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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 Derrick Harrigan of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2759 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY20Actual FY21Estimated FY22Target FY23Target FY24
Nutrient management plans completed10989999999
4-H youth development program participants 15,2933192,5005,0005,000
Average pre- to post-test score increase of Close Encounters with Agriculture participants on agriculture, nutrition, and the environment49%050%50%50%
Percent of Food Supplement Nutrition Education youth participants who try new healthy food42%42%42%42%42%
Percent of participants who purchase produce they learn about from Food Supplement Nutrition Education farmers market programming92%92%92%92%92%
1  FY21 decrease due to pandemic.

Program Budget Changes

FY23 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY22 Approved1572210.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-5000.00
FY23 Approved1567210.00