Agriculture and Natural Resources


Please contact the UME Calvert office for information regarding programs to the county's agriculture community and natural resources topics. Agriculture Programs focus on issues which include:

  • Agricultural Production
  • Water Quality
  • Marketing
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Land and Soil Resources

Special annual programs include the Southern Maryland Crops Conference, the Southern Maryland Vegetable Conference and the Upper Marlboro Ag Field Day. Certification classes for private pesticide applicators are conducted several times a year.

Nutrient Management Program

Chris Dowell, Nutrient Management Advisor, works with farmers to develop plans to balance fertilizer application rates with crop requirements, thereby protecting water quality and enhancing farm profitability. The Nutrient Management program, a cooperative effort with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, includes soil and manure testing, developing realistic yield goals, corn pre-sidedress nitrate tests (PSNT) and equipment calibration. Contact us for more information.

Soil Testing
Although the University of Maryland Soil Testing Lab will no longer be doing soil testing, testing kits can be picked up at the Extension Office. We supply bags, instructions, and a listing for other laboratories in the area. Listings of labs are provided as an information service. They do not constitute an endorsement of any non-affiliated organizations, businesses, product or content of these pages by the University of Maryland Extension or the University of Maryland. We are not responsible for their content.

Nutrient Management Plan Checklist

Soil Testing and Soil Testing Labs

Selecting and Using a Soil Testing Laboratory

Soil Lab Comparison Sheet

Manure Lab Comparison Sheet

Sustainable Food Systems Lecture Series

This carefully curated schedule of events is solely dedicated to topics related to sustainability and the role of agriculture in environmental, social, and economic issues, with a heavy emphasis on the food we consume in our everyday lives. The series is part of our strategic initiative, Establish a Healthy Food System and Ensure Global Food and Nutritional SecurityThis year's lecture series is centered around topics of food security and equity, with a theme of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect for all in sustainable agriculture.

Sustainable Food Systems Lecture Series Recordings

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