NH: Farms Are Changing, Not Disappearing

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NH: Farms Are Not Disappearing

"Contrary to popular myth, New Hampshire's farms are not disappearing, but changing dramatically," said Goss. "Small farms and horticultural growers are doing really well. They can't grow enough food fast enough. It's the large commodity farms that are struggling."

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CHANGE??? :shock: We can't and won't allow that to happen here..... :roll:

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My Father-in-law was/is a seed potato inspector for the State for over forty years - headed for 50 if they don't stop calling him. He is very outspoken about the land grabbing some farmers did who are now crying poverty. He laughs at things like Farm-Aid and all the attention given to the "poor, downtrodden farmers" who got that way by expanding too fast. Farming is a business and if you run your business well it will thrive.

Our smaller paper mills would have done well to target niche markets such as specialty card stock and colored paper instead of trying to compete against global corporations to make Xerox paper and products in that vein.

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knucklehead

BINGO, I say HIGH END CONSUMER PHOTO PAPER, HIGH END PRO Photo Paper, big market just no one here is doing it yet.

Do you know how much 50 Sheets of Ilford Smooth Pearl goes for? 50$, a buck a sheet retail.

13x19 is 25 sheets for $55

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Where I grew up in South Jersey (the Garden part of the Garden State), many of the farms, from 3 acres 'minifarms' to the multi-thousand acre farms (yes, they exist in abundance in S.J.) have converted from produce to landscaping and sod. There are several farms that specialize in root stock and sapling shrubs like Arborvitae, Conifers, Juniper, and hardwoods that get shipped globally and/or contracted with larger brand names. The area's sandy/gravelly, low pH soils and pockets of calcium-rich loams (marls) are excellent for those crops (as well as the area's famous blueberries, tomatoes, and asparagus).

A cottage industry dealing with mulch and soil products in the area has followed.

The landscaping market has been really hot for the better part of 15 or so years and many people have even converted their homesteads to shrub farms. Very lucrative, apparently.

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For what it's worth... A lot of small dairy farmers in NH (milking 20-30 cows, or so) were put out of business when milk buyers demanded they change from shipping milk in the old 40 quart milk cans (that are now collector items) to bulk tanks. Milking 20 or 30 head wasn't something you were going to get rich at, but you could make a living. Stainless steel bulk tanks were more than many of them could afford.

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Flying over farm country this week in Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, PA, etc. I was reminded how much of our country is still in farmland. Sometimes you lose sight of that when farms are dying around you, but if you get up high enough to look around the country, we still appear to be a largely agricultural society from the air.

Earl Nickerson . Jr
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I know what you mean Bob. You ride around here and see all the new houses and stuff and hear all the talk about sprawl but it you go for a plane ride and you'd be amazed at all the forested land and how very little of it is developed.

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