News & Events

  • Scientists are conducting forage legume research at the experiment station's Kingman Research Farm in Madbury, N.H.
    Wed, 01/20/2021

    Learn about Forage Legumes at Dairy and Livestock Crops Virtual Field Day Jan. 27

    Over the last decade, interest in forage legumes for grazing and as stored feed has increased among the region’s dairy farmers. At an upcoming virtual research field day, scientists with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture will provide results from ongoing research that aims to assist farmers in maximizing the quality and nutritional benefits of legumes for milk production.
  • Mon, 12/21/2020

    Thank You For Helping Us Help You

    The NH Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES), a part of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) at the University of New Hampshire, is a federal–state partnership whose mission is to conduct agricultural, food, natural resource, and environmental research to ensure the economic, environmental, and societal well-being and resilience of New Hampshire's diverse communities. We consider every Granite Stater to be our stakeholder. NHAES has a rich history of contributing to the integrated missions of the New Hampshire land-grant university system: developing innovative and impactful scientific discoveries, supporting transformational instruction for the next generation of scientists and New Hampshire workforce, and engaging with our diverse stakeholders to share knowledge and learn about emerging issues.
  • Mon, 12/21/2020

    UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture Donates Thousands of Meals to Food Pantries

    A University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture food drive recently generated more than 12,500 meals at area food pantries after the college “came together while apart” to help reduce food insecurity. The effort is part of the college’s commitment to put belief into action by supporting the greater New Hampshire community, especially during this unprecedented time that has seen such grave economic impacts due to COVID-19.
  • Mon, 11/30/2020

    Station Scientists Receive Prestigious Honors for Earth Science Research

    Two long-time researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture are being recognized for their body of work and have been chosen as this year’s fellows for two internationally respected science organizations.
  • Mon, 11/23/2020

    Thank You For Your Support

    As the university's first research organization, the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station has been an elemental component of New Hampshire's land-grant university heritage and mission since 1887. We provide unbiased and objective research on sustainable agriculture and foods, horticulture, forest management and related wildlife, the environment, natural resources, and quality of life topics. Our scientists manage more than 50 research projects at any one time, partner with state and regional farmers, growers, and producers, and collaborate with leading scientists worldwide to directly benefit New Hampshire and New England.
  • Tue, 11/03/2020

    Many N.H. Restaurants Want to Buy Local from Farmers, Especially if Community Benefits

    Nearly half of New Hampshire restaurants would prefer to purchase their food directly from farmers and are more likely to do so if they believe purchasing locally grown food will benefit their community, according to new research at the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. The study provides new information on restaurant purchasing trends in the Granite State, informing policy initiatives and assisting to expand local food economies.
  • Fri, 10/30/2020

    Experiment Station Scientist Honored for Rural Population Research

    Kenneth Johnson, a researcher with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station – a unit in the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture – has been honored as part of a multidisciplinary multi-institution research team that was recently awarded the National Excellence in Multistate Research Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the USDA.
  • Mon, 10/26/2020

    2020 Severe Drought Likely to Slow Tree Growth Next Year

    Red oak and white pine trees could experience slower growth next year as a result of the severe drought in New Hampshire and most of New England that began in mid-August, according to a researcher with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station in the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.
  • Mon, 10/19/2020

    UNH Researchers Receive $1.5M Grant to Study Carbon Interactions in Thawing Arctic

    Scientists with the University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture will lead research as part of a $1.5 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to better understand how interactions between plants, microbes, and soil minerals in permafrost, a subsurface layer of frozen soil covering a fourth of the Northern Hemisphere, stimulate the release of carbon which adds to the warming Arctic.
  • Wed, 10/07/2020

    UNH Scientists Receive $2M Grant to Support Organic Dairy Industry

    Researchers with University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture have received a near $2 million grant to help organic dairies remain profitable in the face of ongoing dairy market changes. Led by scientists with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station, the research will develop new science-based management techniques to boost productivity and economic efficiency and, in turn, support the continued supply of New England organic dairy products locally and regionally.
  • Mon, 09/28/2020

    The Importance of Estuaries

    Last week, the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station celebrated National Estuaries Week. A number of our researchers conduct research on the Great Bay Estuary. Learn more below about their important research and how it is serving the state of New Hampshire.
  • Mon, 09/21/2020

    Listeria Found in Wild Gray Foxes in New Hampshire

    Listeria has been found in two New Hampshire wild gray foxes by investigators at the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. A zoonotic disease, the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes can sicken both people and farm animals. Some strains can be particularly important if they are resistant to multiple antibiotics and carry genes that lead to more severe diseases in infected people or animals
  • Mon, 09/14/2020

