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December 2009 Archives

Chef preparing foodUniversity of Minnesota Extension's Operation Frontline is a hands-on program that teaches low-income families how to prepare healthy and tasty meals on a limited budget, using foods that are commonly available in stores and from emergency food providers.

Extension horticulturist Vince Fritz's job is basically to stress plants out. His research focuses on how manipulating environmental factors can increase cancer-fighting compounds called phytonutrients.

New research shows that an Extension-led effort to change the way soybean growers practice pest control isn't just good for the environment. It's also good for the bottom line.

Weathering tough times

December 1, 2009

During the current economic crisis, more people than ever are asking questions: "How do I make ends meet after I get laid off?" "Is there anything we can do to keep our house?" "How can we prepare for economic rollercoasters to come?" Using time-tested tools that work in good times and bad, Extension's family resource management programs are helping Minnesotans find answers that will see them through today's troubles and lay a firm foundation for a brighter future. Because Minnesotans know: Tough times don't last, but tough people do.

Doug Tiffany, Extension energy economist, is working to improve the efficiency of corn-ethanol plants and preparing the infrastructure for the next generation of ethanol.

When Judy Plank and her family moved from the city to the country in Olmsted County more than 25 years ago, she began looking for ways to get involved with her new neighbors and share her passion for the outdoors with young people. Plank signed up her daughters for 4-H and discovered the Shooting Sports & Wildlife program. Since then, volunteering with 4-H has become her family's way to give back to their community.

When the Red River Valley began to flood last spring, Extension was ready. In a sense, preparations had been under way for 100 years.

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