From the Dean
Bev Durgan, Dean
Creating a stronger Minnesota for over 100 years
In 2014, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act. This federal act established the Cooperative Extension Service, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and land-grant universities to extend research-based knowledge through outreach education.
University of Minnesota was ahead of the curve, establishing Extension in 1909, five years before the 1914 federal act which established a state-by-state national network to improve the lives of families, youth, farmers, communities and businesses.
The Smith-Lever Extension vision is alive and well in Minnesota today. This issue of Source highlights stories of Extension's impact in our ever-changing world:
- Extension's 4-H youth program stimulates kids' interest in science, creating the next generation of scientists needed in the 21st century. Meet two 4-H alumni studying at the University of Minnesota.
- Investments in agricultural research continue to pay back, helping agriculture producers make informed decisions that benefit both farm businesses and the environment.
- Rural communities receive much-needed access to Extension research and education, helping them prepare for the challenges and opportunities of changing economies, demographics and technologies.
Your financial gifts help us extend the reach of Extension, creating a stronger Minnesota for the next 100 years. Donate online or call (612) 624-7971 to speak to Jane Johnson, Extension development director, or Cara Miller, executive director of the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.
Dean, University of Minnesota Extension