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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 centers

Extension's research and outreach is organized broadly into four centers: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Community Vitality; Family Development; and Youth Development.

Extension leadership

Meet University of Minnesota Extension's leadership team.

Extension in your community

Extension is in every county of Minnesota. See local information and news by county.

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.

Who we work with


Extension is a partnership between the University and state, federal and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public.

Global initiatives

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

Tribal partners

University of Minnesota Extension works in Indian Country through mutually beneficial community-University partnerships.


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.

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