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Creating a Stronger Minnesota through Education and Research

University of Minnesota Extension discovers science-based solutions, delivers practical education and engages Minnesotans to build a better future.

Solving complex problems, creating a better future

Today's most pressing issues cross state and world boundaries, requiring strong partnerships, focused investments and diverse perspectives from multiple disciplines.

Extension researchers and educators engage individuals and organizations in asking the challenging questions to discover science-based answers that make a difference.

Together, we create a better world for today and tomorrow by:

  • Keeping our food safe and affordable
  • Preparing today's youth to thrive in a complex world
  • Ensuring Minnesota communities are strong
  • Improving our environment
  • Helping families make better decisions
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Extension leverages Federal, State and County investments

Connecting every county with the University of Minnesota

Extension makes University research and knowledge available to Minnesota.

Over 65% of Extension's 800 researchers, educators and staff live and work in greater Minnesota, located at:

  • Regional Extension offices
  • Extension county offices
  • University research and outreach centers
  • University campuses

Extension education model

discovering science-based solutions that work
building a stronger Minnesota and a brighter future
helping people develop knowledge and skills to solve problems

"Extending" knowledge

University of Minnesota is part of the national network of land-grant institutions with a mission to address critical public issues through teaching, research and outreach.

Extension delivers on the University's land-grant mission, working with Minnesotans to address important issues, creating a better world for future generations.

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Extension gives Minnesotans a role in University research

35,000 volunteers in Extension's 4-H, Master Gardener and Master Naturalist program give 1.4 million hours of service

1,000 engaged Minnesotans serve on Extension's county, regional and state advisory boards and committees

1,000,000 people participate annually in Extension programs

University of Minnesota Extension Mission:

Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.

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