Black and white photograph of a butter-making class, University of Minnesota School of Agriculture, 1889.

Butter-making class, University of Minnesota School of Agriculture

Butter-making class, University of Minnesota School of Agriculture, 1889.

Origins of the University of Minnesota Extension Service

The Agricultural Extension Service of the United States (AES) began as an educational component of land-grant universities. In Minnesota as in other states, the federally funded and organized services of AES provide practical agricultural training to people outside of a university setting.

Black and white photograph of the horse barn at the Northwest Experiment Station.

Horse Barn

The horse barn, built in 1902, also had an addition to store buggies and wagons.

Black and white photograph of the poultry house at the Northwest Experiment Station.

Poultry House

In addition to crops, the Northwest Experiment Station worked with livestock, including chicken in the poultry house.

Black and white photograph of the machine shed and elevator on the grounds of the Northwest Experiment Station were built in 1913.

Machine Shed and Elevator

The machine shed and elevator on the grounds of the Northwest Experiment Station were built in 1913.

Black and white photograph of a group touring Northwest Experiment Station.

Group touring Northwest Experiment Station

Farmers and local residents were invited to annual visiting days to learn about the latest research.

Black and white aerial view of the Northwest Experiment Station and Northwest School of Agriculture grounds and buildings, 1939.

Aerial view of the Northwest Experiment Station

An aerial view of the Northwest Experiment Station and Northwest School of Agriculture grounds and buildings, 1939.

Black and white photograph of the Northwest Experiment Station and Northwest School of Agriculture grounds and buildings,1910.

View of the Northwest Experiment Station

A view of the Northwest Experiment Station and Northwest School of Agriculture grounds and buildings,1910.

Black and white photograph of Grain Fields at the Northwest Experiment Station.

Grain Fields

Many types of crops were tested in the fields at the Northwest Experiment Station. The sign in this image shows corn, wheat, barley, flax, oats and more.

Black and white photograph of Superintendent Torger Hoverstad at a lesson about what to feed dairy cows during a Farmers Institute lecture.

Learning about animal feeding

Superintendent Torger Hoverstad at a lesson about what to feed dairy cows during a Farmers Institute lecture.

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