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UMES hosts Ag Showcase in partnership with Atlantic Tractor LLC
Photo Gallery:  Ag Showcase
Video:  DelmarvaLife's Travels with Charlie at Ag Showcase
Salisbury Daily Times visits UMES' Industrial Hemp Tour
Integrated Pest Management is key to protecting Chesapeake Bay
Video:  UMES researcher weighs in on EPA ban of chlorpyrifos
Message from the SANS Dean
COVID-19-UMES Updates & CDC Fact Sheet

UMES Extension receives EXCITE grants for vaccine confidence
Video:  47 abc talks to UMES' Director of Nutrition and Health Program
Video:  WBOC reports UMES receives grants for vaccine confidence
Historic Trigg Hall slated for renovations
Workshop showcases 38 varieities of gapes at UMES Orchard
REU in Marine and Estuarine Science Program 
Photo Gallery:  REU Marine and Estuarine Science Program
Northeast SARE grant will help educate farmers on farm economics
Video:  47 abc talks to Dr. Paulinus Chigbu about Climate Change
Youth can register for fall Junior Master Gardener Program
UMES Land-grant Scholarship Program
Subscribe to Extension's Connections newsletter
New! Summer 2021-The Living Sea-LMRCSC newsletter
UMES academic year 2021-22 kicks-off
Welcome new and returning students to campus. So glad to see you here and doing your best to keep our campus safe!
UMES Extension hosts Ag Showcase in partnership with Atlantic Tractor LLC
UMES Extension in partnership with Atlantic Tractor LLC in Queen Anne, Maryland hosted the inaugural Ag Showcase August 18, at the UMES Research and Education Farm just south of campus.  It was a hot one, but 125 Eastern Shore farmers participated in the free, full-day event aimed at helping them be successful in their farm operations.

“The event drew a diverse mix of producers, beginning farmers, service providers and agricultural enthusiasts from as far south as Northampton County, Virginia and as far north as parts of Delaware. Overall, the event was a success and we’re already in discussions with local and regional partners on how we can make next year’s event even better,” said Berran Rogers, coordinator of UMES’ Small Farm Program.
 
Ag Showcase Photo Gallery by Todd Dudek
VIDEO:  Click on the image above to watch DelmarvaLife's Travels with Charlie (Paparella) as he visits the UMES Research and Education Farm for the inaugural Ag Showcase hosted by UMES Extension in partnership with Atlantic Tractor LLC in Queen Anne.
Hemp could be Eastern Shore's next cash crop if growers can beat heat and pests

Salisbury Daily Times, August 18, 2021
VIDEO:  Click on the image above to watch as Salisbury Daily Times' Lauren Roberts visits the UMES Industrial Hemp tour on July 30. 

 Full story by Kristian Jaime HERE
Register for Sept. 30 hemp tour
Click here for UMES' Industrial Hemp Program
Integrated Pest Management is key to protecting the Chesapeake Bay
Agriculture is Maryland’s largest industry, employing 350,000 people and contributing $8 billion annually to its economy, according to a Maryland State Archives report.  The Chesapeake Bay is the second most important economic resource, which makes creating eco-friendly Integrated Pest Management programs essential to the state. 

“To protect the bay, farmers must continue to improve upon responsive IPM practices that will allow them to farm sustainably,” said Dr. Simon Zebelo, an entomologist at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Zebelo is the director for a research and extension project that recently received a $630,000 Crop Protection and Pest Management Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

“Funding from its Extension Implementation Program will support the university’s efforts to carry out extension activities that address critical needs of farmers while protecting vulnerable habitats and accelerating the adoption of practices that support the National Roadmap for Integrated Pest Management,” Zebelo said.
 
Video:  Click on the image above as 47 abc's Anissa Lopez gets UMES entomologist Dr. Simon Zebelo's input on the EPA's Final Tolerance Rule on chlorpyrifos this month.

