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. AgFS educators provide unbiased, relevant research and education on a variety of essential agricultural and food topics to Maryland farmers, landowners, aspiring farmers, and service providers. The AgFS Program teams are shown below.

Agriculture and Food System Program Areas

  • Bakyard Chickens

    Animal Science

  • Bruk Belayneh in strawberry patch with remote moisture sensing units and irrigation equipment.

    Farm and Agribusiness Management

  • Apple orchard

    Fruit and Vegetable Production

  • Annie's Project leaders Jenny Rhodes and Shannon Dill with farm women.

    Integrated Programs

  • Growing annual flowers in greenhouse.

    Ornamental Horticulture

  • Combine harvesting corn

    Row Crop and Forage Production

  • Collard greens grown hydroponically using both natural and supplemental artificial light. Image credit: Neith Little

    Urban Agriculture

  • Tractor at vineyard

    Pesticide Safety and Training

  • A farmer driving his tractor at sunset.

    Nutrient Management