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From the Dean

CELEBRATING 150 YEARS OF THE LAND-GRANT UNIVERSITY: LEARNING, DISCOVERY AND ENGAGEMENT FOR THE COMMON GOOD

During the United State's Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the Morrill Act, legislation that laid the groundwork for public research universities like the University of Minnesota.

"The land-grant university system is being built on behalf of the people, who have invested in these public universities their hopes, their support, and their confidence," declared President Lincoln upon signing the Morrill Act on July 2, 1862.

Today, Extension delivers on that land-grant mission by connecting the public with scientific knowledge and expertise, improving economic, social and environmental conditions through research and education. Through research and educational programs like those highlighted in this issue of Source, Minnesota realizes a return on that investment, raising hope and strengthening confidence in our collective ability to address our most challenging issues.

This issue of Source highlights the many ways Extension keeps the land-grant vision alive and relevant today. Read how Extension's 4-H youth explore the sciences and improve water quality through aquatic robotics. Discover how Extension's Master Gardeners give back to their communities through community gardens. Find out how Extension ensures safe pork and healthy pigs, brings robotic milking to Minnesota dairies, and yields surprising findings on turfgrass. In addition, learn how Extension engages Ojibwe youth in science, puts locally grown food in school lunchrooms, and raises awareness of food insecurity in Minnesota.

Today, more than ever, Minnesotans needs trusted education that helps communities and individuals navigate in difficult times, making better decisions that benefit the common good.

Sincerely,

Beverly R. Durgan
Dean, University of Minnesota Extension

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