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 University of Maryland Extension is a statewide educational organization funded by federal, state, and local governments that brings research-based knowledge directly to individuals, families, and communities. Its mission is to educate citizens to apply practical, research-based knowledge to critical issues facing individuals, families, communities, the State, and our global partners.

The 1890 Extension Program, headquartered at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Maryland, is targeted to diverse audiences with special emphasis on those with limited resources to help them improve their quality of life. The 1890 Extension Program in Maryland is administered by Dr. Henry Brooks.


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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) has formed a partnership agreement with USDA to implement a Small Farm Outreach Initiative for farmers in Southern Maryland and along the Delmarva Peninsula. The overall goal of the project is to improve the economic condition of small-scale, limited-resource and socially disadvantaged farmers by providing educational programs and training that improve their farm management skills and expedite their access to and participation in USDA farm programs. Technical assistance, training, and other outreach activities are provided in group as well as in individual settings. 



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The Cooperative State Research, Education & Extension Service (CSREES) became the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) as mandated by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, section 7511(f), or Public Law 110-246 (Farm Bill). NIFA s unique mission is to advance knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities by supporting researcheducation, and extension programs in the Land-Grant University System and other partner organizations. NIFA doesn't perform actual research, education, and extension but rather helps fund it at the state and local level and provides program leadership in these areas.



The Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) was established as an office within Executive Operations under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Section 14013, P.L. 110-246.  The mission of OAO is to increase access to programs of the Department, and increase the viability and profitability of small farms and ranches, beginning farmers or ranchers, and socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers.






1890 Expanded Food and Nutrition Program

1890 EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Program) is a nutrition education program located at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The program targets at-risk youth and adults on the Lower Eastern Shore.  In order to increase awareness on issues of health, food safety, and exercise, the EFNEP team collaborates with small groups and organizations to teach a series of healthy lifestyle lessons. Each year the program reaches approximately 600 youth and 200 adults encouraging all participants to introduce healthy changes into their lifestyle. The program also includes a summer youth component teaching the importance of breakfast, fruit and vegetable consumption, portion size, beverage intake, exercise, and the consequences of fast food intake.  Food demonstrations and tastings help expose students to healthy recipes that they could share with their parents.


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Maryland 4-H provides a supportive setting for all youth to reach their fullest potential. Youth learn beneficial cognitive and life skills through community-focused, research-based experiential educational programs.  4-H helps youth become competent, caring, contributing, and capable individuals!  4-H can be found in every county of every state and in more than 80 countries around the world. In Maryland 4-H is a program of University of Maryland Extension. Nearly 85,000 youth belong to 4-H in our state.   4-H gives young people opportunities to follow their own interests through 4-H projects ranging from photography to model rocketry, from dogs to horses, from foods to fashions, from robotics to the environment, and more. Visit us at to learn more. 



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