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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Better Lives, Stronger Communities

OSU Extension family and consumer sciences (FCS) gives people the knowledge, skills and tools needed to make healthy, informed choices. We teach and promote safe food practices, better nutrition, better finances and better relationships – helping people acquire the knowledge and skills to make smart decisions in these areas.

Our family and consumer sciences professionals turn evidence-based, impartial, current research into useful information that can improve the quality of people’s lives. We work to make information accessible to all Ohioans.

You can count on FCS to provide reliable, evidence-based information to encourage – and empower – people to adopt practices and behaviors to improve their finances, build more positive relationships with friends and family, and embrace healthier, nutritious lifestyles.

The Holmes County Family & Consumer Sciences Program has been shaped by community needs over many years.  Our Amish, Mennonite and Appalachian cultural backgrounds make food preservation a hot topic during the summer and fall.  The millions of tourists who visit our community have made food safety education a key program offering for local restaurants and other facilities.  In cooperation with our local Family Court System, we offer education for divorcing parents.  For all residents and visitors, we offer a full complement of nutrition and health, financial management, household management and family life programming.

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Extension has been helping all Ohioans build better lives, better businesses and better communities since 1914.