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Fruit and Vegetable Growers Striving for the Best



Vegetable Production

Specialist Position

    University of Maryland Extension (UME) invites applications for a 12-month tenure-track position of Agent to conduct applied research, provide educational programming, and offer expertise in vegetable production to producers, agricultural service providers, and UME personnel throughout Maryland. Specifically, the Extension Specialist will provide leadership and delivery of educational programming related to vegetable production systems. The Vegetable Specialist will be expected to respond to a broad set of subject area needs within the vegetable production field including horticultural production, integrated pest management (IPM), plant pathology, or other topics. The applicant will have access to Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station research and education facilities across the state. The Extension Specialist will facilitate partnerships with university colleagues, local and state agencies, elected officials, communities, landowners, producers, and industry groups in facilitating implementation of best practices related to vegetable production and management. The incumbent will also serve as the Maryland representative for regional vegetable production information and training efforts. The position will be based at the Lower Shore Research and Education Center, Salisbury or Wye Research and Education Center, Queenstown. For more information please use the linke below. 


New Online Course for Maryland Cottage Food Producers & On-Farm Home Processors

Register here:

For questions or needing accommodation contact:
Dr. Shauna Henley,


The membership year runs from January 1st to December 31st.  Membership dues are collected during the registration process for the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention.  For those seeking membership after the convention click here... for more information.


Tree Assistance Program (TAP) is to provide financial assistance to qualifying orchardists to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines that were damaged by natural disasters. To learn more about this program and eligibility, click here for more info >>


Click here to access handouts >>


Click on the links below:

Horticultural Technology Newsletter

Spotted Wing Drosophila Monitoring and Management 
University of Maryland Fact Sheet 1023, November 2015



Click on the links below:
Maryland Apples

Maryland's Best
National Peach Council
University of Maryland Extension: Grapes and Fruit
University of Maryland: Aronia
Mid-Atlantic Aronia Growers Association


Bay Area Fruit School  (link to presentations & videos) 
Western Maryland Regional Fruit Meeting (presentations)

Something New!

The FarcuhLab has started a YouTube channel for you to subscribe and follow!

The Farcuh Fruit Quality Lab's channel showcases latest research and extension activities for improving fruit quality, nutritional value, shelf-life capacity, safety and marketability throughout fruit development, harvest and postharvest storage. The Farcuh Lab 's mission is to find novel strategies to decrease fruit loss/waste, support environmental sustainability and, at the same time, enhance fruit consumption by meeting consumers’ expectations.

To view these videos use the tab below.



Apple Maturity Assessments for the Mid-Atlantic

We do the lab work so you don’t have to.

The determination of apple harvest maturity and optimal harvest dates can be achieved by using different maturity indices.

We take measurements of percent blush apple skin, skin chlorophyll content (DA index), fruit firmness, starch content, soluble solids and titratable acidity.

Would you like to learn more? If so, please click the link below. 

 2024 - 2025
MSHS Executive Board Officers

Hallie Butler-Van Horn, President

Brad Miller, 1st VP

Daniel Heyser, 2nd Vice President

Bob Black, Treasurer

Haley Sater,  Secretary

Board members are 

Paul Jackson

Stephen Milburn

Trevor Hoff

Emily Moore

2019 Summer Tour visiting Arterra     Photo Credit:Christopher Black

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