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  • UMES Partners with Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine to Further Strengthen Pipeline of Diverse Students  

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (September 10, 2021)– In an effort to increase diversity in the veterinary profession, RUSVM has expanded its Ross Vet Articulation Partner Scholarship initiative for Hispanic Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The initiative, which is offered through a growing number of partnerships, now includes UMES. Scholarships are available to students who intend to begin the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program during the 2021-22 academic year. more>


    Youth can participate in a UMES Extension 4-H STEM Junior Master Gardener course 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(September 9, 2021)-Area youth aged 8-11 can register now through Sept. 20 for a series of six Junior Master Gardener classes this fall.  Hosted by University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension 4-H STEM, participants can earn Level One certification upon completion of the course. more>


    Integrated Pest Management is key to protecting the Chesapeake Bay
    UMES receives $630,000 USDA grant to assist farmers in improved IPM practices 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(September 1, 2021)-Agriculture is Maryland’s largest industry, employing 350,000 people and contributing $8 billion annually to its economy, according to a Maryland State Archives report.  The Chesapeake Bay is the second most important economic resource, which makes creating eco-friendly Integrated Pest Management programs essential to the state. more>


    UMES Extension workshop showcases 38 varieties of grapes that can be grown on Delmarva

    PRINCESS ANNE-MD- (August 30, 2021)-UMES Extension is hosting a workshop on grape cultivation Sat., September 4, at 10 a.m. at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s orchard on campus. Growers and gardening enthusiasts can view 38 varieties of grapes grown there and learn about tips for successful cultivation on the Eastern Shore. more>


    UMES researcher uses CRISPR to combat fungal diseases in grapevines
    USDA grant funds research for advanced breeding technologies to improve mildew resistance

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(August 30, 2021)-Dr. Sadanand Dhekney, an associate professor of plant breeding and biotechnology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, will lead a project supported by a recent $500,000 United States Department of Agriculture, capacity building grant to improve powdery mildew resistance in grapevine cultivars using genome editing technology. >more


    UMES Extension receives EXCITE grants to help bolster vaccine confidence 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (August 26, 2021)-The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension System are banding together to bolster confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and to address health disparities among rural and other underserved communities.  The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension will champion this effort as the recipient of over $200,000 in grants to implement the Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching and Engagement initiative. more>


    UMES Extension offers free Asian vegetable cooking class and workshop 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(August 12, 2021)-UMES Extension is offering an Asian vegetable online cooking class August 28 and an on-site workshop for growers and gardening enthusiasts August 21.  Both begin at 10 a.m. and are free, but require advanced registration at www.umes.edu/SANS/Events.  The workshop will be held on the UMES Farm located on College Backbone Road near the Food Science and Technology building. >more


    UMES Extension offers free pear orchard tour and tasting workshop 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(August 10, 2021)-Local growers and gardening enthusiasts can learn about pears at an on-site workshop August 14, sponsored by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension’s Horticulture and Fruit program.  The free event begins at 10 a.m. and features information, and best of all tasting, on 12 varieties grown on UMES’ orchard, including the easy-to-grow and newly popular Asian pear. >more


    Chigbu appointed to Maryland Commission on Climate Change  

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(August 5, 2021)-Ben Grumbles, Maryland's Secretary of the Environment, recently announced that the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's director of the NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center, Dr. Paulinus Chigbu, has been appointed to the Maryland Commission on Climate Change.  Chigbu will serve on one of its working groups, the Science and Technology Working Group. >more


    UMES and Washington Inn and Tavern present “Taste of Jamaica” culinary event August 6 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(August 2, 2021)-University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension’s Dr. Nadine Burton is sharing her knowledge of ethnic specialty crops and recipes native to her home country of Jamaica with the chef at the Washington Inn and Tavern in Princess Anne for a special culinary experience, “Taste of Jamaica.”  Chef Russell Robbins hosts the event on Jamaican Independence Day, August 6, from 6-8 p.m. at the Inn where he will present a three-course meal featuring locally grown ingredients common to Jamaica. >more


    Ag Showcase slated for late August

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (July 26, 2021) – University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension, in partnership with Atlantic Tractor LLC, is hosting an Ag Showcase at the UMES Research and Education Farm on Stewart Neck Road on Wednesday, August 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The showcase is the inaugural event between the two organizations, both interested in the success of the Eastern Shore farmer. >more


