The ACE Center is designed to help prospective AGNR students discover how a degree from the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources can open doors for them in their future careers and entrepreneurship endeavors.
Utilize the resources below to learn more about potential career pathways, how to choose the right major, student highlights, and AGNR events.
“Waste management specialists plan, implement, and coordinate comprehensive waste management systems that are designed to maximize waste prevention, reuse, and recycling opportunities.”
Helps to protect natural resources by minimizing human’s negative waste impacts.
Knowledge of how different types of waste impact ecosystems, and how these wastes could be cleaned up or avoided altogether. Understands the lifetimes of materials and how long they last in different environmental settings.
Responsible for supervising the operations, management, and maintenance of a farm. These operations can differ depending on what type of farm is being managed. For example, the farm can focus on crops, horticulture, aquaculture, and livestock.
Often the decision-makers on the farm, which requires knowledge on production, timing of the seasons, revenues, what to do in the case of crop failures, and more.
The average salary for a farmer manager is $67,950 per year.
Can also be referred to as an Extension Youth Program Coordinator
Responsibilities could include developing resources and programs for 4-H members. This includes planning educational workshops, overseeing clubs, gathering reports, creating engaging activities, and more.
“Wildlife managers are responsible for overseeing all aspects of wildlife conservation and management in a designated territory.”
Many different tasks are involved in wildlife management including, population research, natural resource protection, care taking of endangered species, repairing habitats, observing ecosystem interactions, etc.
Wildlife managers may also help create important laws to protect species against hunters.
Involves communication with the public to educate people on the importance of conservation and protection of specific species.
Answers wildlife concerns using research of the local area, and develops solutions to address things like overhunting. They often create wildlife plans detailing the problems, their research, and the solutions.
Develops management and conservation plans to include both agriculture and forest lands. And studies how the proximity and spacing of these two types of land can play a role in increased yields and a cleaner environment.
“The general idea behind agroforestry is to use trees and shrubs that complement the plants used in agricultural practice.”
Helps farmers plan and plant the right crops that will create a more diverse and healthier environment.
Webinar Description: Learn the latest tools for testing out your great idea for a business or non-profit. Don't have a great idea? Then learn how to create one. Dr. Tilley will walk you through some of the newest tools for testing and creating ideas that sell and that people want. You will learn about empathy mapping, customer discovery, design thinking and the business model canvas.
Have an entrepreneurial idea already? Learn how to bring your idea to the next level with several workshops leading up to a competition against other students in the annual AgEnterprise Challenge.
Enroll in ENST282: Ecological Innovation and Entrepreneurship. "The course combines design thinking, which uses an iterative cycle of developing customer empathy, learning ecological technology, appreciating environmental stewardship, brainstorming, rapid prototyping, user experience, testing and redesign, with Lean Startup..."
The biggest piece of advice I could give is to try out every experience that comes your way."
Rachael MayAdvice for future students
Finding Your Voice in AGNR: Conversations with Young Alumni - Admitted Student Event
Date: 7:00 - 8:00 pm on April 8, 2021
Event Description: For Admitted Students: Join our young alumni to hear about their experiences as a student in AGNR and how they found their voices through their campus involvement, experiential learning, and leadership. Learn about their diverse career paths and how AGNR helped prepare them for the future in the world of food, the environment, and agriculture.
I'm Graduating From High School, What's Next? - Webinar Recording
Missed the final webinar of the winter webinar series, but still want to learn more? View the recorded version of the virtual event to gain access to information and resources about agriculture-related pathways after high school graduation.
Event Description: Yippee! High school graduation is fast approaching. Did you apply to college yet? Did you get in? What options do you have? If you are interested in careers related to the environment, agriculture, turfgrass, business, communication, or leadership, tune into this webinar to learn how the University of Maryland’s Institute of Applied Agriculture can help you.
Presented By: Glori Hyman, Director of Institute of Applied Agriculture and Rebecka Jones, Coordinator IAA
AGNR at Maryland Day
Maryland Day is a large event to celebrate all of the wonderful activities, research, and learning going on at UMD and within the State of Maryland. To the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Maryland Day is commonly referred to as "Ag Day".
This is a great place to have fun, learn more about agricultural systems in Maryland, and see how students are contributing to more sustainable agricultural practices. Find out more information about Ag Day events and traditions.
Annual Ag-tober Family Weekend
Ag-tober is a way to celebrate Family Weekend with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Meet alumni, play games, eat good food, and have a great time.
Gives you the opportunity to learn more about the different pathways AGNR alums have taken since graduation.
Annual College of AGNR Fall Bash
This event is sponsored by the AGNR Academic Programs and AGNR Student Council. A perfect way to celebrate the beginning of the fall semester with free food! At this event, you can learn more about our student organizations and meet the Associate Dean.
Annual AGNR Cornerstone Event
Each year, one of AGNR's five strategic initiatives holds a large Cornerstone Event in the fall. This event gives students a chance to attend presentations, network, and even present a poster on their own research. Learn more about this fall's Cornerstone Event.
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