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What we do

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Building a stronger Minnesota together

Extension plays a key role in the University of Minnesota's mission: We bring Minnesotans together to build a better future through University science-based knowledge, expertise and training.

More than 1 million people are reached annually by Extension education.

University of Minnesota Extension mission

Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.

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Connecting rural, suburban, urban and tribal communities with the University of Minnesota

  • Extension is in every county. Regional offices are strategically located across the state.
  • 65 percent of Extension faculty and staff work in Greater Minnesota
  • Over 35,000 trained volunteers multiply our reach

Extension's priorities

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Minnesota 4-H empowers all youth to lead

822 youth in 56 counties took on Ambassador-level leadership roles, designing a statewide service project and peer learning experiences. Youth engaged in 50+ projects, performing 800+ hours of service.


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Strengthening Minnesota's food and agriculture

Extension research and education improves crop yields, animal health, farm productivity and water conservation across Minnesota's 67,400 farms.


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Promoting responsible lawn and garden practices 

2,790 Master Gardener volunteers contributed 135,822 hours planting pollinator-friendly gardens, creating resilient landscapes and helping those who are struggling.


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Creating healthier families for 60,852 people

SNAP-Ed "I Can Prevent Diabetes" telehealth received 5 years of full recognition from the National Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program, while Extension reached 3,284 rural Minnesotans coping with the opioid crisis.  


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Protecting natural resources, including soil, water and woodlands

2,000+ Extension Natural Resources volunteers restored public lands, managed invasive species in their communities, collected data for scientific research and taught better land stewardship.


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Delivering knowledge and training to support community leadership, economic development and tourism

132 research reports and 32 community-led groups focused on economic impacts, facilitation skills and welcoming newcomers.

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2022 budget

Extension, federal, state and county funding

Grants, gifts and other: $19 million (25%)

Individuals and organizations provide support for valuable Extension opportunities important to them.

Counties: $18 million (23%)

Investments ensure 4-H, agriculture and other Extension programs are delivered locally.

Federal: $11 million (14%)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture supports wide-ranging research and Extension education

State: $29 million (38%)

Investments are leveraged through collaborations with Minnesota state agencies, including the departments of agriculture, health, human services, natural resources and tourism.

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