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Food Safety Modernization Act Rules and the Milk Cliff
Posted January 10, 2013
Food Safety Modernization Act Rules and the Milk Cliff

Agriculture made headlines last week. Congress acted on New Year’s Day to avert the fiscal cliff and extend the 2008 Farm Bill—or at least parts of it—for nine months. Many in agriculture were disappointed that …

Local Foods Star at North Country Inaugural Ball
Posted January 4, 2013
Local Foods Star at North Country Inaugural Ball

Shortly after winning election in November, Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan said she wanted the menu for her North Country Inaugural Ball to feature local New Hampshire foods, including many produced in the North Country. The owners …

Agricultural Medicine and Occupational Safety Training
Posted December 28, 2012
Agricultural Medicine and Occupational Safety Training

Very few doctors, nurses and emergency medicine professionals in our state or region have farm backgrounds any more. This can lead to delays or errors in diagnosis or response to the many health and safety …

’Tis the Season of Trees
Posted December 20, 2012
’Tis the Season of Trees

The weather has treated New Hampshire’s 200 or so Christmas tree farmers well this year. Moisture and growing conditions were good, notes Myles Finnegan of Finnegan’s Fine Firs in Bethlehem, resulting in healthy, green, good-looking …