Connecting community needs and Extension expertise
Our Center, which formed in June of 2008, brings together University experts from many disciplines to address the complex demands put on our land and water and develop balanced, comprehensive solutions. Because we are part of the communities we serve, we can identify needs early, set up related research as needed, and develop educational programs to bring information and training to the community.
Our Center's mission
Provide effective, research-based education and integrate diverse perspectives to address critical issues impacting Minnesota's food, agriculture, and natural resources.
Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.
CFANS Extension will plan and deliver short-, mid-, and long-term programming on relevant global issues using documentable outcome-based efforts, which will provide the most value to Extension.
- Relevant: pertinent, logically connected to a current issue.
- Trusted: deserving of confidence, known for accuracy and integrity.
- Balanced: bringing a respectful, open-minded approach.
- Resourceful: meets challenges effectively, with creativity and imagination.
- Practical: concerned with usefulness, applicability, and action.
- Knowledgeable: having an extensive understanding; educated and well-informed.
- Sustainable: capacity to endure; adapts to changing conditions and contexts in ways that maximize abundance, minimize scarcity, and maintain well-being and productivity over time.
- Accountable: responsible for defining, producing, and explaining results; acts effectively to achieve intended outcomes and impacts.
- Strengthen the impact, effectiveness, and efficiency of our education to enable our audiences to make informed decisions and take action.
- Improve the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of food, agricultural, and natural resource production systems and support them in providing access to safe nutritious, affordable food.
- Increase citizens' ability to protect and improve water, land, and other natural resources.
- Provide knowledge on climate change, tools and resources, and education to ensure the resilience of agricultural and natural resource systems.
- Facilitate understanding and promote informed decision-making about energy conservation and the use of renewable resources for products and energy.
Contact Betsy Wieland, Center program manager, if you have questions about the Center or Extension or if you have a project and don't know where to start.