 

Dear SANS Stakeholders,

I am absolutely delighted to extend a very warm welcome to students, faculty and staff to the fall 2021 semester. Indeed, August 30, was the first day of class and it was amazing to see the campus teeming with life - students hurriedly moving from class to class, or just to see them undertaking various activities all across campus.
 
August 30, was also a significant date as all the nineteen 1890 universities celebrated the 131st anniversary of the signing of the Second Morrill Act of 1890. I guess a ‘Happy Birthday 1890s’ is in order! It was great to note that the occasion was also marked on Capitol Hill through a
resolution introduced by Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC).  For me, this is also a reminder of our powerful and evergreen mission of educating the workforce of the future, especially the diverse student population that we serve. Additionally, our research and extension programs have never been more relevant. As you peruse through the news items in this digest, I hope you will be as excited as I am to read of the various initiatives, including the success of our students.
 
August was an extremely busy month in SANS as we prepared to welcome students back on campus. The early part of the month saw us wrap up the last of the summer experiential learning opportunities for students. There were also a number of exciting outreach activities spearheaded by UMES Extension. Of particular note was the Ag Showcase at the UMES Research and Education Farm. It was delightful to see the many stakeholders who joined us for this event. This was also the first major event hosted in the newly renovated farm building. For this I acknowledge with much gratitude the support from USDA-NIFA which facilitated the purchase and renovation of this facility.
 
Let me end by wishing our students, faculty and staff a very productive and enjoyable fall semester and to all our stakeholders, thank you for your continuing support.

 
With very best wishes.
 
Sincerely,
Moses T. Kairo
SANS Professor and Dean

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
UMES Extension receives EXCITE grants
to help bolster vaccine confidence
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension System are banding together to bolster confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and to address health disparities among rural and other underserved communities.  The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension will champion this effort as the recipient of over $200,000 in grants to implement the Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching and Engagement initiative.

UMES Extension is among 72 land-grant universities to receive an EXCITE I grant ($26,000) for its “Building Trust and Vaccine Confidence through Collaboration and Communication Strategies in the Tri-county Area of the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland,” proposal.  In collaboration with Delaware State University, UMES is also among 24 recipients of a $200,000 EXCITE II grant for its proposal, “Assessing Vaccine Confidence among Delmar People of Color through Community Engagement.” 
 
Video:  Watch  as 47 abc's Anissa Lopez talks to UMES Extension's Director of Nutrition and Health Program, Dr. Virginie Zoumenou, about two 1890 Land-Grant Universities Foundation EXCITE grants to bolster vaccine confidence on Delmarva.
Historic Trigg Hall slated for renovations
Trigg Hall, home to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, will receive substantial renovations due in part to a $500,000 federal grant. 

UMES is among 20 HBCUs across the country that will share some $9.7 million in funding through a Historically Black Colleges and Universities grant program funded by the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the U.S. Department of Interior’s National Park Service.  The grant will be combined with $989,020 from academic revenue bonds to pay for substantial repairs.

"As the headquarters for the Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, Trigg Hall is vital to our core mission of educating the workforce of the future," said Dr. Moses T. Kairo, dean of the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences.
 
"The proposed upgrades will create an environment conducive to the effective delivery of academic programs. Furthermore, minimizing the frequent failure of critical systems in the building will ensure that research activities proceed without interruption,” Kairo said. “We are truly grateful to the National Park Service for facilitating upgrades to such a beautiful building."
 
Workshop showcases 38 varieties of grapes
that can be grown on Delmarva.
UMES Extension is hosting a workshop on grape cultivation Sat., September 4, at 10 a.m. at the orchard on campus next to the Engineering and Aviation Science Complex. Growers and gardening enthusiasts can view 38 varieties of grapes grown there and learn about tips for successful cultivation on the Eastern Shore.

