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Giving update

Rural entrepreneurship in Wisconsin and Minnesota will get a boost from a newly created Extension program at each state’s land grant university. Two farm credit associations – Compeer Financial and AgCountry Farm Credit Services – contributed $400,000 over four years to make the program possible.

Building upon the research and outreach capabilities of Extension, the new program will create and build linkages in entrepreneurial networks, improve the availability and use of resources to entrepreneurs, create opportunities for entrepreneurs, and develop the skills necessary for success in the modern rural economy.

The joint program will hire new staff and form an advisory group to help guide its efforts. The program builds upon the capacity of the Center for Community Vitality at University of Minnesota Extension and the Community Economic Development program at UW-Madison Extension. Read more on the Extension news page.

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