Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, July 14, 2014

Researchers Looking at Growing Winter Produce

Durham, n.h. — Researchers at the University of New Hampshire are looking at ways to help farmers grow produce during winter and increase profits in the offseason.

Researchers are investigating small-scale hydroponics — a method of growing plants in mineral-infused water without soil — in greenhouses.

Brian Krug, a researcher at the New Hampshire Agricultural Station, at UNH, said most of the greenhouses in the state are seasonal, so there is a lot of greenhouse space that goes largely unused between October and February.

Researchers at the University of Arkansas and Iowa State University also are studying winter produce production.

Krug said there’s an increasing demand at winter farmers markets for salad greens. Krug and other researchers will evaluate everything from which plants grow well in a variety of hydroponic systems and required nutrients to the cost of the systems.

High-Tech Business Council Gets Members

Concord — New Hampshire’s new advisory council to help fledgling high-tech businesses in an effort called Live Free and Start now has members.

The council, which meets for the first time on Tuesday in Manchester, will work to address concerns such as the need to modernize business regulations and improve technology used to do business with the state.

It also will work to expand opportunities to support startup financing, investment and marketing the state as a place where high-tech businesses can thrive.

The other 14 members of the council represent businesses in Belmont, Manchester, Concord, Swanzey, Durham, Littleton, Portsmouth, Lebanon and Nashua.

Smart’s Killer Gets Work Release

Hampton, n.h. — A New Hampshire man who was 16 when his lover persuaded him and his friends to kill her husband has been moved to a minimum-security prison.

William “Billy” Flynn was transferred this past week as part of a work-release program. At 15, he began a torrid affair with Pamela Smart, his teacher for a self-esteem course at his high school.

He testified that Smart helped plan her husband’s killing to make it look like a burglary. Flynn was convicted of killing Gregg Smart in May 1990, a week before the couple’s wedding anniversary.

Pamela Smart was also convicted and is serving a life sentence. Flynn was sentenced to 28 years in prison.

The case was tabloid fodder and led to books and movies, including To Die For, starring Nicole Kidman.

— Wire reports