dairy farmers

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A regional dairy association is urging Governor Sununu to veto a bill that some of its members support.

The Dairy Premium Fund bill would create a local dairy label, priced higher to increase revenue for New Hampshire farmers who chose to participate.

But the Northeast Dairy Foods Association says families won't pay extra for milk, even if they know it's local. 

N.H. Farm Bureau

We talk with Shawn Jasper, the Commissioner of N.H.'s Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food.  A little over a year ago, Jasper handed in his gavel as Speaker of the New Hampshire House to head the wide-ranging agriculture department, which encompasses produce and dairy farms, farmer's markets, maple syrup and more. We find out what he's keeping an eye on as he assesses a changing agricultural landscape.

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Congresswoman Annie Kuster toured a dairy operation in Claremont, New Hampshire Tuesday, talking with local farmers about the escalating trade war and ongoing farm bill negotiations.

New Hampshire dairy farmers have been struggling for years with low milk prices, and are now seeing losses linked to tariffs on dried milk products sold overseas.

“They’re getting hit every which way,” Kuster said. “They deserve our support.”

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The New Hampshire Young Farmers have spent the last week donating milk to food pantries across the state. It's a way to show support for dairy farmers as they face low prices for milk.

The group was inspired by a farm broadcaster in Ohio who challenged people to purchase 10 gallons of milk and donate it.

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As milk prices have dropped across the country, small commercial dairy farms in New Hampshire have had to close. The trend has now swept up one of the Granite State's best-known farmers: Steve Taylor, a former long-time commissioner of agriculture.

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When Lorraine Stuart Merrill was nominated as Agriculture Commissioner in 2007, the first reporter to get her on the phone asked her how it felt to take the job when farming was all but disappearing in the state.

That wasn't the case then - and it isn't now. There's something of a boomlet going on, she says. But for Merrill it showed that she had her work cut out for her in terms of public perception.

N.H. Agriculture Commissioner Announces Retirement

Sep 7, 2017
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The head of the state’s agriculture department is retiring after a decade on the job.

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  A measure providing up to $2 million in emergency funding for New Hampshire dairy farmers strained by last year's drought is ready for Republican Gov. Chris Sununu's signature.

The Senate on Thursday concurred with changes made by the House last month to the measure. The bill originated in the Senate.

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Some in New Hampshire’s struggling dairy industry have had to adapt to survive. One old farm, though, has found a way to keep the family business going.  

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The New Hampshire House voted Thursday to distribute $2 million dollars to dairy farmers hurt by last year’s drought.

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  New Hampshire's dairy farmers will soon be one step closer to getting financial relief.

The House is taking up legislation Thursday to provide $2 million in relief payments to dairy farmers strained by last year's drought.

The bill has already passed the Senate.

The $2 million is less than farmers had initially hoped for and will come months after they first asked for relief. The drought forced many farmers to spend more on feed or reduce the size of their herds. Dairy farmers say they're already facing a financial strain due to low federal milk prices.

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Dairy farmers in the Granite State hurt by the recent drought are one step closer to a helping hand after the senate voted in favor of a financial relief program Thursday.