The University of Maryland Agriculture and Food Systems (AgFS) Extension Program serves the leading private industry in the state. In 2017, the market value of Maryland crops and livestock sold exceeded $2.4 billion and contributed $8.25 billion to the Maryland economy. The AgFS Program conducts applied research and provides educational programs for the production and marketing of grains, oilseeds, horticulture, floriculture, poultry, dairy and beef cattle, sheep and goats, equine, and other livestock, helping producers adopt new technologies and practices to improve profitability. As an example, Maryland agriculture has worked to conserve resources and improve water quality through new management practices such as cover crops and nutrient management planning.
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Agriculture faculty are located in county offices and research and education centers around the state and on campus. With various expertise, we are ready to assist with agricultural-related information and education.
New Updates to the Nutrient Management Program
University of Maryland Extension (UME) has launched an enhanced nutrient management planning process designed to adapt to modern farming practices and operations that better align with Maryland’s agricultural regulations and environmental goals. Moving forward, UME will now administer and coordinate statewide nutrient management planning following the finalization of the agreement between the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) and the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
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Online Self-Paced Courses
The AgFS team has created a number of self-paced online courses. Create a student account and see what AgFS online has to offer. https://umeagfs.teachable.com
The University of Maryland College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Agriculture Production Systems Strategic Initiative Team is excited to announce the creation of the Center for Excellence in Animal and Crop Production (CECAP), an interactive virtual reality experience highlighting the College’s off campus assets, including eight Research and Education Centers (RECs) and local Extension Offices in every county. Visit this interactive map to see UMD AGNR locations across the state and the latest agricultural research.