Saturday, April 28, 2007

Transfer of Ownership

Goats grazing at research center After 30 years of education and research, the Western Maryland Research & Education Center officially became the property of the University of Maryland on April 25, 2007.

Established in 1977 by the U.S. Department of Education, the center has functioned under the direction of the University of Maryland since its inception. When the 546 acres of land south of Hagerstown were given to the University for research and education, the agreement was simple: "maintain the facility in good shape and have the property transferred to you in 30 years," center director Frank Allnutt said.

Specializing in farm management, nutrient management, viticulture and small fruit, sheep and goats, and natural resources, an estimated 57 research and demonstration projects are conducted at the center annually.

The research center is the site of the Western Maryland Pasture-Based Meat Goat Performance Test. The Western Maryland Research & Education Center is an outreach of University of Maryland Cooperative Extension.

Article in Herald Mail