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From the Dean

Beverly R. Durgan

For a century, University of Minnesota Extension has maintained a strong presence throughout the state, taking University research and education to the people of Minnesota, earning the trust of community leaders and citizens through timely, practical, credible research and education.

This year marks Extension's 100-year anniversary. Over the last century, Extension and Minnesotans have worked together to overcome many challengesówar, economic hardship, social upheaval and natural disasters, to name a few. Today, as in years past, Extension is helping Minnesotans survive and thrive in an ever-changing world.

This issue of Source highlights a few of those stories. Discover how 4-H volunteers enable the University to reach more of Minnesota's future leaders; learn about Extension's contribution to the state's renewable energy economy; and find out how Extension family resource management programs are helping Minnesotans cope during challenging economic times.

Also, in this issue, we explain how Extension is using technology to make information more convenient and affordable; how teaching crops producers to use minimal pesticides is good for the environment and bottom lines; how Extension research ensures vegetables are as nutritious as possible; and how you can make your home healthy and beautiful by taking care of houseplants.

To learn more about Extension's impact on Minnesota in the last century, visit our Extension Centennial website. There, you'll find historical facts and figures, a quiz to test your Extension knowledge, as well as videos, stories and photos. We also welcome your Extension photos and stories, and invite you to add them to our archives.

Sincerely,

Beverly R. Durgan
Dean, University of Minnesota Extension

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