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ST. PAUL, MN (5/21/2015) —The 4-H Biodiesel Team is one of a dozen 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge teams across Minnesota working with local experts to identify issues in their communities and develop science-based solutions. University of Minnesota Extension's 4-H has developed the first program of its kind in the country to ignite excitement about agriculture, increase ag science literacy, and expand the pipeline of youth pursing agriculture-related careers.

ST. PAUL, MN (5/7/2015) —The 4-H Topsoil Team is one of a dozen 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge teams across Minnesota working with local experts to identify issues in their communities and develop science-based solutions. University of Minnesota Extension's 4-H has developed the first program of its kind in the country to ignite excitement about agriculture, increase ag science literacy, and expand the pipeline of youth pursing agriculture-related careers.

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Extension nutrition educators improve lives through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) program. SNAP funding is authorized through the farm bill.

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The federal farm bill is intended to build stability into agriculture—and security for farmers—to help ensure a reliable, affordable food supply. Helping farmers make solid business choices translates into a stronger economic foundation in Minnesota, where agriculture is the second-largest industry.

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Nick Phelps, Extension aquaculture specialist, is one of several Extension faculty members engaging citizens in preventing the spread of harmful microbes and other aquatic invasive species that can hurt Minnesota's industries and way of life.

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The first program of its kind in the country, the 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge aims to ignite excitement about agriculture, increase ag science literacy and expand the pipeline of youth pursuing agriculture-related careers.

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Formed by the glacial Lake Agassiz, the Red River Valley spreads across the border of Minnesota and North Dakota. The fertile soils create a rich bed for crops, making agriculture the top employer and economic driver. Research and education about threats to those crops keep the region healthy, benefiting the economy and environment of both states.


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