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

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.

University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners complete rigorous training to provide gardening education to their communities. Last year, these volunteers gave 130,000 hours of service, a public value worth more than $2.5 million. Their efforts benefit schools, community gardens, youth programs, the environment, farmers markets, and much more.

An example of this is the "My Little Green Friends" project, a partnership between Ramsey County Master Gardeners and Children's Hospital & Clinics of Minnesota.


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.

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.

Radio Transcript from Minnesota Farm Network, On the Farm radio show with Tom Rothman

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Too many people read the top line of the US Census data showing rural Minnesota losing population and make judgments about the vitality of rural communities. Fortunately, Dick Senese, Associate Dean of the University of Minnesota Extension's Center for Community Vitality, dug deeper into the numbers and found three points worth remembering...

Radio Transcript from Minnesota Farm Network, On the Farm radio show with Tom Rothman

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This is Bev Durgan on the Farm. Governor Mark Dayton declared September as Farm to School Month in Minnesota. The phrase "farm to school" refers to programs that encourage schools to use more local foods in their cafeterias and encourage teachers to include food and agriculture in their lesson plans.

Radio Transcript from Minnesota Farm Network, On the Farm radio show with Tom Rothman

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This is Bev Durgan on the Farm. State and federal funding for agricultural research and extension is declining.

The long term solution is to increase public support for the impact farming and agricultural research and extension have on our economy, our communities and our quality of life. The short term solution is to managing these declining funds to increase efficiency and reduce the impact of scarce government dollars.

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