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New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food (February 1, 2013)

mac-logoThe 3rd Annual Macaroni & Cheese Bake-Off was bigger than ever, with more than 750 mac & cheese fans lining up, with scorecards in hand, to sample the creative variations on this classic comfort food theme prepared by 28 competing cooks. NH Made entrepreneurs displayed their wares for sale, and flavored and plain milk choices from three New Hampshire dairy farms were popular with attendees of all ages.

The cooks—including home cooks, professional chefs, and firefighters—competed in five categories, and for the ultimate grand champion cheese board trophy. This year’s big winner was Molly’s Restaurant of Hanover, and Chef Justin Hoyt’s Robie Farm Rigatoni, featuring three cheeses from Robie Farm in Piermont. Doreen Morris took home top honors in the NH Made category for her sister and brother-in-law, Deb and Doug Erb, Landaff Creamery at Springvale Farms in Landaff. This was the Erb family’s second win in the NH Made category. Their recipe—using their own Landaff cheese, Cabot butter and Hatchland half-and-half—will be featured on the menu of Cotton restaurant in Manchester. See all the winners and get their recipes at

Farm and Forest Expo largeExhibitors and workshop presenters are gearing up for the 30th Annual Farm & Forest Expo slated for February 8-9 at the Manchester Radisson. The theme is ‘Showcasing Success and Innovation.’ UNH COLSA Dean Jon Wraith welcomes attendees to a Friday morning program highlighting research projects at the NH Agricultural Experiment Station geared to helping ensure future success and innovation for farming and forestry in our state and region. Time is also reserved for audience members to provide input to UN researchers on their needs and challenges.

‘From forests to fields: ensuring sustainable production in a changing climate’ is slated for the Pierce Room from 9:30 to 12:30. Soil scientist Stuart Grandy leads off with, “Soil dynamics in changing environments,” followed by Heidi Asbjornsen, Forest Ecophysiologist, on how climate change is affecting water resources in New England. She and graduate student Katie Jennings will present their research on the effects of nitrogen deposition and drought on forest health in the region.

Prof. Tom Lee will speak on “Invasive glossy buckthorn and forest management in New Hampshire.” Prof. Kirk Broders and Isabel Munck of the US Forest Service, Durham, will speak on White Pine Needle Damage (WPND), the emerging epidemic among eastern white pine in the Northeast.

The session starting at 11:15 leads off with Matthew Wallhead and Kirk Broders on “Developing integrated disease management strategies and improving disease forecast models for apples in the Northeast.” Prof. Rich Smith will speak on forage species mixtures to increase productivity and extend the grazing season. Prof. Andre Brito will report on his research on “Methane emissions and milk production in organic Jersey cows fed flaxseed or pasture.” The program concludes with an open discussion from 12:00-12:30 for all in attendance on the challenges faced in ensuring sustainable agriculture and forest production.

New for the 30th anniversary of Farm & Forest is a photo booth where attendees can pose for photos with Max the Moose and Smokey Bear. The program is packed with meetings and workshops for all interests. Follow the action on Facebook and Twitter, or visit the official website:

             See you at Farm & Forest!

Lorraine Merrill, Commissioner                     lorrainemerrill

(reprinted from the Weekly Market Bulletin, Jan. 30, 2013)


The NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food Division of Agricultural Development compiles market information and publishes the Weekly Market Bulletin for the agriculture community. The Bulletin is the department’s ‘publication of record’ and includes appropriate industry notices, announcements, seasonal information and market survey data. Subscribers may advertise in the popular agricultural classified advertising at no charge. One-year subscriptions are $28 for delivery by U.S. Postal Service, or $22 for delivery by secure internet. Sign up for the Weekly Market Bulletin by calling the office at 271-2505 and providing a credit card for payment; or visit the office at 25 Capitol St., Concord; or mail in your request with a check. Be sure to provide your address, phone number, and if you are requesting an online subscription, an email address.


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