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February 2021 Edition of the Official Newsletter of the
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African heritage specialty crops knowledge shared
Hashem earns 2021 Excellence in Technology Transfer National Award
Nutrition and Health Program educator recognized at MLK event
UMES hoping for in-person AgDiscovery summer program
Message from the SANS Dean
COVID-19-UMES Updates & CDC Fact Sheet

UMES Land-grant Scholarship Program
Area college students can apply to 2021 REEU summer internship
Youth can participate in Junior Master Gardener program
Town shows appreciation for Well Connected Communities team
Farm risk management classes continue through the spring
UMES 4-H STEM "Creative Science" virtual educational series
2021 AgDiscovery summer camp slated for June 13-26 at UMES
Ingenuity, Spring 2020
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African heritage specialty crops knowledge shared
Dr. Nadine Burton-Stubbs, an alternative crop specialist with UMES Extension’s Small Farm Program, was a featured speaker on January 31 during the second day of the virtual 2021 Urban Farmer Winter meeting.  Her topic was “African heritage specialty crop research.”  

Burton highlighted alternative crops such as callaloo (pictured above), sorrel and scotch bonnet peppers as potential additions to the current cropping system. These crops, she said, are consumed across ethnic groups and have the ability to create niche markets. They are high-valued crops with high yield and value-added potential, which can increase farm income.
UMES researcher earns national award for work aimed at controlling ammonia emissions in poultry houses.
Congratulations to Dr. Fawzy Hashem, a research associate professor in UMES' Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences, and his colleagues at the USDA, Agricultural Research, Southeast Area Coastal Plains Soil, Water and Plant Research Center Service for receiving the 2021 Excellence in Technology Transfer National Award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer for their work "Recovery of Ammonia from Waste Using Gas-permeable Membranes." They will accept the award at a virtual ceremony on April 7 as part of the organization's national meeting.
UMES Extension Nutrition and Health program assistant hailed as a champion of the community

Making an impact in the community through his professional and personal life is what drives McCoy Curtis Jr., especially in these challenging times, and it has not gone unnoticed. 

Curtis was honored last month on Martin Luther King Jr. Day during a “live” virtual celebration of the Tri-County MLK Coalition’s 36th annual banquet honoring their namesake.  The UMES Extension Nutrition and Health Program educator was the Somerset County recipient of an achievement award presented to standouts in the area for their humanitarian services to the community.

Curtis was also a recent honoree of the Town of Princess Anne Commissioners for his contributions toward community development activities.

UMES hoping for in-person
AgDiscovery summer program
Click on image above for 47 abc's interview with Corrie Cotton, a research assistant professor and coordinator for UMES' 2021 AgDiscovery summer camp.

Dear SANS Stakeholders,


Last year this time, many of us were just beginning to get a sense of how dire predictions about the global pandemic would affect us where we live . . . our homes, our businesses, our children, our elderly, our schools and institutions of higher learning, etc. I am convinced that not many of us understood how much it would cost us personally and that it would be almost a year before there was even a glimmer of hope that the end is coming.

Today, given recent medical advances, I am thankful for the hope I have concerning the pandemic. I believe the end is in sight. So let’s take a moment to pause despite the distractions we are facing. I believe it is important because there are only a few days left in February. In addition to this month marking our place in time concerning the pandemic, it also marks the celebration of African American history.

Furthermore, I am reminded that in only a few more days we will be looking at the anniversary of when we started online learning and remote work. There was a bit of a learning curve, to say the least. What’s important, however, is that we have been successful in many ways despite the challenges. How fitting, in that individual successes despite immeasurable challenges is the hallmark of the observance of Black History Month.

So while I am encouraging you to take time to read the stories included in this newsletter, I’m also encouraging you to draw encouragement from three great minds, who happen to be African American:

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” – Booker T. Washington
“If you’re always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be.” –Maya Angelou
“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” George Washington Carver
Lastly, to the faculty, staff and students of SANS and to all of you . . . never mind the obstacles, just continue to succeed. Be amazing, hold fast to your dreams and remember to support one another when there is suffering and let’s remain focused on our powerful mission.

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
Area college students can apply for
2021 REEU summer internship.
College students in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. that are interested in learning how their academic major can lead to a career in agriculture or food science can apply now through April 10 to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates summer internship.

Organizers plan for the 10-week summer experiential learning opportunity to be held on campus June 1-August 8, pending the status of the pandemic.

Youth into gardening and the environment can take part in UMES Extension 4-H STEM spring program

Youth ages 8-11 can brush off their gardening trowels and get ready for some fun and learning by becoming a Junior Master Gardener through the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension’s 4-H STEM program.  Virtual classes will held bi-weekly beginning March 30 on Tuesdays from 5-6 p.m.

