Welcome to Frederick County's home page, we're glad you stopped by!
Here at Extension, we work hard to pass along to you research based information that will help you in your everyday life. We do this through a variety of venues like educational programs, events, field days, seminars and camps. Our program areas include:
Our Ag Agents assist farmers and landowners by providing technical assistance and educational programs to offer the latest best management practices to improve profitability and minimize environmental impacts on the county's natural resources.
FCS Educators provide youth, individuals and families with the information and skills to make informed decisions about their health, finances, food, healthy homes, and overall well-being. These programs are provided in schools, libraries, senior centers, faith-based organizations, in partnership with other agencies, and many other settings.
Our Horticulture Educator directly assists county residents and businesses with home and garden questions and provides education to the community on various topics related to horticulture. She also provides and coordinates training for the Master Gardener volunteers who significantly increase the reach of these educational opportunities to the community.
Frederick County has a large and active 4-H Youth Development Program with over 25 active clubs, more than 600 members and over 300 volunteers spread throughout the county. Through participation in projects, clubs, camp, fair, competitions and volunteer activities, youth between the ages of 5 and 18 learn life skills such as citizenship, public speaking, leadership, record keeping, responsibility and teamwork - skills that are valuable to them not only now but throughout their lives.
Take a look at the program pages for more information.
Got questions, get in touch with us and we'll be happy to help you out!
Frederick County Welcomes Mark Townsend, Agriculture Agent
Mark Townsend, joined the Frederick County extension office on May 23rd, 2022 as an Agriculture Agent. Mark previously worked as a dairy Agricultural Research Technician at the University of Maryland’s Central Maryland Research and Education Center in Clarksville.
Mark holds a bachelor's degree in Agricultural and Natural Resources Economics from the University of Maryland, where he also studied Soil Science–participating in assisting soybean protein quality research trials, and discovering a passion for agronomy.
Mark has worked in and outside of Frederick County in numerous and varied previous roles ranging from sales support for Willard Agri-Service to a ranch-hand in Lusk, Wyoming. He hopes to bring his diversity in experiences and agricultural enterprises to his new role as an Agricultural Agent.
Although opportunities exist for Mark to pursue research and trials, his foremost focus will be supporting Frederick County Farmers, educating the general community, and advancing agricultural sustainability through thoughtful Extension programming and outreach.
In the first few days of working as an Agricultural Agent, Mark has begun to approach various county offices and local agricultural groups to familiarize himself with the current programs offered by local organizations, as well as introduce himself to the community.
Outside of work, Mark co-manages a herd of grass-fed cattle, is a self proclaimed soil-nerd, and is a fan of the Baltimore Orioles.
To contact Mark, email him at email@example.com or call 301-600-3578.
A Note From Our Area Extension Director
As this COVID environment remains very fluid and uncertainty persists, I want to provide a brief update. The University of Maryland Extension-Frederick County is taking a thoughtful approach in its plans to reopen and return faculty and staff from teleworking in phases. While some may begin working from their offices, some will continue to telework, the Extension Office will remain closed to the general public. For your and our protection, we are proceeding based upon CDC, State, University and local government guidance.
I am proud that we have been able to successfully continue providing all of our services remotely especially since teleworking and Zoom platform programming are new to us and began in March 2020 with little notice. We remain committed to being responsive and to providing you with excellent service.
Thank you for your continued patience during this challenging time.
Richard M. Walter
Interested in learning more from the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Extension? Check out our 'Calendar of Events', you can refine your search on the right hand side of the page.
- Pond Management
- Extension Water Quality YouTube - Pond Management video
- Andrew Lazur, State Extension Specialist - Water Quality firstname.lastname@example.org
Pond maintenance does not require a permit; however, pond construction, repair, or modifications will likely require a permit from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). For more information, visit MDE's Dam Safety Permits web page, or call their office at 410-537-3538.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They may have information regarding the size of a pond, its age, data on when the pond was built and its specification at that time, materials on renovating it, and local contractors who may provide construction/renovation services. They are often able to calculate size by using aerial survey records. The Frederick County NRCS Office can be reached at 301-695-2803. [If you search 'ponds' on their website several web pages are available to view].
Penn State University - this web page videos, articles, guides, and publications.
Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension - this web page contains links to a vast library of Extension publications on a range of pond topics, including basic design principles, water quality, and fish stocking and management.
Texas A&M Aquaplant - this web page is specifically designed for identification and control of nuisance aquatic plants. Once identified, the site provides suggested control options. The section for chemical control includes ratings for approved herbicides and links to manufacturer's labels. Please note that, while the website often suggests the use of grass carp as a biological option, these are NOT LEGAL in Maryland and their importation can result in a violation of the federal Lacey Act.
Whether you’ve grown up with private drinking water and waste disposal systems, or are new to these devices, there is a lot to learn about maintaining your equipment and ensuring safe drinking water.
Extension Wells, Septic Systems and Water Quality
Extension Water Quality YouTube videos
Frederick County Government Well and Septic
Although ticks appear like small insects, they are actually arachnids (like spiders and mites). They have four life stages (egg, larva, nymph, adult) and they require three blood meals to complete their lifecycle. Ticks find their host by hanging on to leaves or grasses with their back legs and reaching out with their front legs. When a host comes by, they grab on and quickly crawl on to the host. Ticks do not fly, jump, or fall from trees. Ticks are not killed by freezing temperatures and are active on days when temperatures are above freezing. Find out more - Ticks in Maryland, this web page has a link to the Maryland Department of Health with information about Lyme Disease.
Maryland Department of Health - Tick ID through the University of MD; this is only for ID and not to test for Lyme Disease.
The University of Rhode Island has labs listed for Tick ID and Lyme Disease testing.
Wearing repellants and eliminating standing water to reduce mosquito breeding sites in your yard are two of the most effective things you can do to protect yourself from mosquito bites. In some communities, spraying for mosquitoes may be done to control large populations and/or mosquito-borne diseases. Find out more - Controlling Mosquitos
Maryland Department of Agriculture keeps a list of beekeepers who are interested in removing honey bees swarms, yellow jackets and hornet nests. Call our office for contact information of a beekeeper in your area.
For information about bees and wasps go to: Home and Garden Information Center - Outdoor Insects
Extension Advisory Council
The purpose of the Extension Advisory Council is-
- To serve in an advisory capacity to the County Extension faculty
- Developing the overall County Extension program
- Identifying problem areas that Extension could address
- Establishing program priorities
- To maintain adequate fiscal internal control procedures to handle any direct county funds and/or local groups and organizations involvement in and with Maryland Extension programs
- To assist with informing clientele, support groups and the general public about Extension programs, activities and accomplishments
- To assist with building support for Extension programs
Members of the EAC consists of representation from the county who will contribute to the program development of the UME county initiatives.