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Agricultural Experiment Station

  • As a land-grant institution within the state of Maryland, UMES provides leadership for research in the agricultural, food, and biomedical sciences as well as in natural resource conservation and use. Over the years, the SANS research program has established and maintained strong collaborative partnerships with state and federal agencies as well as other academic institutions. Such linkages have allowed the program to be highly responsive to priorities in Maryland and the nation. 

    The recent development of strategic clusters, centers, and units within the School makes for enhanced effectiveness in each of its three mission areas (teaching, research, and extension) as well as increased competitiveness and impact despite the increasingly unpredictable economic environment. 

    The clusters have been strategically formed to capture some of the competitive strengths of the school.  Broad subject areas include: Human Health and Development, Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability, Agriculture and Food, and Product Development. Specific subject areas include, but are not limited to: infectious diseases; food safety; water resources and watershed management; toxicology and environmental health; sustainable energy; agribusiness, trade and economic development; commercial agriculture; poultry and small ruminant development; protective clothing; fashion merchandizing, and more.

    Support for the School's research comes from several sources: the Evans-Allen Program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, several state departments; a number of federal agencies, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health; and the private sector.