Participants can earn 4-H Junior Master Gardener Level One Certification by completing the educational series.  Topics cover soil health, water quality, ecology, environmental horticulture, insects, diseases and plant growth. Youth will also explore career options and put their new knowledge to use on a community service project as a group.

Register on or before March 19 at  For more information, financial assistance or special accommodations, contact Murphy at or by calling 443-614-6074.

Click on the image above for 47 abc's interview with Lisa Murphy, a senior agent associate for UMES Extension 4-H STEM and the states's coordinator for the Junior Master Gardener program.
Town shows appreciation for UMES WCC team

A group of UMES faculty members and Extension educators were recognized February 1 for their “dedication and diligence in community service to the Town of Princess Anne.”  

“The Well Connected Communities program has been instrumental to the community in teaching them proper nutrition and how to grow their own foods through the community garden,” said Garland Hayward, vice president of the Princess Anne Town Commissioners.  He said the recognition came on the heels of WCC’s implementation of a contactless food drive for some 600 Somerset countians.
Farm risk management classes continue through spring

Local farmers can still take advantage of University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension’s MyFaRM initiative, a free program consisting of a series of classes covering the aspects of farm risk management. 

The spring line-up starts on March 8 at the Henson Center with the first of two production risk classes and continues on April 7 on the UMES Education and Demonstration Farm, both are from 9 a.m. to noon.  Marketing risk is the final series meeting on May 11 from 3-6 in the Henson Center and in June on a date to be determined to coincide with UMES Extension's Small Farm Marketing Bus Tour.

Click on the image above or here to learn about UMES Extension's MyFaRM risk management classes with Nicole Cook, an environmental and agricultural faculty legal specialist with the Agriculture Law Education Initiative.

Video by Todd Dudek and Muhammad Khan, Agricultural Commnications
"Creative Science" art and science lessons offered though UMES 4-H STEM and InTheArtRoom collaboration
UMES Extension 4-H STEM agent associate for Wicomico County, Bradley Hartle, has teamed up with InTheArtRoom to offer virtual art/science lessons for ages 10 and up.  The classes are from 6-8 p.m. and cost $55 per youth participant or $50 per youth participant for multiple youth per household.

Next month's classes are "Fish are Friends" on March 10 and "Inking It Up" on March 24.  Both feature a demonstrated dissection of a fish for the first and squid for the latter (Above, Brad Hartle dissects a squid) and a Japanese art project (Below left, Gyotaku; right, Suminagashi).  

Register here!  Registration closes one week prior to the lesson date in order for supplies to be shipped to the participant's provided address.
Area middle and high school students currently in grades 8-11 can apply now for the 2021 AgDiscovery summer program slated for June 13-26 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Campers will reside on campus unless COVID-19 concerns mandate that it shifts to a virtual experience.

The camp is free, but students must apply to the program by March 25. Visit to obtain the application package.  For more information, contact Corrie Cotton at 410-651-6630.

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.

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Upcoming Events
Small Farm Program Webinars

Elderberry Growing and Marketing Webinar Series
Webinar I, March 3, 2021, noon-1 p.m.

Growing Ginger Webinar
March 12, 2021, 11 a.m.-noon

UMES Extension MyFaRM  (Mastering Farm Risk Management) Classes

Production Risk Series
March 8, 2021, 9-noon, Richard A. Henson Center
April 7, 2021, 9-noon, UMES Education and Demonstration Farm

Marketing Risk Series
May 11, 2021, 3-6 p.m., Richard A. Henson Center
June 2021, TBD, UMES Small Farm Marketing Bus Tour

Creative Science by UMES Extension 4-H STEM and InTheArtRoom

March 10, 6-8 p.m., virtual
Junior Master Gardener by UMES Extension 4-H STEM
Register by March 19!

April 13, 27; May 11, 25; June 8, 22; July 6, 5-6 p.m.,, virtual


SANS in the News

Democratizing Science Education Starts With Expanded Accessibility
eLearningInside News, February 22, 2021

UMES preparing for spring Junior Master Gardener program for kids
WMDT, February 13, 2021

Grant aims to accelerate sustainable aquaculture farming in Virginia
Morning Ag Clips, February 11, 2021

Apply by March 25 for UMES AgDiscovery summer camp
Cape Gazette, February 11,2021

Food giveaway thanks
Crisfield-Somerset County Times, February 10, 2021

UMES hoping for in-person AgDiscovery summer program 
WMDT, February 7, 2021 with video

AgriCulture: The future of the farm queen, new Fair Hill board, grant deadlines
Cecil Daily, February 5, 2021

Revisiting litter management between flocks
The New Jersey Farmer, Jan. 29, 2021


New Research Publications

Peña-Lévano, L., C. Adams, and S. Burney. 2020. "Latin America’s Superfood Economy: Producing and Marketing Açaí, Chia Seeds, and Maca Root." Choices. Quarter 4. Available online.


Previous Editions . . .

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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