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Messages From The Dean

Every day, in more ways that we are aware, agriculture impacts our lives. From the food we eat to the cloths we wear, to the machines and materials we use to work and play - we all depend on a thriving agriculture industry. Minnesota farm families are a vital part of the nation's agriculture industry.

The theme of this year's National Agriculture Day - "365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed" - carries a significant message.

With 35,000 youth in 4H clubs and more than 125,000 youth involved in Extension programs, Extension is the largest out-of-school youth serving organization in Minnesota.

Agriculture keeps advancing, adapting new technology to meet the needs of an increasingly global economy. Challenges have intensified as well--a lengthy drought, heavy precipitation and uncertain farm policies, to mention a few.

The University of Minnesota started the Farm Family of the Year program 33 years ago to recognize successful farm families for their impact on our economy and rural communities. This year, families from 76 Minnesota counties will be recognized for their contributions to agriculture, the economy and rural communities at an Aug. 8 ceremony at Farmfest, the state's largest farm gathering.

Bev Durgan, On the Farm (Listen to the Audio)

May 24, 2013

Lawmakers in Minnesota wrapped up another legislative session earlier this week and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank state senators and representatives for their support of University of Minnesota Extension and other initiatives at the University of Minnesota.

Bev Durgan, dean of University of Minnesota Extension, recorded three public service announcements to encourage safe practices on the farm this season. The announcements may be used by Minnesota, regional, and farm radio stations and other media.

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