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Cooperative Extension - 4-H & Youth Development

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Up, up and away!  DSU Extension's 4-H and Youth Development participants enjoy various activities designed to expand their world view and help them soar to new heights! Here, Juneteenth program participants view DSU's aviation program fleet.  

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DSU Extension's 4-H and Youth Development Program reaches and teaches youth living in both rural and urban areas who are underserved by traditional youth programs. Activities are designed and implemented to teach Delaware youth how to become more involved in their communities by helping them develop the social and developmental skills they need for success in life.   Publications Bullying Self-Esteem Sew Much More
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Cooperative Extension
4-H & Youth Development 

302.857.6434


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4-H & Youth Development agent
 
Extension Specialist
 
Youth Program Educator 
 
D’reardon Thayer
4-H Youth Development Educator
 
Program Leader

 

Cooperative Extension - Family & Consumer Science

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Natasha Lamadieu, Nutrition Educator, poses with other healthy costumes at the “Peach Festival” 

 

 

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DSU Extension's Family and Consumer Science Program covers a broad array of issues affecting everyday life. We offer programs on nutrition, food safety and health. We have the FF-NEWS (Families First – Nutrition Education and Wellness System) program, which provides nutrition food safety and fitness education to primarily third grade students in low-income schools. We also have a workshop series called Small Steps to Health and Wealth, which provides research-based information and activities to improve physical and financial well-being. Our research-based educational programs address parenting, childcare, family economic stability and stress management. Programs in this area will strengthen the capacity of families to nurture, support and guide their members throughout their lives. Publications Brown Bag Parenting Education Program Child Eating Habits Fall Food Safety Petting Zoos Grilling Food Safety
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Family & Consumer Science


(302) 857-6439

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Donna Brown
Program Leader

SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator
 
EFNEP Nutrition Educator

Denise Pinkett-Wynn
SNAP-Ed
Program Coordinator

 

 

 

Cooperative Extension - Agriculture & Natural Resources

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Delaware State University Extension staff members John Clendaniel and Michael Wasylkoswki offer advice to help Matthew Williams (left) improve crops for the Northeast Community Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware. 

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The goal of DSU Extension’s Agriculture & Natural Resources Program is to help improve the economic viability of small farm enterprises across Delaware. Our program specializes in assisting small farm families through one-on-one farm visits, workshops, research, and demonstrations. We are the Delaware resource for alternative markets such as, aquaculture, ethnic vegetables, high tunnels, meat goats, pole lima beans, Profiting from a Few Acres and small flock poultry. The program staff can also assist with farm and financial management issues, accessing USDA program services, direct marketing, sustainable agriculture practices and on-farm research.  Outreach programs in this mission area include: Aquaculture Farm Profitability Home Horticulture Master Gardeners Natural Resources Small Flocks Small Ruminants Publications Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Facility Baitfish Brooding Poultry Calabaza Callaloo Cleaning and Disinfection Consider a Vegetable Garden Cover Crops Currants Dewormer Resistance on Farms in the Mid-Atlantic area Drip Irrigation Drying Flowers & Other Plant Materials Footbaths for Pastured Poultry Farms Fresh Cut Flowers Heirloom Vegetables Herbs High Tunnel Tomatoes Holiday Plants The Lasher Laboratory Laying Plastic in a High Tunnel Least Wanted Insects Locks and Signs for Pastured Poultry Mummichogs as a Model Species Organic Production Paulownia Trees for the Small Farm Plant Materials for Drying and Crafts Pole Lima Bean Seeds Pole Lima Beans Poultry Breeds Pumpkin Seeds: Do they control worms? Reading Seed Labels Scotch Bonnet Hot Peppers Toxoplasmosis in Sheep, Goats Traffic Patterns for Pastured Poultry Producers Vegetable Garden Basics Winterizing Your Coop A continuación son las publicaciones en español Riego por Goteo: Consejos para la Colocación de la Cinta de Goteo Instalando plástico en un túnel alto: Guía paso a paso
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Agriculture & Natural Resources


