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October 2020 Edition of the Official Newsletter of the
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Last chance to register for UMES Small Farm Conference
UMES Chesapeake Water Quality Center receives half-million dollar grant
Area farmers can receive free opportunities through new MyFaRM initiative
Virtual Industrial Hemp Conference slated for Nov. 5 at UMES
UMES students celebrate National Chemistry Week
Message from the SANS Dean
COVID-19-UMES Updates & CDC Fact Sheet

Chitnis directs state of the agency remarks at NEMO annual meeting
UMES is seeking farmers to volunteer for research project
Youth experience marine science through 4-H STEM education series
Jacob returns to campus to start post in Department of Human Ecology
Agricultural & Environmental Law Conference 2020
Pre-Vet Club takes members on an African safari
Coops To Co-Ops Online Store- Closed for season!  See us in the spring!
Ingenuity, Spring 2020
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Don't miss out on UMES Small Farm Conference

COVID-19 will not prevent University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension from holding its 17th annual Small Farm Conference November 6-7.  There is still time to register for the event that will take place this year in a hybrid format to ensure the safety of participants.

Day one of the 2020 edition of the Small Farm Conference will consist of on-site field tours and demonstrations limited to 15 participants per tour due to social distancing requirements, while the second day’s schedule is full of virtual sessions and roundtable discussions.  

Click on image above to view WMDT 47 abc interview with Berran Rogers.
UMES Chesapeake Water Quality Center
receives half-million dollar USDA-NRCS grant
UMES 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."

“As interest in soil health management continues to increase, so does the need for consistent, replicable, scientifically sound indicators and associated data that will allow for the assessment of how agricultural management practices are affecting soil health over time,” said Dr. Arthur Allen, PI for the grant and director of the Chesapeake Water Quality Center. 
Area farmers can receive free opportunities through new MyFaRM initiative
Don't miss out on registering 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.  The kick-off class is Nov. 6 at the UMES Small Farm Conference.

“MyFaRM is a series of classes covering each of five areas of risk for farms: production, marketing, finances, human resources and legal risk,” said Nicole Cook, the environmental and agricultural faculty legal specialist at UMES.  “There is an added emphasis in the MyFaRM program on how to use Federal Crop Insurance and private insurance options to sustain and support the growth of small farming operations, particularly those who grow, or plan to grow, specialty crops.”

Industrial Hemp Conference slated for Nov. 5 

UMES 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.

UMES students celebrate National Chemistry Week

Students in UMES' Chemistry Club and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation celebrated National Chemistry Week with a team competition October 22 to create "Elephant Toothpaste." The budding scientists used a special formula to get a BIG reaction! 


Click image above to view the "Elephant Toothpaste" demonstration.
Video courtesy of Hawk Media/cameraman and UMES junior Joseph Byrd.

Dear SANS Stakeholders,


The weather has certainly turned as autumn colors fade with trees continuing to shed their leaves and cooler temperatures creeping in. I think I speak for all in SANS when I say that we are extremely appreciative of President Anderson’s strong leadership during these unprecedented times. With just about three weeks left in our fall semester, I am extremely excited to say that we can see light at the end of the tunnel.  Let me also express my deep gratitude to all of our SANS students, staff and faculty for their resilience and diligence during these challenging times. Clearly, we must remain highly vigilant as we continue our journey in these uncharted waters.
I am delighted to announce several appointments that I firmly believe will place SANS in a strong position to respond to the current challenges we face. These positions will allow for greater efficiency and effectiveness in the administration of key programs in the school. They will also allow for the strategic growth that is critical at this time when resources are scarce. 

Please click here to view the new SANS appointments.

Please join me in welcoming these three highly qualified individuals to their new appointments. I have no doubt in my mind that SANS is in a stronger position.
With very best wishes for November and deep gratitude as we approach the Thanksgiving break,

Moses T. Kairo
SANS Professor and Dean

If you have not already done so, please go out and Vote!
The health and well-being of our campus and the community is our highest priority. The University's Task Force is working diligently to stay informed of changing dynamics in the coronavirus outbreak. 
UMES Updates
CDC Guidelines
Chitnis directs state of the agency remarks to Northeast Management Officers

The annual meeting of the Northeast Management Officers was held virtually on Tuesday, October 20, with 72 participants in attendance throughout the day.  UMES was the hosting member institution.

Administrative and financial officers from land-grant institutions in the Northeast region of the U.S. conducted business spanning budgetary, financial and human resource management. The theme of the day expressed the sentiment of each individual: We Can Do Virtually Anything Together!

