A magazine for alumni
       and friends of the
  College of Agriculture
and Natural Resources
                                                                                                      VOL. 7 NO. 1 SPRING 2008

 What’s in Your

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                                                         d e a n ’s m e s s a g e

Momentum is published by the College of
                                                                                    After two theme-oriented issues,
Agriculture and Natural Resources at the                                            Momentum has returned to its traditional
University of Maryland, College Park, for alumni,
                                                                                    format, highlighting several timely, but often
friends, faculty, and staff. Comments should be
addressed to Momentum Editor, University of                                         unrelated, programs and projects that are
Maryland, 0330A Symons Hall, College Park, MD                                       already benefiting or have the potential
20742 or by e-mail at
                                                                                    to benefit citizens throughout Maryland
Alumni notes are also welcome. Please send them                                     and beyond.
to Gail Yeiser, University of Maryland,
Symons Hall, College Park, MD 20742; e-mail:                                                                    One of these projects is the research of
                                                                                    microbiologist Dr. Jianghong Meng, who is
Cheng-i Wei
                                                                                    exploring strategies for preventing bacterial
                                                                                    contamination of a popular food staple—the
                                                                                    tomato—which is particularly vulnerable
Loc Hoang                                                Cheng-i Wei                because of the long and winding road from
                                                         Dean and Director          farm field to home kitchen.
Pamela Townsend
                                                                                    And it is only natural that the spring
                                                                                    issue of Momentum celebrates the 30th
Virginia Gerhart
Denni Johnson                                                                       birthday of the Maryland Master Gardener
Susan Klotz                                                                         program—one of our great Extension
Pamela Townsend
Gail Yeiser
                                                                                    success stories. Since its establishment,
                                                                                    this program has helped literally thousands
                                                                                    of homeowners and communities adopt
Michael Godfrey                                                                     environmentally friendly approaches to
                                                                                    landscape beautification and management.
Edwin Remsberg
                                                                                    And it’s still going strong.
Pamela Townsend

                                                                                    Two related articles highlight the
                                                                                    collaboration of faculty, students, and                                                             residents of the surrounding community to
The University of Maryland’s programs are open
                                                                                    identify and catalog the trees that make up
to all citizens without regard to race, color, gender,
disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital                              our urban landscape, and an invention by
or parental status, or national origin.                                             one of our own alumni that has ensured the
                                                                                    survival of millions of newly planted trees
                                                                                    in times of drought.

                                                                                    I invite you to sit back, put your feet up, and
                                                                                    discover what the University of Maryland
                                                                                    College of Agriculture and Natural
                                                                                    Resources is doing for you.
Are You Looking                                                         College of Agri Culture

for More?
                                                                        And nAturAl r esour Ces

                                                     If you want a place where the

                                                  faculty and staff are willing to do

                                                   anything to help you, where the

                                                  students are friendly, and where

                                                   there are a lot of internship and

                                                    club opportunities, then this is

                                                              the place for you.

         Julie Townsend

Are you a high school student       WE HAVE MOrE!
looking for more?                     n   Agricultural and Resource Economics
                                      n   Animal and Avian Sciences
Are you ready to transfer to the      n   Environmental Science and Technology
                                      n   Nutrition and Food Science
University of Maryland?
                                      n   Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

We have what you are looking for      n   Institute of Applied Agriculture
                                      n   Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
in the College of Agriculture and

Natural Resources.
Table of Contents
                     Taking               Master Gardener
                     Inventory            Program Turns 30
                     of the City’s
                     Trees                10

Alum Saves                                Tackling
Trees with                                Salmonella
‘Gator Bag’                               in Tomatoes

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College Kernels                      2

Faculty Highlights                   4

Alumni and Development Update        22

Student/Youth Highlights             30

                                               Director of Plant Diagnostic                 presentations on disease diagnosis and
                                               Laboratory Hired                             disease management for growers and
                                                                                            Extension educators.
                                               Dr. Karen Rane has been appointed
                                               director of the University of Maryland
                                               Plant Diagnostic Laboratory. Rane
                                               comes to Maryland from Indiana, where
                                               she served as senior plant disease
                                               diagnostician and co-director of the
                                               Purdue University Plant and Pest
                                               Diagnostic Laboratory. She has more than
                                               20 years of experience in plant problem
                                               diagnosis, particularly in the diseases of
Glori Hyman Named Acting                       ornamentals and vegetables.                  Horsemen’s Party Raises Money
Director of IAA                                                                             for 4-H Fund

Glori Hyman was appointed acting direc-                                                     The 21st Annual Maryland Horsemen’s
tor of the Institute for Applied Agriculture                                                Party held last September drew more
(IAA), effective Oct. 1, 2007, following                                                    than 200 people and raised approximately
the retirement of Dr. Tom Hartsock, who                                                     $10,500 for the Sallie Robertson Memori-
served as director for the past 7 years.                                                    al 4-H Endowment. This endowment fund
                                                                                            helps send Maryland’s horse teams to
“Glori’s experience with IAA during the                                                     the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup
past 17 years as instructor and public                                                      in Louisville, KY, and supports the
relations coordinator gives her valuable                                                    Maryland 4-H Program throughout the
familiarity with the program and industry                                                   year. Recipients of the Maryland 4-H
clientele, which will enable her to provide    Rane received her BS degree in ornamen-      Youth Development Award (Tommy
strong leadership to the institute,” says      tal horticulture from Delaware Valley        and Judy Smith) and Maryland 4-H Horse
Dr. Cheng-i Wei, dean of the College           College of Science and Agriculture           Program Volunteer of the Year Award
of Agriculture and Natural Resources.          in Doylestown, PA, an MS degree in           (Dr. Al Starr) were also recognized at
“I thank Tom for doing a good job in           ornamental horticulture from Cornell Uni-    the party.
directing IAA and for his contributions        versity, and a PhD in plant pathology
to the college as Extension specialist,        from the University of Massachusetts.        Varner Named Coordinator for
instructor in Animal and Avian Sciences,       She has served as chair of the Diagnostics   eXtension and Online Learning
and coordinator of the birthing center at      Committee of the American Phytopatho-
the Maryland State Fair. I look forward        logical Society (APS) and as senior editor   Dr. Mark Varner has assumed the role
to his continued involvement with the          of Plant Health Progress, an online          of coordinator of eXtension and online
college and 4-H.”                              journal for applied plant health issues      learning for the College of Agriculture
                                               published by APS.                            and Natural Resources (AGNR) following
The college will work with IAA to form                                                      the resignation of Dr. Valorie McAlpin as
a committee to evaluate the needs of           Rane is an active participant in the         executive director of online learning.
the institute and make recommendations         National Plant Diagnostic Network
for its future direction. These recommen-      (NPDN) and currently serves on its           “Dr. Varner brings much valuable
dations will guide the development of a        National Database and Diagnostics            experience to this position through his
strategic plan for greater promotion of        subcommittees. She has authored              involvement with DAIReXNET, one of
IAA programs, increased student enroll-        numerous newsletter and trade journal        the first virtual communities to receive
ment, and improvement in student quality.      articles and conducted workshops and         national eXtension development funding,”

