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July 28, 2015

Extension offers resources for families facing financial uncertainty

Media Contact: Allison Sandve, University of Minnesota Extension, office 612-626-4077, ajsandve@umn.edu


ST. PAUL, Minn. (7/15/2015)—For families confronted by potential financial hardships, University of Minnesota Extension resources offer help.

A wide variety of helpful information is available online. This page features information applicable both to families dealing with the impact of avian influenza as well as hardships such as layoffs and other events that place pressure on families. Information is available on topics including:

  •          Adjusting spending when family income may be reduced or lost;
  •          Helping children when parents face financial stress;
  •          Stretching grocery budgets without sacrificing healthy eating; and
  •          Dealing with pressure on mortgage and rent funds. 


The site indicates which resources are available in Spanish. 

In addition, Extension staff are available via the Answer Line to connect callers with resources on family finances and dealing with stress that can arise. The toll-free number is 1-800-854-1678; the Answer Line is staffed from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Questions also can be directed via email to answer@iastate.edumailto:answer@iastate.edu.   

In social media, information on resources comes with the hashtag #avianfluimpact.

The site is a collaboration between Extension programs at the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University and South Dakota State University.


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July 15, 2015

2015 Farm Families of the Year honored by University of Minnesota

Media Contact: Allison Sandve, University of Minnesota Extension, office 612-626-4077, ajsandve@umn.edu

ST. PAUL, Minn. (7/14/2015) — Eighty families from throughout Minnesota are being honored as 2015 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota.

June 22, 2015

4-H Science of Ag helps pave way to careers for youth

ST. PAUL, Minn. (6/22/2015)—The first-ever 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge brought 12 teams of youth from across the state to the University of Minnesota last week to present their research on important agricultural issues, including soil preservation, public opinion on genetically modified organisms, food waste and more.

June 16, 2015

June 05, 2015

VIDEO: 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge - Bee team

ST. PAUL, MN (6/5/2015) --The 4-H Bee Team is one of a dozen 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge teams across Minnesota working with local experts to identify issues in their communities and develop science-based solutions. University of Minnesota Extension's 4-H has developed the first program of its kind in the country to ignite excitement about agriculture, increase ag science literacy, and expand the pipeline of youth pursing agriculture-related careers.


May 21, 2015

VIDEO: 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge - Biodiesel team

ST. PAUL, MN (5/21/2015) —The 4-H Topsoil Team is one of a dozen 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge teams across Minnesota working with local experts to identify issues in their communities and develop science-based solutions. University of Minnesota Extension's 4-H has developed the first program of its kind in the country to ignite excitement about agriculture, increase ag science literacy, and expand the pipeline of youth pursing agriculture-related careers.


May 15, 2015

Extension analysis: Economic impact of avian flu nears $310 million as of May 11

Losses in poultry production and related businesses due to avian influenza are estimated at $309.9 million in Greater Minnesota, according to a newly released emergency economic impact analysis from the University of Minnesota Extension.

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