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Stories highlighting University of Minnesota Extension programs and how they address the most pressing needs facing the state.

September marks the 11th annual National Preparedness Month. This annual event, led by FEMA, encourages individuals to take appropriate steps towards emergency preparedness for all hazards.

While all hazards are important to prepare for, weather related disasters are particularly impactful in this region. Whether it is a tornado or flood, families should have a plan for what to do in the event of a natural disaster.

Recently, Star Tribune reporter Jennifer Brooks visited a group of 8- and 9-year olds who call themselves "the 4-H Awesome Mustaches." The kids earned a trip to the Minnesota State Fair by winning the 4-H Engineering Design Challenge at the Ramsey County fair with their Rube Goldberg machine. They are featured in her Aug. 17 story Change is an annual tradition at state fair. To get an even better idea of the kids' Rube Goldberg project, watch the Star Tribune video A different 4-H at the fair.

Herbicide resistance in weeds is far from a new concept to University of Minnesota Extension agronomists, who have been conducting research and education on it for three decades. But it is an increasingly challenging issue for crop producers. Recently, Star Tribune reporter Tom Meersman spent several hours with Extension weed scientist Jeff Gunsolus to better understand science behind the problem, and on Aug. 2, published this story.

The love story of Curt Chergosky and Andrea Ruesch has now been heard around the world. Please watch "Brokenhearted farmer donates $4 million farm to 4-H," a "Land of 10,000 Stories" story by reporter Boyd Huppert. KARE-11 called the donation "a gift for the ages."

To learn more about the fund, scholarship opportunities, and how to donate, visit z.umn.edu/AndreaRuesch.

In 2014, Extension marks a special milestone, the 100th anniversary of the federal Smith-Lever Act. This act, signed on May 8, 1914, created the national Cooperative Extension Service and the partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and land-grant universities that extend research-based outreach and education.

Jobs in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are growing three times faster than other industries, but only 5 percent of U.S. students get their undergraduate degree in science and engineering. Hands-on experiences in 4-H STEM set Minnesota youth on a path to continued learning in college and careers.

Minnesota gardeners have more options for shrub roses than ever before. The University of Minnesota's Department of Horticulture, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Extension educators, and Research and Outreach Centers all play a part.

But did you know that Extension volunteers are part of the team as well?

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