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The Western Maryland Research and Education Center (WMREC) consists of a single 491 acre facility located in Washington County. Housed at this facility are faculty and staff of the University of Maryland Extension (UME) and Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) - both components of the University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR).

Extension specialists representing the areas of agricultural marketing, farm management, forages and pasture management, natural resources, small ruminants (sheep and goats), beef and dairy, energy conservation & technology, and viticulture & small fruit, conduct educational outreach programs for their respective fields. In addition, WMREC is home to the Maryland Rural Enterprise Development Center (MREDC), a web-based ( one-stop-shop for the latest and most successful business development innovations and support for Maryland's agriculture and natural resources enterprises.

Mike Dwyer is the WMREC Center Director (acting) and also MAES Environmental Safety Coordinator who serves as liaison between the University's Department of Environmental Safety and the MAES facilities.

Research projects conducted at the facility support the programs for faculty from the Departments of Entomology, Natural Resource Sciences & Landscape Architecture, and University of Maryland Extension. Agronomic projects include small grain variety improvement trials, corn hybrid variety trials, perennial weed control, cropping systems, and nutrient management. Research and Extension projects for both tree fruit (apples) and small fruit (grapes, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc.), high tunnel fruit and vegetable production, hops, and pumpkin variety trials are an integral component of the facility's activities. Integrated pest management techniques are researched by faculty in the Department of Entomology. Thirteen acres of pasture are being utilized for sheep and goat grazing projects.

In addition, the facility has some cooperative research projects with agricultural industry representatives, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) scientists, and also hosts tours led by area UME Educators.

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