A highlight of the conference involved a morning address from Dr. Parag Chitnis, acting director of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. He discussed the transition of NIFA from Washington D.C. to Kansas City over the past year, which has been transformational.

UMES is seeking farmers to volunteer for research project

Dr. Salina Parveen, a professor in UMES' Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, is looking for growers from integrated crop-livestock farms to participate in a research study to identify on-farm food safety practices.  Farmers will gain knowledge about food-born pathogens, their distribution, ecology transmission and control in an effort to help reduce production costs and increase profits.
Click on image above to view WMDT 47 abc's interview with Dr. Salina Parveen.
Youth experience marine science through 4-H STEM education series
Educators in UMES Extension’s 4-H STEM program have continued to provide area youth with ways to experience STEM topics despite the challenges of the pandemic.  Brad Hartle, an agent associate with the program, recently partnered with the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education’s Next Generation Scholars Program in delivering an educational series, “An Introduction to Marine Science and a Look into Marine Biology,” to 20 students in grades eight-12.
Faculty member starts UMES post one building down from where he attended high school
Dr. John B. Jacob has come full circle.  Once a ninth grader in Kiah Hall when it housed Somerset Junior-Senior High School, he has come back to campus as an associate professor in the Department of Human Ecology located one building away in Henson Hall.

After a 21-year career that took him to the West Coast’s Washington State University and the Southeast’s West Virginia and Radford universities, Jacob will put his expertise in fashion merchandising and design to work at UMES teaching introductory courses in the fashion industry, fashion forecasting and textiles.
Pre-Vet Club takes members on an African safari
With some creative planning and effort on the part of faculty and staff, students in UMES’ Pre-Vet Club were able to gather safely on October 7 for an in-person social event.  Club advisor and UMES’ resident veterinarian Dr. Kimberly Braxton arranged for members to enjoy a real-time African safari through WildEarth “outdoor movie night” style.

Since the pandemic, Braxton has thought outside the box to continue in her efforts to recruit young people to the profession, one that earned her passion as an undergraduate pursuing a degree in agriculture and animal science at UMES.  This past summer when COVID-19 nixed her plans to offer local youth a hands-on veterinary science camp, she instead lent her assistance to a virtual experience for middle school students through a colleague’s STEM Career Prep program in the Baltimore-Washington region.
Coops to Co-ops is closed for the season! 
Please look for re-opening information in the spring!

Ingenuity, Spring 2020

The official research magazine of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences.

In this edition of Ingenuity, you will find stories about  research and key linkages we hold with our community.  It means we care about what's important to you.  From one story, you will learn how UMES is paving the way to a newly legalized hemp industry. And as usual, we like to tell you about outcomes concerning some of the activities of our students, faculty, alumni and Extension agents over the last year.

Read all about it ►

UMES Extension launched its e-newsletter Connections in November last year! 

Subscribers will be privy to opportunities available to the public as well as those only available to our subscribers.

To get your copy, subscribe today!
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Upcoming Events

Agricultural & Environmental Law Conference 2020
November 2, 9 and 16, 2020, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Register here!

Industrial Hemp Conference
November 5, 2020, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Register here!

MyFaRM Initiative Kickoff Class
November 6, 2020, 2-4 p.m.
Register here!

17th annual Small Farm Conference
November 6-7, 2020
Register here!

SANS in the News

UMES holding virtual Industrial Hemp Conference Nov. 5 with speakers from all over
WMDT, October 16, 2020

UMES looking for farmers to participate in integrated crop-livestock research
WMDT, October 15, 2020 with video

Demographic trends paint rosy ag future
Cape Gazette editorial, October 9, 2020

17th annual Small Farm Conference kicking off November 6, farmers can expect new hybrid format ...
WMDT, October 5, 2020 with video


New Research Publications

Elnaiem, Dia-Eldin A., Dakein, O., Alawad, A. M., Alsharif, B., Khogali, A., Jibreel, T., Osman, O.F., Has'san, H., Atia, A.M., Elhag, M., Den Boer, M., Ritmeijer, K., Bem, C., Alvar, J., Khalid, N., Courtenay, O. (2020). Outdoor residual insectic ide spraying (ODRS), a new approach for the control of the exophilic vectors of huam visceral leishmaniasis:  Phlebotomus orientalis in Easte Africa.


Previous Editions . . .

The SANS Monthly Digest-September 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest- August 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest - June 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest- May 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest - April 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest- March 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest - February 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest - January 2020

The SANS Monthly Digest - December 2019
The SANS Monthly Digest - November 2019
The SANS Monthly Digest - October 2019
The SANS Monthly Digest - September 2019
The SANS Monthly Digest - August 2019
The SANS Monthly Digest - July 2019
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