University of Maryland Extension


September 9, 2020

"For over 100 years, the University of Maryland Extension has served the state with research-based education and scientific solutions for our most essential needs. We reaffirm our commitment to that long-standing tradition with the release of our five-year strategic programming plan, outlining the breadth and depth of initiatives essential to Maryland.
Our educators have invested their expertise into the state of Maryland and its people in the areas of agriculture, youth development, healthy living, and environmental responsibility. Expert faculty and support staff engaged over 400,000 residents last year, delivering programs in person and online, serving all 23 counties and Baltimore City.
But we don’t do it all alone.
UME partners with over 5,000 groups, agencies, institutions, and organizations.  These partnerships tackle problems ranging from mental health and the rural opioid crisis, to helping farmers feed more people and stay profitable in uncertain times. We also engage almost 6,000 volunteers, working together to see Maryland’s youth and communities thrive in a sustainable environment.
We invite you to review our five-year programmatic plan and learn more about how we serve Maryland’s communities. We continue to develop research-based scientific solutions and provide the expertise, resources, and knowledge for a better, healthier, more profitable Maryland."


Dr. Paul R. Rickert

Area Extension Director- Upper Shore Cluster




The University of Maryland Extension is a partnership among the United States Department of Agriculture, land-grant universities and local governments in each state. Faculty and staff of University of Maryland Extension (UME) provide research-based information, educational programs and services on a variety of subject areas. 

These areas include Agriculture, 4-H Youth Development, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP), Environment & Natural Resources, Water & Chesapeake Bay, Money, Gardening, and Health & Wellness. 

There is an Extension office located in each of Maryland’s 23 counties as well as Baltimore City.  Our mission is to provide "solutions in your community."  




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