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Thursday, 03/05/2015

Emerald Ash Borer for Birders Workshop
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

Help track the Emerald Ash Borer

Forest Health officials need the help of outdoor enthusiasts, including birders, in detecting emerald ash borer (EAB), the most destructive forest pest in North America. Its larvae tunnel just under the bark of ash trees, killing them quickly. You can help us locate this pest by spotting the characteristic bark damage caused by woodpeckers feeding on EAB larvae.In this workshop, Molly Heuss with NH Division of Forest & Lands and Steve Roberge, UNH Cooperative Extension, will teach you what to look for and how to report potentially infested trees. They will also discuss the history and biology of emerald ash borer, the status of infestations in NH, the impacts this insect is expected to have on NH’s forests and landscapes, and the steps NH Forest Health officials are taking to manage this insect. Phil Brown of NH Audubon will discuss the birds that feed on the Emerald Ash Borer and how to identify them, and why their feeding behavior leaves the characteristic “blonding” on the ash trees, as well as provide a landowner’s (NH Audubon) perspective on EAB infestations.

Location

  • Harris Center for Conservation Education, 83 King's Highway, Hancock, NH, 03449

Wilderness Ethics
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)


Join Antioch University, the MERE Project and the Waterman Fund as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the book Wilderness Ethics, with co-author Laura Waterman. This is a panel discussion that will explore definitions of wilderness, how our actions affect wilderness and others' experiences of it, and what the future holds for the wild places of New Hampshire and beyond.

 

 

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Location

  • Antioch University New England, Community Room, 40 Avon Street, Keene, NH, 03431

Monday, 03/09/2015

Cheshire County Advisory Council Meeting
(06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

 

Agenda items:

- Budget/Extension Updates

- Set dates for 2015 AC meetings

 

Staff Evaluations: Steve Roberge and Carl Majewski

 

Administrative Staff attending:

Amy Quellette, Program Team Leader, Food & Agriculture

Jeff Schloss, Program Team Leader, Natural Resources

Location

  • Cheshire County Old Courthouse, 12 Court St., keene, NH, 03431

Wednesday, 03/11/2015

30th Annual North Country Dairy Seminar and Trade Show
(09:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

Plan to join us for the 30th Annual Dairy Seminar & Trade Show at the Mountain View Grand Resort, Whitefield, NH.  Please see attached flyer for more details and registration information, due March 2.

 

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Location

  • Mountain View Grand Resort, Mountain View Rd., Whitefield, NH, 03598

Saturday, 03/14/2015

Backyard Maple Sugaring - How to Make Your Own Maple Syrup
(11:00 AM - 01:00 PM)

This workshop is for first-timers and beginner maplers having less than 75 taps. All aspects of maple sugaring will be covered, including tree identification and tapping, collecting and boiling sap, finishing, filtering and packing syrup. Equipment and supplies needed, especially sizing and operating small evaporators, homemade and commercial, will also be discussed.

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Location

  • Keene Agway, Martell Court, Keene, NH, 03431

Monday, 03/16/2015

Initial Pesticide Certification Training
(05:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

This educational program is designed to provide introductory training so that New Hampshire growers may obtain the knowledge, skills and confidence to take the state certification exam and pass. This training is also to help individuals learn the safe practices of applying pesticides while producing a high quality crop and protecting themselves and the environment. 

Training will be offered in March and April of 2015. If you are looking for instruction for first-time certification or if you would like to receive recertification credits in 2015 to use or purchase restricted-use pesticides this training is for you.

Training will be offered at three different locations statewide in March and April of 2015.

The Nature Conservancy (Merrimack County), Concord, NH 03301     

March 16 & 23rd         5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date: March 30th   5:30-8:30 pm

 REGISTRATION

Keene State College, Science Center Rm 102                     

March 19 & 26th          5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date:  April 2nd   5:30-8:30 pm

 REGISTRATION

UNH Cooperative Extension, Grafton County Office, North Haverhill, NH

April 7 & 14th              5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date: April 21st   5:30-8:30 pm

 REGISTRATION

**Training combined with individual study has the best track record in preparing someone to take the state pesticide license exams.

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Location

  • Nature Conservancy - Concord, 22 Bridge Street, Concord, NH, 03301

Informational Workshop on New Hampshire Current Use Tax Rules
(06:30 PM - 08:00 PM)

 

Rural landowners of 10+ acres can enroll their property in the state “CURRENT USE” program, and lower their property taxes. However, this protected property also has restrictions on its future use.


