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


Updated 6/17/2020 - UME Response to COVID-19



In response to the University of Maryland, Worcester County Government, and Governor Larry Hogan’s actions taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the University of Maryland Extension, Worcester 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: 

Karen D. Reddersen, Area Extension Director –  Cell Phone 301-325-3960

Kathy Decker, Administrative Asst. II –  Cell Phone 410-726-5232

Kelly Carroll-Richardson, 4-H Program Assistant –

Jennifer Dindinger, Watershed Mgmt. and Restoration Senior Agent –

Kiran Dixit, Nutrient Management Advisor –

Deanna Dunn, Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Agent Associate –

Mary Kline, Master Gardener Program Assistant –

Christine Main, FSNE Project Leader/Nutrition Educator –

Cindy Morris, 4-H Program Coordinator –

Lisa Murphy, 4-H STEM Educator (UMES) –

Maegan Perdue, Agriculture Agent Associate –

Ginny Rosenkranz, Commercial Horticulture Principal Agent –

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


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