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Granite State Farmers reflect on what they learned this year -- and how they're planning for seasons to come. In response to the pandemic, many made changes they plan to keep, such as taking reservations for pick-your-own visits and making home deliveries. They say demand for locally grown food has been strong. The big worry now: an early spring drought.


Air date: April 7, 2021

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A continuación, encuentra las noticias del lunes 28 de septiembre.  

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Una nota: Lo escrito es nuestro guión para nuestras grabaciones. Tenlo en cuenta si ven algunas anotaciones diferentes.

Estado reporta 53 nuevos casos de COVID-19, cuatro de estos tienen menos de 18 años

New Hampshire confirmó 53 [cincuenta y tres] casos más de COVID-19 el domingo. Cuatro de estos son de personas menores a 18 [dieciocho]. 


A continuación, están las noticias del jueves 6 de Agosto.

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Funcionarios de salud reportan casos nuevos pero ningún fallecimiento u hospitalización adicional

Los funcionarios de salud anunciaron 27 [veintisiete] nuevos casos de COVID-19 el miércoles. 

Hay 378 [trescientos setenta y ocho] casos activos en el estado y 20 [veinte] pacientes actualmente hospitalizados. 

Rebroadcast: A N.H. Farmer Roundtable

Dec 23, 2019

  We talk with a few of the farmers who produce our food in this state to find out about the challenges that come with making a living off the land, take a look at challenges for farming in the future, especially in a warming climate, and we discover the joys of working with the earth and animals. Original Air Date: Monday, November 25, 2019

Chickens In Your Backyard

Jun 19, 2019

With the boom in backyard chickens, New Hampshire cities and towns are trying to balance this trend with regulations aimed at safety and neighborhood peace. What have you seen in your town? We discuss the how-tos, the rules, and what raising backyard chickens means for people and their communities. 

This conversation airs live at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, and again at 7 p.m. Audio will be available shortly after the conclusion of the program. 

Farmers Mkt Produce

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently published a census report on New Hampshire’s farming industry. The data shows that New Hampshire farms are becoming smaller and more profitable.


The USDA report, which is done every five years, shares numbers from 2017.


Some key findings:

Robert Garrova for NHPR

Senator Jeanne Shaheen met Friday with about a dozen representatives from New Hampshire's farming industry to discuss how the partial government shutdown is affecting them.  

It's not just federal workers who are starting to feel the effects of the shutdown.

Because of the lapse in funding, USDA Farm Service Agency programs that allow farmers to take out low-interest loans have been stalled.

Robert Wellington is with Agri-Mark dairy farms. He said trade tensions with China are the biggest worry for his industry.

Despite some recent rain, New Hampshire is currently classified as "abnormally dry" by the National Drought Mitigation Center. The lack of rainfall has forced many New Hampshire farmers to turn to irrigation. 

"We've spent a lot of money. It's a huge pain in the neck," says Chuck Souther, owner of Apple Hill Farm in Concord, who had to irrigate this year's strawberry crop. "We're much happier when rain falls out of the sky." 

If the dry period doesn't let up, Souther and other farmers say their apples, pumpkins, and even next year's berry crops could be affected.

U.S. Border Patrol agents detained two individuals in Woodsville, N.H., on Friday.

The Vermont-based advocacy non-profit Migrant Justice is working on behalf of one of the individuals, who was arrested the Woodsville Walmart and is being held in Strafford County jail in Dover, according to Abel Luna, an organizer with the group.

A proposal to make it easier for New Hampshire farms to host things like weddings and larger-scale events will be up for consideration by state lawmakers in January.

The issue has come up repeatedly in recent years, both in the state legislature and in court cases.

Local regulations on what's known as 'agritourism' — events that bring visitors onto farm property — vary significantly from town-to-town.

Henniker Christmas tree farmer Stephen Forster, for example, has been fighting with officials in his town for years to host weddings on his property.

Farm-to-Table Facts and Fiction

Dec 22, 2017

As the farm-to-table movement caught on nation-wide, a cohort of farmers, chefs, and organizers put in the legwork to make local food possible here in New Hampshire. 

This week on Word of Mouth, we trace the history of local food in the state, and we address a listener's question: How can you distinguish real, authentic local food from the dizzying display of marketing gimmicks? 

We also hang out with a local arts collective on the seacoast, and we sit down with National Book Award-winning poet Frank Bidart. 

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When Lorraine Stuart Merrill was nominated as Agriculture Commissioner in 2007, the first reporter to get her on the phone asked her how it felt to take the job when farming was all but disappearing in the state.

That wasn't the case then - and it isn't now. There's something of a boomlet going on, she says. But for Merrill it showed that she had her work cut out for her in terms of public perception.

Ben Henry

In a plant-filled apartment in Lebanon during the heat wave this week, Helen Brody drank iced tea and recalled the rise and fall of the New Hampshire Farms Network (NHFN). She launched the website in 2008, to nurture local food culture at a time when “local food” was barely a thing.

For the past decade, the NHFN website had been a source of in-depth profiles on New Hampshire farmers and their families. This April, it closed down, although the New Hampshire Historical Society recently made plans to acquire the profiles.

The USDA has designated Belknap, Grafton, Merrimack, Strafford, Cheshire, Hillsborough Rockingham and Sullivan counties as primary natural disaster areas due to crop loss from unseasonably warm temperatures followed by freezing early this year.  Now, farmers in those and contiguous counties are eligible to apply for low interest emergency loans from USDA’s lending agency.