We will be there to explain Current Use assessment and the different aspects of the program so you can decide if this land conservation opportunity is right for you. If your land is already in Current Use, this will be a good refresher course to remind you of regulations.


Remember that a detailed written management plan is now required for forestland enrolled in the “Stewardship” category.

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Location

  • Hillsborough County UNHCE Office, 329 Mast Road, Goffstown, NH, 03045

Tuesday, 03/17/2015

2015 Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

 

March Weekly Series

Like a Pebble in a Pond:
Ripples of Land Use Changes Over Time
The histories of farming, forests, wildlife and people are entwined in the northeast. The impact of land use change will continue to ripple through the future of our farms, forests, wildlife and people who depend upon them. This winter, our annual lecture series examines landscape history and land use change – by both looking back and considering what may lie ahead.

 

Week 2

March 17th Movie Night: “The People’s Forest”
The film “The People’s Forest” is the result of a 2-year collaboration between acclaimed film-maker David Huntley, the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University and the Museum of the White Mountains. It is a visual treasury of rarely seen vintage still photos and juttering horse-drawn cinema as well as Huntley’s own breathtaking shots of the White Mountain National Forest today. Film-maker David Huntley will show the film and discuss its impact in NH and elsewhere.

 

Additional Dates

March 24th Boom to Bust and Back Again: Is Past A Prologue for NH Agriculture?

March 31st Oh to Be Young Again: An Aging Forest Means Trouble for Some NH Wildlife

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Location

  • Baldwin Center, Caroline A. Fox Research & Demonstration Forest, 309 Center Rd., Hillsborough, NH, 03244

Wednesday, 03/18/2015

2015 NH Water & Watershed Conference
(All day)

Save the Date

NH Watershed & Watershed Conference is coordinating with the New England Association of Environmental Biologist on a joint conference. The central focus to the event will be regional partnerships.

March 18 - 20, 2015

Agenda will include topics on:

  • Integrated water and watershed research
  • Watershed management
  • Water quality and biotic communities
  • Effectiveness of restoration projects
  • Land use planning
  • Climate change

Who should attend:

  • Water researchers and planner
  • Watershed organizations
  • Policy makers
  • Water resource volunteers

 

Location

  • Attitash Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center, Rte. 302, Bartlett, NH, 03812

2015 New Hampshire Fruit Growers’ Association Annual Meeting
(09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

 

Yes, it’s time again for the New Hampshire Fruit Growers’ Association Annual Meeting. 

 

NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food - Division of Pesticide Control has approved (4.5) pesticide recertification credits for this meeting!

 

Agenda

 

8:30              Check-in, pre-register through the NH Fruit Growers Association

  • Contact NHFGA Secretary Katie Surowiec at (603)286-4069 or email at   info@surowiecfarm.com by March13, 2015.  Registration fees are $25 per member and $30 per non-member to cover the cost of refreshments and lunch

 

9:00 – 9:45    Growers’ Perspective of Which Stone Fruits they Grow (Peaches, Nectarines Plums, etc.)

  • Giff Burnap, Butternut Farm, Farmington, NH
  • Tyler and Chip Hardy, Brookdale Fruit Farm, Hollis
  • Dan Hicks, Sunnycrest Farm

 

9:45-10:30    Orchard Insect Pest Update

  • Alan Eaton, Extension Professor/Specialist, Entomology, UNH Cooperative Extension

 

10:45-11:30   Fire Blight – Beware of 2015

  • Cheryl Smith, Extension Plant Health Specialist/Plant Pathology, UNH Cooperative Extension

 

11:30-12:00   Summer Pruning Apples and Peaches – A Practice Forgotten!