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                                             Varner has most recently been working         No. 9 in the nation for faculty productivi-
                                             with colleagues in AGNR and Russia            ty for 2007. The metric used is a
                                             on a three-year USAID higher education        “faculty scholarly productivity index,”
                                             development competitive grant entitled        an unbiased assessment of faculty publi-
                                             “Putting Learning into Distance Educa-        cation rates, impact on research through
                                             tion.” Varner’s initial focus in his          citations, grant funding, and awards
                                             new role will be on development of            received by faculty.
                                             Maryland’s contributions to the new
                                             national Cooperative Extension System         ANSC ranked particularly high in the
                                             initiative, eXtension. He also will contin-   percentage of award-winning faculty,
                                             ue as professor, Extension dairy scientist,   tying with the University of California
                                             and undergraduate coordinator for             at Davis for first place, at 25 percent.
                                             the Department of Animal and                  Crediting all faculty members for the
says AGNR dean, Dr. Cheng-i Wei.             Avian Sciences.                               achievement, department chair Dr. Tom
“I look forward to his leadership in this                                                  Porter stated that this ranking “is a great
critical venue for learning that uses the    ANSC Ranks in Top Ten for                     reflection on our research program” and
latest in communication technologies to      Faculty Productivity                          urged the department “to continue to
help bring the expertise and experience of                                                 publish high quality research and support
AGNR to the greater global community.”       The Chronicle of Higher Education             that research through competitive grants.”
                                             reported last fall that Academic Analyt-
A pioneer in online learning for the Uni-    ics had ranked the college’s Department
versity of Maryland and the college,         of Animal and Avian Sciences (ANSC)

                                                       AGNR Wines Win Top Honors at
                                                       International Competition

                                                       Seven wines from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’
                                                       Viticulture and Enology Research and Extension Program—including
                                                       three made with apples—received medals at the 2007 AWS International
                                                       Amateur (non-commercial) Wine Competition. They were:

                                                       n   2005 Apple Ice Wine—Silver

                                                       n   2005 Apple Blush—Silver

                                                       n   2005 Linae—Bronze

                                                       n   2005 WMREC Reserve Red—Bronze

                                                       n   2005 Chambourcin—Bronze

                                                       n   2005 Chardonnay—Bronze

                                                       n   2005 Vidal/Chardonnay/Apple Ice Wine—Bronze

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Extension Program Receives Grant              The program manual won second place—         cation, and Extension Service to develop
to Teach Finance Lessons                      a bronze award—in the long educational       a biosecurity program for small poultry
                                              publications category, and the program as    flock growers in Maryland. This grant
The Worcester County office of the Uni-       a whole received the second place out-       was provided as part of the Smith-Lever
versity of Maryland Cooperative Exten-        standing team achievement award as a         Special Needs funding program, which
sion was one of six organizations selected    result of the collaborative efforts of       supports innovative, education-based
by the Rural Maryland Council (RMC) to        Extension professionals from Maryland,       approaches to addressing emergency pre-
receive a total of $100,000 in grants from    Virginia, and Pennsylvania.                  paredness and specific responses related
its direct service grant program, Strength-                                                to natural and man-made disasters.
ening the Well Being of Rural Maryland        Hail to the Chiefs!
Families. This initiative, made possible                                                   The development and implementation of a
with funding from the Annie E. Casey          Two faculty members in the Department        strong biosecurity program for small
Foundation, awards grants to non-profit       of Agricultural and Resource Economics       flock poultry producers is essential to pre-
organizations that help disadvantaged         will soon be assuming presidential           vent the spread of diseases in Delmarva’s
families in rural areas improve their         responsibilities. Distinguished University   poultry. An outbreak of such diseases as
financial literacy and stability.             Professor Dr. Richard Just was recently      Avian Influenza or Exotic Newcastle Dis-
                                              elected president of the American Agri-      ease would have a negative economic
Worcester County’s “Parents and Teach-        cultural Economics Association (AAEA);       impact on poultry growers and processors
ers as Wealth Coaches” program delivers       he will follow in the footsteps of col-      and present potential human health risks.
train-the-trainer programs to parents, pri-   league Dr. Bruce Gardner, who has
mary caregivers, and K-12 educators. It       served as AAES president. Dr. Lori           This grant will fund educational work-
integrates basic personal finance lessons     Lynch was recently elected president of      shops and resources for small flock poul-
into daily encounters with children in        the Northeastern Agricultural and            try producers, Extension professionals,
classrooms, at home, and in the commu-        Resource Economics Association. Both         and volunteers. This project will provide a
nity. According to Megan O’Neil-Haight,       she and Just will have an opportunity to     platform to expand Extension’s outreach
a 4-H agent and family, youth, and com-       shape the future of the profession.          and education to small flock owners—
munities educator, the grant will help the                                                 especially during an emergency disease
program meet an increasing demand for                                                      situation—in addition to providing Exten-
materials, in-school assemblies, and                                                       sion professionals and volunteers with the
parent and teacher training.                                                               tools and resources to prepare and rapidly
                                                                                           respond to an avian disease outbreak.
Forestry Education Program a
Two-Time Winner                                                                            The individuals participating in the devel-
                                                                                           opment of this program are Dr. Jennifer
“The Woods in Your Backyard,” an educa-                                                    Timmons, regional poultry specialist; Dr.
tional program developed by Extension                                                      Nathaniel Tablante, Extension poultry
natural resources specialist Jonathan                                                      veterinarian; Dr. Nickolas Zimmermann,
Kays, received two awards from the                                                         broiler specialist; and Pam King, Charles
Association of Natural Resource Exten-                                                     County Extension agent.
sion Professionals. The program and its
                                              Extension Awarded Poultry
educational manual help landowners with
                                              Biosecurity Grant
up to 10 acres of land to make decisions
that have a positive impact on water,
                                              The University of Maryland Cooperative
wildlife, recreation, and forest health.
                                              Extension has received funding from
                                              USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Edu-

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Avian Influenza Grant Extended
for Three Years

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has
renewed its $5 million three-year grant to
the National Research Initiative Coordi-
nated Agricultural Project on Avian Influ-
enza. The project is a consortium led by
the University of Maryland under the
direction of Dr. Daniel Perez, associate
professor at the Virginia-Maryland
Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.
According to Dr. Siba Samal, associate
dean of veterinary college, “This renewal
comprises 16 research proposals, includ-
ing 2 from the University of Maryland,
and represents 3 institutions across the

                                             Turfgrass Scientist Receives
                                             National Award

                                             Dr. Peter Dernoeden, professor of turfgrass science in the Department of
                                             Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, has received the Fred V. Grau
                                             Turfgrass Science Award from the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)
                                             in recognition of his significant career contributions in turfgrass science.
                                             In addition to mentoring graduate students and teaching a course in pest
                                             management strategies for turfgrasses, Dernoeden conducts research and
                                             Extension programs involving turfgrass pathology, weed science, and turf-
                                             grass management. He also coordinates the college’s turfgrass disease diag-
                                             nostic laboratory and field days. Dernoeden has served as an associate editor
                                             for Crop Science, is an ASA Fellow, and is a recipient of the Northeastern
                                             Weed Science Society Outstanding Researcher Award.

