University President Eric Kaler delivered a keynote address at Extension's program conference in October. President Kaler talked about the role of Extension and the University in making Minnesota a better place to live. Here are a few highlights of his address:
"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 and 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.
Like the rest of the University, Extension depends on state funding to be able to deliver the education Minnesotans count on. We need to ensure that the state continues to invest in the University and Extension so we can continue to invest in Minnesota."