Extension: University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota Extension in Rice County is the education outreach of the University of Minnesota, connecting education and research to the needs of citizens and communities in Rice County.

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Rice County works with the University of Minnesota to provide trained Extension staff in the areas of

  • Agriculture
  • Home horticulture
  • Natural resources
  • Nutrition education
  • Youth development (4-H)

Educational programs

Educational programs are offered in the following settings:

  • Distance learning
  • Group settings
  • Mass communication
  • One-on-one contacts
  • Self-learning opportunities

Collaborative efforts

Collaborative efforts include:

  • Communities
  • Families
  • Food Producers
  • Organizations
  • Seniors
  • Youth

Regional centers

In addition to Rice County, 15 regional centers have been established around the state. They are funded with state and federal dollars, and provide educational programming in the areas of

  • Land
  • Food and the environment
  • Community development and vitality
  • Youth development and family living