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What’s in Your
Researchers Aim to Reduce
Salmonella Contamination
Virginia Gerhart

            hen we rinse a fresh, store-bought
            tomato before slicing or taking a bite,
            we’re usually removing dirt and pesti-
cide residue. If the tomato’s been contaminated
externally by a pathogen, however, rinsing is not
likely to kill or remove the bacteria, especially if it’s
lodged in the stem scar; if the tomato has internal-        strains are exhibiting a decreased susceptibility to

ized the pathogen, nothing can kill it—other than           the drug ceftriaxone, often prescribed to fight seri-

cooking—which in the case of salad preparation,             ous infections in children.

for example, isn’t feasible. Eliminating pathogens
such as Salmonella and E. coli once they’ve infect-         Meng is currently collaborating with Dr. Eric Brown

ed a fruit or vegetable, therefore, isn’t the goal of       of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Dr.

food safety microbiologists like Dr. Jianghong Meng         Arvind Bhagwat of the U.S. Department of Agricul-

of the Nutrition and Food Science department.               ture to find out how S. Newport, which has caused

Their goal is preventing microbial contamination in         bouts of illness on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

the first place.                                            and Virginia, among other areas, contaminates
                                                            tomatoes and how it so quickly develops antibody

A major contaminant of tomatoes is the Salmo-               resistance. They also are trying, says Meng, “to

nella serotype known as Newport, now third only             identify a natural bacteria in tomato plants that can

to S. Typhi and S. Enteritidis as the most common           kill or inhibit growth of Newport. Or viruses that kill

Salmonella serotype in the United States. S. New-           Newport could be sprayed on the plants.”

port is also showing itself to have a remarkable
facility for developing and disseminating multidrug-        A Long and Winding Road
resistant strains. So far researchers have isolated
strains of S. Newport found to resist at least 9 of         Although the acidic tomato might seem impervious

17 antibiotics tested. More troubling is that these         to an agent of food poisoning like Salmonella, the

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fruit is actually highly susceptible to contamination.   of the journey create opportunities for pathogenic
The reason lies in the vulnerability of its growth       contamination. Since 1990 the CDC has traced at
and distribution environment. Unlike most fresh          least 12 outbreaks of salmonellosis—almost 2,000
fruits and vegetables, tomatoes don’t follow one,        culture-confirmed infections—to varieties of
single distribution or supply chain. And the journey     tomatoes. Which points to a lot of illness consider-
tomatoes travel to reach restaurants or consumers’       ing less than three percent of Salmonella infections
kitchens is long and many faceted.                       are ever confirmed.

After irrigation, fertilization, and weed manage-        The Cagey Pathogen
ment, some commercially grown tomatoes take
shortcuts, traveling from harvest to farmer’s            Through environmental sampling on the Eastern
market to your table. The bulk of fresh market           Shore, Meng and Brown will try to determine the
tomatoes, however, follow an itinerary of numer-         origin of S. Newport. Because outbreaks of salmo-
ous and sometimes replicate processes of washing,        nellosis caused by Newport have been so widely
cooling, ripening, sorting, and packing before even      dispersed, researchers believe that contamination
reaching distribution by wholesalers, retailers, and     is occurring early in the distribution process, per-
food-service distributors.                               haps on the farm or at the packinghouse. Evidence
                                                         suggests that possible sources are domestic or wild
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control        animal feces or habitats such as ponds and drain-
and Prevention (CDC), all these processes or legs        age ditches. The CDC sites dairy cattle as a major

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reservoir for S. Newport. And researchers at the         gel more quickly, so the pieces are separated as
University of Wurzburg reported in September that        distinct bands in the gel, based on size. The result-
S. Newport is spreading in U.S. dairy cattle in epi-     ing pattern of 30 to 50 bands, which resembles a
demic proportions, with infected cattle having the       bar code, is the fingerprint.
capacity to shed the bacteria in their manure for
weeks, if not months.                                    In unlocking the mechanisms that enable a
                                                         bacterium to develop antimicrobial resistance,
Water that becomes contaminated and the soil,            Meng and Brown will study the bacterial cell
equipment, containers, and workers that in turn          membrane. “Membrane proteins,” Meng explains,
are contaminated by the water could come into            “can serve as an efflux pump to remove antibodies
contact with the tomato at many steps along its          from a cell.” Through genetic analysis using DNA
journey. Tomatoes can internalize a pathogen if          microarray, in which DNA fragments are studied to
immersed in water colder than the temperature of         see which genes are active and which are inactive,
the fruit, if stems and flowers are contaminated, or     he hopes to determine which genes can start up or
once the fruit is cut.                                   stop the pump.

Finding the origin of S. Newport will enable             Understanding the bacteria’s network of regulation
researchers to perform traceback investigations of       should ultimately enable researchers to design new
infected tomatoes, which document every step of          antibiotics. And that’s good news for all of us.
a tomato’s journey all the way back to where it
was grown, including which individuals handled it
during processing.

DNA Finger Printing

Meng is depending on bacterial DNA fingerprinting
technology to distinguish between and compare
strains of S. Newport. The Center for Food Safety
and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) describes the
process this way:

Bacterial DNA “fingerprints” are generated by
pulse-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). The DNA is
first digested into pieces by reacting the isolated
DNA with enzymes that are able to specifically
break the DNA molecule into individual pieces.
The digested DNA is placed at one end of the gel.
A pulsing electric field applied across the gel drives
the DNA pieces into the gel over a period of hours.
The smallest pieces slip through the pores of the

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     Master Gardener Program
           Comes of Age
Pam Townsend

      outhful baby boomers coined                              teaching people how to care for their
      the phrase, “Never trust                                      home gardens and landscapes while
      anyone over 30.” Now,                                           reducing unnecessary pesticide
those same baby boomers are                                           use and pollution through integrated
well past that landmark and, if                                       pest management (IPM).”
they live in Maryland, have wisely
put their trust in an organization                                    Training the Trainers
that turns 30 this year. The
Maryland Master Gardener Program                                 To accomplish this goal, the Master
was established in 1978 in Carroll                             Gardener Program relies on a “train the
County to educate state residents about safe,        trainer” approach, with faculty from the College
effective, and sustainable horticultural practices   of Agriculture and Natural Resources educating
that build healthy gardens, landscapes,              private citizens, who then share what they have
and communities.                                     learned with others. “To become an official Maryland
                                                     master gardener,” Traunfeld says, “participants
“Even then, research was showing that run-off        must complete 40 hours of classroom training
of pesticides and fertilizers from backyard lawns    plus volunteer policy training, pass an exam, and
and gardens—as well as from farms—could have a
significant impact on the health and water quality
of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries,” says
Jon Traunfeld, state master gardener coordinator
with the University of Maryland Cooperative
Extension. “The idea behind the Master Gardener
Program was to reduce this negative impact by

