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Dean's Column (January 3, 2013)

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Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year!

As we return from our holiday break, many of us are focused on the federal and state legislatures. This will be an important year for the University and Extension. State and federal funding make up over half of Extension's budget, as well as impacting Minnesota counties, which fund another 20 percent of Extension's budget.

As always, there are two important things you can do to ensure support for Extension. The first is your work, ensuring that Extension's education and research make a positive, measurable difference in Minnesota. The second is communication, telling legislators and stakeholders about the positive impacts that result from their investment in Extension.

I encourage you to take a few minutes to review the University's website outlining the biennial budget request. Each one of us can play an important role in communicating the importance of the University and its budget request.

Bev Durgan

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