  • Bill Lord, Extension Specialist Emeritus, Fruit, UNH Cooperative Extension

 

Noon - 12:15  Commercial Member Introduction          

  • Giff Burnap, NH Fruit Growers’ Association – President

 

12:15 - 1:00  Lunch    - provided by Washington Street Café

 

1:00-1:30      News from NH Department of Agriculture

  • Gail McWilliam Jellie, Director - Division of Agricultural Development, NHDAM&F

 

1:30 2:15      Sprayer Calibration versus Spray Pattern

  • George Hamilton, Extension Field Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension

 

2:15–3:00      Apple Rootstocks and Tree Training Systems

  • Bill Lord, Extension Specialist Emeritus, Fruit, UNH Cooperative Extension        

 

3:00 - 4:00    NHFGA Annual Meeting                

  • Giff Burnap, NH Fruit Growers’ Association - President      
  • Katie Surowiec, NH Fruit Growers’ Association – Secretary
  • Paul Franklin, NH Fruit Growers’ Association – Treasurer  

4:00              Adjourn 

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Location

  • NH Audubon Center - Concord, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH, 03301

Hands-On Web Soil Survey Workshop
(09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

How to Access Soils Information on the Web
Web Soil Survey provides planners, conservation organizations, state agencies, educators, and landowners internet access to relevant soils information needed to make land use and management decisions. Web Soil Survey is a simple, yet powerful way to access and analyze Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) soil survey maps, interpretations and data. During this workshop we’ll explore the three easy steps that will allow you to access a soil map for your “area of interest”, create interpretive maps, review a variety of soils data and generate a customized report. Web Soil Survey is an alternative to traditional hardcopy publications that offers quicker delivery of information, provides the “official” copy of data and allows you to obtain just the information you want.

 

Additionally, the workshop will present a primer on New Hampshire soil/landscape relationships and an overview of useful soil related information available on the NH-NRCS website.


Hands-on learning! A limited number of computers (limited to 15 students) will be available to each student to create and print your own soils information. Attendees can plan to bring your own laptop as well (limited to 8 students). Please check appropriate box below as to which option you wish to choose. Space and options will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so register early!

 

C.E.U.s Available: Soil Scientist, Wetland Scientist, Forester, NHDES Subsurface Bureau – 3.0 credit hours

Registration Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015
See attached brochure for registration form.


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Location

  • Nancy S. Loeb School of Communications, 749 East Industrial Park Drive, Manchester, NH, 03109

Thursday, 03/19/2015

2015 NH Water & Watershed Conference
(All day)

Save the Date

NH Watershed & Watershed Conference is coordinating with the New England Association of Environmental Biologist on a joint conference. The central focus to the event will be regional partnerships.

March 18 - 20, 2015

Agenda will include topics on:

  • Integrated water and watershed research
  • Watershed management
  • Water quality and biotic communities
  • Effectiveness of restoration projects
  • Land use planning
  • Climate change

Who should attend:

  • Water researchers and planner
  • Watershed organizations
  • Policy makers
  • Water resource volunteers

 

Location

  • Attitash Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center, Rte. 302, Bartlett, NH, 03812

Initial Pesticide Certification Training
(05:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

This educational program is designed to provide introductory training so that New Hampshire growers may obtain the knowledge, skills and confidence to take the state certification exam and pass. This training is also to help individuals learn the safe practices of applying pesticides while producing a high quality crop and protecting themselves and the environment. 

Training will be offered in March and April of 2015. If you are looking for instruction for first-time certification or if you would like to receive recertification credits in 2015 to use or purchase restricted-use pesticides this training is for you.

Training will be offered at three different locations statewide in March and April of 2015.

 

The Nature Conservancy (Merrimack County), Concord, NH 03301     

March 16 & 23rd         5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date: March 30th   5:30-8:30 pm

REGISTRATION

 

Keene State College, Science Center Rm 102                     

March 19 & 26th          5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date:  April 2nd   5:30-8:30 pm

REGISTRATION

 

UNH Cooperative Extension, Grafton County Office, North Haverhill, NH

April 7 & 14th              5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date: April 21st   5:30-8:30 pm

 REGISTRATION

 

**Training combined with individual study has the best track record in preparing someone to take the state pesticide license exams.

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Location

  • Keene State College Science Center, 229 Main St., Room 102, Keene, NH, 03431

Friday, 03/20/2015

2015 NH Water & Watershed Conference
(All day)

Save the Date

NH Watershed & Watershed Conference is coordinating with the New England Association of Environmental Biologist on a joint conference. The central focus to the event will be regional partnerships.

March 18 - 20, 2015

Agenda will include topics on:

  • Integrated water and watershed research
  • Watershed management
  • Water quality and biotic communities
  • Effectiveness of restoration projects
  • Land use planning
  • Climate change

Who should attend:

  • Water researchers and planner
  • Watershed organizations
  • Policy makers
  • Water resource volunteers

 

Location

  • Attitash Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center, Rte. 302, Bartlett, NH, 03812

Saturday, 03/21/2015

4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl
(09:45 AM - 02:00 PM)

Open to Novice, Juniors, Seniors - This event will determine which seniors will be on the New Hampshire State Dairy Quiz Bowl Team.

