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On a college campus where there is no shortage of brick buildings, concrete roads, and busy passersby, one small patch of lush color and greenery, tucked between two buildings, serves as not only a...
Conrad Mellin, a Landscape Management student at the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA), spent his summer interning at Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, MD. Mellin’s days began at 6:00 a.m. and...
A summer spent working 12 hours a day with no days off seems like a college student’s nightmare. But for Keaton Klee, a second-year Golf Course Management student from Bel Air, Md, it was fun. Klee...
“Working at Dogwood really opened my eyes to see all of the hard work that goes into properly caring for animals,” says Kaitlyn (Katie) Ardovini, an Agricultural Business Management student from...
Maryland weather is unpredictable, so a choosing to enter a weather-dependent career may seem risky. However, for Eric Spalt, a Golf Course Management major at the Institute of Applied Agriculture (...
Rebecca Bell, a hardworking and driven Sustainable Agriculture student at the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA), spent her summer interning at Heyser Farms in Silver Spring, Md. Her days...
This past weekend, AGNR students had the opportunity to literally get their hands dirty – this time with engine grease. INAG199D Tractor Operation, Maintenance, and Safety is one of the IAA’s newest...
Last May, while many students at the University of Maryland were preparing to go home for the summer, Edwin Sanchez wasn’t moving back to his home in Montgomery County. Instead, the Honduras native...
Christopher "Buddy" Hipp graduated from the Institute of Applied Agriculture's (IAA) Golf Course Management area of study in 2011. Like many successful University of Maryland grads, Buddy's career...
Internships are a prized component of the Institute of Applied Agriculture's (IAA) hands-on learning process. So much, in fact, that each student is required to complete an internship in order to...
The Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) is excited to announce its newest video project. This piece serves to demonstrate the IAA's commitment to student success in the classroom, career...
Come see what we're all about! This fall, the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) is hosting three Open Houses ! That is three opportunities to visit us in Jull Hall, get to know the faculty and...
It is that time again - the exciting time in which we award IAA scholarships! The following exceptional students were awarded scholarships through the IAA for the Fall 2017 semester: IAA Enhancement...
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Launched in Spring 2013, the University of Maryland's Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (AIE) was founded with the mission of impacting all 35,000+ UMD students. Specifically, AIE...
Salvador Fawkes at the UMD Community Learning Garden
Visitors to the University of Maryland’s Community Learning Garden often ask the question: where does all the food go? Until this summer, the answer has always been the same: the bounty of cucumbers...
Welcome to Geoffrey Rinehart, the IAA’s new Lecturer and Turfgrass Management Advisor effective July 1, 2017. Rinehart earned two bachelor’s degrees from Virginia Tech, one in Crop and Soil...
AGNR Institute of Applied Agriculture class of 2017
“The IAA literally changed my life,” Joyce Drake told her fellow graduates as she spoke from the heart at this year’s pre-graduation celebration on May 20, at the College Park Marriott. Drake, one of...
Kevin Mathias’s first day at his new job at the Institute of Applied Agriculture came shortly after New Year’s Day in 1979. This auspicious beginning for the young lecturer was initially met with...
An Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) alumnus once described Roy Walls as a “big boy scout,” which aptly fits his trustworthy, prepared, and helpful nature. This year, the Student Council of the...
Agriculture students typically don’t think of themselves as innovators or entrepreneurs, but a group of Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) freshmen and a new College of Agriculture and Natural...

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