PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (February 2, 2021)-Area middle and high school students currently in grades 8-11 can apply now through March 25 for the 2021 AgDiscovery summer program slated for June 13-26 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Campers will reside on campus unless COVID-19 concerns mandate that it shifts to a virtual experience.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, AgDiscovery is a free opportunity for students to explore agricultural sciences and gain knowledge about related careers, such as wildlife management, veterinary medicine, biotechnology, entomology, food safety, food production, agribusiness and forestry.

UMES’ program is in its ninth year and has introduced over 140 students to the diverse careers and opportunities in the field, said Corrie Cotton, a research assistant professor in UMES’ Department of Agriculture, Food and Resource Sciences and one of the organizers for UMES’ annual summer camp.

“Participants learn through a series of hands-on labs, workshops, research projects and field trips,” she said.  “They also have the unique experience of interacting with scientists conducting state-of-the-art research at the UMES Agricultural Experiment Station and at regional research centers.”

The camp is free, but students must apply to the program by March 25. Visit to obtain the application package.  For more information, contact Corrie Cotton at 410-651-6630.

Gail Stephens, agricultural communications and media associate, School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 410-621-3850,

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