Article via NHPR

"U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, federal officials and other farm policy leaders held a listening session Tuesday in Hanover to discuss the 2023 Farm Bill.

Congress reauthorizes the legislation every five years, and the 2018 bill expires at the end of September. It generally encompasses a diverse range of government programs like agricultural aid, food stamps and rural development.

New Hampshire Agriculture Commissioner Shawn Jasper said farmers are especially in need of relief after this summer’s difficult weather.

“Mother Nature has thrown everything she’s had at our farmers,” he said. “We can hope that we don't see anything like this again. But that's not likely to be the case, unfortunately.”

New Hampshire is getting warmer and wetter with climate change, but it could also face more severe droughts." Read more