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volunteer 40 hours of service in the first year. To     Specially trained master gardeners also conduct
maintain their certification after the first year,      special programs, like Bay-Wise Landscaping (see
they take a minimum of 10 hours of continuing           article in Fall/Winter 2007 issue of Momentum).
education and contribute at least 20 hours of           And all have expanded their focus to meet
service annually.”                                      changing societal and environmental needs.
                                                        For example, they now work with clients on the
This service takes many forms. Among their many         identification and control of exotic, invasive species
activities, master gardeners:                           of plants and insects and teach residents how to
   •   Educate the public at information and            slow run-off from their property with rain gardens.
       demonstration booths at county fairs and         Most recently, such education has focused on the
       other public events;                             emerald ash borer. Prince George’s County master
   •   Create and maintain demonstration gardens        gardeners worked with Maryland Department of
       and composting sites for teaching low-           Agriculture staff to educate communities about
       impact, sustainable gardening practices;         this menace.
   •   Provide technical assistance and designs
       for community garden and beautification          Continuing education is a key to the success of
       projects;                                        the Maryland Master Gardener Program. Certified
   •   Design and create butterfly gardens on           master gardeners receive advanced training in
       public school sites with teachers and            organic vegetable gardening, plant identification,
       students; and                                    composting, weed identification, and plant
   •   Conduct “Ask a Master Gardener” clinics          diagnostics. Robin Hessey, the program’s advanced
       at accessible public sites, such as libraries,   training coordinator, also organizes a much-loved
       farmers markets, and fairs to help residents     advanced training day each May at the University
                         solve pest, plant, and         of Maryland. More than 500 volunteers attended
                         landscape problems.            last year! Hessey also developed a 30-hour
                                                        advanced training course on native plants with the
                                                        support of a Chesapeake Bay Trust grant. After

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taking the course, the 20 students developed a        Take Rosemary Hills Primary School in Montgomery
host of native plant education and demonstration      County, for example. When Eva Santorini, chair
projects in their home counties and Baltimore City.   of the school’s landscaping committee, needed
                                                      assistance, she turned to Maryland master
Although accurate figures aren’t available,           gardeners. “One of the first projects I agreed
the impact master gardeners have had in               to take on was the planting of several trees
Maryland over the past three decades cannot be        on the sports field,” Santorini recalls. “I also
overestimated. In 2006 (the most recent year          needed assistance in addressing the hodgepodge
for which complete statistics were available at       landscaping that had been performed at the school
printing) alone, they performed 63,569 hours          over the years.
of that was valued at more than
$1.2 million. They conducted 426 “Ask a Master        “A master gardener helped us develop a plan of
Gardener” clinics at 51 sites, answering questions    action and milestones. He also helped identify
about plant and pest problems posed by more           problem trees and weak landscape design
than 20,000 Maryland residents. They also helped      elements and suggested which plants to remove,
certify 165 landscapes as “Bay-Wise”; taught          prune, or transplant. He was very sensitive to
580 classes and workshops to more than 17,500         the fact that this was a primary school, and that
Maryland residents; established or continued more     safety and fun were unique concerns. I’m certain
than 100 partnerships with schools, museums,          that without his selfless and generous assistance
hospitals, county agencies, and businesses; and       that the tree planting project might never have
much more.                                            succeeded and would have been very difficult to
                                                      maintain. It was a true pleasure to work with him!”

Touching Lives & Improving Communities                The program has even touched lives in some
                                                      unlikely places. In 1996 the University of Maryland
And such work has more than a monetary                Cooperative Extension collaborated with Patuxent
value. It has led to more beautiful communities,      Institution, a maximum security prison in Jessup,
increased production in neighborhood produce          to establish the Maryland Master Gardener Program
gardens, protection and enhancement of natural        as part of the prison’s Horticultural Therapy
ecosystems, healthier soil, better quality water,     Program, a unique program with vocational and
a more educated citizenry, and decreased use of       therapeutic components.
fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides.

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Master gardeners from the surrounding area              City, and the two prisons. Two of these programs
conduct classes at the prison, creating a               were added just last year.
positive teaching environment where mutual
respect and shared learning can flourish. And           So what about the future? What does Traunfeld
the gardens created by the inmates on site are          predict for the Maryland Master Gardener
all managed organically, which fits with the            Program’s next 30 years?
program’s therapeutic goal of encouraging a life
free of chemical substances. To earn their Master       “I think that our most compelling challenge is
Gardener certificate, trainees have raised saplings     to educate Marylanders to view their gardens
for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources,       and landscapes through an ecological lens,”
designed and grown plant material for community         he says. “Soil, water, plants, and animals are
beautification projects in Baltimore, grown and         all connected and our gardening and pest
donated vegetables to feeding programs, and             management practices should build healthy
maintained prison grounds and landscapes. Upon          soil, increase biodiversity, and improve water
their release, several individuals obtained jobs in a   quality. Global warming and pollution concerns
horticultural field.                                    are making the public more receptive to these
                                                        messages. In the coming years we’ll be more
“The program has proven to be a benefit to              active teaching ‘green’ gardening practices that
participants,” says Dr. Randall S. Nero, director       use less fossil fuel and water and that strengthen
of Patuxent Institution. “Inmates have displayed        ecosystems. And as the average age of master
increased self-esteem and reduced anti-social and       gardeners declines, we’ll probably see greater
belligerent behaviours, and some have become            emphasis on environmental and gardening
mentors to the new students. One recent graduate        programs for youth.”
from the program said, ‘I not only have learned
how to grow plant material organically, I have also     In the meantime, Traunfeld and all the state’s
learned a lot about myself as a person and what         1350 active master gardeners are celebrating
the drugs had done to my body.’”                        a job well done. For more information on the
                                                        Maryland Master Gardener program and updates
And the scope and reach of the Maryland Master          on the 30th Anniversary, check out
Gardener Program continues to grow. From a    
single program in one county in 1978, it now
boasts 19 local programs in 16 counties, Baltimore

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                       “Park Like”
                        Keeping College Park

                       Tree Inventory Provides Valuable
                       Planning Tool                   By Susan Klotz

                               rban forestry has become a hot topic for urban planners
                               and citizens alike. As suburban sprawl has expanded and
                               metropolitan areas have increased, our countryside and
                       forests have been disappearing at a rapid pace. Fortunately, town
                       and city planners have begun to realize the importance of green
                       spaces and are, more and more, recognizing the importance of
                       trees within urban communities.

                       “In addition to aesthetics, the urban forest provides a filter for
                       water and air quality, and its shade helps reduce the ‘urban
                       heat island’ effect,” says Dr. Joe Sullivan, coordinator of the
                       Urban Forestry Program in the Department of Plant Science
                       and Landscape Architecture (PSLA). “The urban heat island is
                       a condition found in urban areas. It’s caused by pavement and
                       building structures and results in higher temperatures, higher
                       pollution counts, and higher energy costs in the area. The urban
                       forest reduces the need for air conditioning and air filtering
                       mechanisms. Tangible economic benefits of urban forests have
                       been documented through decreased energy costs, decreased
                       carbon emissions, and decreased water pollution.”

                       The growing appreciation of trees by citizens, urban developers,
                       and municipal governments has led to a corresponding growth
                       in the field of urban forestry…defined by the National Urban and
                       Community Forestry Advisory Council as “the art, science, and
                       technology of managing trees, forests, and natural systems in and
                       around cities, suburbs, and towns for the health and well-being
                       of all people.” Tree inventories and urban forest assessments are
                       now becoming an essential tool for providing information to city
                       management and homeowners on the health and sustainability of
                       their urban forests.

