Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Kathryn Draeger to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency citizens' board. An adjunct professor of agronomy and plant genetics and statewide director of Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Draeger will serve as the board's agricultural representative. Previously, Draeger served as Iowa's Environmental Protection Commissioner and on Governor Arne Carlson's Minnesota Round Table on Sustainable Development. She and her family practice sustainable farming in rural Big Stone County.
Extension Children, Youth and Family Consortium (CYFC) Director Cathy Jordan was featured in an article in the August 2012 edition of Metro magazine titled, "The Kids Are Not All Right."
Sara Langworthy, CYFC coordinator, Sara Benning, CYFC coordinator, and Cathy Jordan, CYFC director, published an article in the July 2012 SRCD Developments Newsletter titled, "Wonder Years Project Breaks Ground in Sharing Early Childhood Research with the Public."
Mary Meyer, Extension horticulturist, was elected president of the American Society for Horticultural Science.
The Minnesota Master Naturalist program was selected as Program of the Year by the Alliance of Natural Resource and Outreach Programs at their 2012 annual national conference in Philadelphia.