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Dean Bev Durgan and University President Eric W. Kaler

Extension addresses local challenges with science-based solutions, extending the research and knowledge of the University throughout Minnesota. Pictured: Extension Dean Bev Durgan and University President Eric W. Kaler.

From the Dean

Creating a stronger Minnesota through education and research

You don't have to be a student at the University of Minnesota to benefit from the vast wealth of University research and education. Every day, across Minnesota, youth, community leaders, business owners, teachers and farmers engage with University of Minnesota Extension.

Through workshops, community meetings, 4-H afterschool programs, Master Gardener community projects—and the list goes on—Minnesotans learn new skills, make better decisions and take positive action. The results keep our food safe and affordable, prepare youth to be leaders, strengthen our communities and improve the environment.

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler recently spoke to Extension faculty and staff about the role of Extension and the University in making Minnesota a better place to live.

President Kaler: I think it is safe to say that no University college or program touches the lives of Minnesotans the way Extension does. During my first 18 months at the University, I've traveled across this state. Everywhere I go I see Extension's reach—from food and agriculture to youth and families, to community leadership and economic development. The University's impact reaches into every household. A recent economic impact study found that the University of Minnesota generates $8.6 billion a year in economic activity in the state. That means we return $13.20 to the state's economy for every dollar of state funding we receive.

It's true, today's most pressing issues cross state—and world—boundaries. They require strong partnerships, focused investments and diverse perspectives. This issue of Source features several of our educational and research programs that make Minnesota a better place for all of us to live, work and grow. Read how Extension educates agricultural professionals, thus reaching more farmers with research and crops education. Discover how Extension 4-H's expertise in youth development results in youth who are more prepared to learn, lead and positively engage in today's complex world. And learn how Extension's leadership programs are creating much-needed local leaders in communities across Minnesota. Keep turning the pages to see more examples of how Extension's statewide network of educators and faculty help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future together.

"No University college or program touches the lives of Minnesotans the way Extension does."



Beverly R. Durgan
Dean, University of Minnesota Extension

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