Merrimack County 2019 Highlights

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2019 Year in Review: Merrimack County

Centrally located in the heart of New Hampshire, Merrimack County is home to the state’s capital city of Concord, the Merrimack River Valley and abundant farms and forests. This past year, Extension’s staff conducted the Community Profile and Business Retention and Expansion program in Northfield and advised 91 landowners about managing their forestland. Staff supported families through 4-H clubs and nutrition education for limited-resource families in the county. A total of 2,652 Merrimack County citizens attended trainings in areas such as livestock management, crop production, safe food handling, pest management, agricultural marketing, farm business management and water quality protection.

68 Extension staff worked with Merrimack County Residents

Merrimack County Contributions: $453,197

UNH Total Contributions: $757,836

*In 2019, for every $1.00 Merrimack County contributed, UNH provided $1.67 of statewide resources.

516 Volunteers

27,735 Volunteer Hours

$714,461 = Value of Volunteer Time

Merrimack County staff talking with resident in field in front of greenhouse

Statewide Highlights

Helping Families

Teacher pointing to student raising handThe Youth and Family program offers education in youth development, healthy living, youth and family resiliency and STEM. In 2019, Extension’s Youth and Family program:

• Engaged 27,000+ participants

• Supported 1,500 educators and volunteers

• Provided technical assistance to 250 people and organizations

• Helped 12 schools improve their wellness policies, affecting 3,037 students


Flower in front of Open signSupporting Businesses

The Community and Economic Development program helps cultivate civic leaders, revitalize downtowns and grow the local and regional economy. With Extension’s support, in 2019:

• 5 communities worked with over 150 businesses

• 51 community leaders graduated from Main Street Academy

• 5 towns and one county launched efforts to strengthen their economies

• 200 entrepreneurs convened at business networking events in Concord


Hands with peas at farmer's marketGrowing Food

The Food and Agriculture program delivers education and technical assistance to residents, agricultural businesses and the food system. In 2019:

• 4,056 people attended programs and staff made 844 onsite visits to farms

• 45 farms participated in pest monitoring programs; 506 individuals earned professional credits

• Volunteers answered 4,170 home and garden questions through Extension’s Infoline

• 173 individuals obtained ServSafe® certification


Two people walking in the forestStewarding Environment

Natural Resources staff and volunteers work closely with public and private partners to safeguard the state’s land, water, air and living communities. In 2019:

• Forester recommendations resulted in $1.7 million in additional total production value and nearly $61,000 in additional tax revenue for municipalities

• Staff advised 1,171 landowners who manage over 150,000 acres

• 234 communities received technical assistance; 500+ natural resources professionals were trained


2019 Volunteer Impact

4,892 volunteers worked statewide on behalf of Extension

199,652 hours were contributed by volunteers

$5.1 M was the estimated value of volunteer time

95% of NH cities and towns were served directly by Extension volunteers

"The learning experience provided by the Natural Resources Steward program has allowed me to be a knowledgeable advocate as an everyday citizen. I hope by enthusiastically sharing knowledge and ‘best practices’ information I can get others to be natural resources advocates too.” -Deborah Munson, Volunteer


Forestry Field Specialist
Extension Field Specialist, Forestry
Phone: (603) 796-2151
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824