Category: SANS Monthly Digest

UMES research project aims to use chicken litter to boost biogas and help mitigate climate change

The chicken industry on the Delmarva Peninsula generates about 850,000 tons of poultry litter each year, frequently applied as fertilizer to area fields. The environmental concern is potentially high amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus in the litter can leach into the Chesapeake Bay watershed, leading to a nutrient-induced increase in phytoplankton (eutrophication) that can damage…Read more UMES research project aims to use chicken litter to boost biogas and help mitigate climate change

UMES vet school will be a first for Maryland and public HBCUs

PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(January 18, 2024)— A new School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will be the first of its kind in Maryland and among the nation’s public historically Black colleges and universities. The school, slated to accept students in fall 2026, received approval this week by the Maryland Higher Education…Read more UMES vet school will be a first for Maryland and public HBCUs

UMES contributes to USDA IR-4 Project’s 60-year mission of helping specialty crop growers

The IR-4 Project is celebrating 60 years of assisting specialty crop producers and other stakeholders by facilitating the registration of safe and effective pesticides, biopesticides and other pest management technology. In doing so, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded national research program contributes nearly $9 billion to the nation’s annual gross domestic product. For nearly four…Read more UMES contributes to USDA IR-4 Project’s 60-year mission of helping specialty crop growers

UMES holds 26th Winter Commencement

The research and experiential learning opportunities that have come Raekayla Johnson’s (at left) way during her pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore have set her well on the way to accomplishing her future goals. Johnson, who crossed the dais on Dec. 16 along with some 167 degree…Read more UMES holds 26th Winter Commencement

UMES responds to national vet shortage with new School

IMPORTANT UPDATE HERE! PRINCESS ANNE, MD-(December 15, 2023)— A new School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is becoming a reality. The University System of Maryland Board of Regents announced today its approval for the program that will be the second veterinary school across the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities….Read more UMES responds to national vet shortage with new School

UMES hosts inaugural Maryland Agritourism Conference

Whether their agribusiness ventures are on-farm markets, U-picks, CSAs, creameries, farm breweries, pumpkin patches with corn mazes and hay rides or overnight stays, a common theme emerged among small farmers attending a University of Maryland Eastern Shore-sponsored agritourism conference. The buzz was how to keep farms profitable in the face of challenging economic times by…Read more UMES hosts inaugural Maryland Agritourism Conference

Innovative smart farm arrives at UMES for research and education

Delivery of an innovative, fully automated, controlled environment Freight Farm has arrived at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The vertical hydroponic agricultural system housed inside of a 320-square-foot (tractor trailer-sized) container will expand research and education opportunities for faculty and students. “When the system is up and running, the potential is also there for…Read more Innovative smart farm arrives at UMES for research and education

UMES breaks ground on agricultural research building

Ceremonial shovels broke ground today, paving the way for the start of construction for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s new Agricultural Research & Education Center. The facility is expected to enhance delivery of research, extension and teaching programs in agriculture at the university. It is designed to support agribusiness and other economic development activities…Read more UMES breaks ground on agricultural research building

UMES Land-Grant Scholarship Program

Making the difference for students to attend and stay in college The School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences welcomed 32 freshmen into the UMES Land-Grant Scholarship program for the 2023-24 academic year. It was the largest influx to date, bringing the total number to 85 of UMES students currently in the program.  Since the program’s…Read more UMES Land-Grant Scholarship Program

UMES urban forestry program adds to U.S. climate change response

Urban areas are typically warmer than their surroundings, which means that increased temperatures due to climate change are amplified there. Increasing the number of urban forests can work to control this effect and even mitigate or reverse it. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is part of a coalition of 1890 land-grant universities embarking on…Read more UMES urban forestry program adds to U.S. climate change response

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