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Program Description

  University of Maryland-Extension (UMD-Extention)

The Montgomery County Extension Office serves as the agricultural outreach and education component of the University of Maryland. This agency is funded cooperatively through local, State, and Federal governments. Farmers, families, and youth are the primary audiences of the Extension Office. Educational programs for farmers include raising crops and livestock, protecting the environment, farm and business management, marketing commodities, and pest management. Programs for families and youth include home horticulture, family budgeting, and consumer education, with a focus on promoting positive parenting, nutrition education and healthy lifestyles, leadership development, and traditional 4-H youth development programs. The Extension Office's professional staff has an extensive network of volunteers to assist them in program delivery. Extension Office staff manage a diverse group of over 3,000 volunteers to respond to over 100,000 information requests each year. Outreach education programs are delivered informally through one-on-one contacts, telephone assistance, the internet, classes and workshops, field days, radio, television, and print media.

Program Contacts

Contact Jacqueline Arnold of the Office of Agriculture at 301.590.2859 or Katherine Bryant-Higgins of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2764 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY21Actual FY22Estimated FY23Target FY24Target FY25
Nutrient management plans completed89847500
4-H youth development program participants319311311311311
Average pre- to post-test score increase of Close Encounters with Agriculture participants on agriculture, nutrition, and the environment 1N/A50%50%50%50%
Percent of Food Supplement Nutrition Education youth participants who try new healthy food42%93%93%93%93%
Percent of participants who purchase produce they learn about from Food Supplement Nutrition Education farmers market programming92%92%92%92%92%
1  Suspended in FY21 due to COVID-19.

Program Budget Changes

FY24 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY23 Approved1567210.00
Shift: Migration of Expenses from the Capital Budget to the Operating Budget1992941.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-100126-1.00
FY24 Approved2558890.00