(302) 857-6425

 

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John Clendaniel
Program Leader

SARE Educator
 
Tom Harmon
Program Assistant

Vacant
Small Ruminant Specialist

Dr. Brigid McCrea
Poultry Specialist

Dr. Dennis McIntosh
Aquaculture Specialist

Dr. Lekha N. Paudel
Farm Management Specialist / Risk Management
 
Megan Pleasanton
Small Farms Educator

Michael Wasylkowski
Small Farm Educator

Andy Wetherill
Small Farm Educator

Vacant
Herbarium Educator

 

Cooperative Research

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  Research in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS) at  Delaware State University encompasses the breadth of agriculture, natural resources and human ecology. The college is endowed with highly trained research faculty, of which more than 98% hold terminal degrees in their respective disciplines. CARS collaborates with both the public and private sectors, and with foundations in research partnerships that transcend the capability of any single academic institution.    COOPERATIVE RESEARCH NEWS CARS publication showcases impact of research programs Research for You is the latest magazine published by CARS. It showcases work of research faculty who investigate food, fiber and environmental issues affecting citizens of Delaware and the Delmarva region. The electronic copy is available here:   Staff Research Profile Aquaculture and Water Quality Ecological connectivity forest ecology, and environmental stressors Food Microbiology & Food Safety Molecular Biotechnology Biofuels and Bio-Processing Molecular Genetics And Genomics   CARS Faculty and their Research CARS faculty engage in an array of research from molecular investigations in genomics to organismal research in plant and animal sciences; from restoration of devastated habitats in the National Estuarine Research Reserve to mapping of Phragmites species in coastal Delaware; and from oyster restoration and water quality studies to tracking and ecobiology of marine and freshwater finfish in Delaware Bay.   The college is also well known for its agricultural mammal research, especially small ruminants, and it houses the only aquaculture research and demonstration facility in the State of Delaware. The Claude E. Phillips Herbarium, which is also housed in the College, is a revered resource for taxonomic classification of plant species, collection of rare and endangered species, and preservation and long term storage of plant species. It is one of the best herbaria in the United States and the largest at an HBCU.    CARS Facilities CARS is endowed with resources and capabilities that promote a conducive environment for research. Research resources in the college include:   192-acre DSU Outreach and Research Center 75-acre Hickory Hill Farm The Claude E. Phillips Herbarium – Ranked 87th out of 535 (Index Herbarium) in the country with plant specimens dating back to 1799 and books dating back to 1737. It is also the only public herbarium on the Delmarva Peninsula. Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Center Microbial Safety of Aquaculture Products Center of Excellence Microbial Seafood Safety Laboratory – the only USDA-ARS lab of its kind in the country Scanning Electron Microscope  Research Greenhouse Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research (CIBER) Research projects in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences can be categorized into five major broad areas:   Agricultural Research Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Natural Resources Research Food, Nutrition and Dietetic Research Textile and Fashion Merchandising Research    

Cooperative Extension

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National System, Local Connection

•Extension is in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories, as a mission mandate for land-grant universities.
•Extension has a presence in nearly all of the nation's 3,150 counties.
•Extension is available anytime anywhere at www.extension.org

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 ↵The Cooperative Extension Program at Delaware State University preserves the 1890 land-grant legacy of outreach education in Delaware by targeting diverse audiences, with special emphasis on those with limited resources, to help them improve their quality of life. As one of America's 19 1890 Land-Grant Universities, DSU  provides integrated teaching, research and outreach programs. In Delaware, the extension program, located in the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences (CARS), is administered by Ms. Donna Pinkett Brown. Under the umbrella of Delaware Cooperative Extension, state specialists and agents at DSU and the University of Delaware make research-based education available to all Delawareans. Extension Mission Areas DSU Cooperative Extension specialists, agents and educators provide outreach education to citizens of Delaware through these three mission areas: Agriculture & Natural Resources Center for Small Flock Research and Innovation         Family & Consumer Science          4-H & Youth Development                     Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture, 4-H and Home Economics, Delaware State University, University of Delaware and United States Department of Agriculture cooperating, Dr. Dyremple B. Marsh, Dean and Administrator. It is the policy of Delaware Cooperative Extension that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin.    
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Master's Program in Animal Science

