What is Extension?
Established by Congress in 1914, University of Maryland Extension (UME) is an educational network, centered in the country's seventy-two land grant universities. UME provides research-based practical education to the problems of American families, agriculture, business, and industry.
In Maryland, UME operates through the University of Maryland at College Park, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. UME has field offices in all twenty-three Maryland counties and Baltimore City. UME is financially supported by federal, state, and local government.
UME faculty and staff are professionals engaged in non-formal educational programs that address economic, environmental, technical, and social concerns of all citizens. UME faculty and staff efforts are supported by a multitude of dedicated volunteers.
UME programs in 4-H and youth development, family and consumer sciences, agriculture and natural resources are carried out in response to the needs of the people of the state. Local field staff develop educational programs tailored to the unique problems of their area.
UME professionals use a variety of educational methods such as public presentations, demonstrations, publications, computer networks, satellite down links, videos, newspapers, radio, and television spots to reach their audiences.