From the Dean
Bev Durgan, Dean
From border to border — and beyond
Extension is the University of Minnesota in every county of Minnesota.
From Kittson to Houston, Rock to Cook, Traverse to Chisago, Roseau to Faribault — and all counties in between — Extension connects the wealth of knowledge and expertise that exists in communities and the University to address grand challenges.
Extension research and education responds to real community needs from across Minnesota. Our research is often conducted with and in the communities and places we engage—on working farms, in Minnesota forests and waterways, with children and schools, in cities and counties, and with all types of families. Our educational workshops, classes, online resources and materials are rooted in science and delivered in hands-on opportunities that enhance learning and foster positive behavior change.
This fall, the U launched a statewide Driven to Discover campaign. We are pleased that three Extension faculty and our Master Gardener program were included, shining a light on their great work and their drive to improve lives. Extension's Dr. Jeff Coulter, Dr. Matt Russell and Dr. Dan Larkin, as well as the Master Gardeners, are featured on billboards across Greater Minnesota and on the U's website. They joined faculty and students from the University's Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester and Twin Cities campuses in the billboard campaign that runs November and December and again in the spring. You can read their stories on the Driven to Discover website.
This issue of Source not only highlights our work within Minnesota, but across state and international borders. I invite you to read on to learn more about Minnesota's global network and how Extension strengthens it, agricultural business management that is crucial to farming outcomes, 4-H teens who teach younger peers to make healthy choices, and exciting research highlights.
Beverly R. Durgan
Dean, University of Minnesota Extension