University of Maryland Extension

UME Response to COVID-19

In response to the University of Maryland, Somerset County Government and Governor Larry Hogan’s actions taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the University of Maryland Extension, Somerset 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 am and 4:30 pm. During this time, our staff will continue to be available by phone and email. They can be reached as follows:

Area Extension Director - Karen Reddersen – 301-325-3960; kredders@umd.edu

Administrative Asst – Kim Johnson - (410) 651-1350 ; kjohns26@umd.edu

Agriculture Agent – Sarah Hirsh – (410) 651-1350; shirsh@umd.edu

Nutrient Mgmt Coordinator - Nina Lee Malone - (410) 651-1350; nmlee@umd.edu

FSNE Agent Associate – Christine Main – (410) 651-1350; cmain1@umd.edu

4-H Agent Associate - Jennifer Howell – (410) 651-1350; jhowell@umd.edu

Nicole Skorobatsch,4-H Program Asst/EFNEP Program Asst (410) 651-1350; nramirez@umd.edu

Jeremiah Mowen, 4-H STEM Agent Associate – (410) 651-1350; jlmowen@umes.edu

 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 Kim Johnson, kjohns26@umd.edu

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

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Welcome to the University of Maryland Extension (UME) - Somerset County, which is part of a statewide educational organization funded by federal, state, and local governments. Our mission is to support Maryland's agricultural industry; protect its valuable natural resources; enhance the well-being of families and individuals, both young and old; and foster the development of strong, stable communities.

The UME network of local or regional offices are staffed by one or more experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to agricultural producers, small business owners, youth, consumers, and others in rural areas and communities of all sizes. UME has field offices in all twenty-three Maryland counties and Baltimore City.

The Somerset County UME faculty and staff provide a broad range of outreach through workshops, seminars, classes, clinics, newsletters, consultations, and media efforts related to the following topics:   

  • 4-H & Youth 
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Gardening
  • Nutrition & Wellness
  • Money
  • Water & Chesapeake Bay

This mission is accomplished by faculty and staff within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources of the University of Maryland, College Park through the discovery, integration, dissemination, and application of research based knowledge in the agricultural, human, and life sciences.

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