                                                         PDA, or tablet computer, to enter information
                                                         directly into the GIS urban tree database. Taylor
                                                         Keen of the University of Maryland’s Facilities
                                                         Management Office, served as the project’s
                                                         GIS expert and helped coordinate the resources
                                                         and technical training in consultation with the city’s
                                                         public works director and staff.

                                                         Lea-Cox and Taylor have compiled the data to
                                                         provide an initial assessment of College Park’s
                                                         urban forest for the city’s mayor and council. The
Last fall Dr. John Lea-Cox coordinated a pilot tree      public works department is already using and
inventory for the City of College Park. A PSLA           updating this database, so that the city can take
faculty member, Lea-Cox also serves as College           a more strategic approach to tree maintenance
Park’s volunteer city forester and chair of the city’s   and management from now on. “College Park has
Tree and Landscape Board. “The College Park              the designation of ‘Tree-City USA’ and has many
tree inventory builds on the efforts of my PSLA          citizens who are concerned about the declining
colleagues Drs. Joe Sullivan and Marla McIntosh          tree canopy and tree health in the city,” says Lea-
and Mr. Jack Sullivan to implement and establish         Cox. “The city also subcontracts with several tree
a campus-wide tree inventory in association              management contractors for tree removal and
with the University of Maryland’s sustainability         replacement, so they would like to take a more
initiative,” Lea-Cox explains. In August 2007, the       proactive approach to managing and improving the
university was among the top 15 colleges and             status of the trees in the city…one that will ensure
universities nation-wide selected by Grist, an           the health of our urban forest well into the future.”
online environmental magazine based in Seattle,
for efforts and support in creating and maintaining
environmental stewardship and ecologically-
minded campus sustainability.

The city tree inventory project, funded by two
grants from the College Park City Council and the
Committee for a Better Environment, spanned
several weekends and involved eight teams, each
assigned to a different area of the city. Teams
were lead by PSLA graduate students and included
volunteer city residents and undergraduate
students majoring in a variety of fields. The goal:      Links for more information on:
to assess and inventory between 75 and 100 public        University of Maryland Urban Forestry Program
right-of-way (street-side) trees in each of the eight
areas. The assessment included the location of           cfm?ID=0107F
each tree, its species, and a health/hazard rating.      University of Maryland Sustainability Efforts
Participants also measured the diameter, height,
and canopy width of each tree using laser
rangefinders and a GIS database on a hand-held

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AGNR Alum Saves Trees with
Irrigation Invention
Denni Johnson

                             rought...the very word can       “Newly planted trees need more frequent irrigation
                             strike fear in the hearts        initially to become established,” the longtime
                             of farmers, homeowners,          Howard County resident explains. “Unlike older
                     landscapers, and nursery owners.         trees, their roots don’t reach down far enough into
                     A severe drought just last year had      the soil to obtain water from deeper reservoirs.”
                     aesthetic and economic impacts on
                     Maryland and other eastern states.       Working after his regular business hours, Cissel
                                                              spent four years working on the Treegator design,
                     It was just such a drought—some 17       which was patented in 1992. His biggest challenge:
                     years ago—that served as the impetus     finding material that would heat seal and hold
                     for Lambert Cissel Jr., an alumnus of    the pressure of the water. “I tested hundreds of
Lambert Cissel Jr.

                     the University of Maryland College of    different materials in my basement and finally
                     Agriculture and Natural Resources,       found the one that worked,” he recalls. The final
                     to invent the Treegator, an ingenious    choice was a durable, UV-stabilized polyethylene
                     device to water newly planted trees.     that allows the bag to hold 25 to 50 gallons of
                                                              water, which drips into the tree roots with little or
                     “I’ve been interested in developing      no runoff or evaporation.
                     and improving equipment all my
                     life,” says Cissel, who graduated with   Cissel persuaded his younger son, Scott, a
                     a degree in agronomy in 1962. He         business graduate, to market the bag. The official
                     founded Kimberthy Turf Farms—now         name of Treegator evolved from “Tree Irrigator” to
                     run by his son Steve—in Woodbine,        its current nickname—“Gator Bag.” The distinctive
                     Maryland, 35 years ago, and later        alligator leaning on a bagged tree logo was
                     developed the slow-release watering      designed by a high school student, winner of a logo
                     bag for customers who were having        contest for high school-age students sponsored by
                     trouble keeping their new trees alive.   the company.

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Success came quickly after the 1996 Atlanta
Olympics. Cissel explains: “Atlanta was in the
middle of a drought during the Olympics and the
Treegator really caught on. Thousands of trees
in the city were bagged and it was covered by
newspapers and TV.” Publicity led to interest in
Maryland and other drought-plagued mid-Atlantic
states. And it didn’t hurt that there was no real
competition at the time, Cissel admits.

It took six people eight hours to make 12 of the
original tree irrigator bags, according to Cissel.
Today, three people working eight hours can make
950 bags, now manufactured by Scott Cissel in
Raleigh, North Carolina. Employing 15 people, the
company’s newest invention is the Treegator Junior
Pro, a 15-gallon model that fits around low branch
trees and bushes.

Cissel is justifiably proud of his invention. Since its
introduction just over a decade ago, the Treegator
has been used by highway departments, nurseries,
landscapers, and municipalities around the United
States, reducing tree transplant shock, frequency
of watering, and costs associated with watering.
“It would be fair to say,” notes Cissel, “that over
the years the Treegator has saved millions
of trees.”

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Fall Flashbacks                                                                                            Ria Malloy ’86 reports
                                                                                                           that the several hundred
                                                                                                           people in attendance
From the dedication of the formal portrait
                                                                                                           “were delighted by the
of Sam Riggs at the Alumni Center to the
                                                                                                           whimsical light displays.”
cheer of fans in Byrd Stadium, AGNR
                                                                                                           Attendees, who gathered
alumni, students, and friends were out and
                                                                                                           inside the conservatory
about at a variety of events!
                                                                                                           for refreshments and
                                                                                                           entertainment learned,
                                                                                          Malloy says, “about the green technology,
                                             Green Building Fundraising
                                                                                          sustainable agriculture and energy, and
                                             in Full Swing
                                                                                          natural resource conservation features
                                             October became a blur of activities,         proposed for the Green Building.”
                                             starting off with the receipt of $250,000    More about the Green Building is available
                                             from Howard County for the green             at
                                             building to be constructed at the Central
                                             Maryland Research and Education Center
                                                                                          Homecoming Happenings
L to R: Rusty Yeiser (USNA ’74),             (CMREC) near Ellicott City. In the photo
Marian Fry ’72, Ed Fry ’69, and Gail         above, Howard County Councilman
                                                                                          In addition to Amanda Brown ’03 playing
Yeiser ’75 & ’82 pause for a moment          Greg Fox joins Dean Cheng-i Wei,
                                                                                          her baritone and marching in the Alumni
in the Rotunda of the Samuel Riggs IV        County Executive Kenneth Ulman,
                                                                                          Band* at Homecoming, AGNR alums Eric
Alumni Center on the evening when            and Delegate Gail Bates in accepting
                                                                                          Almquist ’96, Sarah Krizek ’06, and
the official portrait of “Mr. Sam” was       the check. Following the VIP breakfast,
                                                                                          Sara Tangren ’00 in coordination with
presented. Sam’s nephew, Gordon Keys         CMREC visitors were given a behind-the-
                                                                                          Kimberly Monahan ’96, coordinator,
’60, made personal reflective concluding     scenes tour of CMREC before the public
                                                                                          Student Services, Environmental Science
remarks to an evening of celebration         open house, which drew more than 2,000
                                                                                          and Technology, developed an attractive,
and recognition of the generosity of Mr.     members of the community.
Riggs and others, particularly from the
                                             Fundraising efforts for the Green Building
agricultural community, for making the
                                             continued at a Garden of Lights event
dream of an alumni center a reality.
                                             at Brookside Gardens on December 11.
                                             Brookside Gardens donated all proceeds
                                             from the event to the Green Building fund.