    UMES Industrial Hemp Program offers free field tours

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (July 22, 2021) – A hemp variety screening trial involving more than 50 varieties is the focus of a July 30 tour on the University of Maryland Easter Shore campus. The event, set to begin at 4 p.m., is free and open to growers and potential growers. >more


    UMES researcher awarded $1 million U.S. Navy Minority Serving Institution Grant
    Dr. Victoria Volkis aims to combat biofilms on submerged surfaces while training students for careers in science 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (July 7, 2021)-A University of Maryland Eastern Shore researcher and students from underrepresented minorities in STEM who are majoring in natural sciences will be tackling one of the U.S. Navy’s most costly problems –biofilm formation, or fouling.  Biofilms, which lead to attachment of barnacles, cause millions of dollars of damage to naval ships and platforms each year and contribute to ecological changes with the potential to cause fish mortality and algal blooms. >more


    UMES professor is among first graduates of medical cannabis science degree

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (June 28, 2021)-As medical cannabis has made its way from the debate floor to federal and state legislation, a professor at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore has joined an elite group of scientists, health care professionals, attorneys and entrepreneurs who have earned the first master’s degrees in medical cannabis science in the nation.  The program aims to set standards for clinical information and assist in continued research to build the science behind the fast-growing industry. >more


    Collaboration reaps FRUITS of their labor 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(June 21, 2021)-Three years in the making, the Fruitland Mini Orchard is ready for its first harvest.  University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension’s Well Connected Communities and Horticulture and Fruits programs partnered with the City of Fruitland to serve the community by providing outreach activities to learn about backyard fruit cultivation and sustainability while addressing food insecurity in the Tri-County area. >more


    UMES’ 2021 AgDiscovery summer camp in full swing 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(June 17, 2021)-A group of 19 middle and high school students from the Mid-Atlantic are fortunate that COVID-19 restrictions have lifted per Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan for them to experience an in-person AgDiscovery summer program this year at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  As with many activities, the 2020 edition was canceled. >more


    UMES researchers conduct hemp cultivar trial 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(June 2, 2021)-University of Maryland Eastern Shore researchers involved in its Industrial Hemp Pilot Research Program took to the fields early last month for a hemp cultivar screening trial.  Some 43 cultivars were planted that will be screened for cannabinoid production on the Eastern Shore where it shows promise as a potential cash crop for farmers. >more


    UMES Extension specialist helps veterans this Memorial Day through horticulture  

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(May 27, 2021)-Serving the region’s military veterans through horticulture training is one of Dr. Naveen Kumar Dixit’s passions.  The horticulturist and University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension specialist has partnered over the past three years with regional agencies to provide free workshops on fruit and vegetable cultivation and is on the road to forming a Veterans Agriculture Association on Delmarva. >more


    Health benefits of ginger could combat obesity—known risk factor for COVID-19 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(May 19, 2021)-Obesity is a growing problem in the United States and is one that affects some groups more than others.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, 42% of adults in the nation fell within the range considered to be obese in a 2017-2018 study. Not only does obesity put people at risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, it is also a risk factor for experiencing negative outcomes from COVID-19. >more


    UMES among recipients of $5.76 million in USDA funding to establish Center of Excellence

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (May 12, 2021) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced today that the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is one of four 1890 land-grant institutions set to receive funding from its total investment of $5.76 million reserved for 1890 Centers of Excellence grants.>more


    Online lecture series features innovations in agriculture

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(April 27, 2021)-University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension is offering a free online lecture series for produce growers and consumers, “Ingenuity and Innovation in Agriculture: Talk with a Farmer,” beginning Saturday, May 1.  The first installment features John McMahon, founder and farm manager of an organic, controlled-environment farm, Schuyler Greens Company near Charlottesville, Virginia.>more


    Asian vegetables an emerging market for Mid-Atlantic growers

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(April 16, 2021)—University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Dr. Naveen Kumar Dixit aims to help farmers and gardening enthusiasts in the Mid-Atlantic tap into consumer demand and an emerging market for Asian vegetables.  As part of a spring series, he will offer two free webinars focusing on cultivation of the ethnic crops.>more


    Spring and early summer webinar series geared to fruit growers and enthusiasts 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (April 12, 2021)—University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension is offering a free webinar series aimed at helping local growers hone skills necessary to successfully cultivate fruit in the Mid-Atlantic. >more


