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From the Dean

"We are all born with a passion to search, a fundamental need to discover."

Beverly R. Durgan

So begins the University of Minnesota's new marketing campaign, Driven to Discover. Through advertising and an interactive website at, we are inviting Minnesotans to be search engines, to ask questions and explore some of the more remarkable searches happening at the University of Minnesota.

Extension has a long history of working with communities, individuals and families to ask the big questions and search together for answers that are based in science and make a real difference. This issue of Source highlights several examples of Extension's drive to discover proven tools, resources and answers that address the issues you care about. Learn how the University is keeping Minnesota's soybean industry healthy from threatening pests and diseases, read how Extension researchers continue to discover ways to keep your food safe, and get proven results using Extension's research-based materials on planning for your financial security in later life.

Thank you for your feedback about our first issue of Source. Many took the time to email, call or respond to our online survey. Watch this and future issues of Source to see how we are incorporating your suggestions and story ideas. Congratulations to the online survey drawing winners: John Peterson, Gaylord, Minn.; Laura Pipenhagen, Zimmerman, Minn.; and Janna Wolter, Remer, Minn.

And finally, you may have noticed that Extension has a new wordmark and shorter name, University of Minnesota Extension. This change reinforces Extension's relationship with the University and confirms our commitment to providing research-based education to Minnesota.


Beverly R. Durgan
Dean, University of Minnesota Extension

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