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Objectives  The Master of Science (M.S.) in Animal Science Program in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources prepares students for additional post-graduate work as well as career opportunities and cooperative ventures with federal and state agencies, private industry, and other interested organizations.  A MS in Animal Science involves research designed to solve problems that lead to improvements in food animal productivity, profitability and sustainability.   Admissions and Undergraduate Degree Requirements In addition to the general graduate school requirements, potential candidates must have an undergraduate degree in agricultural sciences, respective of their area of concentration or the equivalent, with thirty (30) credits from the following lists of courses for a specialization in Animal Science: Thirty (30) hours in Animal Production, Animal Reproduction, Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Genetics, Selection, Forage Production, Immunity, Animal Diseases, Animal Behavior and similar courses are required for admission into the program.   Graduate Degree Requirements The Master of Science degree in Animal Science is designed to prepare students for advanced study in animal production/management, physiology, nutrition, and health.  The degree requires a supervised research program and a thesis. A total of thirty-one (31) credit hours are required for the degree, including twenty-five (25) hours of coursework and six (6) credit hours of research. Facilities The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) is housed in the W.W. Baker Building in the agriculture complex at the rear of DSU's campus.  AGNR holds classes and provides state-of-the-art research lab space in both the Baker and Agriculture Annex buildings, which each also contain faculty offices and student computer laboratories. The Claude E. Phillips Herbarium--located in the U.S. Washington Cooperative Extension Center building--the Aquaculture Research and Demonstration Center and a 6,000 square foot Research Greenhouse round out the agriculture complex. The Claude E. Phillips Herbarium contains the largest collection of preserved plant specimens at any historically black institution, dating back to 1799. Off-campus facilities include Hickory Hill Farm, a 75-acre beef, meat goat and forage research facility, located approximately seven (7) miles from campus in Cheswold, Delaware; and the Outreach and Research Center, a 192-acre farm in Smyrna, Delaware, which is used for high tunnel season extension and ethnic crop varietal trials, and research. Faculty The diverse faculty in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources are dedicated to their respective fields of study. Specific areas of research interest of the agriculture faculty include, animal production, reproductive physiology, sustainable agricultural production, animal well-being, plant systematics, plant physiology, genomics tissue culture, forage production, forage utilization and minor crop production. Active research programs exist within these areas and offer graduate students many opportunities for active learning and discovery.  

Curriculum for Master's Degree in Plant Science

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    Core Courses All students within the major are required to take the following courses. 29-551 Experimental Design 3 29-560 Research Problem in area of Specialization 3 29-561 Thesis Research 6 29-572 Department Seminar attendance required each semester, credit given during the semester that the theses research is presented. 1     13 Elective Courses (18 hours) Other Graduate level courses by advisement. 23-501 Organismal Biology 3 23-502 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 23-504 Population Biology 3 23-611 Advanced Genetics 3 23-641 Evolution of Vascular Plants 3 24-521 Biochemistry 3 29-511 Plant Breeding 3 29-531 Crop Biochemistry, Physiology, Ecology 3 29-541 Plant Anatomy and Morphology 3 29-581 Advanced Forage and Minor Crop Rroduction and Utilization 3  