    Learn about pruning fruit trees in free UMES Extension webinar

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(April 6, 2021)—Fruit growers, property owners and gardening enthusiasts can benefit from a free University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension webinar April 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Assistant professor, Extension specialist and horticulturist Naveen Kumar Dixit will share his expertise on pruning apple, pear and peach trees.  Registrations will be accepted through April 9.>more


    UMES Extension offers free webinar on growing elderberry 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (March 10, 2021)-University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension is offering the second installment of a free, two-part webinar series on “Elderberry Growing and Marketing” on March 25, from noon-1 p.m.  Henriette den Ouden, a specialty herbs consultant with UMES’ Small Farm Program, will present information on how to market the plant along with an overview of value-added products such as wine, syrup and jellies and the regulatory aspects associated with them.>more


    UMES Extension offers free growing ginger webinar

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(March 9, 2021)-Ginger, used worldwide as a popular spice, is a tropical plant harvested within 8-10 months.  The question is can it be feasibly grown as a Mid-Atlantic high-value crop with marketing potential.  The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension is offering a free webinar on March 12, from 11 a.m.-noon to help answer that question. >more


    Mid-Atlantic college students can apply to UMES summer internship 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(March 3, 2021)-College students in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. that are interested in learning how their academic major can lead to a career in agriculture or food science can apply now through April 10 to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates summer internship. >more


    Extension employee hailed as a champion of the community

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(February 24, 2021)-Making an impact in the community through his professional and personal life is what drives McCoy Curtis Jr., especially in these challenging times, and it has not gone unnoticed. Curtis was honored last month on Martin Luther King Jr. Day during a “live” virtual celebration of the Tri-County MLK Coalition’s 36th annual banquet honoring their namesake.  He was the Somerset County recipient of an achievement award presented to standouts in the area for their humanitarian services to the community. >more


    Youth into gardening and the environment can take part in UMES Extension 4-H STEM spring program

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD—(February 8, 2021)-Youth ages 8-11 can brush off their gardening trowels and get ready for some fun and learning by becoming a Junior Master Gardener through the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension’s 4-H STEM program.  Virtual classes will held bi-weekly beginning March 30 on Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m. >more


    Registration is open for UMES’ free 2021 AgDiscovery summer camp 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (February 2, 2021)-Area middle and high school students currently in grades 8-11 can apply now through March 25 for the 2021 AgDiscovery summer program slated for June 13-26 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Campers will reside on campus unless COVID-19 concerns mandate that it shifts to a virtual experience. >more


    Research team receives national award for transfer of new federal technology to reduce ammonia emissions in poultry houses 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(December 16, 2020)-A University of Maryland Eastern Shore researcher and his colleagues at laboratories along the East Coast and as far away as Spain were lauded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service for their work aimed at controlling ammonia emissions in poultry houses. >more


    UMES Chesapeake Water Quality Center receives half-million dollar USDA grant

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (October 30, 2020)-The University of Maryland Eastern Shore just received a major boost to its Chesapeake Water Quality Center from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.  The center received nearly a half-million dollar NRCS grant to “enhance knowledge regarding use of standard metrics to assess soil health,” particularly for agricultural land management.” >more


    Virtual Industrial Hemp Conference slated for Nov. 5 at UMES

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(October 7, 2020)-University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension will host its second annual Industrial Hemp Conference November 5 in a virtual format due to restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.   Experts from universities and agencies across the country aim to educate growers and stakeholders about the status of the industry and the outlook for the future. >more


    Area farmers can receive free opportunities through new MyFaRM initiative 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (October 5, 2020)-Registration is now open for MyFaRM, a new University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension initiative to deliver risk management education free to area farmers.  Mastering Farm Risk Management, for which MyFaRM stands, also includes incentives for a select group of participants to receive free admission to future events hosted by UMES’ Small Farm Program. >more


    Registration is now open for UMES Small Farm Conference

    PRINCESS ANNE-MD- (October 2, 2020)-COVID-19 will not prevent the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension from holding its 17th annual Small Farm Conference November 6-7.  Registration is now open for the event that will take place this year in a hybrid format to ensure the safety of participants. >more


