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MSU Extension announces new Internet resource

February 21, 2008 -- From MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A new Web site, called "eXtension," allows users to consult Extension experts from all over the country. The experts provide research-based information and customized answers to specific questions ranging from parenting, to saving and investing, entrepreneurship and vegetable gardens. The service is free and available to the general public.

"eXtension is a sort of next-generation Google, where curious minds can find a range of information including how to calculate their retirement readiness score, tips to easing credit card debt, how to grow the best tomatoes on the block or ways to set a schedule for a new-born baby," said Millie Veltkamp, Montana State University Extension Information Technology Director. "Even better, if the consumer can't find the information he or she is looking for, real live authorities in their area of interest monitor and answer questions through the Web site."

eXtension connects users with some of the best minds in higher education through the entire land-grant university system, Veltkamp said. It also uses the most innovative and advanced features available on the Web to enhance the learning experience, she added. Users can rate eXtension articles based on their usefulness, for example. If an article does not answer a user's question, he or she has the option to ask an expert. Users can also subscribe to RSS feeds, which means eXtension will automatically send them updates on topics that interest them.

To access eXtension, go to http://msuextension.org and click on "eXtension" on the left side of the page above "Contact Us."

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu