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U of M President Joan Gabel gets Extension introduction like no other

In the whirlwind that is a new University’s president first months in office, President Joan Gabel took several opportunities to experience Extension research and education. She arrived in July and by the end of August had already visited Extension regional offices, spoken on a panel with Dean Bev Durgan at Farmfest while also hearing farmers’ perspectives, and she was serenaded (“flash mobbed” as she put it) by 4-H Arts-In youth at the Minnesota State Fair. In September, President Gabel helped Master Gardeners harvest vegetables and got a cooking lesson from Cooking Matters, an Extension program taught by health and nutrition staff and community volunteers. She also fed a calf and helped take a manure sample while learning about Extension faculty research. When she gave a keynote speech at Extension’s fall Program Conference, she expressed her strong impressions about Extension’s engagement throughout Minnesota. Extension will continue efforts to involve her in understanding the challenges and opportunities faced by Minnesotans in all parts of the state.
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