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Our Mission

  •  Extension programming covers four specific areas that address the expressed needs of our local community. Our Small Farm Outreach and Small Ruminant Programs serve farmers in Southern Maryland and all along the Delmarva Peninsula with educational programs and training, technical assistance, and other outreach activities. Our Nutrition and Health Program helps families, by targeting children and adults alike, to gain knowledge and skills in nutrition, meal planning, food buying, and fitness to help combat critical health concerns like childhood obesity and diabetes.

    Our Alternative and Small Scale Agriculture Program coordinates research and Extension outreach for local and regional growers and technical specialist that focus on the development of alternative agriculture technologies and marketing strategies that help maintain small family farm operations. 

    Positive youth development programming that involves citizenship education, civic engagement, service learning for youth, youth-adult partnerships, volunteer development for teens and adults, and experiential leadership experiences for youth and adults is offered via our 4-H STEM and Youth Development program. 

    As the needs of our community evolve, so does UMES Extension programming. Our Extension personnel are second to none.

     4-H STEM Program
    4-H STEM & Youth Development 
     Horticulture Program
    Alternative and Small Scale Agriculture 
     Health and Nutrition
    Health and Nutrition
     Small Farms Program
    Small Farms
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    Small Ruminants