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Our Mission

We embody the University's land-grant mission with a commitment to eliminate hunger and malnutrition, preserve our natural resources, improve quality of life, and empower the next generation through world-class education.

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Explore Career Fields

The career possibilities with a degree from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are virtually limitless. Ranging from a nutritionist to a veterinarian to an environmental biologist, we will give you the tools to succeed in a diverse array of pursuits. 

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    Wildlife Ecology and Management

    Curtis Bennett, Director of Conservation Community Engagement, National Aquarium 

    Class of 2009

    What I Do

    Works collaboratively with internal and external partners, community stake holders and residents to develop and implement environmental stewardship programs and projects that help meet community needs.

    What I Studied

    Environmental Science & Policy

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    State Government

    Kenny Bounds - Deputy Secretary, Delaware Department of Agriculture 

    Class of 1977

    What I Do

    Works to provide support and advocacy for Delaware farmers through the programs that the Delaware Department of Agriculture provides.

    What I Studied

    Agronomy

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    Floral Design

    Jamie Taylor, Owner at J Starr's Flower Barn

    Class of 2007

    What I Do

    In her fourth year of operation for wedding & event flowers and decor.

    What I Studied

    Plant Science 

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    Golf Course Management

    Scott Herbert, Assistant Superintendent at Tournament Players Club in Scottsdale, AZ 

    Class of 2016

    What I Do

    As assistant superintendent, Herbert is learning about “really high-end golf and the infrastructure needed to host major tournaments."

    What I Studied

    Golf Course Management 

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    Food & Product Safety

    Ariel Bourne - Consumer Safety Inspector at USDA Food Science Alumni Class of 2016

    Class of 2016

    What I Do

    "As a Consumer Safety Inspector for the USDA I am responsible for inspecting the food produced by meat and poultry companies. We ensure the American food supply has safe and wholesome meat and food is only produced under sanitary conditions. We also make sure meat is properly labeled to prevent consumer deception and fraud."

    What I Studied

    Nutrition and Food Science

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    Agriculture Education

    Anna and Nathan Glenn, Agriculture Educators in Liberia

    Class of 2012

    What We Do

    Providing educational outreach at schools, community events, and fairs, and helping clientele with recommendations for diseases/fertilization for their gardens. Teaching classes such as horticulture science, greenhouse management, pre-vet science, biotechnology, small and large animal management.

    What We Studied

    Animal & Avian Sciences  
    Agricultural Science and Technology

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    Farm Operator

    Jason Scott, Owner at Scott's Pioneer Seed Walnut Hill Farms

    Class of 2003 

    What I Do

    Farms 1,500 grain operation in Dorchester County and operates a seed sales business for Pioneer.

    What I Studied

    Agricultural & Resource Economics

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    Human & Animal Health

    Ashley Freeman, Assistant Facility Manager at NIH

    Class of 2011

    What I Do

    "As an Assistant Facility Manager, I manage 20 employees in a laboratory animal research facility within the National Institutes of Health. Our priority is to make sure our animals are treated humanely and with respect while they help us understand, treat and prevent infectious diseases. We care for our animals by ensuring that all their physical and psychological needs are met, and we service our research investigators by providing a variety of samples for data analysis for various flu, malaria and TB studies. I am passionate about improving the lives of people and animals and this passion is what continues to guide me in all I do."

    What I Studied

    Animal and Avian Sciences

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    Landscape Architecture

    Kameron Aroom, Senior Associate at Michael Vergason Landscape Architects 

    Class of 2006 (BLA) and Class of 2011 (MLA) 

    What I Do

    With over a decade of professional experience in landscape architecture, his work encompasses a variety of scales including urban design, parks, academic campuses, stadiums, memorials, historic sites, and private residential projects in the United States and Europe.

    What I Studied

    Landscape Architecture 

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    Environmental Science

    Anita Alexander, Associate Environmental Science at RK &K

    Class of 2013

    What I Do

    "As an Associate Environmental Scientist at RK&K in the Baltimore, MD Natural Resources department, I am primarily responsible for conducting natural resource inventories including wetland and forest delineations, preparing environmental permits and documentation, and coordinating with clients and regulatory agencies. I am currently working towards my M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University."

    What I Studied

    Environmental Science & Technology

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Discover Ongoing Research

Proud to be one of the main research and development arms of the University of Maryland, the college's leading fundamental and applied research is helping to solve some of the most pressing global challenges. Whether its reducing the prevalence of Lyme Disease, or mitigating saltwater intrusion affecting coastal Maryland farms, we encourage to you to explore the college's research portfolio. 

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Make an Impact

As students, your research will help provide solutions for the benefit of Maryland citizens and beyond. Whether it be at home, in your community or in the fields, University of Maryland Extension faculty and staff offer problem-solving assistance based on the research and output generated within the college. Join the college and start making an impact!