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Celebrate with us online!

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During the first part of the 20th Century, many farmers raced to drain land for use in agricultural production, as shown here in Extension's Centennial video.

One hundred years ago, state legislators saw fit to enable the University of Minnesota to take the latest research from University labs into people's lives. For a century now, Extension faculty have extended the reach of the University into every corner of the state, providing Minnesotans with access to practical, research-based information to help improve their lives.

You are invited to celebrate a century of Extension contributions, dating back to the state Legislature's approval of the 1909 Agricultural Extension Act. Please join us on the Extension Centennial website.

On the website you will find: historical facts and stories; an interactive quiz to test your historical knowledge; an opportunity to submit your personal photos and stories; video features that showcase the impact of Extension in Minnesota since 1909— "then" and "now" examples highlight water quality, disaster response, bridging cultures, youth development, and accessibility to healthy food.

We invite you to visit the site and share stories or an inspiring memory about how Extension has made a difference in your life.

How has Extension helped improve Minnesota?

Visit the Extension Centennial website, to find out how the University's land-grant mission has helped serve the people of Minnesota for decades.

Out of countless examples of Extension's positive impact on Minnesota through the years, listen to the story of a Renville County farmer whose father worked with Extension during the 1930s to drain wetlands for agricultural production. Find out about organized efforts to connect with the state's American Indian communities back in the 1950s. Or discover how 4-H has helped create a network of support for today's military kids.

To watch videos or read stories of these and other examples of Extension's impact in the state over the last century, visit

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