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From the Dean

Responding to Minnesota's emerging issues is a vital part of Extension's mission.

Beverly R. Durgan

Making university research practical, useful and relevant to Minnesota has been at the heart of Extension's work for nearly 100 years. Yet, every change in Minnesota's landscape— from shifts in demographics to shifts in weather patterns—requires Extension to adapt.

This issue of Source highlights many examples of Extension's adaptability to changing issues. Read about the programs that are making a difference in the Twin Cities metro area, where nearly 60 percent of the state's population now resides. Learn how Extension is developing leaders to address today's issues in communities across Minnesota. See the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in our search for renewable fuel sources.

You'll also discover Extension's role in growing Minnesota's wine tourism trails, Extension horticulturists' response to the new zone planting map, Extension's role in reaching out to Minnesota's military kids, and our master gardeners' advice for planting in tough areas.

And if that is not responsive enough, I also want to remind you to keep an eye on our Extension website,, where we will have the latest information in response to Minnesota's changing weather. Droughts, floods, tornadoes—Minnesota can experience it all in one short summer. Watch the website for timely information and news you can use.


Beverly R. Durgan
Dean, University of Minnesota Extension

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