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educational exhibit with “cool” AGNR-        Arin Elisabeth Blevins (Animal and            Watch for announcements about the third
and backyard habitat-related giveaways       Avian Sciences), Adam Cook (Animal            annual AGNR Tailgate during the 2008
for Terps of all ages. Their quiz and seed   and Avian Sciences), Catherine Gannon         football season.
packets were a huge hit! Everyone won        (Animal and Avian Sciences), Jennifer
a prize and thanks to Chuck ’71 and          Hill (Animal Husbandry Club), Lauren          Celebrating the Semester’s End
Weida Stoecker ’71 everyone received an      Land (Environmental Science and
“AGNR Outstanding in His Field” sticker      Policy), Jonah Richmond (Environmental        Dean Cheng-i Wei took a break before the
to wear into Byrd Stadium.                   Science and Policy), Kimberly Schubert        end of the fall semester to have lunch with
                                             (Environmental Science and Policy), and       AGNR Student Council members to thank
Eric Almquist is a project planner at        Erin Shaw (Environmental Science              them for their great work in the fall and to
Rummel, Klepper, and Kahl, LLC,              and Policy).
Consulting Engineers in Baltimore,
MD; Sarah Krizek is the children and         We thank them for sharing
family program assistant at the Audubon      their musical talents and
Naturalist Society; and Sara Tangren,        Terrapin pride!
who received her Ph.D. in 2000, is
president of Chesapeake Natives Inc., a      AGNR Tailgate
nonprofit organization located in Takoma
Park, MD, dedicated to helping the public    Campus farm manager Lindsay

with their plant needs.                      Callahan ’03 and her crew did a
                                             great job sprucing up the campus

Thanks to all for making                     farm, where nearly 100 AGNR                   encourage them to make AG Day 2008 the
AGNR visible at the 2007                     alumni, students, and friends gathered to     best ever! Back row L to R are Charlotte
Homecoming Festival.                         enjoy the second annual AGNR Tailgate         Sanford-Crane, Ag Day coordinator;
                                             prior to the Clemson game, October 27.        Dean Wei; Max Gordon, historian;
* Current AGNR students and AGNR
                                                                                           Malora Cahall; and Amanda Heiman.
club members in the marching band are        Special thanks to Peter Downey ’87
                                                                                           Front row L to R: Jessica Hernandez,
Charlotte Sanford-Crane (Animal and          and Kendra Buckle Wells ’76 & ’82,
                                                                                           treasurer; Lisa Richardson, president;
Avian Sciences), Ben Brown (Landscape        Ella Smart ’52 &’56, and Linda
                                                                                           and Sarah Meagher.
Management), Malora Cahall (Animal           Saathoff Brown ’75 &’79 for serving

and Avian Sciences), Cindie Hengen           on the Tailgate Committee. The Easton

(Animal and Avian Sciences), Dani            High School Culinary Arts program,

Wysocki (Animal and Avian Sciences),         coordinated by Linda, catered the tailgate.

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Scholarships: a Proud Tradition             Sharing Our AGNR Terrapin Pride!               the Maryland Dairy Shrine in February
                                                                                           2008. Ridgely was a long-time employee
Fifty years ago the Borden Award was        Robert L. Jones ’50 reports that a
presented to the deserving student on the   contractor has been named to move and
left. Can you help us identify who this     rebuild the Marlin K. Hoff Memorial
outstanding individual was? Joining in      Log Barn at the Carroll County Farm
the presentation and congratulations are    Museum. The barn will be dismantled and
                                            reassembled log by log. The Maryland
                                            Agricultural Education Foundation, Inc.,
                                            is working with the contractor in creating
                                            curriculum materials related to the history,
                                            math, and engineering of the barn, as well
                                            as the agricultural heritage of the barn and
                                            time that it was built. Hoff ’67 had always    of Sire Power, now Select Sires, and
                                            marveled at the hand-hewn log beams            instrumental in many progressive dairy
(from R to L): Dr. Paul                     and V-notch corners, where the logs are        cattle breeding improvements throughout
Poffenberger, assistant                     joined without nails or other attachments      his career. He and Ruth reside in New
dean for resident                           of the barn that sat on his property in        Windsor, MD, and are proud Terrapin
instruction; Dr. Wendell Arbuckle, dairy    New Windsor. His dream of moving the           parents of son Dean ’89 and grandparents
products professor; and Dr. Richard         barn for others to enjoy and learn from        of Keith Bennett, a student in AGNR’s
Davis, Dairy Science Department chair.      is becoming a reality through the energy       Landscape Architecture program.
                                            and commitment of his family and friends
A College of Agriculture and Natural
                                            following his death in 2004. The Hoff          Kevin Stiles ’83, Animal Sciences,
Resources sweatshirt is waiting for the
                                            Barn Project is a 501(c)(3) corporation        has been elected president-elect of the
first person to contact Gail Yeiser with
                                            and contributions are tax deductible. The      National Dairy Shrine. Stiles is vice
the name of the recipient. Contact her at
                                            dedication of the reconstructed barn is        president of marketing with Midwest or 301-405-2434.
                                            scheduled for October 2008. For more           Dairy Association and resides in Ankeny,
                                            information, or to become involved,            Iowa, with his wife, Karen, and children,
For more information about how you can
                                            contact Robert L. Jones at 410-848-7687.       Logan and Garrett.
be a part of AGNR’s scholarship program,
contact Brian Magness, director of
                                            Andrew T. “Ted” Ridgely ’60, pictured          Jennifer Woodward-Greene ’94 is
development, at
                                            here with wife, Ruth ’56, at her fiftieth      the director at the visitor’s center at the
or 301-405-7733.
                                            reunion homecoming, was inducted into
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     Looking Ahead
     Mark your calendars and look for special
     invitations about the following College of
     Agriculture and Natural Resources events and
     activities; to register or for more information,
     contact Gail Yeiser, assistant to the dean for
     alumni and external relations,
     or 301-405-2434.

