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Showing posts from April, 2016

Master Gardener volunteers have statewide impact

University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners are your neighbors who volunteer to teach University research-based horticulture information in local communities. They work to strengthen community bonds, support healthy choices and promote healthier plants for more livable communities.

The activities of the Master Gardeners benefit schools, community gardens, youth programs, environmental education programs and farmers markets, to name a few. Extension has released its 2015 Master Gardener Annual Report.

State of Water conference focuses on improving health of Minnesota waters

University of Minnesota Extension and partners explored water resource issues during the second State of Water Conference April 14-15 at the Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria. The State of Water Conference provided education to over 260 community members, state agency officials, soil and water conservation district staff to help protect the lakes and rivers that make Minnesota so unique. The conference was covered in the Alexandria Echo Press.

Video: Learn and lead in 4-H!

University of Minnesota Extension 4-H youth build relationships, develop communication techniques and strengthen organizational skills they learn through leadership education. They find the leader within themselves and make a positive impact in their club, home, school or community. Ambassador programs are one example of how 4-H engages youth in leadership and citizenship activities, and positive promotion of Minnesota 4-H.

Star Tribune: Minnesota crop farmers are tightening budgets as they face another rough year

Star Tribune reporter Tom Meersman interviewed Dale Nordquist, University of Minnesota Extension economist, and David Bau, Extension educator, for an April 17 business feature on a deteriorating economic outlook for crop farmers. Extension programming in agricultural business management guides farmers with information and analysis that helps them make decisions best fitting their own situation regarding prices, marketing, spending and other factors.

April's cooler temps help protect fruit trees

ST. PAUL, Minn. (04/6/2016)— The good news about the recent weather’s cooler trend is that it is holding back the flowering buds of our fruit trees. Apple tree buds are presently in a stage that could withstand temperatures into the mid-teens; however, a dip into low teen or single digit temperatures would be problematic.

U's Sparks series features Extension experts

The next Minnesota Sparks event Clear views into big challenges will feature Laura Kalambokidis, Minnesota state economist and Extension economist; Brian Horgan, professor and Extension horticulturist specializing in turfgrass; and Nelson Rhodus, distinguished professor and director of the Division of Oral Medicine. The free event is in Brainerd on April 19.

U of M Extension partnership with St. Paul school growing great things

When Judy Myers and Sara Langworthy, educators in University of Minnesota Extension's Children, Youth, and Family Consortium (CYFC), received an Extension grant in 2014, they had no idea how beautifully the “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners” project would blossom.

Caring for crops and water quality through Nitrogen Smart

Nitrogen is the nutrient most often deficient for Minnesota crop production. But applications that
exceed crop needs can result in excess nitrogen moving to ground and surface water in the form of nitrates. Through Nitrogen Smart, a new educational program made possible through a partnership of University of Minnesota Extension, the Minnesota Corn Growers and the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Center, agricultural producers learn to maximize return on their fertilizer investment while minimizing impacts on natural resources.