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From the Dean

Dean Bev Durgan

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:

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.


Bev Durgan
Dean, University of Minnesota Extension

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