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June 2012 Archives

University of Minnesota researchers have released a new research study that helps explain how and why parents use information and communications technologies. Called "Parenting 2.0," the project findings will be used to develop outreach programs and new prevention and intervention programs for parents and families.

As you join together to celebrate American accomplishments this Fourth of July, take a few moments to remember the individuals who turned innovative ideas into a treasured part of the American experience.

One such individual with a big idea was Justin Morrill, a Vermont merchant and farmer. He believed that every state should have a land-grant college to benefit agriculture and industrial productivity.

After the flooding of their homes, residents want to repair the damage and return things to the way they were as quickly as possible. University of Minnesota Extension housing educator Richard Stone advises that caution and attention to detail are as important as acting quickly as recovery begins.

University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteers and the University Department of Recreational Sports / Youth Programs are collaborating for the third year to teach 9-13 year olds about the science—and fun—of gardening.

University of Minnesota Extension has educational resources available for those with flood-related questions. Citizens can access the most up-to-date information on flood recovery by visiting Extension's website at

Running a farm takes a lot of energy--in more ways than one. In 2009, Minnesota's 81,000 farms spent more than $700 million on transportation fuel and an additional $160 million on electricity.

Did you know that you can submit your gardening questions to University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners online and get a solid, research-based answer by the next day?

When you hire a new employee on your farm, you must perform several regulatory procedures, but you will also find there are benefits in making a priority of providing an orientation for the employee.

University of Minnesota Extension educators find that orientation on the first day of work helps producers meet their business goals.

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