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A Conversation with Shawn Jasper, Commissioner of Agriculture

N.H. Farm Bureau
Shawn Jasper at Hatchland Farm, North Haverhill N.H.

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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Shawn Jasper


  • Shawn Jasper, Commissioner of the N.H. Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food.  Jasper was a selectman in the town of Hudson for 17 years, and he served 12 terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. He was elected Speaker of the House in 2014, a post he held until his resignation in 2017, to become Commissioner of Agriculture. 

Prior to the show, we discussed farming issues with a number of farmers, including:

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