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Agriculture Continuing Education

Ag Continuing Education Classes in Southern Maryland

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) & University of Maryland’s Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) present Ag Class Partnership for Southern Maryland Residents

Earn college credits in agriculture from the University of Maryland remotely in Southern Maryland during Fall 2018!

Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission’s Ag Class Partnership Fall 2018 offerings:
INAG 103 - Agricultural Marketing - 3 credits

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is excited to collaborate with the University of Maryland’s Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) to bring the college course INAG 103 Agricultural Marketing to Southern Maryland. Through the Rural Maryland Council’s Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund Grant (RMPIF), SMADC (a division of the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland), won a grant to assist in increasing agricultural education in Southern Maryland.

This project proposal would make agricultural education from UMD more accessible to the community of Southern Maryland. We believe that encouraging students in the area to consider agricultural and agribusiness certifications and degrees could lead them to explore the idea of enrolling in certificate or degree-seeking programs within UMD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The University of Maryland is the state’s flagship institution of higher education, established in 1856 as the Maryland Agricultural College. As a land-grant institution, the University of Maryland College Park is the premiere location for agricultural academics, research, and extension. Students who enroll in these courses will earn UMD transcripted credits that can be applied toward their Certificate in Applied Agriculture, or bachelor’s degree should they decide to continue their education.

The application deadline is August 6, 2018.

INAG 103: Agricultural Marketing

3 Credits

Course Description:

Principles of market demand are used to develop a consumer oriented market strategy for the agricultural business. Topics include market structures, target marketing, market segmentation, niche marketing and direct marketing. Market concepts unique to agricultural products are also covered.

Learning Outcomes:

When a student completes this course, he/she should be able to:

  1. Explain how price is determined in a market model by supply and demand.
  2. Use economic models to demonstrate changes in supply and demand.
  3. Understand the principles driving consumer decision making on agricultural purchases.
  4. Identify avenues for conducting market research.
  5. Develop a comprehensive marketing strategy for a product or service in the agriculture sector.
  6. Discuss current issues and trends in agricultural markets.

Required Materials

No required textbook. Readings will be available for download and handed out in class.

Course Layout

This class is held in person on the UMD IAA Campus in College Park, MD on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:00 – 11:50 AM in Jull Hall 1123. However, Southern Maryland students will be enrolled in a new blended distance learning section of the course to participate via online modules on a flexible schedule. Students who do not have reliable internet access may utilize the SMADC offices where a computer and work desk will be provided upon prior reservation.

Four required in-person classes will be held in Southern Maryland for students participating through the Ag Class Partnership throughout the semester on the following dates:

  • Monday, August 27 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the SMADC office
  • Monday, October 10 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the SMADC office
  • Saturday, November 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the North St. Mary’s County Farmers Market (37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622)
  • Monday, December 3 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the SMADC office

Additionally, an extra credit field trip will be held on Saturday, November 11 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the Dupont Circle Farmers Market in Washington, D.C.

Enrollment and Registration Process

This opportunity is open to any student from one of the 5 Southern Maryland Counties (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s & St. Mary’s Counties).

To enroll as a new student in the Ag Class Partnership and register for the course:

  1. Visit iaa.umd.edu/apply
  2. Complete and mail no later than August 6, 2018:
    • The IAA-SMADC Partnership Admission Application Form.
    • A check for the $75 application fee, payable to University of Maryland.
    • Documentation of high school graduation or the equivalent. A copy of your high school diploma or GED is acceptable.
    • The attached SMADC Scholarship Application Form.
  3. Once admitted to the program, return your Enrollment Acceptance postcard to the IAA.
  4. Schedule a phone meeting with an academic advisor at the IAA to walk you through the course registration process (you will be contacted after we receive your postcard).

If you are a returning Ag Class Partnership student:

Contact your academic advisor at the IAA to walk you through the course registration process.

