What is New England’s role in the global battle against wheat stem rust? How have day neutral strawberries extended the state’s strawberry season? And how are unmanned aerial vehicles improving the accuracy of remote mapping of NH’s forestry resources? Researchers with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire researchers will present their latest research on these topics and more at the 2018 New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo.
Scientists will discuss a wide variety of research at the expo at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. The education sessions “Building on a Solid Past for Expanding the Future with New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station Research” will be held in the Frost/Hawthorne Rooms.
“Education workshops at the expo are offered each year to bring together the state's subject matter experts to share the latest research as well as their expertise with our expo attendees," said Tori Berube, 2018 NH Farm and Forest Expo manager. “The research UNH scientists will share during this expo workshop will undoubtedly help those working in the forestry and agriculture fields in New Hampshire make informed decisions about their own business.”
This year’s farm-oriented presentations include discussions of the favorable impacts on calves of niacin prepartum supplementation to dams; New England’s role in the global battle against wheat stem rust; new findings on soil carbon balance; evaluating performance of greenhouse crops when grown in new wood chip and fiber media; advances in season extension with day neutral strawberries; and ongoing experiments to recycle nutrients within paired fish and vegetable production (aquaponics).
For the forest industry, attendees will learn more about the ecological effects and control options for the invasive glossy buckthorn; current research on New England cottontails; the human impacts on bobcats; and how using unmanned aerial vehicles improves the accuracy of remote mapping of NH forestry resources.
Founded in 1887, the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture is UNH’s original research center and an elemental component of New Hampshire's land-grant university heritage and mission. We steward federal and state funding, including support from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to provide unbiased and objective research concerning diverse aspects of sustainable agriculture and foods, aquaculture, forest management, and related wildlife, natural resources and rural community topics. We maintain the Woodman and Kingman agronomy and horticultural research farms, the Macfarlane Research Greenhouses, the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center, and the Organic Dairy Research Farm. Additional properties also provide forage, forests and woodlands in direct support to research, teaching, and outreach.