NH Agricultural Professionals Day 2023


Flag Hill Winery
297 North River Road Route 155
Lee, NH 03861
United States

The NH Farm Network invites you to the 2023 Agricultural Professionals Day to be held on September 14, 2023. We’re excited to feature a handful of panel discussions and a lightning round on emerging issues. 

Morning panel discussion on climate chaos & emergency response, impacts of innovation, and grower experiences. Five-minute lightning round presentations will round out our afternoon by highlighting emerging issues in New Hampshire agriculture. If you are interested in contributing to a lightning round presentation, please reach out.  This is an excellent networking opportunity to meet other individuals and agencies working to support the agricultural community. 

Who is an agriculture professional? Anyone who works or interacts with farmers and the agricultural community. We invite anyone with interest to attend this gathering. As a network, we aim to deepen relationships across organizations and work collectively to address challenges associated with farming in New Hampshire. 

Cost: $25 per person
lunch and refreshments

Registration deadline: Please register online by September 8th

A complimentary registration code is available upon request for those who may not have funds to cover the cost. Please contact Jesse Wright or Olivia Saunders.

2023 Agricultural Professionals Day Agenda

9:30am Coffee and Welcome: Goals for today and purpose of the farm network 

10-10:45am Climate Chaos & Emergency Response Panel – Steve Crawford, NHDAMF, Olivia Saunders, UNH Extension, Colleen Smith, NH DHHS division of Food Protection

10:50-11:15am Loan Readiness Toolkit– Charlene Andersen, NH Community Loan Fund, Jean Conklin. Walden Mutual, and David Bishop, Farm Credit East

11:20-12:05pm Innovation and Impacts, stories from the field , Chad Cochrane, NRCS, Jeremy Delisle, UNH Extension, Andre Cantelmo, Heron Pond Farm

1-hr lunch break

1-2:00pm Emerging Issues Lightning rounds – 5 min pp  
PFAS-Should we be concerned
- Heather Bryant, UNH Extension

How to connect with the UNH Agriculture Experiment Station
- Anton Bekkerman  

Wild Mushroom Harvest & Sales  - Mary Choate, UNH Extension

On-farm research
- Olivia Saunders, UNH Extension

Does hemp have legs in NH
- Will Hastings, UNH Extension  

NOFA-NH Mentorship Program,
Teresa Downey, NOFA-NH

NH Queer Farmers Network
– Ariel Aaronson-Eves

– Tabitha Edwards, NRCS

Pesticide Safety & Education
– Rachel Maccini, UNH Extension

Federal Disaster Program Update
s - Marilyn Milne, USDA Farm Services Agency

Farm Labor Dashboard – Jesse Wright, UNH Extension  

2:00-2:10pm Network Needs Evaluation

2:15-3:00pm Networking & Farm Tour of Flag Hill

This program is supported by the NH SARE Professional Development Program (PDP).  
The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer. UNH, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and New Hampshire counties cooperating. Direct inquiries to unh.civilrights@unh.edu.
If you need an accommodation to participate in our programming, please contact Olivia Saunders at Olivia.Saunders@unh.edu or 603-447-3834 prior to the event. Given ample time, we will make any reasonable effort to meet your needs, including language access services if requested, which will be provided free of charge.