Upper Marlboro Facility

Upper Marlboro

This 210-acre area known as the Upper Marlboro facility is located in Prince George's County. This facility focuses on the development of alternative crops to replace the declining tobacco crop in Maryland. 

A total of 32 AGNR faculty use Upper Marlboro on either a regular or a periodic basis for their research, instructional, and/or Extension programs. These faculty represent the Department of Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture,  Department of Entomology, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, Department of Environmental Science and Technology, and University of Maryland Extension. In addition, there are generally 2-3 USDA-BARC research faculty that use the facility annually.


Upper Marlboro research

One of the primary emphasis at this facility has been to provide support for the research and Extension initiatives investigating alternative agricultural opportunities for Southern Maryland.Upper Marlboro Weather Information

Crops Research Twilight Barbecue & Ice Cream Social

You are invited to the Fields Crops Research Twilight & Ice Cream Social at the
Central Maryland Research & Education Center, 2005 Largo Road, Upper Marlboro,

Wednesday, August 7, 2024 from 4 to 9 pm

University of Maryland educators and specialists are looking forward to sharing with you their field crop, vegetable and fruit research plots. The traditional Bayside Bull pit beef dinner will be served from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, followed by homemade ice cream prior to the evening tours.

Meal Time from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Homemade Ice Cream Served at 5:15 p.m.
Crops Twilight Tours at 6:00 p.m.
Please arrive on time as the wagon tours will
start promptly at 6:00 p.m.

A reserved event ticket is required. If you need special assistance to participate, please contact the Anne Arundel County Extension office at 301-226-7471 by August 5th.

Register on-line by clicking below, or call 301-226-7471.

Crops Research Twilight Barbecue & Ice Cream Social CMREC Upper Marlboro Farm

Newsletters - Roots in Research

Roots in Research 2019

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Roots In Research.  We are elated to provide you with an inside look at the research taking place here at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center in Upper Marlboro (CMREC-UM).  Even though we are one of the smallest Research and Education Centers (RECs) in the State, our scope of research is quite vast.  Here at CMREC-UM you will find research on agronomy, cover crops, forestry, horticulture, irrigation, livestock, water quality and more.

The staff here at CMREC-UM consists of six full time employees: four from the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES); one from the University Of Maryland Extension (UME); and one from the University Of Maryland Dining Services.  We support over a dozen University Of Maryland faculty members as well as researchers from the U.S. Food and Drug administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Terp Farm

Students at Terp Farm

Along with University of Maryland College Park’s Dining Services and Office of Sustainability, AGNR is a partner for Terp Farm

Terp Farm

Two acres are utilized at the Upper Marlboro Facility to grow peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, squash, broccoli, kale, collards, and other produce. A high tunnel allows for production year-round. The fresh produce is used for preparation of meals by 251 North, Green Tidings mobile dining food truck, South Campus Dining Hall, and The Diner. Another important aspect of the Terp Farm is that 5-10 percent of the harvest is shared with a local food bank. When not in class, students from many campus departments work at the farm, making a connection to the land and learning exactly where their food comes from. Classes and interns from the Plant Science & Landscape Architecture Department and the Institute of Applied Agriculture learn about agriculture through hands-on training.

Address, Directions & Contact


CMREC - Upper Marlboro Facility
2005 Largo Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774-8508

From the North

  • Proceed south on I-95.
  • Then take State Highway 202 exit and proceed east for 8 miles.
  • The facility is on the right.

From the South

  • Proceed north on US Highway 301, turn left onto State Highway 725.
  • Then turn right on State Highway 202 and proceed for 4 miles.
  • The facility is on the left.