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September 2010 Archives

A natural disaster can strike anywhere at any time, leaving in its wake damage and destruction that affects the financial well-being of survivors. You may be in disbelief, yet anxious to start to put the pieces back together. You may not be able to return to your property until it is declared safe, but you can take steps toward financial recovery.

Flood victims can begin to address the financial issues that accompany disaster soon after securing safe shelter. Documentation is a key to recovery. "You may think you will remember important conversations and details, but chances are you won't be able to remember all of them," says Phyllis Onstad, a family resource management educator with University of Minnesota Extension.

nurturing.jpgThe most important crop that we raise in Minnesota is our young people. The future of our state depends on the skills and abilities of the next generation.

Fall tillage decisions became a lot more complicated because of the heavy rains in September. Flooding and the prospects for another wet harvest season will make effectively using tillage to manage residues more difficult. University of Minnesota Extension research can provide some guidance.

"Tourism in Minnesota, Ideas at Play," a half-hour special made in collaboration with Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) highlighting the role of tourism in Minnesota's economy, won a regional Emmy award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The award was announced Sept. 25, 2010, at the Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Awards Gala at the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis.

University of Minnesota Extension announced today its coordinated system of online and phone answer resources available for those with flood-related questions. Heavy rains on top of saturated soils over the past week have created flooding in several Minnesota communities. Gov. Tim Pawlenty has declared a state of emergency.

Many Minnesota farmers use all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to check on crops and livestock, inspect and repair irrigation systems and fence lines, supervise field crews, herd livestock, and to move things from here to there and back again.

Filling school lunch trays with fresh, locally grown foods that are easy to incorporate into school menus can contribute as much as $430,000 annually to a regional economy, according to new research from University of Minnesota Extension.

Minnesota celebrates its first Farm to School Week, designed to help bring locally grown foods to school cafeterias around the state, Sept. 20-24.

4-H on Wheels videoUniversity of Minnesota Extension 4-H takes high-quality youth development programming on the road to serve community members via 4-H on Wheels.

Cohort ProgramThey say two heads are better than one. That certainly held true as Extension and the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) launched a transformative leadership education project, AMC Futures, in 2006.

TreesMinnesota boasts the most ash trees in the nation according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), but only after losses caused by emerald ash borer (EAB) knocked Michigan from the top spot. But just as EAB changed that No. 1 position for Michigan, it threatens to destroy many of Minnesota's 975 million ash trees.

MasterGardeners.jpgExtension Master Gardeners contributed more than 111,000 volunteer hours in Minnesota communities last year, many of which were spent teaching homeowners environmentally-sound landscaping practices or how to eradicate invasive plant species.

ExtensionPartnersFour years ago, Extension 4-H program coordinator Tracy Ignaszewski began working on a way to help youth without funds or transportation participate in 4-H. Today, the 3-year-old Steele County "4-H on Wheels" program, developed in partnership with county commissioners and community housing representatives, provides 450 youth with learning experiences and life skills to help them succeed and give back to their communities.

Growing healthy eating habits

September 1, 2010

health-eating.jpgBy promoting good nutrition in children, Extension nutrition education assistants help prevent future health problems

From research to rewards

September 1, 2010

09-21-2010-olen.jpgGrowing specialty crops is never easy, but cold climate and lake winds make growing them on Minnesota's North Shore nothing short of courageous. Luckily, St. Louis County growers have Bob Olen on their side. For 30 years, the local Extension educator has conducted cold-hardiness research, tapping University resources to help level the playing field for northern growers, while meeting the burgeoning demand for locally produced food.

TrainsGrowing budget challenges that compete with community needs has made an already-delicate juggling act all the more difficult for legislators and other policymakers.

University of Minnesota Extension is part of a collaborative effort that aims to strengthen connections between schools and the farmers growing healthy foods in their communities.

Video: Growing healthy eating habitsIn the fight against childhood obesity, University of Minnesota Extension nutrition education assistants teach children how to grow their own fruits and vegetables at home, making healthy, nutritious eating creative, fun and accessible.

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