• Environmental Quality

    Enhancing Cowpea Production in Delmarva Region to Increase Bio-Diversity and Food Security

    NON-TECHNICAL SUMMARY: Cropping in the Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia (Delmarva) region is constrained by drought and sandy soils. This project will enhance production of cowpea, a drought tolerant crop, as an additional crop in the Delmarva region. Cowpea production can be profitable in the region without using fertilizers, while enhancing soil health and environmental quality. Project outputs will comprise developed and enhanced cowpea as an additional crop in the Delmarva agrosystems. The project will strengthen research and teaching at UMES by providing internships, work experiences, better laboratory and field equipment, and by increasing collaboration among scientists. The outcomes include enhanced biodiversity, agro-sustainability, food security, profitability in growing cowpea, and more highly-trained students for the workforce. Impacts are the enhanced socio-economic wellbeing of local cowpea growers, improved food security, enhanced soil health, and highly-skilled students ready to contribute to effective agricultural research output and more effective teaching at UMES.

    FUNDING:  NIFA - Capacity Building Grant

    CONTACT:  Dr. Robert Dadson; Professor and Chair; Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, rbdadson@umes.edu