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Location

  • Walpole Elementary School, 8 Bemis Lane, Walpole, NH, 03608

Dairy Novice Quiz Bowl
(10:00 AM - 02:00 PM)

Fun Dairy Quiz Bowl for youth ages 8 to 11.  Come and learn about Quiz Bowl.

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Location

  • Walpole Elementary School, 8 Bemis Lane, Walpole, NH, 03608

Emerald Ash Borer Workshop and Field Trip
(01:00 PM - 04:00 PM)

Forest Health officials need the help of outdoor enthusiasts, especially birders, in detecting emerald ash borer (EAB), the most destructive forest pest in North America – which is now present at NH Audubon’s McLane Center and Silk Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. You can help us locate this pest by spotting the characteristic bark damage caused by woodpeckers feeding on EAB larvae.

Molly Heuss of NH Division of Forest & Lands and Tim Fleury of UNH Cooperative Extension will teach you what to look for and how to report potentially infested trees. They will also discuss the history and biology of emerald ash borer, the status of infestations in NH, the impacts this insect is expected to have on NH’s forests and landscapes, and the steps NH Forest Health officials are taking to manage this insect. Phil Brown of NH Audubon will discuss the birds that feed on the Emerald Ash Borer and how to identify them, and will provide a landowner’s perspective on management of this forest pest.

 

Location

  • NH Audubon Center - Concord, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH, 03301

Monday, 03/23/2015

Initial Pesticide Certification Training
(05:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

This educational program is designed to provide introductory training so that New Hampshire growers may obtain the knowledge, skills and confidence to take the state certification exam and pass. This training is also to help individuals learn the safe practices of applying pesticides while producing a high quality crop and protecting themselves and the environment. 

Training will be offered in March and April of 2015. If you are looking for instruction for first-time certification or if you would like to receive recertification credits in 2015 to use or purchase restricted-use pesticides this training is for you.

Training will be offered at three different locations statewide in March and April of 2015.

The Nature Conservancy (Merrimack County), Concord, NH 03301     

March 16 & 23rd         5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date: March 30th   5:30-8:30 pm

 REGISTRATION

Keene State College, Science Center Rm 102                     

March 19 & 26th          5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date:  April 2nd   5:30-8:30 pm

 REGISTRATION

UNH Cooperative Extension, Grafton County Office, North Haverhill, NH

April 7 & 14th              5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date: April 21st   5:30-8:30 pm

 REGISTRATION

**Training combined with individual study has the best track record in preparing someone to take the state pesticide license exams.

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Location

  • Nature Conservancy - Concord, 22 Bridge Street, Concord, NH, 03301

Farmland Access Info Night and Farmer/Landowner Mixer
(06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Are you interested in buying or leasing farmland?

Would you be willing to make your land available to a farmer for use?

Do you want to meet other farmers and farmland owners? 

If yes, this gathering is for you.  You will learn about finding farmland or a farmer for your land, understand purchase, lease and financing options, meet and greet farmers and landowners in the region, hear leasing success stories to learn about the nuts and bolts of crafting a good lease and building a strong relationship. 

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Location

  • Hannah Grimes Center, 25 Roxbury St., Keene, NH, 03431

Tuesday, 03/24/2015

Farmland Access Info Night and Farmer/Landowner Mixer
(06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Are you interested in buying or leasing farmland?

Would you be willing to make your land available to a farmer for use?

Do you want to meet other farmers and farmland owners? 

If yes, this gathering is for you.  You will learn about finding farmland or a farmer for your land, understand purchase, lease and financing options, meet and greet farmers and landowners in the region, hear leasing success stories to learn about the nuts and bolts of crafting a good lease and building a strong relationship. 

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Location

  • Cutler Building, 33 Main Street, Jaffrey, NH, 03452

2015 Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series
(07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

 

March Weekly Series

Like a Pebble in a Pond:
Ripples of Land Use Changes Over Time
The histories of farming, forests, wildlife and people are entwined in the northeast. The impact of land use change will continue to ripple through the future of our farms, forests, wildlife and people who depend upon them. This winter, our annual lecture series examines landscape history and land use change – by both looking back and considering what may lie ahead.

