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University of Minnesota Extension

About Extension

About Extension

What we do

Extension brings Minnesotans together to build a better future through University science-based knowledge, expertise and training.

Extension departments

Extension's research and outreach is organized broadly into four departments: Department of Agricultural and Natural Resource Systems, Department of Community Development, Department of Family, Health and Wellbeing, and Department of Youth Development.

Extension leadership

Meet University of Minnesota Extension's leadership team.

Staff directory

Find contact information for Extension staff by name, location or area of expertise.

Extension history

Follow along, decade by decade, from the events leading up to Extension's beginnings and through early history to the 2010s.

Strategic plan

The 2020 Extension Strategic Plan: A Pathway Forward is built around the three essential components – scholarship, engagement and systems – that have guided Extension through more than a century of creating public value for Minnesota and beyond.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Extension

Equity, diversity, inclusion and access are the guiding principles for every aspect of our work in University of Minnesota Extension.

Who we work with

Global initiatives

University of Minnesota Extension engages with scientists, teachers and learners around the world, and with diverse communities at home.


The Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Tech Transfer program (AGREETT) supports hiring University faculty and Extension educators throughout the state to focus on the most important challenges facing agriculture.

White Earth Tribal Nation 4-H

The University of Minnesota Extension, Department of Youth Development, offers 4-H youth and community programming serving the communities of the White Earth Nation.

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