Food and Agriculture

fieldOver the past few decades, New Hampshire’s agriculture industry has evolved into a diverse, vibrant sector of thestate’s economy. Agricultural firms produce a wide variety of crops, plants, livestock products and specialty foods for sale directly to consumers and through a variety of intermediate markets. Annual sales of agricultural products near $750 million, but that’s only part of the industry’s economic impact. The 3,100 individual firms manage over 150,000 acres of cropland with an additional 250,000 acres devoted to pasture, Christmas trees, maple syrup production and similar uses. This open space buffers residential and commercial development and provides the working landscape that makes New Hampshire attractive to visitors worldwide.

In order for the farming community to thrive, it must continue to be economically and environmentally sustainable while meeting societal obligations. University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is uniquely positioned to provide educational and research-based programs to assist agricultural businesses and related natural resource firms meet these goals. UNH Extension professionals understand the challenges and opportunities faced by the state’s farms and have forged important partnerships.

 Follow us for timely home and garden information.


Agriculture Forms:

Agriculture Publications:


best plants pub

Best Plants for NH Gardens

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.

Click here for the order form.