Mission and Commitments

The New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station continues to play a critical role in our state's, region's, country's, and nation's capacity to use science for overcoming some of the biggest challenges across our diverse communities. In the work that we do and the research we support, the Station recognizes the importance of reflecting on past successes and failures, constantly striving to better understand how our current efforts fit within the context of history, and having a forward-looking mindset for developing research that can equitably improve all communities.


Shared federal and state funding is allocated to the state agricultural experiment stations to support a functional capacity to ensure that unique state and regional research needs may be appropriately addressed, in addition to the overarching national needs and priorities. As such, we operate under the umbrella of the national network of State Agricultural Experiment Stations, while paying particular attention to the needs and wellbeing of the relatively small-scale and highly diversified agricultural operations within New Hampshire and New England. Our agricultural industry is tightly coupled to associated natural resources and with the close rural-urban interfaces that characterize New England. This combination presents a unique set of circumstances relative to other areas of the country.

The mission of the national State Agricultural Experiment Stations is to undertake research toward generating knowledge and technology to support a highly diversified agricultural and natural resource system that produces, processes and delivers food, fiber, forest products, and myriad environmental services for our citizens. We do this in the context of protecting environmental quality, and helping to maintain the viability of rural communities. Both basic and applied research are supported to ensure that we address shorter and longer-term needs. At NHAES we strongly believe that each is required to achieve excellence in advancing our goals.

NHAES works to address the six national Agricultural Experiment Station goals:

  • Advances the competitiveness of American agriculture.
  • Bolsters the U.S. economy.
  • Enhances the safety of the nation’s food supply.
  • Improves the nutrition and well-being of American citizens.
  • Sustains natural resources and the environment.
  • Builds energy independence.

The New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station within the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at the University of New Hampshire is a public institution with firm and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all. It is the policy of the NHAES to abide by all United States and New Hampshire state laws and University System of New Hampshire and University of New Hampshire policies applicable to discrimination and harassment. NHAES and our employees do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran’s status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs, services, or activities.

As a unit within the University of New Hampshire, we are resolved and obligated to follow all institutional policies, procedures and protocols related to the civil rights of faculty, staff, students, and others associated with the university and its activities. These policies may be found on the Affirmative Action and Equity Office website.

All inquiries regarding discriminatory harassment should be directed to Donna Marie Sorrentino, Director of Affirmative Action and Equity, Room 305 Thompson Hall, 105 Main Street, Durham, N.H. 03824, phone (603) 862-2930 (Voice/TTY), fax (603) 862-2936.

As we all journey on the trail of life, we wish to acknowledge the spiritual and physical connection the Pennacook, Abenaki and Wabanaki Peoples have maintained to N’dakinna (homeland) and the aki (land), nibi (water), lolakwikak (flora) and awaasak (fauna) that the University of New Hampshire community is honored to steward today. We also acknowledge the hardships they continue to endure after the loss of unceded homelands and champion the university’s responsibility to foster relationships and opportunities that strengthen the well-being of the Indigenous People who carry forward the traditions of their ancestors.