    Zebelo selected for USDA 1890 Faculty Research Sabbatical Awards

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (October 2, 2020)-When the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced July 24 its 2020 awardees of the Agriculture Research Service's 1890 Faculty Research Sabbatical Program, one of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s top researchers, Dr. Simon Zebelo, was among them. Zebelo is the recipient of a $75,000 summer 2020-21 award. >more


    Delmarva high school students chosen for World Food Prize 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(September 29, 2020)-Three Delmarva high school students will represent the Maryland Youth Institute as delegates to the 2020 World Food Prize Global Youth Institute next month.  >more


    UMES Extension prepares for 2020 4-H STEM Challenge

    PRINCESS ANNE-MD- (September 17, 2020)-University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension 4-H STEM educators are gearing up for this year’s 4-H STEM Challenge, “Mars Base Camp,” developed by Google for children aged 8-14.  >more


    UMES announces new natural sciences chair

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD — (September 17, 2020) —Dr. Jonathan Cumming is braving the academic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic during his first semester as the incoming chair of the Department of Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Cumming’s tenure began July 1. >more


    Farmers on Delmarva poised to enter ethnic food markets

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(September 15, 2020)-The pandemic has brought to light the importance of growing local food for “survival, sustainability and self-dependence.” University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Dr. Naveen Kumar Dixit (at left) aims to help Delmarva farmers tap into consumer demand and an emerging market for Asian vegetables—a market currently dominated by South American imports. >more


    Free UMES Extension events take visitors on educational tour of its herb garden

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(August 28, 2020)-University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension puts the talents of its specialty herbs consultant for the Small Farms Program, Henriette den Ouden, to use to present two free events in September highlighting UMES’ herb garden.  On September 12, from 10 a.m.-noon, gardeners with an interest in growing medicinal and other specialty herbs can visit the herb garden on the UMES Education and Demonstration Farm.  The second event slated for September 16 at 10 a.m. is a webinar of interest to farmers who would like technical information on the best practices for growing a range of herbs. >more


    UMES celebrates 130th anniversary of historically Black land-grant universities

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (August 26, 2020) - University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Dr. Heidi Anderson will join fellow presidents of the nation’s 1890 universities in this week’s celebration of the 130th anniversary of the federal legislation that designated them as land-grant institutions. The Morrill Act of 1890, signed on August 30 of that year, established a land-grant system of Historically Black Colleges and Universities that now number 21. >more


    New UMES research facility aims to contribute to health of Chesapeake Bay  

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (August 24, 2020)-Meeting the challenge of sustainable reductions in phosphorus loads to the Chesapeake Bay is the goal of a new Stormwater Management Research facility at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  A $300,000 Capacity Building Grant by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture was recently awarded to UMES researchers to “implement, monitor and evaluate nutrient-reduction strategies near poultry facilities,” particularly older ones. >more


    UMES study addresses increasing demand for ethnic crops on Delmarva

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (August 17, 2020)- A three-year $600,000 USDA grant awarded to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore seeks to expand and strengthen food science research, teaching and extension related to ethnic crops to meet the growing demand on the Delmarva Peninsula. >more


    MyFaRM initiative offers free risk management education for local farmers
    Registration opens in September

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (August 13, 2020)- A new initiative, MyFaRM (Mastering Farm Risk Management), will provide free risk management education to farmers who are underserved by crop insurance.  Educators at University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension secured a nearly $100,000 Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center grant for the 18-month project. >more


    Schwarz joins UMES in food safety role  

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (August 12, 2020)- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore welcomes back alumna and long-time resident of Salisbury, Dr. Melinda Schwarz, in the role of food safety specialist with UMES Extension. 

    In her new post, Schwarz will develop training strategies for small farmers to assist them in their compliance with the requirements outlined in the Produce Safety Rule established by the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act.  She will work with food producers, vegetable growers, poultry processors, new food entrepreneurs, UMES Extension educators and partner organizations through food safety programs.  In doing so, Schwarz will also cultivate relationships with state and federal agencies that are invested in implementing and evaluating food safety guidelines. >more


    Over half-million to develop sustainable sweet corn production on Delmarva

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (August 6, 2020)- It’s that time of year when summer fields are filled with mouth-watering local sweet corn.  A newly funded (nearly $600,000) USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Capacity Building Grant was awarded to University of Maryland Eastern Shore researcher, Dr. Simon Zebelo, to help expand sustainable sweet corn production on Delmarva. >more