    Learn How to Grow Melons in Your Garden

    Vine-ripened cantaloupe are delicious, yet few New Hampshire gardeners grow them. Come learn virtually about proven tips and solutions for growing great melons including how to select and prepare a growing site, varieties adapted to our area, when to start and transplant, how to accelerate the growth of your melons, how to manage pests and diseases, how to fertilize, and when to harvest.
  • Mon, 08/31/2020

    UNH Researcher to Develop New Gene Editing Tools

    A researcher at the University of New Hampshire has received a USDA grant to develop new gene editing tools that could help scientists unravel how certain bacteria—which were previously understudied—promote growth in plants and protect them from environment stress. The tools are a critical step in better understanding the dynamics of bacteria-plant interactions that benefit plants and crops, and could advance global efforts to clean contaminated soils, reduce pollution, and tolerate salt in soil.
  • Mon, 08/24/2020

    UNH CREAMers During COVID-19

    During COVID, several students in UNH CREAM stayed behind to live at our UNH Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center to study remotely, care for our research herd, and care for each other during the pandemic. They are amazing.
  • Mon, 08/17/2020

    UNH’s Kiwiberry Experts to Discuss How to Grow Tropical-Tasting Fruit in N.H. Gardens

    Kiwiberries are tropical-tasting fruits that have grown in the backyards and private gardens of the region for more than 140 years. Granite Staters interested in adopting this long gardening tradition are invited to learn more from UNH’s Kiwiberry Research and Breeding Program experts.
  • Tue, 08/11/2020

    UNH Mourns Passing of Long-Time Researcher Dr. J. Brent Loy

    The University of New Hampshire community is mourning the passing of Dr. J. Brent Loy, University of New Hampshire professor emeritus and long-time NH Agricultural Experiment Station researcher. Loy, 79, died Friday, July 24, 2020, after being diagnosed four months ago with a rare sarcoma cancer.
  • Mon, 08/10/2020

    UNH Research Aims to Manage Apple Scab Using Seafood Industry Byproduct

    University of New Hampshire researchers have teamed up with colleagues from Pennsylvania State University to investigate whether a byproduct of the seafood industry could help manage one of the most devastating fruit diseases facing the U.S. apple industry.
  • Mon, 07/27/2020

    UNH Researchers Identify More Effective Method to Delineate Tree Crowns Using Unmanned Aerial Imagery

    In a new study, University of New Hampshire researchers have concluded that when assessing forest imagery collected by unmanned aerial systems, an alternative method of delineating individual forest tree crowns within those images is more accurate than the most commonly used method, the canopy height model. The research is important to New Hampshire landowners and forest managers as mapping and monitoring forests is a key component of managing natural resources.
  • Mon, 07/20/2020

    Pine Wood Fiber Shows Promise as an Alternative Growing Material

    Increasing transportation costs, concerns over the environmental sustainability of peat harvesting processes, and occasional shortages of peat and perlite have increased the need for alternative growing materials, which are called substrates, for ornamental plant growers. New research from the University of New Hampshire shows amending traditional soilless substrates with pine wood fiber has great potential as an alternative material for the state’s floriculture industry.
  • Mon, 07/13/2020

    U.S. Population Growth Slows, but Diversity Grows

    In 2019, the U.S. population grew at the slowest rate in a century because of fewer births, more deaths, and less immigration. Yet even as fertility rates diminished regardless of race or Hispanic origin, and immigration declines were widespread, racial diversity continued to increase.
  • Mon, 07/06/2020

    Long-Time UNH Dairy Researcher Recognized by American Dairy Science Association

    Long-time New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station researcher Charles Schwab, professor emeritus of animal and nutritional sciences and a former member of UNH’s dairy program, has received the American Dairy Science Association Fellow Award. The award recognizes dairy scientists who are association members and who have a record of distinguished service to the dairy industry for 20 or more years.
  • Mon, 06/29/2020

    Lumpfish Hold Potential for Managing Sea Lice Infestations at Fish Farms

    Sea lice negatively impact the health and survival of Atlantic salmon, steelhead trout, and other salmonids. Researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire believe using lumpfish as cleanerfish – fish that eat parasites off other fish – may be a sustainable way to manage these pests.
  • Mon, 06/22/2020

    UNH Dairies Receive 2019 Quality Milk Award from Dairy One

    The Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center and the Organic Dairy Research Farm, both facilities of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire, have been awarded 2019 Quality Milk Awards from the nationally recognized nonprofit dairy farmers cooperative Dairy One. Less than one quarter of Dairy One’s member herds received the designation in 2019.
  • Mon, 06/15/2020

    UNH’s Brent Loy Receives Big E Agricultural Adventurers Award

    Dr. J. Brent Loy, University of New Hampshire professor emeritus and NH Agricultural Experiment Station researcher, has received Eastern States Exposition’s 2020 New England Fellowship of Agricultural Adventurers Award.