To apply for a scholarship:

Students may apply for scholarships thorough SMADC to help with admission costs. *Scholarships awarded will be funded by additional SMADC funds, not by RMPIF Grant Funds

Costs of the Ag Class Partnership program include:

  • A one-time application fee of $75.00
  • Standard University of Maryland in-state undergraduate student tuition and fees
  • For one 3-credit course: $1,471.00
  • Textbook costs will be covered by SMADC

Looking for More?

You complete one or both of the courses offered through this special program – and you want more! There are options for continuing your education at the University of Maryland.

  1. Take another online course in the Fall 2018 semester under the Continuing Education status. You can do this as part of the Ag Class Partnership (pending), or outside of the partnership with INAG106 Pesticide Use & Safety. This course is not currently part of the Ag Class Partnership, and may not have scholarship money available.
  2. Transition to certificate-seeking status at the IAA.
  3. After earning your IAA certificate, complete a bachelor’s degree in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland.

Contact IAA Student Services Coordinator Becky Jones at rnjones98@terpmail.umd.edu.

Additional Benefits

By enrolling in this course, Southern Maryland Students will be considered full UMD IAA students, and will be accorded all the benefits that come with.

As University of Maryland students, IAA students have access to a wealth of resources on a world-class campus. Most of these resources are located on the UMD campus in College Park, and many are housed in the IAA’s main building, Jull Hall. Teaching and studying spaces include hundreds of classrooms and laboratories, two computer labs, eight libraries, eight Research and Education Center farms the Research Greenhouse Complex, the agricultural mechanics shop, the Community Learning Garden, the campus Arboretum and Botanical Garden, the Farmers Market at Maryland, the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, and more.

Student support resources include one-on-one advising with IAA faculty, the IAA Student Services Coordinator, AGNR academic peer mentoring, the Health Center, Learning Assistance Services, the Writing Center, the Career Center, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, the Office of Veteran Student Life, and access to hundreds of clubs and intra- and extramural activities.


About the Institute of Applied Agriculture

The Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) offers a 60-credit academic certificate program in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) at the University of Maryland, College Park. The IAA provides students with the entrepreneurial, technical, and communication skills needed to manage profitable agricultural enterprises, including golf courses, sports fields, horticulture businesses, landscaping companies, and sustainable farming operations.

The Ag Class Partnership will enroll Southern Maryland students at the IAA under the Continuing Education program (details below). Ag Class Partnership students will be accorded all the benefits that are offered to all other IAA students. Regardless of their remote student status, participants who apply through this partnership program are welcome to access all of the world-class resources available on the University of Maryland College Park campus. Additionally, Ag Class Partnership students are eligible to receive student support services, including one-on-one advising from IAA faculty, the IAA Student Services Coordinator, AGNR academic peer mentoring, the Health Center, Learning Assistance Services, the Writing Center, the Career Center, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, the Office of Veteran Student Life, and access to hundreds of clubs and intra- and extramural activities.

About Continuing Education Status

The Continuing Education student status at the University of Maryland is designed for those who want to enroll in select IAA courses without completing the entire Certificate in Applied Agriculture program. If Continuing Education students wish to complete the two-year, 60 credit certificate, academic credit for courses taken under Continuing Education status may be applied toward it. Enrollment in certificate-seeking status simply requires the student to fulfill the remaining regular admission requirements (providing SAT or ACT scores, or passing Math and English entrance exams). Tuition, fees and grading options are the same for Continuing Education students as they are for students enrolled in the IAA's certificate program. Continuing Education students may register for a maximum of two courses per semester and must meet all course prerequisites.

Funding Support

Rural Maryland Council This workshop is made possible in part by a Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund Grant (RMPIF) awarded to SMADC, a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland.

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Read more about SMADC's role in education/outreach:
[Workshops & Events][Cornelia Program] [SMILE] [Farmer Training]

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[Buy Local Challenge] [Maryland Farmlink]
[Southern Maryland Trails] [Cornelia and the Farm Band]

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