U of M Extension Crow Wing County

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COVID-19 UMN Extension Resources

Extension Programs

The following programs are offered through the Crow Wing County Extension office:


U Got This - Text messages for parents and caregivers Parenting can be stressful during the best of times. Throw in a pandemic, uncertainty in school and work schedules, financial worries and civil unrest, parenting can be overwhelming. We know that you’ve got this, and we want to support you during this time. University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Family Development is offering a free text messaging program that supports parents and caregivers of children birth to 18 years of age, called U Got This. We invite parents and caregivers to sign up to receive two text messages a week throughout the school year on topics of health and nutrition, developmental affirmations, parenting and school engagement, mental health and well-being and financial capability. To sign up to receive U Got This text messages, go to https://z.umn.edu/ugotthis. This program is free, but be aware some fees may apply depending on your cellphone service provider.

2021 Fruit and Vegetable Convention:
Registration Still Available!
ST. PAUL, MN – The largest convention in Minnesota to offer educational opportunities for fruit and vegetable farmers, the 2021 Minnesota Fruit & Vegetable Convention, is being held virtually on Thursday and Friday, January 14-15. Registration is still available – register today (mfvga.org/Registration.php).
The Minnesota Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (MFVGA) and Minnesota Apple Growers Association (MAGA) have put together over 35 live educational workshops sure to pique your interest, as well as a virtual trade show featuring 20 vendors. The event features an impressive lineup of industry, university, agency, and farmer speakers. Highlights include:
Beginning Grower Sessions
Crop Insurance … What’s Available & What’s Missing
Apple Session – Growing Apples in NY, UM Cider Trials, What’s New from the U
Berry Session – Managing Cover Crops to Improve Soil Health, Fine Tuning Strawberry Nutrition, Improving & Maintaining Soil Health for Berries
Apple Session – Predictive Sizing Model, Pollen Tube Growth Model
Foliar Feeding & Fertigation Advance
Wholesale Marketing
Cucurbits & More
Diseases & Insects in Apples
Vegetable Session – Identifying & Managing Invasive Diseases of Tomatoes & Cucurbits, New Varieties of Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage & Brussel Sprouts, Viability of Low Tunnel Vegetable Production 
Soil Health & Weed Control
Berry Session – Foliar Nutrient Sprays in Blueberries & Strawberries, Tabletop Strawberry Growing System, SWD Management
Regulatory & Agency Updates

The keynote address features Eric Barrett and Rob Leeds of The Ohio State University discussing Your Future in Retail Agriculture – A Look at Marketing Trends, Agritourism & More.
To register, see the full program, and more, visit mfvga.org/MFVConvention.php. Registration includes educational programming (live and on-demand sessions), the opportunity to visit with speakers and colleagues, the ability to win great prizes, and more!
If you’re a Minnesota fruit & vegetable grower you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn more about your trade, network with industry experts, and visit with peers. Make plans now to attend!

Women in Ag Network Virtual Conference


Recommended Trees for Minnesota
Choosing the Right Tree or Shrub
The Right Tree for the Right Situation

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County Extension Committee

The County Extension Committee is comprised of nine members: two County Commissioners, Administrative Services Director, and six appointed citizens (one from each Commissioner District and one at-large).