NH Farm Network

  • Farmers at meeting at Moulton Farm

The NH Farm Network is a collaboration of agriculture service providers who work to support and provide resources to NH Farms and aspiring farmers.

The network does this by being well informed of our partners work, by developing and deepening our relationships across sectors, and by providing a single website where new and continuing farmers can learn about our work.  

If you represent an agency or institution that works with New Hampshire farmers and are interested in being a part of the NH Farm Network, please contact Olivia.Saunders@unh.edu or 603-447-3834 

 
Network Members 

Providing risk management plans for the New Hampshire producers through the USDA Crop Insurance program. 

A customer owned cooperative providing full financial services for agricultural businesses, timberland owners, commercial fishers and farm related businesses. They provide credit, tax, records, payroll, appraisal and business consulting services to N.H. producers and host the County Living Loans website.

Providing education, outreach and support for graziers here in N.H. through programs, webinars and one on one help for producers at any stage of grazing and grass management. 

Providing training, referrals and advising to help farmers, landowners and communities navigate the complex challenges of farmland access, tenure and transfer. This includes assisting farmers developing a farm transfer plan or recruiting a successor, aiding a farmland seeker in conducting a farmland search and helping landowners with drafting a lease agreement - and many steps in between. 

Providing free mediation services to the ag community in NH on a variety of issues. 

New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts  

NHACD’s conservation planners can provide clients with a number of conservation products:   Conservation action plans such as grazing management plans, nutrient management plans, highly erodible land compliance plans, or soil health management system plans, technical assistance to a wide range of agriculture producers from maple syrup or timber producers to livestock or diversified vegetable operations. Connections to other technical and financial assistance providers in the state,   Connections to other growers who have demonstrated expertise in their field for peer to peer collaboration opportunities. Guidance on the process of applying for financial assistance programs from the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. 

Each of New Hampshire’s 10 Counties has an active conservation district, sometimes know as the soil and water district. The work within each district is unique, but in general they help local people to conserve land, water, forests, wildlife and related natural resources. Districts across the country share a single mission: to coordinate assistance from all available sources – public and private, local, state and federal – in an effort to develop locally-driven solutions to natural resource concerns. Many districts in NH offer equipment rental programs. 

Providing flexible capital to grow more local food businesses.  They work across the food system from producer to processor to consumer, and offer comprehensive assessment and customized advice from a diverse network of professionals.  Their mission is to serve as a catalyst, leveraging financial, human, and civic resources to enable traditionally underserved people to participate more full in New Hampshire's economy. 

Providing networking opportunities for beef producers in New Hampshire, including access to officials at the Department of Agriculture, local businesses, and fellow producers. 

New Hampshire Department of Agriculture Market and Food (NHDAMF)  

NHDAMF supports and promotes agriculture and serves consumers and business for the benefit of public health, environment and economy. The agency has regulatory oversight for many different aspects of agriculture, including plant and animal health. NHDAMF is also involved in agricultural policy development and marketing. 

Providing export certification of primarily live plants and seeds to meet import requirements of other states and countries. Survey for pests of agricultural and environmental significance to NH, not known to be established, or of limited distribution in the US. Compliance agreements to facilitate movement of plants and plant parts under quarantine, such as certification of heat treated firewood. Licensure of those selling rooted plants. 

Permitting agency for the use of pesticides.  Compliance review of pesticide management. 

The Division provides free testing, certifying, and sealing of scales used by an agricultural business that grows and sells their own products. We also advise farmers on the proper method of sale for products sold.  

The Division of Regulatory Services mission is to assure regulatory compliance in the marketing of certain farm products and agricultural commodities; to help promote market opportunities and accuracy and quality of agricultural and horticultural products. 

 The mission of the Division of Agricultural Development is to create market development opportunities that result in increased sales for agricultural producers, and as the department's public information office, inform the public of the value and diversity of the state's agricultural heritage and industry. 

primarily regulatory role to minimize disease risk and exposure.  

Food Protection protects the safety and security of the New Hampshire food supply and prevents foodborne illness and injuries through inspection, enforcement, and education by qualified staff in collaboration with the food industry. 

A membership organization dedicated to advocating for and educating the public about agriculture. 

A network of people, businesses, organizations, and communities working together to build a food system that works for all in New Hampshire.  The NH Food Alliance connects and amplifies the incredible work of our partners throughout New Hampshire and New England by catalyzing collaboration and collective action. We work together to grow and sustain local farms, fisheries, and food businesses, secure healthy food access for all, build climate resilience, and ensure racial equity in our communities and workplaces.  

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH) provides outreach, education, information, advocacy, and a network for organic, agroecological, and regenerative farmers and their supporters (i.e. farmers, gardeners, and eaters interested in food grown without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides). We provide peer-to-peer teaching based on the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) program; opportunities to learn from national and regional leaders in the organic movement; and connections with regional, national, and international organizations concerned with this effort (NOFA chapters, OFA, NFFC, IFOAM, land trusts, lawyers, and other services). 

Small Business Administration  

Animal Care licenses exhibitors and breeders of regulated species of animals under the Animal Welfare Act.  Animal Care also registers transporters, intermediate handlers, and research facilities under the Animal Welfare Act.  Under certain circumstances, NH farmers may be required or wish to become licensed or registered with USDA APHIS AC.  A web tool is available to assist in determining if this is a requirement for your business.  https://efile.aphis.usda.gov/LRAssistant/s/ 

USDA NRCS offers technical advice and expertise to farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and others seeking to make voluntary conservation improvements on their land that also improve their agricultural operation.  NRCS can also provide incentives for landowners wanting to put wetlands, agricultural lands or forests under long-term easements.  Through the Farm Bill, NRCS offers financial assistance to landowners to make those conservation improvements through competitive funding opportunities annually. 

Performing regulatory duties, including surveillance testing, foreign animal disease investigations, assistance with international animal import/export, animal disease traceability/animal identification, and producer outreach/education.  We also fund a scrapie necropsy program, covering the costs of a gross necropsy and disposal through NHVDL for any sheep/goat that is eligible for scrapie testing. 

Farm Service Agency is a federal agency within the USDA.  We provide price support, disaster relief, conservation, and loan making programs to the producers of New Hampshire agriculture. 

USDA Rural Development  
Supports farmers and farm success in many ways, including marketing and business technical assistance, land and capital access, strengthening our regional food system, promoting regional resilience and farm viability by increasing climate adaptation and mitigation practices, and increasing community connection to our working lands.

 

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