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Office of Commissioner

The Office of Commissioner is the administrative hub of the Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, providing oversight, financial control and support to the various divisions of the agency.

The commissioner is charged under the statutes (RSA 425) with promoting and protecting agriculture, commerce, consumers and the environment of the state through an array of laws. In addition, the commissioner provides information, advocacy and education on various topics relating to production agriculture, the food system and rural life.

The commissioner of agriculture, markets and food by statute also serves on several boards and committees in state government, including the board of trustees of the University System of New Hampshire, the Current Use Board, the Council on Resources and Development, the Pesticide Control Board and the Milk Sanitation Board.

Each week Commissioner Lorraine Merrill sits down and writes a columnpdf file that incorporates information and commentary about the many diverse aspects of production agriculture in New Hampshire, the food system, consumer interests and rural life. She enjoys feedback from readers on what she has written and she always welcomes ideas and interesting subjects that might be included in her column.

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NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food
Mailing: PO Box 2042, Concord NH 03302 -2042
Physical: 25 Capitol Street, Second Floor, Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3551 | fax: (603) 271-1109