Curriculum for Master's Degree in Natural Resources

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  Core Courses All students within the major are required to take the following courses. 23-504 Population Biology 3 29-560 Research Problem in area of Specialization 3 29-561 Thesis Research 6 29-572 Department Seminar attendance required each semester, credit given during the semester that the theses research is presented. 1     13 Elective Courses (18 hours) Other Graduate level courses by advisement. 23-501 Organismal Biology 3 23-502 Cell and Molecular Biology 3 23-611 Advanced Genetics 3 23-641 Evolution of Vascular Plants 3 24-521 Biochemistry 3 29-511 Plant Breeding 3 29-531 Crop Biochemistry, Physiology, Ecology 3 29-541 Plant Anatomy and Morphology 3 29-581 Advanced Forage and Minor Crop Production and Utilization 3  

Master's Program in Natural Resources Course Descriptions

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    30-502. HABITAT MANAGEMENT AND RESTORATION: THEORY. An exploration of advanced theory and methodology for the establishment, maintenance and restoration of aquatic and terrestrial habitats. 3 credit hours. 30-503. HABITAT MANAGEMENT AND RESTORATION: PRACTICE. Application of theory and methodology presented in the theory course to field projects involving data collection and interpretation. 3 credit hours. 29-504. ADVANCED AQUACULTURE. Advanced aquaculture will include environmental, social and legal considerations; various culture systems; water quality management (as related to organism cultured and system type); feeds and nutrition; health management; and economics and marketing. The course will include literature research and research projects as well as assigned laboratory work. Three hours lecture and one two hour laboratory per week. 4 credit hours. 29-505. AQUATIC ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY. A study of the basic physiological systems in fishes and crustaceans and their relationships to development, growth and reproduction. Three hours lecture and one two hour laboratory per week. 4 credit hours. 29-506. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN. A study of the use of advanced experimental designs in planning, analyzing and interpreting experimental data. Three one-hour class periods per week. Prerequisite: 3 credits in statistics/biometrics. 3 credit hours. 29-507. RESEARCH PROBLEM IN AREA OF SPECIALIZATION. A special problems course designed to provide research training in the area of the students field of study and specifically related to the needs of their research program. 3 credit hours. 29-508. DEPARTMENT SEMINAR. A seminar, meeting once per week with faculty and student presentations on their research and/or other relative scientific topics. 1 credit hour. 29-642. ADVANCED WILDLIFE BIOLOGY. Advanced study of wildlife populations including the application of computers to field data analysis and theoretical models. Research techniques of project planning, record keeping, wildlife literature review, and scientific writing. Environmental management using remote sensing and reconnaissance field mapping, habitat analysis and evaluation, sustained yield, and wildlife damage control. Prerequisite Natural Resources 403. 3 credit hours. 29-643. MARINE BIOLOGY. A broad overview of the biota of marine environments, examining the ecological structure and function of oceanic, coastal, and estuarine habitats. Aspects of physical, chemical, and geological oceanography will also be covered pertinent to biological communities and adaptations. Lectures, demonstrations, laboratories and two-weekend field trips. Prerequisites: Natural Resources 205 or consent of instructor. 3 credit hours. 29-644. WETLANDS BIOLOGY. A broad overview of the ecological structure and function of wetlands environments, emphasizing comparisons of different wetland types in terms of hydrology, soils, biogeochemistry, biota, and ecological processes. Human interactions with wetlands will be examined in terms of wetlands values and functions, delineation, classification, inventory, regulations, mitigation, compensation, and management. Lectures, demonstrations, laboratories, and two weekend field trips. Prerequisites: Natural Resources 205 or consent of instructor. 3 credit hours.    

Graduate Degree Programs

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The road to finding the career you want can be challenging, but it is easier with the right education and training. Such is the case with the education and training you will receive with a Masters degree in either Plant Science, Natural Resources, Animal Science or Agriculture Education (MAT) from Delaware State University.  Students in these programs work closely with the faculty in their fields of study and interact with local specialists from federal and state agencies and organizations including NOAA, DNREC, USDA-ARS and the Delaware Department of Agriculture to gain vital knowledge and experience.  The Department of Agriculture & Natural Resources offers the following master's degree programs.   Degree programs Animal Science Natural Resources Plant Science       

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