Extension News and Highlights
In 2015, Minnesota lawmakers approved legislation that created the Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Tech Transfer program (AGREETT). With AGREETT funding, in 2017 Extension hired Jared Goplen, a University of Minnesota Extension crops educator based in Morris.
U of M Extension Master Gardeners train public housing residents to beautify their surroundings, grow their own food and make their high-rise apartments and town homes feel more like home. The residents do this by becoming Garden Mentors. They take on leadership and facilitation responsibilities in their neighborhood community garden. Garden Mentors currently work the gardens at six high-rises and one town home development.
Annie Klodd provides education and applied research to grape growers on the most effective ways to successfully grow high-quality Minnesota wine grapes in our climate. The U of M Extension educator in fruit and vegetable production is funded by the Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Tech Transfer program (AGREETT).
In Minnesota, about 680,000 households have horse enthusiasts, whereas about 29,000 own a horse. The direct economic impact of the horse industry here is $541 million, with a creation of 15,113 jobs. However, the total economic impact of the horse industry in Minnesota is $1 billion, with a creation of 21,039 jobs.