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PROTECT NH FARMS, OPPOSE HB 1233

HB 1233 would take away the right of communities to regulate seeds and fertilizers, unless done specifically through zoning and planning. Preserve our right to regulate farming and fertilization in our communities as we see fit and protect our precious water supplies.

Please take a few moments to use our the two scripts below to ask these legislators to firmly oppose HB 1233 when the House votes on it, which we expect to be very soon.

TALKING POINTS

HB1233 uses vague language such as and "other uses" that could:

• Stop communities from protecting their water supplies.

• Stop communities from banning the use of chemicals that could put their health and water supplies at risk.

• Regulate and impair growing and selling local produce from family and local farms, organic farms & CSAs.

• Empower companies that want to regulate the seeds we use, including heirloom seeds.

• May impair and/or conflict with Federal law such FIFRA that regulates insecticide, fungicide and rodenticide (poisons).

* You may use these talking points in making calls or to add comments to the scripts below.

SEND TWO EMAILS:

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SCRIPT 1

Dear House Environment and Agriculture Committee,

I want to thank you for opposing HB1233 in committee and protecting the right of communities to regulate farming as they see fit.

I ask that you please speak out in opposition to HB1233 and vote no again when the House votes on this bill.

Thank you,

[Your Name]

[Your Town]

EMAIL (Copy & paste, send to all)

Paula.Francese@leg.state.nh.us, Peter.Bixby@leg.state.nh.us, AlanTurcotte3rep@gmail.com, Donna.Ellis@leg.state.nh.us, Amanda.Gourgue@leg.state.nh.us, BethRichardsforward3@gmail.com

OR CALL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

• Representative Paula Francese, Rockingham, District 18

603-778-1726

• Representative Peter Bixby, Strafford, District 17

603-749-5659

• Representative Alan Turcotte, Merrimack, District 22

603-485-2349

• Representative Donna Ellis, Strafford, District 08

603-332-5266

• Representative Amanda Gourgue, Strafford, District 25

603-397-0505

• Representative Beth Richards, Merrimack, District 13

603-219-0038

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SCRIPT 2

Dear House Environment and Agriculture Committee,

Granite Staters want to make decisions about farming in their own communities. Please support our ability to protect our right to grow, buy and eat local produce, allowing us to continue making decisions about the use of seeds and fertilizers in our communities without cumbersome planning and zoning regulations.

I ask that you please oppose HB1233 and vote no when the House votes on this bill.

Thank you,

[Your Name]

[Your Town]

EMAIL (Copy & paste, send to all)

Paula.Francese@leg.state.nh.us, Peter.Bixby@leg.state.nh.us, AlanTurcotte3rep@gmail.com, Donna.Ellis@leg.state.nh.us, Amanda.Gourgue@leg.state.nh.us, BethRichardsforward3@gmail.com, dick.gordon@leg.state.nh.us, Barbara.Comtois@leg.state.nh.us, kevin.verville@leg.state.nh.us, Anne.copp@leg.state.nh.us, Matthew.Scruton@leg.state.nh.us, Howard.Pearl@leg.state.nh.us, HouseEnvironmentandAgricultureCommittee@leg.state.nh.us

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CONTACTS

For questions and additional information, please contact: Jeanne Sable

Kevin Woolley NOFA-NH

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