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From the Dean

Beverly R. Durgan

Minnesotans need timely, practical information they can trust. Extension takes the latest research from the University labs into people's lives—where they live, work and play.

The issues facing Minnesota are complex ... safe water ... farm profitability ... healthy food ... renewable energy ... main street business challenges ... limited family finances ... youth with unsupervised time on their hands ... and the list goes on. Each day, we make individual decisions that impact these global issues. By connecting community needs with University research, Extension helps individuals, communities and organizations make better decisions—for themselves and their communities.

To make an impact, Extension works with and through other organizations and individuals. Addressing these complex issues requires partnerships and collaborations across business sectors, across communities and across the globe. That's why we listen to and collaborate with individuals, organizations and communities in order to discover, develop and deliver research-based education and information that is relevant, practical and useful.

This issue of Source highlights several examples. Read how 4-H's unique learning experiences teach young people essential life skills; discover how Extension climatologist Mark Seeley analyzes Minnesota's crazy weather patterns and tells us what we need to worry about; and learn how investing in education encourages future generations to value and protect Minnesota's natural resources. Also discover how Extension is helping recent immigrants learn to eat healthy in a new country; how a legislative investment in Extension will help the state's renewable energy future; how you can join Extension in stopping the spread of emerald ash borer; and what to expect from Extension's new Gardening Information website.

Together, we continue to make Minnesota a better place for today and for tomorrow.


Beverly R. Durgan
Dean, University of Minnesota Extension

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