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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 Jeremy Criss of the Office of Agriculture at 240-590-2830 or Jane Mukira of the Office of Management and Budget at 240-777-2754 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY18Actual FY19Estimated FY20Target FY21Target FY22
Nutrient management plans completed94108120120120
4-H youth development program participants7,6107,3265,2916,0006,000
Average pre- to post-test score increase of Close Encounters with Agriculture participants on agriculture, nutrition, and the environment 1N/AN/A49%
Percent of Food Supplement Nutrition Education youth participants who try new healthy food 242%42%42%
Percent of participants who purchase produce they learn about from Food Supplement Nutrition Education farmers market programming 392%92%92%
1  Data for this measure not collected prior to FY20
2  FY19 actual data not yet available.
3  FY19 actual data not yet available.

Program Budget Changes

FY21 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY20 Approved1572210.00
FY21 Recommended1572210.00