From the Dean
Extension combines University of Minnesota scholarship and research with local expertise and engages people, organizations and communities across Minnesota to build capacity, create opportunities and solve problems.
With each issue of Source, I am reminded of the many stories you have to share about how Extension and the University impact your lives. Through partnerships and collaborations, University of Minnesota Extension works in every part of the state to discover, develop and deliver research-based education and information that is relevant, practical and useful. It is indeed an honor for us to tell your stories of change and learning.
In this issue, read about a Minnesota farmer working with Extension researchers and educators to improve cow comfort and dairy production; appreciate the efforts of the many who are steadfastly working to recover from the devastating summer 2007 floods in southeast Minnesota; and discover how to clearly identify the common good and public value of your favorite public or nonprofit program. Also learn how Extension is working with Spanish-speaking restaurant workers to make your food more safe; educating building professionals to reduce risks of radon gas in Minnesota homes; and advising farmers on a simple approach to the complex issue of grain marketing.
Your stories are also important as we enter the 2008 legislative session. This year, the University of Minnesota seeks $225.5 million in state funds to invest in the University’s existing infrastructure while building for the future. Take a moment to tell a legislator why you support the University of Minnesota, sharing your story about how the University and Extension make a difference in your life. Become an advocate for the University by signing up to be a member of the Legislative Network. Investments in the University’s future are investments in Minnesota’s future.
Beverly R. Durgan
Dean, University of Minnesota Extension