UNH to Host Virtual Twilight Meeting June 24

Next Director of NH Agricultural Experiment Station to Address Attendees

Monday, June 22, 2020
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Learn about our hydrangeas variety trial, which includes Proven Winner's Firelight, at the virtual Twilight Meeting.

Meet the next director of the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station and learn about the latest experiment station research developments during a virtual Twilight Meeting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

Dr. Anton Bekkerman, who will join the experiment station as its next director and as associate dean in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture in mid-July, will give the opening remarks. Bekkerman said he is eager to learn more about the latest experiment station research and meet and listen to stakeholders about their most pressing current and emerging needs across New Hampshire's diverse communities.

“I look forward to helping continue the strong tradition of facilitating experiment station research to support the economic success, sustainability, and societal well-being of agricultural, food, and natural resource sectors around the state,” Bekkerman said.

Four experiment station researchers will discuss the most recent developments in their projects.

Andre Brito, associate professor of agriculture, nutrition, and food systems, will discuss his research that investigates feeding dairy herds a mix of legumes and grasses to improve herd productivity and mitigate greenhouse gasses at organic dairies. His research is conducted at the experiment station’s Organic Dairy Research Farm.

Peter Erickson, professor of dairy cattle management and extension dairy specialist, will talk about how wet brewers grains, the abundant residues of the brewery industry, show promise as a potential cost-effective, high-nutrient feed replacement for dairy heifers. His research takes place at the experiment station’s Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center.

Lise Mahoney, research assistant professor of agriculture, nutrition, and food systems, will discuss her projects at the experiment station’s Woodman Horticultural Research Farm and Macfarlane Research Greenhouses. Mahoney maintains thousands of strawberry plants and breeds them to develop new varieties that have excellent fruit quality and disease resistance, and which are long bearing and locally adapted to the Northeast.

Rebecca Sideman, professor of sustainable horticulture and extension specialist, will present information about her variety trials that look to advance the markets for hydrangeas, figs, and seedless table grapes in New Hampshire and New England. Her research largely takes place at the experiment station’s Woodman Horticultural Research Farm.

The virtual Twilight Meeting will be held via Zoom, takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Participate by computer or phone. Register at https://unh.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMkcO6trDooEtc_s4x8pLpk_N4ZaPbQP1oN

This material is based upon work supported by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, through joint funding of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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.

The University of New Hampshire is a flagship research university that inspires innovation and transforms lives in our state, nation and world. More than 16,000 students from all 50 states and 71 countries engage with an award-winning faculty in top ranked programs in business, engineering, law, liberal arts and the sciences across more than 200 programs of study. UNH’s research portfolio includes partnerships with NASA, NOAA, NSF and NIH, receiving more than $100 million in competitive external funding every year to further explore and define the frontiers of land, sea and space.


Lori Wright, PhD, NH Agricultural Experiment Station