“Current grape demand is 500 tons per year to support the 110 local wineries in the state,” said Dr. Naveen Kumar Dixit, assistant professor of horticulture and UMES Extension specialist.  “At the UMES orchard, we have 18 varieties of table grapes and 20 varieties grown for winemaking for research and educational purposes.  Currently, our focus is on developing the architecture of vines.”

The workshop will also double as a make-up day for an Asian vegetable workshop that was rescheduled due to inclement weather earlier this month.  Participants can learn about growing bottle and bitter gourds for a growing demand for ethnic crops and for crop diversification.

Both events are free and registration is required by visiting 
 www.umes.edu/SANS/Events/.
Marine and Estuarine Science Program provides
summer research experience for undergraduates
Robyn Walker-Spencer, left, a summer 2021 REU intern from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, works with UMES Food and Agricultural Sciences doctoral students, Esam Almuhaideb and Tahirah Johnson, during a site visit to an oyster bar on Tangier Sound as part of research funded by a USDA capacity building grant awarded to Dr. Salina Pareen.
A group of nine students who will be sophomores and juniors this fall participated in UMES’ Research Experience for Undergraduates in Marine and Estuarine Sciences.  The interns represented institutions from Maine to California. The paid interns spent the summer, May 31-August 6, conducting research projects with the guidance of UMES faculty and graduate students.

This summer’s projects included biological and ecological studies of fish, invertebrates and microbes as well as more applied research on desalinization of sea water and antifouling technology.

 
 
Marine and Estuarine Science REU Photo Gallery by Todd Dudek
Carley Bishop, a summer 2021 REU intern in the Marine and Estuarine Sciences Program, works in the lab..
Northeast SARE grant will help educate
farmers on sustainable practices

Dr. Lila Karki, an assistant professor of agricultural economics and program evaluation specialist for UMES Extension, is the recipient of a nearly $30,000 Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education grant.  His project, “Increasing Efficiency and Decision-Making Capability of Small, Socially Disadvantaged and Minority Farmers,” was among 29 proposals out of 49 that received funding through its 2021 Partnership Grant Program.
           
The yearlong project aims to educate the targeted groups of farmers, especially those growing specialty crops and vegetables, about the basics of farm production economics and management, Karki said.  The activities mainly include farm data recording and analysis, production of extension educational materials, market surveys of specialty crops, hands-on training regarding farm business management of agricultural enterprises, and development of farm business plans.

 

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UMES prof appointed to climate change commission
VIDEO:  Click on the image above to watch WMDT 47 abc's interview with Dr. Paulinus Chigbu's about his recent appointment to the Maryland Commission on Climate Change by Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles.
Nothing "Beets" Being a Junior Master Gardener!
 
Youth ages 8-11 can register now for six Junior Master Gardener Classes this fall all for the one-time price of $15.

Learn about soil health and water quality, ecology and environmental horticulture, insects and diseases, plant growth and development, and landscape horticulture.
 
Sept. 29, 6-7 p.m., Sturgis Park, Snow Hill, MD
Oct. 13, 6-7 p.m., in-person in Somerset Co., Location TBA
Oct. 27, 6-7 p.m., in-person in Wicomico Co., Location TBA
Nov. 10, 24 and Dec. 8, 6-7 p.m., virtual meetings.

 
Register HERE!

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Upcoming Events
 
Grape and Asian Vegetatlbes Cultivation Workshop/Field Tour
Sat., Sept. 4, 10 a.m., UMES Orchard, Backbone Rd. on campus
Learn about 38 grape varieties grown at the UMES Orchard along with tips for the architecture for vines and successful cultivation on Delmarva.


Junior Master Gardener Level 1 Hybrid Classes
Ages 8-11 can learn about soil health and water quality, ecology and environmental horticulture, insects and diseases, plant growth and development, and landscape horticulture.
Sept. 29, 6-7 p.m., Sturgis Park, Snow Hill, MD
Oct. 13, 6-7 p.m., in-person in Somerset Co., Location TBA
Oct. 27, 6-7 p.m., in-person in Wicomico Co., Location TBA
Nov. 10, 24 and Dec. 8 will be virtual meetings.


