University of Maryland Extension

 

For Immediate Release Date:    March 19, 2020

UME Response to COVID-19

In response to the University of Maryland, Howard County Government and Governor Larry Hogan’s actions taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the University of Maryland Extension, Howard County Office is implementing policies to limit in-person transactions and safeguard the health of its employees, stakeholders and the general public.

Effective immediately, University of Maryland Extension is currently functioning, however, building access is limited to staff only.  Our employees are teleworking so appointments will be held via email and/or conference call between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  During this time, our staff will continue to be available.  Leave a message at 410-313-2707 which is monitored during normal business hours and your message will be routed to the appropriate faculty or staff.

Additionally, all in-person public meetings will be cancelled, postponed or held via teleconference.

As part of the state’s strong response to COVID-19, Governor Hogan issued an executive order providing a grace period for any state licenses, permits and/or registrations that may be expiring or up for renewal during the state of emergency.  Renewal deadlines will be extended up to 30 days after the state of emergency is lifted.  This order applies to a number of items issued by MDA programs, including but not limited to: pesticide applicator licenses, State Chemist product registrations and nutrient management certifications. 

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and University of Maryland Extension will continue working hard to maintain normal operations as much as possible.  Any questions regarding specific programs or services should be sent to UME-Howard County.

For more information on the statewide response to COVID-19, please visit governor.maryland.gov/coronavirus or https://www.howardcountymd.gov/.

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"Agriculture and Natural Resources" . . . "4-H Youth Development" . . . "Family and Consumer Sciences" . . . "Master Gardener Program"., These terms reflect the programs of the University of Maryland Extension available to you in many different areas of interest - crop and animal production, fruit and vegetables, family resources, business and home management, water quality, food, nutrition and health, 4-H youth development, fair and livestock shows, gardening and horticulture - you name it! Your Howard County office of the University of Maryland Extension is supported by funding from the Howard County Government, the University of Maryland, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). . . a three way partnership that has worked in Howard County for over 80 years, reaching out to assist thousands of Howard County citizens. We're here to continue the objective of "Educating People to Help Themselves". You are always welcome, so please stop by. Our office is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

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