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June 2020 Edition of the Official Newsletter of the
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UMES is part of multi-state research team studying benefits of grazing on organic crops
Marsh receives Distinguished Educator Award
Message from the SANS Dean
COVID-19-UMES Updates & CDC Fact Sheet
UMES participates in research to ensure food at farmers markets are safe
Take part in the Small Farm Conference survey
Tri-County residents focus of UMES health programs
New 1890 Scholarships Program reserved for first-time and transfer students

Kairo to lead nation's 1890 and 1862 Experiment Station directors
Two-year accreditation effort comes to fruition for human ecology
ALEI faculty legal specialist awarded NERME grant for "MyFaRM"
SANS alumnus Brandon McCabe named Teacher of the Year
Coops To Co-Ops Online Store- Supporting local farms
New!  Ingenuity, Spring 2020
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Cumming takes the helm

UMES SANS welcomes Dr. Jonathan Cumming, the new chair for the Department of Natural Sciences. Dr. Cumming's broad knowledge and experiences in higher education suit him well for the position.

"I would like to take this opportunity to publicly express my very deep gratitude to Dr. Deborah Sauder, who has ably led the department over the last nearly seven years. Under her leadership the department has thrived, underpinned by the highly dedicated faculty and staff. I am convinced that the department is well positioned to continue delivering on its mission of educating students and conducting cutting edge research," said Dean Kairo.                       See Cumming's short bio here >
UMES is part of mulit-state research team studying benefits of grazing on organic crops
The USDA awarded $9.5 million to 11 collaborative, multi-state projects to “enhance the competitiveness of U.S. specialty crops.” The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is a collaborator on one of the projects.

UMES, in partnership with the University of California at Davis, University of Minnesota, The Organic Center in Washington, D.C. and the USDA-Agriculture Research Station in Beltsville, Maryland, were collectively awarded a nearly $1 million grant to “investigate the benefits of livestock integration through cover-crop grazing on bacterial population dynamics, food safety, and soil and environmental health,” said Dr. Fawzy Hashem, co-director on the project and a research associate professor in UMES’ Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences.
Marsh receives Distinguished Educator Award
Dr. Lurline Marsh can be proudly counted among the recipients of the 2020 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Distinguished Educator Award.  An outstanding professor of horticulture at UMES for the past 15 years, Marsh was honored at NACTA’s 2020 virtual conference June 16-18.  Prior to COVID-19, the conference was slated to be an in person event at the New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The award recognizes “meritorious service to NACTA and to higher education through teaching, educational research, and/or administration.”

Dear Stakeholders,

Summer is finally here! The corn and early soybean fields have turned the landscape a deep green. The lovely greenery is interspersed in places by the brown patches where the wheat harvest is underway. It is reassuring to know that those who dedicate their efforts to growing the food we eat are busy doing what they have always done despite the challenges wrought by the pandemic. These folks make life possible, and we salute them.
On the academic front, the campus is at a heightened stage of planning for the fall semester. We intend to do the best we can for our students. With this said, we were delighted to receive the news about the accreditation of the Human Ecology Department by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. I am extremely proud of the faculty for working hard to ensure that programs offered are of the highest standards. On the research and extension front, June brought the news that a number of our faculty received new funding to support work addressing critical issues from food safety to water quality to support of small holder farmers. I am deeply warmed by the dedication of our faculty and staff during these difficult times.
Despite all of the good news we have to share, my thoughts have often been filled with the racial dissonance that is permeating our country. It is especially distressing that the resulting upheaval is part of a time when disease and uncertainty has crippled our entire world. I know that for some it is easy to feel that any one of us could fall victim to illness or to something far more sinister. It is a lot to have to process at times. Therefore, I cannot allow this opportunity to pass without offering words of goodwill. First, keep in mind that history bears out that in the worst of times, you find people who do the most extraordinary things. Secondly, let's be intentional about our actions. Let's make the kind of decisions that are based in wisdom and kindness and love for every man. When all else fails, let's treat others like we would have them treat us. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Always remember . . . this world needs you!    
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 participates in research to ensure food at farmers markets are safe

Keeping products sold at Delmarva's farmers markets safe from potential foodborne illness and preparing local farmers for the mandated 2021 compliance to the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act is the goal of nearly a half-million dollar USDA Capacity Building Grant.  Dr. Salina Parveen, professor of food science and technology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore joins researchers at Virginia State University and Delaware State University in the project titled, "Preparing for the Future: Building Capacity for Food Safety Compliance at Farmers Markets.”     

