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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?

11-12-2012-turkey.jpgMany of the foods found on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner plate are mainstays of Minnesota farms. Minnesota leads the nation in production of turkey, red potatoes and green peas and has contributed to great advancements in wheat, butter, honey, and fruit and vegetable production.

Get your yard and garden ready before frigid temps arrive

Feeling overwhelmed by all there is to do before the first snow flies? Searching for an excuse to enjoy the last few days outside without a parka?

New technologies available to dairy farmers are changing the way milk is produced on many U.S. dairy farms.

"Precision dairy is the name used to describe several different areas of innovation on dairy farms. The thing all of the various new tools have is that they increase efficiency in milk production," says Marcia Endres, University of Minnesota Extension Dairy Scientist.

Robotic milkers, individual cow sensors, automated calf feeders and inline parlor technologies are some of these innovations.

It's 8 a.m. inside the WCCO-AM studios and callers are already in the queue, seeking expert help from University of Minnesota Extension and Master Gardeners as "Smart Gardens" begins.

The area of Minnesota's landscape in severe to extreme drought diminished during February, dropping from 84 percent of the state's landscape to under 70 percent. This modest improvement was mostly due to above normal snowfall, especially across central and northern counties.

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