March                                                      26    AG DAY / Maryland Day
                                                                 AGNR Alumni Breakfast
17-21   UM Spring Break                                          Special guests: AGNR alumni, scholarship donors
                                                                 and recipients, special VIP Ag Day partners, and past
29      Maryland Department of Agriculture Open House            AGNR student leaders.
        Annapolis, MD (AGNR exhibits in lower                    Registration required
        conference room)
        Open to the public
                                                           August 21- Sept. 1
                                                                 Maryland State Fair, Timonium
12      University of Maryland Alumni Association                AGNR exhibits in partnership with MDA in Farm and
        Awards Gala                                              Garden Building; new for 2008: AGNR dairy
        Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center                            cattle and educational exhibits from all departments and
        Bruce Berlage ’56 will be recognized                     programs in the Cow Palace
        as AGNR’s 2008 Outstanding Alumnus
                                                           TBA   Fall board meeting and AGNR Alumni Chapter
15      AGNR Alumni Chapter Reunion and                          annual meeting
        Awards Celebration
        Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center                      October
        5:30 p.m. Fellowship and silent auction
        7:00 p.m. Dinner served followed by student,       4     AGNR Open House, Central Maryland Research and
        alumni, and faculty recognition. Special guests:         Education Center (CMREC) near Ellicott City
        All graduating seniors (December 2007 and
        May 2008), former AGNR Student Council             TBA   “AGtoberfest” and AGNR Alumni & Friends Tailgate,
        leadership, and AGNR Student Ambassadors.                Campus Barn
        Reservations required

25      Celebration of Scholarships – campus luncheon
        Celebrating the generosity of donors and
        accomplishments of students.

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                                                           AGNR Alumni & Friends Email
                                                           List Serve Being Established…
                                                           Let Us Hear from You

continued from page 
                                                           Under the leadership of Dean Cheng-i Wei, the
Beltsville Agricultural Research Center at Beltsville      College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
(BARC). She is a 4-H volunteer with special interest
                                                           is moving forward in many areas. We are
in the dairy quiz bowl program. She and her husband,
                                                           establishing an AGNR Alumni & Friends email
Stuart ’81, reside in Woodbine, MD, with daughters,
                                                           List Serve to keep alumni and friends of AGNR
Amy and Amanda ’08, an AGNR senior in the
                                                           up to date on college initiatives, activities, and
Nutrition and Food Science Department.

Cory Spies ’03 has just assumed the position of farm
manager at MD Sunrise, LLC, in Gambrills, MD (at           Please take this opportunity to update us with
the Naval Academy Farm). MD Sunrise, LLC,                  any new contact information, notes of your
owned by Ed Fry ’69, has entered into a                    comings and goings, and highlights of your
long-term agreement with Anne Arundel County,
                                                           professional endeavors by completing and
which was awarded a long-term lease by the U.S.
                                                           mailing back the form on the following page
Navy to operate agricultural and educational
                                                           or by sending an email to
endeavors on the 835-acre property near Ft. Meade.
                                                           Feel free to give me a call at 301-405-2434 as

Megan Baker ’08 (an Agricultural and Resource              well to bring us up to date on your successes

Economics major) completed an internship with the          and activities. At the very least, share your

Maryland Farm Bureau during the 2007 legislative           email, so we can add you to the list serve.
session. During the session, she was in Annapolis two
days a week, interacting with lobbyists, delegates,        I look forward to hearing from you and seeing
and senators on key issues. She is a member of Sigma
                                                           you at campus and AGNR events as well as
Alpha, the professional/social sorority for agriculture;
                                                           agriculture and natural resources events across
Collegiate 4-H; and the AGNR Student Council.
                                                           the region. Go Terps!
She has an interest in international agriculture as well
as cooperative extension, and perhaps agricultural
legislative liaison work. Earning her MS degree is
                                                           Gail Poffenberger Yeiser
also an option following graduation in May.                Assistant to the Dean for Alumni and External

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AGNR Alumni - Good to Hear from You!

Name:   First______________________ Middle___________________ Last _______________________

Maiden or Name at time of Graduation: _____________________________________________________

Degree(s) and years of graduations and majors/specialities _____________________________________

Current professional specialty: ____________________________________________________________

Current Volunteer Roles__________________________________________________________________

Home Address: ________________________________________________________________________

City____________________________ State ________________________ zip____________________
(is this a new address within the past 6 months?)

Home Email: __________________________________________________________________________

Employer: ____________________________________________________________________________

Job Title______________________________________________________________________________

Business Address_______________________________________________________________________

City____________________________        State ________________________ zip____________________

Business Email: _______________________________________________________________________
(May we include this on the AGNR and Friends List Serve? ___yes ___no)

Phones: ________________home, ________________business____________ mobile_______________

News or information that you would like to share with other alumni or Dean Wei:




Please complete this page, detach and return to:

Gail P. Yeiser
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
1208 Symons Hall
College Park, MD 20742
FAX: 301-314-9146       Email:                          MOMENTUM   SPrINg      1

Friends Remembered…
Patrick Michael Lloyd ’84 Institute of      and Maryland Farm Bureau, Inc. He was         Reid is survived by her husband of
Applied Agriculture & ’88 BS AGNR lost      the founding president of the Southern        nearly 70 years, two daughters, two
a long battle with kidney disease on June   Maryland Market Goat Association and          grandchildren, a step-grandson, three
27, 2006. He was 41 and resided in St.      encouraged 4-H’ers to pursue                  great-grandchildren, two sisters,
Mary’s County.                              goat projects.                                four nephews, and two nieces.
                                                                                          Friends may send condolences to
Lloyd was interested in agriculture         Lloyd attended Mass at St. Nicholas 
from his earliest childhood, working at     Chapel at the Naval Air Station, Patuxent                          n
Thompson’s Orchard in Great Mills,          River, and taught Confirmation for
MD, and raising chickens and goats. A       16 years, along with other Christian          Charles George “Chuck” Stoecker
high school teacher encouraged him to       education classes. He also worked with        ’71 died from injuries resulting from an
attend college. He received a Senatorial    the middle school youth, combining            automobile accident on November 16,
scholarship from Senator Bernie Fowler in   religious with agricultural education.        2007. Chuck grew up on a farm in Middle
1982 and graduated from the Institute of                                                  River and resided at their home farm in
Applied Agriculture and then continued in   He is survived by his wife of 6 years,        White Hall at the time of his death. He
the College of Agriculture.                 Marti Middleton Lloyd; his parents, Paul      was 61 years old.
                                            and Sherry Lloyd; maternal grandmother,
While in college, Lloyd was a member of     Florence Gee; brother, Brian Lloyd; sister-   While a student at College Park, Stoecker
Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and held         in-law, Mary Beth; their children, Kacey,     was active in the College Republicans,
leadership positions in the Agriculture     Hanna, Haley, and Cameron; sister, Cheri      serving as state chairman of the group,
Student Council. Working two or three       L. Williams; brother-in-law, Kevin; their     and on the Republican State Central
part-time jobs to cover college expenses,   children, Samuel and Nickolas; brothers       Committee.
he assisted with fly research at the U.S.   Daniel and William Lloyd; and numerous
Department of Agriculture and helped        cousins and close family friends.             Following graduation in agricultural
with agricultural exhibits during the “Ag                       n                         economics, he was an economist with the
Week at the Mall” celebrations each                                                       U.S. Department of Agriculture. In the
spring. He remained on the alumni board     Flora Waldman Reid ’37, wife of               1970s he became a tax professional and
of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity               Robert T. Reid AGNR ’36, died June            was preparing to open a new office in
until 2000.                                 6, 2007. She was born in Washington,          Stewartstown, PA. He remained interested
                                            DC, and while a student at the University     and involved with agriculture and politics
Following college, Lloyd operated his       of Maryland was active in the Student         throughout his USDA and tax careers.
family’s farm in St. Mary’s County,         Government Association and YWCA. She          During the 1980s he became active on
raising hogs and vegetables, and            was president of her sorority and captain     behalf of dairy farmers and how the farm
specializing in market goats. He was        of the women’s rifle team.                    bill affected Maryland dairymen.
one of the first to have Boer stock in
the county, realizing their value to meat   Reid and her husband moved to Orange          Stoecker was a founding member of both
goat consumers. He was a nutrient           County, VA, after WWII and bought             the Waverly and downtown Baltimore
management consultant for Maryland          a 400-acre farm. She taught at the            Farmers’ Markets, where he was known
Cooperative Extension in Charles and        Woodberry Forest School as head of the        for his collard greens, turnip greens, and
Prince George’s counties and was on the     reading department. Reid was active in        kale. His family continues to be active in
leading edge of diversification of crops    community affairs, including church and       those markets.
resulting from the tobacco buyout in        the Women’s Garden Club, and served as
Southern Maryland.                          a member of the Orange County School          Stoecker served as treasurer of the College
                                            Board for 13 years. She received the Byrd     of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Lloyd was past president of the Young       Citizenship Award from the University         Alumni Chapter for 5 years. He was
Farmers in St. Mary’s County and was        of Maryland.                                  enthusiastically supportive of the silent
active in the St. Mary’s Farm Bureau                                                      auction held during the chapter’s spring

