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February 05, 2016

Giving Spotlight: Marv Bauer

Marv Bauer
Gift honors Jean Bauer, supports new Extension faculty in family development

Jean W. Bauer’s legacy of research and outreach with rural Minnesota families lives on thanks to funds contributed by Jean’s husband, Marvin Bauer, in her honor. 

Jean was a faculty member and an Extension specialist in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development. The newest fund will create an endowment for research and teaching in family economics and policy by faculty with an Extension appointment in Jean’s former department. Another fund, created after Jean’s passing in 2012, provides for Extension program initiatives in family financial literacy.

February 03, 2016

McKnight Foundation awards grants for cleaner energy

Extension and CERTs foster Midwest energy leadership

The McKnight Foundation awarded the University of Minnesota Foundation $240,000 over two years for Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), a partnership that includes the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. The grants were part of McKnight’s interest in supporting organizations working to foster and support Midwest energy leadership.

January 25, 2016

Take three simple steps to help gain maximum tax refunds

Media Contact: Allison Sandve, University of Minnesota Extension, 612-626-4077 (office) or 651-492-0811 (cell),; Taylor Putz, Prepare + Prosper, 651-262-2160 (office) or 920-904-4395 (cell);, or Mary Jo Katras, University of Minnesota Extension, 612-203-6403 (cell),

ST PAUL, Minn. (1/22/2016)—Tax season is here, and University of Minnesota Extension and the Claim It Campaign encourage low- to moderate-income taxpayers to prepare.

“Tax season is an incredibly important time for hardworking low- and moderate-income families,” said Tracy Fischman, executive director of Prepare + Prosper, which manages Claim It. “Through refundable tax credits, people can think about using their tax refund to pay for necessities, fix a broken car and save for the future.”

Below are three tips to help make the most of the 2016 tax season.

New U of M Extension study of large dairies finds good news

Recent dairy farm trends in the United States include fewer, but larger, operations and an increase in the share of milk production from very large farms. Cost advantages of larger farms appear to be driving the consolidation within the dairy industry. However,large operations are thought of by some as a place that is not good for cows.

Marcia Endres, University of Minnesota Extension dairy scientist, wanted to investigate: What is animal care really like in these large dairies? Are these dairies economically different from smaller dairies?

January 04, 2016

Extension helps bridge gaps through 4-H campus immersion

Many young people aspire to go to college, but there’s a gap between aspirations for higher education and actually enrolling. This is an important gap to address because lower levels of educational attainment are associated with higher levels of poverty.

University of Minnesota Extension's CYFAR (Children, Youth and Families at Risk) team knows that, in order to keep young teens on track, learning needs to engage them regardless of the circumstances in their lives.

December 18, 2015

Register for the third annual Minnesota Climate Adaptation Conference

Mark Seeley, U of M Extension climatologist

Registration is now open for the third annual Minnesota Climate Adaptation Conference on Jan. 28, 2016 at the Hilton DoubleTree in North Minneapolis.

"This conference is designed for local officials, planners, engineers, natural resource practitioners and others who want to learn more about adaptation strategies that have worked or are being tested in various sectors, tribal communities, energy, local foods, emergency management, communication and water resources," says Mark Seeley, U of M Extension climatologist and one of the conference leaders. Also, Minnesota companies will discuss how they are addressing climate adaptation, and mayors panel will address city approaches to climate adaptation.

Learn more and register

December 13, 2015

Youth to compete in second annual 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge

By Bev Durgan, Dean, University of Minnesota Extension, for "Minnesota Counties" newsletter

In Extension, we have long understood that agriculture is vital to Minnesota communities, and that won’t change as baby boomers retire and young people grow into their future.

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