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Featured Publications

The History and Economics of the New Hampshire Dairy Industry

Dairy Industry coverIf you are trying to find a gift for the agricultural person on your list, consider a book about New Hampshire agriculture. The History and Economics of the New Hampshire Dairy Industry was edited by John Porter of UNH Cooperative Extension with the help of 10 other notable agricultural writers from New Hampshire.

The book chronicles the development of the New Hampshire dairy industry from the early beginnings of the state, which pretty much tells the story of New Hampshire agriculture, as dairy was "king" in those days. There are stories of dairy meetings held in Lisbon, NH with over 500 people in attendance. Famous people like W. D. Hoard, of the Hoard's Dairyman magazine, used to travel to Concord to address large groups of dairy producers about new developments in cow comfort and herd management.

The book is fully illustrated with old-time photos of collections from the Department of Agriculture, Farm Bureau and Cooperative Extension. Steve Taylor wrote a very interesting section about the role of state government in the development and oversight of the the dairy industry. There is also a section about how farming has a positive impact on agri-tourism and ecological values in the state. If you want to get a better understanding of milk marketing, Christine Rasmussen wrote one of the best explanations to date about how that complicated system works.

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Integrated Landscaping: Following Nature's Lead

Integrated Landscape coverLavishly illustrated, Integrated Landscaping: Following Nature's Lead features original photos, drawings, and sketches on almost every page to provide clear examples of the concepts presented.

The book also incorporates 12 plant-system models that help landscapers and gardeners apply the concepts of layering and visualize how plants can work together in a variety of different low- and high-stress settings.

Integrated Landscaping provides extensive plant selection charts and lists, worksheets for completing a comprehensive site inventory, plus appendices that offer more information on the many topics presented.

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Good Forestry in the Granite State: Recommended Voluntary Forest Management Practices for New Hampshire, 2010 (second edition)

Good Forestry coverGood Forestry provides landowners, foresters, loggers and others information and practical recommendations on a variety of forest resources. Originally published in 1997, this updated version includes new research and changes in practice.

New topics include setting objectives, management plans, estate planning and land protection, staying safe in the woods, choosing the right timber harvesting system, stream crossings, invasive plants, wildlife species of greatest conservation need, steep slopes, forest products, maple sugaring and ecosystem services markets. Other topics, notably those related to silviculture (the art and science of growing trees), were expanded.

This 225 page guide is in a three-ring binder format and each copy comes with a cd. It is a �must-read� for any forest landowner and the professionals who work with them.

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Landscaping at the Water’s Edge: An Ecological Approach
A Manual for NH Landowners and Landscapers Now Available

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No matter where you live in New Hampshire, the actions you take in your landscape can have far reaching effects on water quality. Why? Because we are all connected to the water cycle and we all live in a watershed, the land area that drains into a surface water body such as a lake, river, or wetland.

“Landscaping at the Water’s Edge: An Ecological Approach” is a new publication for New Hampshire landowners and landscapers that will explain how our landscaping choices impact surface and ground waters and demonstrates how, with simple observations, ecologically-based design and low impact maintenance practices, you can protect, and even improve, the quality of our water resources.

Authors are UNH Cooperative Extension specialists and educators with expertise in horticulture, water resources, turf grass, entomology, planting and maintaining landscapes and home lawn care. These educators partnered with a sustainable and ecological designer and other experts united to provide information and expertise to help landscapers and property owners living along New Hampshire’s lakes, ponds, rivers and streams make decisions about landscape design and maintenance that will reduce pollution and environmental degradation.

“Landscaping at the Water’s Edge: An Ecological Approach” is a fully illustrated book. Photos and sketches on almost every page provide clear examples of the concepts presented. The appendices carry extensive information pertinent to state regulations, along with recommended plant lists and other resources.
Cost is $20. Click here for the order form. Payable to UNH Cooperative Extension and mail to: UNH Cooperative Extension Publications Center, Nesmith Hall, 131 Main St., Durham, NH 03824.

The Best Plants for NH Gardens and Landscapes
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A totally fresh publication, The Best Plants for New Hampshire Gardens and Landscapes - How to Choose Annuals, Perennials, Small Trees & Shrubs to Thrive in Your Garden uses the concept of habitat gardening to help gardeners and landscapers choose and care for plants in our unique New Hampshire environment.

The 96-page publication includes:
  • Lively, easy-to-read text and useful charts
  • Pen and ink illustrations, and black & white photos of selected plants
  • Sections on plant selection and care
  • Specialty plant lists and an index for easy referencing

Written by Cathy Neal and Margaret Hagen of UNH Cooperative Extension, along with Leslie van Berkum of van Berkum Nurseries, this book is published by the New Hampshire Plant Growers' Association in cooperation with UNH Cooperative Extension.

Click here for the order form. Payable to UNH Cooperative Extension and mail to: UNH Cooperative Extension Publications Center, Nesmith Hall, 131 Main St., Durham, NH 03824.

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