Business of Agriculture: Programs and politics in the promotion of agricultural products

It’s an axiom of agriculture as old as the hills: 50 percent of farming is producing the commodity, the other 50 percent is marketing the product at a price that makes enough money to sustain the farm enterprise. While the issues of contemporary production agriculture tend to get most of the media and political attention — think water-quality regulations, animal welfare, pesticide hazards — there’s a vast parallel universe of...

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Power Lunch: John Lynch

Over a Caesar salad, the former New Hampshire governor describes his unusual trajectory from a Wall Street turnaround expert to the best coach his children ever had to the state’s longest-serving governor. When he left the job in 2012 after serving eight years as governor of New Hampshire, John Lynch became the only governor in the state’s history to serve four terms. In fact, only two other governors have served even three terms. If...

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‘Coming Home’: Danish biotech giant Novo Nordisk puts down roots in West Lebanon
Mar29

‘Coming Home’: Danish biotech giant Novo Nordisk puts down roots in West Lebanon

Dennis Clancy remembers June 30, 2014, very well. 9:35 a.m., to be exact. That’s when Clancy, a manufacturing technician at former Olympus Biotech in West Lebanon, got word that he was being laid off after 11 years with the company. Its Japanese owner, beset by an unrelated financial scandal, was exiting biotech to refocus on its core camera and microscope businesses. “I told my wife I was going to be home early that day,” Clancy...

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Creative Economy: Award-winning jazz composer-conductor takes lead in digital piracy battle
Mar29

Creative Economy: Award-winning jazz composer-conductor takes lead in digital piracy battle

When Maria Schneider was in graduate school in the 1980s, she was mildly interested in her required music-business courses, but her focus was the music itself. Little did she suspect that, decades later, along with having risen to the top of her profession as a big-band jazz composer and conductor, with five Grammy awards and high-profile commissions throughout the world, she also would emerge as a leading figure in debates about the...

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FDA Adds Boldest Warning to Widely Used Opioid Painkillers

Washington — Federal health regulators will add their strongest warning labels to the most widely prescribed painkillers, part of a multi-pronged government campaign to stem an epidemic of abuse and death tied to drugs like Vicodin and Percocet. The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday plans to add a boxed warning — the most serious type — to all immediate-release opioid painkillers, including some 175 branded and generic...

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Young Women Leave Jobs for More Money

New York magazine’s Ann Friedman recently offered advice for employers who’d like to attract and retain top female talent: “Pay us enough that if you were to accidentally email the entire office a spreadsheet containing everyone’s salary, you wouldn’t be ashamed.” The column, “One Weird Trick To Keep Female Employees From Quitting,” highlighted a psychological effect of wage disparities: They’re a real morale killer. Friedman cited a...

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Critics Pan Vt. Renewable Energy Siting Bill

Montpelier — Critics of Vermont’s process for selecting sites for renewable energy projects say they’re unhappy with legislation working its way through the Senate that is designed to give towns and regional planning commissions greater say in where solar and wind power projects go. About 60 members of the groups Energy Transformation Coalition and Energize Vermont gathered Tuesday for a news conference where leaders said Senate Bill...

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Geisel Faculty Still Waiting On the Details

Hanover — The presentations lacked detail, the questions were polite and the reassurances seemed heartfelt, if vague, as about 150 faculty and staff of Dartmouth College’s deficit-plagued Geisel School of Medicine gathered Monday to hear about restructuring plans. But a vein of uncertainty festered beneath the meeting’s surface civility. That was pointed out by questioners and acknowledged by leaders of Geisel and of...

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On Display at the HomeLife Expo in Hanover
Mar20

On Display at the HomeLife Expo in Hanover

A few details from this year’s HomeLife Expo, being held at the Leverone Fieldhouse in Hanover. Top row, from left: Fresh eggs from Gizmo’s Pickled Plus; shingle samples from HP Roofing LLC; Solaflect Energy Chief Operations Officer Bob Adams cleans a solar panel. Middle row: Bags of wood pellets from Vermont Renewable Fuels Inc.; a miniature swimming pool model from Gibraltar Pools; a model display from Artesian Well Drilling. Bottom...

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