Hemp Field Tour
Thurs., Sept. 30, 4-6 p.m., Park at Engineering and Aviation Science Complex for hay ride to research plot. For growers and potential growers, a free tour of the UMES Industrial Hemp program's hemp variety screening trial during the harvesting stage of development.

SANS in the News

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University of Maryland Eastern Shore professor to research diseases in grapevines
Salisbury Independent (BayToBayNews.com), August 31, 2021

Grow more soybeans with less
FarmProgress.com, August 27, 2021

Industrial hemp field trial provides farmers with knowledge for successful cultivation
Salisbury Independent, August 26, 2021

UMES offering free Asian cooking class
Salisbury Independent, August 26, 2021

UMES hemp field trial encourages new cash crop fro farmers
Delaware State News (BayToBayNews.com), August 24, 2021

Rachel Rhodes: Farmer, Educator, Podcaster, Mom
LancasterFarming.com, August 23, 2021

Burton-Stubbs looks to ‘bridge the gap’
American Farm Publications, August 20, 2021

Travels With Charlie:  UMES Extension AG Showcase (video)
DelmarvaLife, August 18, 2021


Hemp could be Eastern Shore's next cash crop if growers can beat heat and pests
Salisbury Daily Times, August 18, 2021, with video and photo gallery

We make bottle gourd soup and bitter gourd chips with UMES
DelmarvaLife, August 17, 2021 with video


UMES  Extension offers free Asian vegetable online cooking class and on-site growers workshop
Bay To Bay News, Somerset County, August 13, 2021

UMES will host Ag showcase this Wednesday
Salisbury Independent, August 12, 2021

Jamaican Independence Day at Washington Hotel
Salisbury Independent, August 12, 2021

UMES Extension offers free pear orchard tour and tasting workshop
Bay To Bay News, August 11, 2021

UMES Prof appointed to climate change commission
WMDT, August 10, 2021

UMES Atlantic Tractor to host Ag showcase
Salisbury Independent, August 5, 2021

'Taste of Jamaica' dinner Friday at Washington Inn
Salisbury Independent, August 5, 2021
 

New Research Publications


Silva, L.V.D., Ossai, S., Chigbu P., and Parveen, S. 2021. Antimicrobial and genetic profiles of Vibrio vulnificus and Vibrio parahaemolyticus isolated from the Maryland Coastal Bays, US.  Frontier in  Microbiology. 12:676249. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.676249.

Anderson-Coughlin, B., Craighead, S., Kelly, A., Gartley, S., Vanore, A., Johnson, G., Jiang, C., Haymaker, J., White, C., Foust, D., Duncan, R., East, C., Handy, E., Bradshaw, R., Murray, R., Kulkarni, P., Callahan, M., Solaiman, S., Betancourt, W., Gerba, C., Allard, S., Parveen, S., Hashem, F., Micallef, S., Sapkota, A., Sapkota, A., Sharma, M., and Kniel, K. 2021. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00211-21

Almuhaideb. E., Chintapenta,L.K., Abbott, A., Parveen, S., Ozbay, G. 2020. Assessment of. Vibrio parahaemolyticus levels in oysters (Crassostrea virginica) and seawater in Delaware  Bay in relation to environmental conditions and the prevalence of molecular markers to identify pathogenic Vibrio parahaemolyticus strains. PLoS ONE 15(12):e0242229 .https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0242229
 

Previous Editions . . .


The SANS Monthly Digest-July 2021
The SANS Monthly Digest-June 2021
The SANS Monthly Digest-May 2021
The SANS Monthly Digest-April 2021
The SANS Monthly Digest-March 2021
The SANS Monthly Digest-February 2021
The SANS Monthly Digest-January 2021

The SANS Monthly Digest-December 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest-November 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest-October 2020
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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