Your University of Maryland Extension (UME) Office in Baltimore City provides useful, up-to-date information and educational programs for individuals, families, the neighborhoods of the city, and the Baltimore community.
UME is sponsored jointly by the University of Maryland, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the City of Baltimore. Extension offices are located in all 23 Maryland counties, as well as Baltimore City, and they are all administered through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College Park campus.
As a unit of the Cooperative Extension System, Extension Educators have access to a broad breath of information and data, within the Maryland University System and nationally. There is an Extension office in virtually all 3,500 US counties and US territories. Each is managed through their state's land grant institution or university, as mandated by the Smith-Lever Act.
“The Cooperative Extension Service (CES) was created by the Smith-Lever Act in 1914. As the name implies, it is a cooperative educational relationship among three levels of government. The federal partner is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the state partner is the land-grant university, and the county partner is local government. CES is an extension or outreach of the land-grant university and the USDA to the people of each state. Educational and technical information is provided to help solve the problems directly affecting the people of the state.
This cooperative arrangement provides for three sources of public funds for educational programs with a common mission of "Solutions in your community." UME operates in this partnership with federal, state, and local governments to address needs and provide education in the broad areas of: Agriculture, Natural Resources, Sea Grant, 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Community, Resource and Economic Development. Adult and teen volunteers are recruited and trained by extension educators to provide subject matter outreach education to citizens throughout the state. UME functions as a single statewide unit, with the Associate Dean/Associate Director of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) serving as the UME Chair.”
The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.
By: Debbie Ross