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January 13, 2017

Grocery stores: Minnesota's haves and have-nots

Two men in produce section of grocery store

Fresh produce is becoming less available in Minnesota's food deserts as a staggering loss of grocery stores close, particularly in rural Minnesota. In the Star Tribune, Kathy Draeger, statewide program director of Extension's Rural Sustainable Development Partnerships, shares how our research points to a growing problem -- and how efforts underway to stem the losses can make a difference.

"Not only does the future health of Minnesota depend on it, so does the economic health of so many of our communities," she writes.

January 12, 2017

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics video features Andrew Doherty, Extension SNAP-Ed educator

EatRightTV, the YouTube channel of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, recently featured Andrew Doherty, a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) educator and a registered dietitian-nutritionist with University of Minnesota Extension.

"I find it important to work with low-income individuals because those are the people most at risk for nutrition deficiencies and health-related conditions," says Doherty in the video. "Being able to work hands-on with those who have the most nutritional needs is very fulfilling to me."

Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed January as SNAP-Ed Month. Visit the SNAP-Ed website to learn more about the program. 

January 05, 2017

Informed southeast Minnesota communities come together on economic improvements

Brigid Tuck presents to roomful of people
Brigid Tuck, Extension Senior Economic Analyst

A presentation by Brigid Tuck, University of Minnesota Extension Senior Economic Analyst, has
given inspiration to ongoing conversations in the 11-county region in southeast Minnesota.

Tuck shared reports examining the economic composition and performance of Minnesota’s twelve economic development regions with a crowd of 545 at the Southeastern Minnesota Economic Summit, hosted by the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce in September, 2016. Both before and after the summit, she and other Extension specialists and educators toured communities and engaged in conversations with residents of Faribault, Goodview, and Oronoco on their economic futures.
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