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Extending Knowledge, Changing Lives!

April 2020 edition! The official e-newsletter for University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension.

Be Safe...

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) continues to closely monitor the COVID–19 pandemic (  This national crisis affects the academic, research and extension activities at UMES, as it is affecting every one of you.

UMES has modified the spring semester so that face-to-face academic classes have been transitioned to an online learning format.  For UMES Extension programing, online training has not been our practice; however, we are willing to adapt to continue serving our community. 

With the increased public health concerns and Governor Hogan’s “stay at home” order, UMES Extension has cancelled or postponed all workshops, trainings and classes.  As soon as the Governor’s order changes, our activities will resume.  In the meantime, some classes, webinars and other programs will be available via ZOOM, WebEx, Google Hangouts, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Follow us on Facebook for more information.  Additionally, if there is a pressing consultation or inquiry, contact us via e-mail:

·       Small Farms – Berran Rogers:
·       4-H STEM – Lisa Murphy:
·       Ag Production – Naveen Kumar Dixit:
·       Agricultural Law – Nicole Cook: nlcook@umes.udu
·       Health and Nutrition– Virginie Zoumenou:
·       Agricultural Communications – Suzanne Street:
·       Small Ruminant Production – E.N. Escobar:
·       General Extension Information – Lisa Morgan:
Keep safe…stay at home…wash your hands!!!
Nelson Escobar
Interim Associate Administrator
UMES Extension

UMES receives USDA funding to embark on new research and extension project


Helping Maryland’s small farmers growing fresh produce and raising animals with primarily local marketing channels keep food safe is the focus of a half million dollar research and extension project newly funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Organic Transition Program.

Researchers at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of Maryland College Park and USDA Agricultural Research Service will collaborate on the investigation of “sources and control of Salmonella and shigatoxin producing E. coli in Integrated Crop-Livestock Farms.”

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Mid-Atlantic Local Food Resource Map Now Live
Future Harvest and the Maryland Farmers Market Association have announced a new online map to help people find fresh, local foods in the Chesapeake Bay region during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are already 500+ entries on the map. The organizations invite more farmers, markets, and producers to participate.

You can view the map here. By clicking on the doc link in the top left-hand corner, users can find the form to submit an entry and to read the safety protocols. In case people have a hard time finding the docs, they can access the submission form here to get on the map. 

Equally as important! All farmers, markets, and producers are asked to read and abide by the safety protocols here, for the sake of farmers and consumers alike.

Faculty Spotlight on Berran Rogers

Berran Rogers Jr. has spent the past 12 years with the UMES Extension Program as coordinator of its Small Farm Program.  In this capacity, he provides leadership in developing and implementing educational and outreach programs focused on small farm planning, management and marketing on the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland.    
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UMES Extension Contributes to Successful Poultry Field Day

UMES Extension partnered with the University of Maryland Extension, the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and the Delmarva Poultry Industry to bring the “On-Farm Commercial Poultry Field Day” March 4 to some 425 participants from Delmarva.   
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Strawberry Plant Vigor using Bio-Rational Treatments.
Presented by Naveen Kumar Dixit, Ph.D.

Integrated Parasite Management Workshop Postponed

“Be Smart, Drench Smart” is the theme of a small ruminant integrated parasite management workshop sponsored by Future Harvest Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and the UMES Extension program.  Originally slated for March 26, the event has been postponed until further notice due to university guidelines for the threat of COVID-19.   
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Mattox retires from service to UMES Extension

Erroll Mattox has retired after 16 years of service at UMES as a farm management agent with its Extension program.  Over his career, he has marketed and promoted the program throughout the Delmarva Peninsula.
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"My husband's blood sugar has dropped 40 points since coming to your classes!"

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension operates in direct partnership with University of Maryland Extension (UME). We provide non-formal practical education to help diverse audiences, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build better futures. We especially target underserved Marylanders with limited resources, and our statewide educational organization is funded through federal, state, and local governments.
UMES Extension is in the business of
extending research-based knowledge and changing lives.

Upcoming Event

Small Ruminant Integrated Parasite Management Workshop
Postponed until further notice due to COVID-19


UMES Extension in the News

Field day draws from 11 counties; The Delmarva Farmer; April 3, 2020

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