 

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NH News
3:53 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

N.H. Gleaners Redistribute Local Food

Gershfields glean tomatoes at Hungry Bear Farm
Credit Michael Samuels

In the fields, at farmer's markets, in food pantries and schools, gleaners are proving there's plenty of local fruits and vegetables to go around.

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NH News
11:16 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Growing Pains: Financing N.H.'s Farm Renaissance

Belted Galloways at Von Dohrmann's Otokahe Farm in Jefferson, N.H.
Harriet Alexander

Increasing demand for local food has led farmers to seek capital: funds with which to start or grow their businesses.   In most industries, an increase in demand from consumers spells profits, so banks and other lenders will pull out their checkbooks.  But farming is a little different.  In New England, farmers aren’t actually likely to make much money.  This isn’t new: farmers have always relied on farm credit co-ops and the federal government for loans to grow their businesses.

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Growing Pains
11:46 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Growing Pains: New Hampshire Farms Fight For Viability

Heron Pond Farm sells produce and other goods at their farm stand in Kensington, N.H.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

With almost 60 farmers markets across the state, demand for local food is growing.  But local farmers still struggle to make a profit growing local food. In fact, about three quarters of all farms in New Hampshire gross less than $10,000 from sales each year. Seacoast Reporter Emily Corwin takes an in-depth look at New Hampshire's agriculture community in her five-part series, Growing Pains.

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All Things Considered
5:12 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

New England Farmers Worried About Proposed Federal Food Safety Rules

Representatives from the US Food and Drug Administration are traveling around the country this summer speaking with farmers about the Food Safety Modernization Act – which is the biggest reform of food safety laws the country has seen in more than 70 years. 

The FDA held a public hearing on their proposed rules at Dartmouth College.  The farmers we met there are very concerned about the consequences the proposed rules could have on New England agriculture. 

Why FSMA?

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:02 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Urban Farming: A Bright Spot In The Collapse Of A Once Great City

Photo courtesy By Gerbriel Kamener and Sown Together

Detroit’s declaration of bankruptcy this summer opened up the floodgates for stories of its decline. Documentary films, photo essays, and articles reveal a once-proud American city, home to world’s highest-paid workers and a strong middle class, as a shell of its former self. Some residents are finding hope among the abandoned neighborhoods, crumbling municipal buildings, and rusting car factories that made the motor city hum.

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Word of Mouth
1:41 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Searching For Long Lost Apples With "The Apple Whisperer"

Credit www.fedcoseeds.com

In the mid-1800s the United States was home to more than fifteen thousand varieties of apple - two thousand in New England alone.  That diversity was pretty much wiped out by the growth of industrial agriculture and today, only a few varieties remain…at least in the supermarket.  John Bunker , a man known as the apple whisperer, is on a quest to find, save and preserve long lost types of apples.

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NH News
12:58 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Growing Pains: Why Three New N.H. Slaughterhouses Won't Fix The Slaughterhouse Shortage

Ray Conner at Evandale Farm, with goats. Conner is hopeful the state's new slaughterhouses will help her expand her business.
Emily Corwin NHPR

  According to the USDA, Americans are producing and eating more locally-raised food every year.  But the market for local meat has trailed behind the market for local produce.  Until recently, reasoning has been that there’s a shortage of local slaughterhouses. But as three slaughterhouses open their doors in NH this year, industry-wide studies show that more slaughterhouses may not be the answer, after all. 

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Word of Mouth
12:03 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Robots Are Changing The Future Of Winemaking

Credit Logan Shannon

An agricultural art dating from the Neolithic period shares a glass with the robotics of the future. Since the first evidence of grapevine cultivation for wine about 7000 years ago, viticulture has developed a degree of automation…still, wine-makers depend on human hands and eyes to thoroughly -- and tediously -- inspect their crop for quality and yield. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing an automated grape-counting system that will help lighten that load and lead to the production of better wine. Sara Reardon is a staff writer and reporter for New Scientist who covered the machines that could change the future of winemaking.

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NH News
9:57 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Growing Pains: What One N.H. Farmer Is Doing To Make Local Food More Profitable

Heron Pond Farm sells produce and other goods at their farm stand in Kensington, N.H.
Emily Corwin NHPR

With almost 60 farmers markets across the state, demand for local food is growing.  But local farmers still struggle to make a profit growing local food. In fact, about three quarters of all farms in New Hampshire gross less than $10,000 from sales each year.

This is the first installment in our summer business series investigating how a changing market place is affecting New Hampshire farmers.

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Foodstuffs
2:56 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Want CSA Success? Get To Know Your Neighbors

Some of the greens NHPR staffers picked up as part of our CSA.
Credit Amanda Loder, NHPR

This week some NHPR staffers got their first weekly share of veggies from a nearby CSA – which stands for community supported agriculture.

The idea is that consumers buy a share of the year’s crops in advance – that gives them a weekly supply of produce, while farmers get a more stable income stream than what they might have selling just through farmers markets or farmstands.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Dust Bowl Days Are Here Again

A dust storm approaches Stratford, Texas in 1935.
Credit NOAA George E. Marsh Album

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Could it really be true that we are in the midst of the worst drought in the United States since the 1930s?                                                         -- Deborah Lynn, Needham, MA

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun April 28, 2013

The "Monsanto Protection Act"

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: What is the “Monsanto Protection Act” and why are environmentalists so upset about it?                                                                                                       -- Rita Redstone, Milwaukee, WI

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Fretting Over The Farm Bill

Congress is in the midst of renewing this giant legislation, after missing its first deadline to do so.  And New Hampshire farmers are keeping an eye on this process, they want assurances a final measure won’t just favor big agribusiness, but also, the smaller farms prevalent in our region.  We’ll find out the bill might include and what’s at stake for the Granite State.


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