U.S. Senate Candidates Address Farmers and Foresters

Summer Picnic

CONCORD, N.H. — Candidates for U.S. Senate will address members of the farm and forest community by means of an old-fashioned “stump speech.” The New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation and the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association are jointly hosting this unique candidates’ forum and summer picnic on Saturday, August 9 at Carter Hill Orchard in Concord.

This is an opportunity for voters who depend on New Hampshire’s land for their livelihood to hear candidates’ opinions on issues that impact their way of life.

The afternoon will begin with a tour of an area woodlot infested by the Emerald Ash Borer, starting at 3:30 p.m. Those interested will meet at Carter Hill Orchard and carpool to the nearby property. The tour will be led by Swift Corwin, licensed consulting forester and land manager for St. Paul’s School and Molly Heuss, forest health specialist with the Forest Health Section of the New Hampshire Division of Forests and Lands.

Carter Hill Orchard is owned and operated by the Larocque family. The family took ownership in 2001, since that time they have expanded the bakery, started a cider mill and renovated the farm stand. The farm will be open for business during this event. Visitors are welcome to a self-guided tour of the facilities, including an observation deck, playground area for children and walking trails. The picnic dinner will be served at 5 p.m. for a cost of $12.

At 5:45 p.m. U.S. Senate candidates will make five-minute “stump speeches” focusing on their platforms for maintaining and enhancing the farm and forest industries in New Hampshire, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

WHAT:  NHTOA & NHFBF Joint Summer Picnic and U.S. Senate Candidate Stump Speeches
WHEN:  Saturday, August 9
3:30 p.m. – tour of area woodlot infested by the Emerald Ash Borer, hosted by the NHTOA
5:00 p.m. – summer picnic dinner
5:45 p.m. – Stump Speeches
WHERE:  Carter Hill Orchard, 73 Carter Hill Road, Concord, NH
COST:  Cost for the summer picnic is $12 for adults, children age 10 and under are free. Non-members are welcome to attend this event.

Register today online or call the New Hampshire Farm Bureau office at 603-224-1934.