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From the Dean

Beverly R. Durgan

An investment in Extension is an investment in a stronger future for Minnesota communities, farmers, youth, business owners, parents and the environment. Working together, we create a better world for future generations.

Offering hope for the future, especially during turbulent times, is a primary responsibility of leaders—whether that leader is an individual or an organization. In this issue of Source, we offer several examples of situations that to some, could feel hopeless. But, through our partnerships with individuals, communities and other organizations, we use the latest University research to help others create a hopeful tomorrow.

From small poverty-stricken communities banding together to build and achieve big visions, to American Indian youth learning to love math and science, to farm families navigating turbulent times, read how Extension partners with these individuals and communities to ignite a world of possibilities.

When gas prices increased, Extension helped Minnesota businesses harness the opportunity to turn their neighbors into local tourists. When bovine tuberculosis struck, Extension partnered with other state agencies to ensure farmers and consumers had the information they needed to make good decisions. When parents sent their kids off to college this fall, Extension assisted in creating an online class teaching parents how to talk with their kids about alcohol use and abuse. All of the stories highlight an important point: when Minnesotans have hope, information they can trust and the tools they need to respond, they create a better world for all of us.

You can help build the better tomorrow starting today, by making a donation to the Extension intern program, featured on page 9. This summer 12 college students shared their ideas and energy while gaining real life learning experiences. We want to expand opportunities to invest in the next generation of Extension educators. You can use the enclosed envelope or give online at Please consider giving to the Extension intern program and make your investment in a better tomorrow.


Beverly R. Durgan
Dean, University of Minnesota Extension

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