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The Exchange

A Conversation with Shawn Jasper, Commissioner of Agriculture

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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

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  • 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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Read about Shawn Jasper's Dairy Premium bill, that would promote N.H. milk with a “New Hampshire’s Own” sticker. 

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