PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has acquired a 365-acre farm for use as an agricultural research facility.
The Daily Times of Salisbury (http://tinyurl.com/a6lslk5) reports that the university acquired the farm with a $1.55 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
University officials say the farm will be used for crop and livestock research as well as studies in organic and sustainable farming. Environmental studies students will also use the new land, which is next to a Chesapeake Bay tributary.
The acquisition marks the first major expansion of the Princess Anne Campus since 2006, when UMES opened a marine research center. Later this year, the university will break ground on a new classroom building. That project is tentatively scheduled to be finished by 2015.
Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., http://www.delmarvanow.com/
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