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Showing posts from January, 2016

Take three simple steps to help gain maximum tax refunds

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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.

Save hundreds of dollars by filing for free. Minnesota has more than 290 free tax preparation sites where t…

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?

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.