                                                                                                                           Read more>

Click image for WMDT 47abc interview with UMES' Dr. Salina Parveen.

Tri-County residents focus of UMES health programs

Creating “healthier, more sustainable places to live, work and play” across the country is the goal of the Well Connected Communities Initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Under the leadership of Dr. Virginie Zoumenou, 1890 Nutrition and Health Programs director, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is the recipient of a $65,000 WAVE 2 competitive WCC sub-grant to continue its efforts to “initiate the culture of health” in the Tri-County area.
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Kairo to lead nation's 1890 and 1862 Experiment Station directors

Dr. Moses T. Kairo is the incoming chair of the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy.  Kairo, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s dean of the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, was elected to the post during the organization’s fall meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 25.  He will serve a one-year term commencing July 1.                 Read More >

Two-year accreditation effort comes to fruition for human ecology

Friday, June 26 was a day of affirmation for UMES’ Department of Human Ecology.  It was recognized at the 2020 conference of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences for achieving accreditation for the first time in the department’s history. 

The Council on Accreditation of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences voted in April to grant an initial 10-year accreditation based on their assessment that UMES’ program adheres to accreditation standards that “reflect the highest quality expectations defined by the profession.”                      Read More>

ALEI Faculty Legal Specialist awarded NERME grant for “MyFaRM”
Nicole Cook, environmental and agricultural faculty legal specialist at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Berran Rogers, UMES Extension Small Farm Program coordinator, were recently awarded an 18-month grant for $98,000 from the Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center to provide free risk management education to farmers who are underserved by crop insurance. The MyFaRM (Mastering Farm Risk Management) project is supported by USDA/NIFA under award number 2018-70027-28588 and focuses on reaching underserved farmers, including farmers growing or who would like to grow under-served commodities or “specialty crops.”
SANS alumnus Brandon McCabe named Teacher of the Year 

Brandon McCabe, who holds a bachelor's degree in agribusiness and a master's degree in agricultural education from UMES, is the Indian River School District Teacher of the Year for 2020-21. McCabe was chosen as the district’s overall winner from a pool of 15 candidates, one from each school.

An agricultural structures and engineering teacher at Sussex Central High School since 2010, McCabe teaches students about the construction, plumbing, electrical, HVAC and masonry trades. He also serves as a department chair and an FFA advisor, coaching students to compete in a variety of career development events. He has been treasurer of the Delaware FFA Foundation since April 2015 and vice president of the Sussex Central FFA Alumni Association since March 2014.

New! Ingenuity, Spring 2020

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

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SANS in the News

UMES helping with study on food safety at farmers markets
WMDT, June 25, 2020
Livestock Grazing Holds Potential Benefits in Organic Systems
AgNet West, June 15, 2020
This Trump order reverses centuries of science
Washington Post, Letter to the Editor, Dr. Bradley Stevens, June 13, 2020
Agricultural Researchers awarded more than $1 million in grants
The Farmville Herald, June 11, 2020

Princess Anne farmers market announces grand opening celebration
WMDT 47ABC, June 10, 2020

Virginia State University agricultural researchers awarded $1.4M in grants
Augusta Free Press, June 9, 2020

$4.8 million invested in Centers of Excellence, June 4, 2020
  Chesapeake Quarterly, June 2020

New Research Publications

Khanal, A. R., Tegegne, F., Goetz, S J., Li, L., Han, Y., Tubene, S., & Wetherill, A. (2020). Small and minority farmers’ knowledge and resource sharing networks, and farm sales: Findings from communities inTennessee, Maryland, and Delaware. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. Advance online publication.


Previous Editions . . .

The SANS Monthly Digest - July 2019
The SANS Monthly Digest - August 2019
The SANS Monthly Digest - September 2019
The SANS Monthly Digest - October 2019
The SANS Monthly Digest - November 2019
The SANS Monthly Digest - December 2019
The SANS Monthly Digest - January 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest - February 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest- March 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest - April 2020
The SANS Monthly Digest- May 2020
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