    Junior Master Gardener Program offers hands-on activities for youth

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (July 31, 2020)- At the end of February, before the COVID-19 lockdowns began, UMES Extension 4-H Senior Agent Associate Lisa Murphy traveled to Texas A&M University to take part in the 2020 Junior Master Gardener Leader Training Conference. The program, of which Murphy is the Maryland state coordinator, is a youth gardening program of the nation’s Cooperative Extension System. >more


    UMES researchers to aid cattle industry

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (July 27, 2020)-Multi-disciplinary researchers at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore have gained funding from the USDA to aid in a method for early detection of bovine herpesvirus type 1 infection in cows, a disease that costs the U.S. cattle industry approximately $3 billion in losses each year.  >more


    UMES Extension associate administrator elected to Northeast SARE council

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(July 16, 2020)- Dr. E. Nelson Escobar can add two more accolades to his 11-year career at University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension as an administrator, professor and small ruminant specialist.>more


    Kairo to lead nation’s 1890 and 1862 Experiment Station directors

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (June 30, 2020)- Dr. Moses T. Kairo is the incoming chair of the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy.  Kairo, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s dean of the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, was elected to the post during the organization’s fall meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 25.  He will serve a one-year term commencing July 1. >more


    UMES participates in USDA-funded research to ensure food at farmers markets are safe

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (June 19, 2020)- Keeping products sold at Delmarva’s farmers markets safe from potential foodborne illness and preparing local farmers for the mandated 2021 compliance to the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act is the goal of a nearly half-million dollar USDA Capacity Building grant.  Dr. Salina Parveen, professor of food science and technology at UMES joins researchers at Virginia State University and Delaware State University in the project titled, "Preparing for the Future: Building Capacity for Food Safety Compliance at Farmers Markets.” >more


    Learn about the health benefits and production of bok choy at free UMES webinar

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (June 17, 2020)- “Why Bok Choy?” is the topic of a June 24 webinar offered by University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension.  The 10 a.m. virtual seminar will be conducted by Dr. Nadine Burton-Stubbs, an alternative crop specialist with the Small Farm Outreach Program. >more


    UMES is part of multi-state research team studying benefits of grazing on organic crops

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (June 12, 2020)- The USDA awarded $9.5 million to 11 collaborative, multi-state projects to “enhance the competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops.” The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a collaborator on one of the projects.  UMES, in partnership with the University of California at Davis, University of Minnesota, The Organic Center in Washington, D.C. and the USDA-Agriculture Research Station in Beltsville, Maryland, were collectively awarded a nearly $1 million grant to “investigate the benefits of livestock integration through cover-crop grazing on bacterial population dynamics, food safety, and soil and environmental health,” said Dr. Fawzy Hashem, a research associate professor in UMES’ Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences and co-principal director of the project. >more


    Tri-County residents focus of UMES health program

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (June 11, 2020)- Creating “healthier, more sustainable places to live, work and play” across the country is the goal of the Well Connected Communities Initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Under the leadership of Dr. Virginie Zoumenou, 1890 Nutrition and Health Programs director, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is the recipient of a $65,000 WAVE 2 competitive WCC sub-grant to continue its efforts to “initiate the culture of health” in the Tri-County area. >more


    UMES home to International Center of Excellence 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (June 3, 2020) – The National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a $1.6 million competitive grant to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, home to the newly organized Center of Excellence for International Engagement and Development. Established to strengthen global food security and education, the center is one of three administrative units focused on fostering global engagement and leadership skills development among land-grant university faculty, staff and students. >more


    Overcoming hurricanes and a pandemic to complete graduate research

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (June 1, 2020) -It took years of hard work and persevering through hurricanes and a pandemic for Wilmelie Cruz-Marrero, a newly minted Doctor of Philosophy in marine estuarine environmental sciences at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to achieve her dreams. >more


    LMRCSC Scholars earn NOAA scholarships

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (June 2020)- Teemer Barry and Semaj Fielding, NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center Scholars and University of Maryland Eastern Shore sophomores, were recipients of a prestigious STEM award.  Both received the NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions Undergraduate Scholarship earlier this month. >more


    UMES fashion student forges ahead with travel plans in face of pandemic

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (June 1, 2020) - University of Maryland Eastern Shore sophomore Aleecia Joof has big plans for next year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.  Joof, who is concentrating in fashion merchandising at the university, plans on attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in the fall and studying at the Council on International Educational Exchange Global Institute in Paris next summer. >more


