What is Family and Consumer Sciences Extension?

Cooperative Extension is a nationwide educational organization provided by the U.S. Government through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state governments through land-grant universities, and county governments. Extension provides information educational opportunities and practical, non-biased information to help adults, children, families, farms, businesses and communities.

Extension serves almost every county in the nation, from the biggest to the smallest. People in each county decide what Extension should do for them and guide the planning and delivery of programs.

The information offered by Extension is provided by scientists and researchers at universities, and it is made practical and relevant by Extension educators, or agents, who work in each county.

Extension Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) professionals provide education in areas that are important to the quality of life for children and adults, individuals and families including:

  • Food preparation, food safety and nutrition
  • Financial Management
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Home and work environment and safety
  • Relationship and parenting skills
  • and much more!