CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s agriculture commissioner is planning to retire after 10 years on the job.

Lorraine Merrill is planning to leave at the end of the year.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said Merrill’s passion and dedication for New Hampshire farms, farmers and local communities will be missed.

Merrill said the decade has brought challenges, but also opportunities, and renewed awareness of the importance of local farms and foods.

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