    USDA-backed study shows small farm success linked to networks

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (May 29, 2020) - A four-year study of the social networks of small-scale and minority specialty-crop farmers in Maryland, Delaware and Tennessee has come to a close.  The findings show that farmers who play a prominent role in their network realize greater profits.  Supported by a half-million dollar USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Capacity Building Grant, the research can help farming groups and agricultural support organizations leverage networks to enhance farmers’ success.  It aligns with NIFA’s global food security challenge area, especially pertinent during the COVID-19 pandemic. >more


    UMES Extension Offers Growing Herbs at Home Webinar

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – May 15, 2020 – Growing herbs at home is the focus for the next University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension webinar. Scheduled for Thursday, May 28, at 10 a.m., the free webinar will offer up-to-the-minute techniques for growing herbs for a variety of reasons. >more


    IR-4 Project designates UMES as its Northe ast Region Center

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (May 11, 2020) - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has joined the National IR-4 Project network of participating institutions.  UMES was selected to provide coordination of the Northeast Region of the IR-4 Project over the next five years.  IR-4 is a USDA-funded national research program that facilitates the registration of safe and effective chemical and bio-based pesticides for fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, ornamentals and other specialty crops and minor uses on major crops (corn, soybean, cotton, wheat and other small grains). >more


    ACS Seeking Scientific-minded High School Students for Summer Program

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (May 7, 2020) - Delmarva high school students interested in pursuing a degree in chemistry-related majors can participate in the American Chemical Society’s Project SEED summer program.  The program offers participants a $1,000 fellowship and the potential for an ACS scholarship covering the first year of college tuition.>more


    New 1890 Scholarships Program Reserved for First-Time and Transfer Students

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (April 27, 2020) - A new scholarship program for 1890 land-grant food and agricultural sciences (FAS) majors is set for Fall 2020.  Reserved for first-time college students and for students who transfer from community colleges, the national 1890 Scholarships Program aims to address the shortfall of FAS graduates available to enter the nation’s workforce. >more


    Parasite Management Virtual Workshop Slated for April 30

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (April 17, 2020) – In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension, like its university counterpart, is ramping up efforts to offer virtual instruction for its programs. UMES Extension is committed to continuing its mission of providing research-based solutions to the community.  The first virtual event happens Thursday, April 30, when its “Be Smart, Drench Smart” workshop, originally scheduled for March 26, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon via Zoom. >more


    Nearly Half a Million Dollar Grant Aims to Increase Diversity in FANH Sciences

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (April 15, 2020) - A University of Maryland Eastern Shore researcher has received a $474,500 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA to increase the diversity of students from minorities underrepresented in Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human (FANH) sciences.>more


    UMES Researchers Win Energy Innovation Research Funding

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (April 7, 2020) – Dr. Jurgen Schwarz, chair of the Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Sciences and Dr. Sadanand Dhekney, associate professor of plant breeding and biotechnology, are recipients of an Energy Innovation Seed Grant awarded by the Maryland Energy Innovation Institute.>more 


    UMES Receives USDA Funding to Embark on New Research and Extension Project

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(February 25, 2020)-Helping Maryland’s small farmers growing fresh produce and raising animals with primarily local marketing channels keep food safe is the focus of a half million dollar research and extension project newly funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Organic Transition Program.>more


    Integrated Parasite Management Workshop Planned

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(February 17, 2020)-“Be Smart, Drench Smart” is the theme of a small ruminant integrated parasite management workshop tentatively scheduled for April 23 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore sponsored by Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and the UMES Extension program.>more


    UMES Students Among Future Leaders in Agriculture

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(February 13, 2020)-UMES undergraduates Jailynn Britt and Isaiah Nance and graduate student Stephon Fitzpatrick are among 30 students selected to attend the USDA’s 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum as participants of its Future Leaders in Agriculture Program.  Selection was based on essays on agricultural careers and challenges.>more


    Johnson Appointed to White House Subcommittee

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(February 12, 2020)-Zoe Johnson, a graduate student pursuing a doctorate in toxicology at UMES, was recently appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology subcommittee on Students, Postdoctoral Education, and Early Career Professionals.>more


    Zoumenou Recognized Among EFNEP Peers

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(January 22, 2020)-Dr. Virginie Zoumenou, professor of dietetics and nutrition at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and its 1890 Nutrition and Health Programs director, will serve the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program in two leadership roles this year.>more


