The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) has six faculty members with Extension appointments. AREC Extension programs are under the auspices of the University of Maryland Extension (UME), which is a statewide, non-formal education system within the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. AREC is also the home of the Center for Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy.
UME educational programs and problem-solving assistance are available to citizens and are based on the research and experience of land grant universities such as the University of Maryland, College Park. In Maryland, UME employs approximately 200 faculty and approximately 200 support staff and contractual employees located at the University of Maryland, College Park; University of Maryland Eastern Shore; 23 counties; Baltimore City; and four research and education centers. Many UME faculty members located on the College Park and Eastern Shore campuses have joint appointments with research and academic programs. These joint appointments promote the exchange of knowledge between the universities and among academic specialties.