University of Maryland Extension

UPDATED 7/20/2020

Our offices are in phase 1 reopening. Therefore,there are some changes in the way we operate.

  • We will be available by appointment only. Some faculty and staff may be working a staggered schedule.
  • Everyone entering the office will need to wear a face mask. We have disposable masks available for the public if needed.   If you prefer to meet outside, that may be an option weather permitting.
  • You will also be required to complete a short health questionnaire and we will check your temperature with a no contact device prior to your meeting UME faculty or staff in our designated and sanitized meeting area.
  • There is a drop box available outside the office for those who just need to drop off samples or information.  Please let us know if you have made a drop off.
  • The agriculture educators are still available for any needed farm visits.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!

For Appointments, please call:
Wicomico 410-749-6141
Worcester 410-632-1975
Somerset 410-651-1350



In response to the University of Maryland, Wicomico County Government and Governor Larry Hogan’s actions taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the University of Maryland Extension, Wicomico County Office is implementing policies to limit in-person transactions and safeguard the health of its employees, stakeholders and the general public.

To access helpful links, click on the icon above titled Extension Helping You Through Covid-19

University of Maryland Extension will continue working hard to maintain normal operations as much as possible. For any questions, please contact Karen D. Reddersen, Area Extension Director-Lower Shore at or 301-325-3960.

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;

Administrative Asst - Diane Timmons – 302-245-7029;

4-H Program Assistant - Barbara Barga - 410-749-6141;

Nutrient Mgmt Advisor - Keri Grant – 410-749-6141 ext 109;

FSNE Agent Associate - Lynn Matava – 410-749-6141 ext 102;

FCS Educator - Dhruti Patel – 410-749-6141 ext 104;

4-H Educator - Amy Rhodes – 410-749-6141 ext 108;

Commercial Horticulture, Principal Agent Associate - Virginia Rosenkranz – 410-749-6141 ext 106;

Agriculture Agent - Haley Sater - 410-749-6141 ext 115;

For more information on the statewide response to COVID-19, please visit


Welcome to the University of Maryland Extension (UME) of Wicomico 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 Wicomico 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:   

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

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University programs, activities, and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, religion, protected veteran status, genetic information, personal appearance, or any other legally protected class. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any event or activity, please contact your local University of Maryland Extension Office.