    UMES is a Partner on USDA NIFA Beginning Farmer Grants

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(January 8, 2019)-The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is participating as a partner on two National Institute of Food and Agriculture-USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grants, said Berran Rogers Jr., coordinator, Small Farm Program, UMES Cooperative Extension.>more


    Regents Approve $13.9 Million Ag Research and Classroom Building Plan

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (December 20, 2019)-UMES has the University System of Maryland’s approval to proceed with planning the construction of an “agricultural research and education center” on the east side of campus at a revised cost of $13.95 million.> more


    Cover Crop Workshop Features Steve Groff

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (December 5, 2019)- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension is hosting a free Cover Crop Workshop Tuesday, December 10 featuring Steve Groff, a cover crop coach. The 3-6 p.m. workshop will be held in UMES’ Richard A. Henson Center, room 1116.> more


    USDA Names UMES a Center for Community Prosperity

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(October 2019)-The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, along with another HBCU and a tribal college, were designated as Centers of Community Prosperity by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on October 22. >more


    Speaker Announced for UMES Small Farm Conference

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (October 25, 2019) – Mike Beatty, director of the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement in Washington, D.C., will give the keynote address Saturday, November 2, during a luncheon program as part of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Small Farm Conference.  The conference is in its 16th year. >more


    UMES Hosts Small Farm Conference November 1-2

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (October 6, 2019) – Some 200 attendees are expected for the 16th Annual Small Farm Conference at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore November 1-2.  The event provides an avenue for participants to network and learn about new opportunities and strategies that promote farm profitability and sustainability. >more


    First Industrial Hemp Conference Slated for October 31

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (October 6, 2019) – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore holds its first Industrial Hemp Conference Thursday, October 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Services Center. >more


    Medicinal Herb Workshop Planned for November 16

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (September 27, 2019) – A medicinal herb workshop is slated for Saturday, November 16, at the Caroline County 4-H Youth Park, 8230 Detour Rd., in Denton, Md.  Limited to 25 attendees, the event begins at 10 a.m. with registration at 9:30 a.m.  The cost is $14.50 per person, which includes materials and lunch. >more


    Maryland STEM Festival Slated for November 6

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (September 27, 2019) – “Space and Flight” is the theme of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension’s 5th annual Maryland STEM Festival slated for November 6. >more


    UMES Fall Community Festival Planned

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD -(September 17, 2019) - Coordinators of the 2019 UMES Fall Community Festival is expecting close to 400 people on the grounds during this year’s event, which is free and open to the public. >more


    UMES Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant Program Events

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (August 5, 2019) – Several events associated with the UMES Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) program is scheduled for the coming week for farmers and small businesses associated with farmers. >more


    Chigbu Receives Wilson H. Elkins Professorship for FY 2020

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (July 18, 2019) – The coveted Wilson H. Elkins Professorship has been awarded to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to support the work of Dr. Paulinus Chigbu, professor in the Department of Natural Sciences and director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC) at UMES. >more


    Min Receives Funding for Advancements in Food Technology

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (June 25, 2019) – Dr. Byungrok Min is the recipient of two major research grants. The university’s associate professor will embark on new innovations that will aid in the sustainability and anti-microbial state of consumed foods. >more


    Extend Your Strawberry Growing Season With UMES Extension

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (June 25, 2019) – “How to Extend Your Strawberry Season and Grow Quality Fruit,” a UMES Extension workshop, is sure to offer a wealth of information to anyone with an interest. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the UMES Demonstration and Education Farm. >more


    UMES Extension Plans a Demonstration Farm Field Day

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (June 5, 2019) – The Eastern Shore community is invited to attend a UMES farm field day slated for Friday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the UMES Education and Demonstration Farm. The event is organized so that the afternoon session, from 1 to 3 p.m., is a duplicate of the morning session, from 10 a.m. to noon. >more  


    UMES Extension Offers Family Fun on the Farm

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (June 5, 2019) - The Eastern Shore community is invited to attend a pair of UMES farm field days slated for Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the UMES Demonstration and Education Farm.  While registration is required, the event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. > more  

    Another Specialty Herbs Workshop In the Making

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (June 5, 2019) - UMES Extension presents another opportunity for farmers, gardeners and everyone in between to interact with Dr. Nadine Burton and Habanera Farm’s Henriette den Ouden during its next Growing Specialty Herbs workshop.  The two-hour event starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, on the UMES Education and Demonstration Farm on Stewart Neck Road.  > more