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reunion and awards program. (Proceeds       for Virginia Business History, a newly        Editor’s Note: It was learned at press
support AGNR student clubs and              establish museum owned by the Virginia        time that Delbert Taylor Foster, long-
Stoecker enjoyed presenting checks to       Historical Society in Richmond. His           time Montgomery County agricultural
student leaders.)                           meticulous records represent a detailed       agent, died Jan. 31, 2008, at his home
                                            historical record of post-World War II real   in Gaithersburg.
Stoecker and his family were present        estate development in Fairfax and other
                                            Northern Virginia counties.
at alumni chapter events held in                                                                native of Minneola, KS, Foster’s
coordination with Ag Day, Homecoming,                                                           career in agricultural extension
tailgates, and AGNR open houses at the      A native of Hayesville, NC, Smith studied
                                                                                          spanned 42 years with Iowa State and
college’s research and education centers.   briefly at Berea College and enrolled at
                                                                                          the University of Maryland. He and
Avid Terrapin fans, they frequently         the University of Maryland, working his
                                                                                          his family moved to Gaithersburg in
traveled with the teams to tournaments      way through school as manager of the
                                                                                          December 1954 where he served as
and bowl games.                             university’s dairy farm. He received his
                                                                                          county extension director. During
                                            BS degree in agricultural sciences
                                                                                          his tenure, he was the first director
Stoecker is survived by his wife, whom      in 1943.
                                                                                          to integrate the Montgomery County
he had known since they met in college                                                    Agricultural Extension Service and
40 years ago, Weida ’71, and their four     Smith served in the Marines and retired as
                                                                                          managed a staff of 42. In 1960, he
children: Miranda ’03, animal sciences,     a lieutenant colonel at the end of WWII.
                                                                                          was named president of the Maryland
of Towson; and Rebecca (Becky),             He and his wife moved onto the farm near
                                                                                          Extension Agents Association,
Charles, and Thomas (Tommy), all of         Oakton and lived there with his son and
                                                                                          becoming one of only two agents to
White Hall.                                 daughter until his death.
                                                                                          have been president in two states. He
                                                                                          retired as a full-time agent in 1980. He
The Charles G. “Chuck” Stoecker             Smith was a co-founder of the Fairfax
                                                                                          then spent the next 25 years with the
Scholarship has been established in         County Chamber of Commerce and
                                                                                          Maryland Department of Agriculture
the College of Agriculture and Natural      served one term on the Fairfax County
                                                                                          as weed control coordinator in
Resources. Memorial contributions may       Planning Commission. He helped
                                                                                          Montgomery County.
be made to the University of Maryland       develop vocational education programs
College Park Foundation c/o Brian           and purchased land so that students           Foster was preceded in death by his
Magness, director of development,           could build a model house and then sell       parents; his wife, Bernice; his only
AGNR, 1296 Symons Hall, College Park,       it to fund the next project. He worked        child, Christina Louisa Edwards; and
MD 20742.                                   to preserve the Vale School, a wooden         one brother, Hoyle Adair Foster. He is
                    n                       building constructed in 1888, and helped      survived by his son-in-law, Richard C.
                                            establish the G. Richard Thompson             Edwards; grandson, Richard Edwards
Verlin W. Smith ’43, a Northern Virginia    Wildlife Management Area in Markham,          and wife, Lynda; great-granddaughter,
Real Estate Developer who was involved      where a trail was named in his honor.         Kristina; and great grandson, Devin,
with the transformation of Fairfax County                                                 all of New Jersey; as well as a brother,
from farmland to suburbia, died July        Smith is survived by his wife of 63           James Samuel Foster of Grand
25, 2007, of lung cancer at his home in     years, Maryan Donn Smith; his daughter,       Island, NE.
Oakton. He was 89.                          Maryan Smith II of Oakton; sons Verlin
                                            W. Smith Jr. of Bristol, TN, and Donn         A complete obituary citing the many
Smith was the longtime owner of Farms       Siler Smith of Orlean; Martha P. Klare of     accomplishments and recognitions
and Acreage, Inc., in Oakton and helped     Cave Creek, AZ; five grandchildren; and       bestowed on Delbert T. Foster will
assemble property for Tysons Corner,        one great-granddaughter.                      appear in the summer issue
Fair Oaks Mall, Reston Hospital, and                             n                        of Momentum.
other large projects. He donated his
business files to the Reynolds Center

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Maryland Team Places Second in National
4-H Dairy Judging Contest

Maryland’s 4-H dairy judging team locked
horns with more than 30 other teams from
across the nation at the 86th National 4-H
Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in October
and came home with second-place honors in
judging. As a result of their placement, team
members Derek Lease (Carroll County),
Laurel Moore (Queen Anne’s County),
Hannah Smith (Washington County), and
Amy Yeiser (Anne Arundel County) quali-
fied to compete at the Royal Highland Show
in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June. They were
coached by Michael Allen ’84 of Glen-Toc-
tin Farm and Kiera Finucane, coordinator of
dairy and beef Extension activities at the Col-
lege of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Collegiate Soil Judging Team Takes
Top Honors

Despite heavy rain at every practice and on
both days of competition, the University of
Maryland’s soil judging team took top honors
at the Northeast Regional Soil Judging Con-
test, which was hosted by the university in
October. Team members George Gaetz, Aisa
Vinnikova, Clinton Gill, and Vera Jeffe
did well individually and placed first in the
group judging event. They are now preparing
with their coach, Dr. Martin Rabenhorst
’75 & ’78, a professor in the Department of
Environmental Science and Technology, for
the 43rd National Soil Judging Contest at the
University of Rhode Island in April.

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