Agriculture is a viable and dynamic industry integrated within New Hampshire communities. The diverse agricultural products and services influence the State’s character and quality of life.
New Hampshire agriculture has changed over the years. Today’s industry is quite diverse, encompassing many crop, livestock and specialty products. The value of New Hampshire’s agricultural industry is approximately $850 million. This includes $479 million in direct sales of agricultural and other horticultural products and services and $372 million in direct spending by agriculture related tourists (fairs, scenic travel, etc).
Farming activity provides the fields, pastures and meadows that buffer New Hampshire’s residential and commercial development and affords the views of the hills, valleys and mountains. Without land kept open by farming, there would be no greenbelts around our towns and cities and without farming, there would be no barns, silos, or sugar houses that give our state its special character.
Some 4,200 individual operations qualify as commercial farms in New Hampshire, managing 470,000 acres including crop, pasture, maple and Christmas tree production, conservation and other agricultural uses. The state’s farms produce a wide variety of conventional bulk commodity crops, with milk and apples being the most significant. New Hampshire farms produce many specialty and horticultural crops for markets both within and beyond the state.
Food manufacturing in New Hampshire, including dairy products, bakery products, confectionery, beverages and seafood products, is valued at $4.4 billion per year. Internationally, New Hampshire exports over $22 million annually in food and agricultural products.
Info Source: NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food