    Khoza Receives Award for Excellence in International Education

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (May 31, 2019) - Dr. Lombuso Khoza was recently awarded the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Seal of Excellence award due to the UMES Center for International Education’s success with study abroad. > more


    University System of Maryland Honors Parveen

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (May 31, 2019) - Dr. Salina Parveen, UMES professor of food science and technology, has been awarded the University System of Maryland (USM) Regent’s Faculty Award. She received the USM’s highest honor for her research, which is aimed at improving the safety and quality of seafood. > more


    UMES Extension Holds Specialty Herbs Workshop

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (March 15, 2019) – UMES Extension, in collaboration with Habanera Farms, will hold a specialty herb garden workshop on Saturday, April 6, at the UMES Demonstration Farm. The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at 10789 Stewart Neck Road. >more


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    Business & Legal Considerations for Your Farm Workshop

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (January 25, 2018) – A winter workshop for farmers with business and/or legal concerns is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, in the Richard A. Henson Center from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  . . . more


    Fruit Tree Pruning Instruction from the Experts

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (January 25, 2018) – University of Maryland Extension educators are preparing to offer an informative fruit tree pruning workshop on Saturday, February 17, on the UMES campus from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The workshop is reserved for the novice as well as for experienced tree planters. 

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    Late January Year-round Grazing Workshop

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (December 20, 2017) - How do you go about developing a winter grazing system?  That will be the focus of a workshop, to be held January 25 and 27, 2018, at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).  The theme is Year-Round Grazing – From Pasture Establishment to Grazing Management and Soil Health. Dr. Chris Teutsch is the featured speaker.  . . . more


    UMES Partners with National 4-H Council and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Empower Youth in Creating Healthier Communities

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD -  (October 12, 2017) – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) has been selected as one of five land-grant universities (LGUs) to partner with National 4-H Council (Council) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s largest health philanthropy, to improve health in local communities over the next two years. UMES is among the many LGUs that will work on this partnership over the next ten years to build a culture of health in 1,000 communities across the nation. . . . more


    UMES Ag Field Day will offer year round benefits

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD – (September 27, 2017) – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is the place to be on Saturday, October 7.  Ag Field Day begins at 9 a.m. with registration at the farm building.  Informational displays, wagon rides, an apple orchard visit and an exciting opportunity for middle school, high school and college students as well as adults will all be a part of the family fun.  While pre-registration is required, the event is free and open to the community. . . . more


    Small Farm Conference to offer two informational days


    PRINCESS ANNE, MD  – (September 25, 2017) - The 14th annual Small Farm Conference promises a wide variety of informational sessions and top-of-the-line speakers beginning Friday, November 2, on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. . . . more

    UMES invites area high school students to Minorities in Agriculture Leadership Institute 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (September 11, 2017) – The Fourth Annual Junior Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Leadership Institute returns to Princess Anne on Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is pleased to invite local students in grades 9-12 to campus for this exceptional, two-day professional development and experiential learning opportunity featuring some of the top agricultural and natural resources entities from academia, industry and government. The theme for this year’s institute is Natural Resources and Sustainability. . . . more


    UMES research team to aid the learning process

    Princess Anne, MD – (May 17, 2017) – A team of UMES researchers propose to improve the success rate of students who take physics courses.  Led by Dr. Kausik S. Das, the team has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve student engagement and retention and to invigorate innovation through physics instruction and undergraduate capstone research projects.  They suggest that science and engineering students will collaborate effectively in a group environment, grow intellectually and make original discoveries. . . . more


    UMES Celebrates Opening of Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (October 07, 2016) – A new center on the UMES campus has a vision to bridge the gap between agriculture and applied economics to benefit the agriculture community on the Delmarva Peninsula and beyond. In honor of its launch, the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development will host a symposium to discuss key topics related to agriculture, business and research. . . . more


    SANS Seminar Series Commences with Food Security Talk 

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (January 29) - The School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences (SANS) Seminar Series continues on Thursday, February 6, at 4 p.m. in the Richard A. Henson Center, Room 1116. Dr. Shanthu Shantharam begins the semester’s weekly presentations with his talk, “Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in the 21st Century Will Need Modern Biotech Crops.” . . . more