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Family & Consumer Sciences

Extension News
Cooking to Share link Oglethorpe County 4-H Club members learn kitchen skills and kindness. By Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard | Published: 2/7/2019
Nature's Helpers link The use of beneficial insects for pest control is rising among producers using high tunnels and greenhouses. By Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Maria M. Lameiras | Published: 2/6/2019
Poultry Health link UGA researchers are working to improve poultry health to protect human health. By Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Maria M. Lameiras, Merritt Melancon | Published: 1/31/2019
National Honor link Mason McClintock receives $5,000 scholarship and will serve as 4-H’s national youth spokesperson for civic engagement. By Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Maria M. Lameiras, Merritt Melancon, Arch D. Smith II | Published: 1/17/2019
Radon Education link UGA Extension can help Georgians protect their homes from radon. By Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Maria M. Lameiras, Merritt Melancon, Arch D. Smith II, Merritt Melancon | Published: 1/3/2019
Winter Storms link Think smart to keep cold food safe during winter power outages. By Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Maria M. Lameiras, Merritt Melancon, Arch D. Smith II, Merritt Melancon, Barbara Worley | Published: 12/27/2018
Asthma Triggers link More time inside means more time exposed to indoor asthma triggers. By Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Maria M. Lameiras, Merritt Melancon, Arch D. Smith II, Merritt Melancon, Barbara Worley, Ines Beltran | Published: 12/17/2018
IPM Grant link University of Georgia researchers lead collaborative effort to battle blueberry pest. By Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Maria M. Lameiras, Merritt Melancon, Arch D. Smith II, Merritt Melancon, Barbara Worley, Ines Beltran, Cristina deRevere | Published: 12/14/2018
Rural Stress link Opioid addiction and suicides among topics at rural stress conference. By Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Maria M. Lameiras, Merritt Melancon, Arch D. Smith II, Merritt Melancon, Barbara Worley, Ines Beltran, Cristina deRevere, Sharon Dowdy | Published: 12/13/2018
Food Safety Honored link UGA Extension food safety programs make their mark nationally. By Merritt Melancon, Sage Barnard, Maria M. Lameiras, Merritt Melancon, Arch D. Smith II, Merritt Melancon, Barbara Worley, Ines Beltran, Cristina deRevere, Sharon Dowdy, Sage Barnard | Published: 12/11/2018
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UGA Family and Consumer Sciences Extension programs place non-biased, research-based information at your fingertips. County agents and specialists throughout the state provide cutting edge knowledge on many topics, including home food preservation, parenting, personal financial management, and healthy eating habits.

Why is the work of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Extension Agents so important?

A healthy and productive worker, family or consumer depends on a variety of factors from food, child care and shelter to interpersonal relationships and budgeting. FACS Extension Agents and Specialists have the educational background, skills and knowledge to assist workers in meeting their basic needs.

What do Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Extension Agents offer to all consumers?

FACS Extension Agents provide education in the community and the workplace on critical issues to all Georgians. Educational topics include:

  • Financial Security and Economic Well-Being
  • Foodborne Illness Prevention
  • Housing and Environmental Health and Safety
  • Child Care, Youth, and Family Development
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

FACS Agents provide educational opportunities that contain practical, research-based information to help consumers lead more productive lives.

The information offered by FACS agents, as well as others in Cooperative Extension, is provided by researchers at The University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and other universities across our nation.  Business, consumers and community representatives in each county identify the critical issues that Extension should address and guide the planning and delivery of these programs, some of which we can deliver in Spanish.


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Extension Publications
  • The Role of Music (C 1053-06) Children who grow up listening to music develop strong music-related connections in the brain. Some of these music pathways actually affect the way we think. Listening to classical music seems to improve our spatial reasoning, at least for a short time. And learning to play an instrument may have an even longer effect on certain thinking skills. Here is some information on how music affects our brains and ideas on how to help nurture children's love of music.
  • Winemaking at Home (C 717) This publication provides essential material and detailed instructions for successfully making wine at home. The information is designed for beginners who do not know where to begin and for experienced amateurs who run into difficulties.
  • Protect Yourself from Ticks (C 937) This publication discusses how to protect yourself and the areas around your home from ticks. It also includes information on common tick-borne diseases, such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease.
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UGA Extension

Family & Consumer Sciences
Publications

Extension Specialists from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at UGA prepare a wide variety of publications for educating Georgians. Tips on parenting, meal preparation, financial management, owning a home, and much more are accessible through their websiteAccess the publication list.

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Home Mainteneance and Safety

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Senior Sense Newsletter

SENIOR SENSE is a quarterly publication specifically for the educational needs of older Georgians. It is prepared by Extension Specialists at The University of Georgia, College of Family & Consumer Sciences.

Senior Sense Newsletters

Diabetes Life Lines Newsletter

Diabetes Life Lines is a bi-monthly publication written by Food and Nutrition Specialists at The University of Georgia, College of Family and Consumer Sciences. This newsletter brings you the latest information on diabetes, nutrition, the diabetic exchange system, recipes, and important events.

Diabetes Life Lines and information .