Monday, November 13, 2006 - 9:00 AM

The Art-of-the-State: As Seen through the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station.

William R. Trumble, Univ of New Hampshire,, Office of the Dean, Rudman Hall, Durham, NH 03824

The New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) is attempting to meet the needs of the state and region through a series of new and innovative projects.  In a state that is short on mono-crop production agriculture but long on niche marketing, value-added and local production agriculture, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) is looking to emphasize areas of horticulture and breeding, alternative, sustainable and organic agriculture, bio-diesel production, growing-season extension, and nutritional improvements to health.  The NH-AES has helped support the first-in-the-nation Land Grant organic dairy, a student-run organic garden, a bio-diesel production plant, a composting center, an office of Sustainability Programs, and workshops on Entrepreneurship, Industry/University Forestry interactions, Grantsmanship, GMOs, and Intellectual Property protection.  To facilitate research in topical areas, funds for AES Hatch and McIntire-Stennis grants are being migrated from individual grants to multi-investigator grants at higher funding levels, with the expectation that these grant dollars will be leveraged with external funds.  This presentation will focus on illustrating innovative changes instituted by the NH-AES to directly address the changing climate of agriculture in the North East region.