 

Week 3

March 24th Boom to Bust and Back Again: Is Past A Prologue for NH Agriculture?

Stephen Taylor, former Commissioner of Agriculture, is well known as a speaker who is both informative and entertaining. With decades experience as proprietor of a working dairy farm and maple operation in the village of Meriden in Plainfield, Taylor speaks with authority to the rise and fall of the great sheep boom, hill farm culture, the influence of the NH Grange, family dairy farms and 4H. The advent of new niche markets, local foods and farmers markets and unique new specialty “boutique farms” and soaring interest in backyard poultry, sheep and goats, llamas and alpacas – is creating a renaissance for farming in NH. What will markets, climates and public interest add to the red hot trends in our growing agricultural sectors?

 

 

Additional Dates

March 31st Oh to Be Young Again: An Aging Forest Means Trouble for Some NH Wildlife

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Location

  • Baldwin Center, Caroline A. Fox Research & Demonstration Forest, 309 Center Rd., Hillsborough, NH, 03244

Wednesday, 03/25/2015

Managing for Today and Tomorrow (An Annie's Project Program)
(06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

It’s hard to talk about passing the farm on to next generations or new owners. Managing for Today and Tomorrow is for farm women who want to plan now for successful transition later. In five interactive sessions, participants will learn about the four components that create a successful transition—succession, business, estate, and retirement planning. Don’t miss this opportunity to help ensure your farm’s future as a productive agricultural business.

 

Register early—seats are limited.  For registration, click here

 

Level: Beginner to intermediate

 

Other: Program designed for farm women  Click here for brochure.

Location

  • Merrimack County UNHCE Office, 315 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH, 03303

Managing for Today and Tomorrow (An Annie's Project Program)
(06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

It’s hard to talk about passing the farm on to next generations or new owners. Managing for Today and Tomorrow is for farm women who want to plan now for successful transition later. In five interactive sessions, participants will learn about the four components that create a successful transition—succession, business, estate, and retirement planning. Don’t miss this opportunity to help ensure your farm’s future as a productive agricultural business.

 

Register early—seats are limited.  For registration, click here

 

Level: Beginner to intermediate

 

Other: Program designed for farm women

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Location

  • Merrimack County UNHCE Office, 315 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH, 03303

Thursday, 03/26/2015

UMass Extension Symposium: Pollinator Health for Agriculture and Landscapes
(08:45 AM - 04:00 PM)

For all sectors of the agriculture, landscape, and grounds management communities, sponsored by University of Massachusetts Extension.

An exciting full day educational program of research based information about native bees, honey bees and protecting  pollinator health. Experts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Maine, and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will share their expertise and latest scientific research on pollinator health, designing pollinator support plantings, neonicotinoids in agriculture and landscapes, and bee-friendly landscapes.

For complete program details, agenda, and registration information: click here

Four pesticide contact hours have been approved in all categories for this program, valid for equivalent categories in all New England states.

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Location

  • UMass Campus Center Auditorium, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA, 01003

Initial Pesticide Certification Training
(05:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

This educational program is designed to provide introductory training so that New Hampshire growers may obtain the knowledge, skills and confidence to take the state certification exam and pass. This training is also to help individuals learn the safe practices of applying pesticides while producing a high quality crop and protecting themselves and the environment. 

Training will be offered in March and April of 2015. If you are looking for instruction for first-time certification or if you would like to receive recertification credits in 2015 to use or purchase restricted-use pesticides this training is for you.

Training will be offered at three different locations statewide in March and April of 2015.

 

The Nature Conservancy (Merrimack County), Concord, NH 03301     

March 16 & 23rd         5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date: March 30th   5:30-8:30 pm

REGISTRATION

 

Keene State College, Science Center Rm 102                     

March 19 & 26th          5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date:  April 2nd   5:30-8:30 pm

REGISTRATION

 

UNH Cooperative Extension, Grafton County Office, North Haverhill, NH

April 7 & 14th              5:30-8:30 pm

Testing date: April 21st   5:30-8:30 pm

 REGISTRATION

 

**Training combined with individual study has the best track record in preparing someone to take the state pesticide license exams.

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Location

  • Keene State College Science Center, 229 Main St., Room 102, Keene, NH, 03431


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