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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."

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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?

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.

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