Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology

Hughes Center

Who we are: The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology is a 501(c)(3) corporation affiliated with the University of Maryland College Park and the University System of Maryland.  Founded in 1999, the Center brings together diverse interests from the agricultural, forestry and environmental communities for the purpose of retaining Maryland's working landscapes and the industries they support while protecting and improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

The Center works toward achieving its diverse mission through a three-pronged approach of scientific research, policy analysis, and outreach and education efforts.

Mission Statement: To provide leadership to promote environmentally sound and economically viable agriculture and forestry as Maryland's preferred land use through research, outreach and collaboration.

Candidate Seminars Information

For Candidates of the Wye Research and Education Center/Hughes Center Director Position

Seminar Schedule

Four candidates have been chosen to present seminars for the open Wye Research and Education Center/Hughes Center Director position. WREC and Hughes Center stakeholders in agriculture, forestry and the environmental communities are invited to attend the presentations, as well as University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural resources faculty and staff.

In the seminars, the candidates will present their visions for the future of the WREC and the Hughes Center. Each of the four candidates will present two seminars — one in Queenstown and another the following day in College Park. All are invited to attend whichever best fits their schedule.

The chart seen below shows the seminar schedules, including time, date and locations, by each candidate. Candidate names will not be released prior to the seminars, as per Search Committee guidelines. The presentations at WREC will include a one-hour open discussion session following the candidate’s seminar.

Candidate 1

Seminar #1:

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 30

Where: Wye Angus Barn, 2016 Carmichael Road, Queenstown

Seminar #2:

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1

Where: Symons Hall Room 0118, 7998 Regents Dr, College Park

 

Candidate 2

Seminar #1:

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3

Where: Wye Angus Barn, 2016 Carmichael Road, Queenstown

Seminar #2:

When: 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 4

Where: Symons Hall Room 0118, 7998 Regents Dr, College Park

 

Candidate 3

Seminar #1:

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10

Where: Wye Angus Barn, 2016 Carmichael Road, Queenstown

Seminar #2:

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11

Where: Symons Hall Room 0118, 7998 Regents Dr, College Park

 

Candidate 4

Seminar #1:

When: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 14

Where: Wye Angus Barn, 2016 Carmichael Road, Queenstown

Seminar #2:

When: 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 15

Where: Symons Hall Room 0118, 7998 Regents Dr, College Park

Phase III WIP Information Sessions

Items From Meetings

The Hughes Center helped the Maryland Department of the Environment host three information sessions in April and May 2019 as part of Maryland's engagement strategy for its most recent Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). The meetings featured an overview of the current draft WIP and provided participants with opportunities to ask questions of State agency representatives.

A copy of the PowerPoint presentation as given by Matt Rowe, Assistant Director of Water and Science Administration for the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) can be found here. If you missed a session, there is still a chance to register for the Friday, May 17, 2019 webinar hosted by MDE, information for which can be found here.

As a reminder, the deadline for formal public comments to MDE is June 7, 2019. To submit a public comment, visit MDE's page here.

Mission-Based Work

Scientific Research

Since its founding in 1999, the Center has funded more than 70 research projects totaling more than $10 million in funding. Research funded by the Hughes Center has changed agricultural practices globally. Maryland farmers are now considered national leaders in conservation practices — in part because of the research funded and policy recommendations provided by the Hughes Center. Today, the Center continues to develop scientific research to address the needs of Maryland's communities.

Discover more here

Policy Analysis

As a member of the Advisory Committee for the Governor’s Agricultural Forum and Strategic Plan, the Center played an important role in helping to plan the listening sessions that elicited input on agricultural and forestry issues from over 500 Maryland citizens, and ultimately in the formation of the 2006 Statewide Plan for Agricultural Policy and Resource Management.

As a member of the Governor's Commission on Protecting the Chesapeake Bay through Sustainable Forestry, the Center helped to shape Maryland's Strategic Forest Resource Plan for 2006, which recognizes that Maryland's forests should be managed with an eye towards the multitude of services they provide, including clean air, clean water, diverse habitat for wildlife, economic return, and recreational opportunities, among others.

Education and Outreach

The Center continues to expand its Education and Outreach efforts in Maryland.  Center staff members periodically brief the House Environmental Matters Committee and the Senate Committee on Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs; hold workshops on research topics such as the availability of tools to preserve working landscapes; make presentations to local governments and community groups; and participate in several interdisciplinary networks through the University of Maryland.

Learn more here

Support Us

Donate

Want to support the Center? The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. is a 501(c)3 affiliated foundation with the University of Maryland College Park. Our Form 990 is available online. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Call Nancy Nunn, Assistant Director, at 410.827.6202 or e-mail her at nnunn@umd.edu for details on how to make your donation.

Volunteer

Would you prefer to donate your time, resources, or expertise? We are always seeking volunteers to assist with event planning and execution, fundraising efforts, mailings, and general Center operations. Please send an e-mail to agroecology@umd.edu or call 410.827.6202 with your specific interests/skills and availability.

Contact Us and Annual Report

Address:
Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc.
PO Box 169
124 Wye Narrows Drive
Queenstown, MD 21658

Phone: 410.827.8056
FAX: 410.827.9039
E-mailagroecology@umd.edu

Center Staff