A Tribute to Dr. Allan Bandel
By: Kristal M. McCormick,
Education Outreach / Conservation Planner
Howard Soil Conservation District

Vernon Allan Bandel grew up on his family farm here in Howard County. With farming in his heart, a young Allan Bandel asked his high school vo-ag teacher whether he thought he should attend college. He did so, and stayed true to Maryland, receiving his Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland in 1959, his Master of Science in 1962 and his Doctorate in January of 1965. He was a Graduate Assistant in the Agronomy Department from 1959 to 1964. In August of 1964 Dr. Allan Bandel started his career as an Extension Soil Specialist in the University of Maryland’s Agronomy Department. He was the recipient of Excellence in Extension Award in 1981. In 1995, Dr. Bandel received the Career Service Award from the American Society of Agronomy. Much of his research is still referenced today.

Adding to his amazing history of service to agriculture through his work with the University of Maryland, Dr. Bandel has served on the Howard Soil Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors for 20 years. He has been an asset to the District’s mission of service to the agricultural community. Dr. Bandel has stepped down from his Supervisor position but will thankfully, stay on as an Associate Supervisor. Dr. Bandel has also been active in the Antique Farm Machinery Club and Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum which also reach out into the community.

Dr. Allan Bandel has dedicated his years of service to the agricultural community in Howard County, the state of Maryland and across the country, supporting the strides forward to enhance farming while protecting the environment on which we all depend. Thank you for your service and dedication.