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Extension is expanding its online education and resources to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.


Minnesotans are in the midst of school and workplace shutdowns, social distancing, and combining working remotely with family caregiving. Extension is still at work across the state and in your community offering education, resources and advice to help you get through these difficult times.

Extension encourages all Minnesotans to follow the advice from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding COVID-19 and any health emergency.

Coronavirus disease in Minnesota provides the latest information on COVID-19 for the State of Minnesota. Find information on the State site about the stay-at-home order, housing and human services, and medical updates.

Families at home

Ease anxiety and distract the kids by keeping your family engaged while staying safe at home.

4-H activities while at home

All young people are invited to bring 4-H home to explore, discover and make a difference. Connect with us to learn and lead.

Learning, nature and family

University of Minnesota Extension educators share ideas.

Parenting during COVID-19

Parents need to think of the current situation as if training for a marathon. This means shifting expectations and being realistic. 

Parenting teens during COVID-19

A teen’s job is to become their own individual. Give them space to make some of their own decisions within a firm set of boundaries.

Tips for online gatherings

Check out these fun and easy tips before your next family or friend online gathering.


Manage your finances during uncertain and insecure times.

Adjusting to income loss

How you respond to the income changes financial, emotionally, and socially can make a difference for you and your family's long-term financial security.

Federal emergency student loan relief

Find out if you qualify for emergency student loan relief during the coronavirus pandemic.

Financial decision making during difficult times

Use our spending plan worksheet to figure out your income and expenses before you make any big decisions.

State of Minnesota information on housing and evictions

Specific information for Minnesotans about protections against housing discrimination and evictions.

Food support

Food security, food safety, nutrition, and budgeting your food dollars.

14-day meal kit for rural grocery stores

Emergency food access guide for creating and distributing meal kits to vulnerable populations.

At home food safety

Standard food safety measures can help keep you and your family healthy during COVID-19.

Can the virus be transmitted through food?

How farmworkers and consumers can minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the field, farmers market and at home.

Curbside pickup and delivery for small town groceries

Basic instructions for implementing curbside pickup and delivery at small-town grocery stores.

Get nutrition assistance

Find resources to help meet your and your families' food needs.

Help keep your grocery store safe (Somali-English)

Recommendations for worker and customer safety in grocery stores. Talo bixin ku socoto somalida ka ganacsata dukaamada rashinka, si ay uga hortagaan cudurka coronafayras (COVID-19).

Preparing a 2-week food supply

Everything you need to know about stocking your pantry with a two-week supply of nutritious, well-balanced meals and snacks. Also available in Spanish (en Español).

Stretching your food dollar

Learn to manage food dollars wisely.

Cooking without a kitchen

Plan and prepare meals and snacks with a variety of nutrients when you don't have access to a kitchen.

For communities

Help and resources for small businesses and communities.

Minnesota's economy and COVID-19

An updated summary of economic changes during COVID-19, especially among industries and communities most vulnerable to job loss.

Communities respond to economic impacts

How can a community help retail businesses during COVID-19? Learn about strategies four Minnesota communities are using to help local retailers.

Economic development

Community economic-focused news articles, research, podcasts and more to help develop an economic strategy.

Online ordering connects a retailer to customers

Is online ordering right for your business? Read about the benefits and challenges MANNA Food Co-op had using Shopify to sell products online.

Tourism impact and recovery resources

Tourism-focused news articles, webinars and reports to help inform and support your community during these uncertain times.

Retaining businesses during the pandemic

Webinars to help communities support and retain local businesses.

Social distancing and pest control service

Guidance for pest control professionals on essential services for multi-family housing during COVID-19.

How to write a COVID commitment as an organization

An organization can write a COVID commitment to show that they prioritize trust and safety for employees and their families.

Stress relief

Guidance for self care and well being.

Taking care of yourself under stress

There are many things you can do at home and on your own schedule to support your mental health, maintain healthy communication and prevent isolation.

Stress and change

Tips, online courses and resources for understanding and coping with stress.

Video series on stress and well-being

Feeling stressed? Watch the Two for You Stress Series videos to help you live and lead with intention.

Support for farmers

Farm and ranch biosecurity and business resources.

Ag research and education

Find emergency response for pork producers, financial counseling, crop research and more.

Biosecurity for farm workers

Minimize the spread of COVID-19 on your livestock operation.

Financial help for Minnesota farmers

Federal and state programs have been created to help farmers and others in the food and agricultural industry weather the difficult economic situation caused by COVID-19.

Rural stress task force

Extension's rural stress task force provides rural Minnesota families and communities with education and resources to help weather difficult times.

Fruit and Vegetable News

We have resources for fruit and vegetable farmers to help you follow on-farm food safety and manage pests for both conventional and organic growers.

Minnesota Crop News

Extension experts report research findings and keep you up-to-date on issues in agriculture.

Reducing risk on farms videos

5-part video series on best practices for reducing COVID-19-related risks on farms. Available in English, Spanish and Hmong.

Learn from home

Find an online course or webinar to build skills, learn something new or participate in a discussion on a topic that matters to you.

See all online courses and events

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