06/07/2013 United States Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture







United States Department of Agriculture –
National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Through research, education, and extension programs, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), in partnership with the Land-Grant University and Cooperative Extension System helps strengthen families, farms, communities and the economy.  NIFA’s Institute of Youth, Family, and Community houses the Division of Youth and 4-H and the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences.  Family and Consumer Sciences program focuses on family and youth consumer economics. The nation’s financial attitude, behavior, and knowledge start within the family unit.  Partnerships with the JumpStart Coalition provide an excellent opportunity to educate and empower young Americans to make wise decisions regarding their personal finances.  

Family and Consumer Economics and 4-H Youth Development programs are offered by the Land-Grant University Cooperative Extension System (CES) to assist families, youth and adults,  in maintaining economic stability and security, managing human and material resources and increasing consumer proficiency. CES will continue its involvement at the national level, as well as locally through its broad network of Extension educators and specialists.

Programs within the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) serve the nation’s needs by supporting exemplary research, education, and extension that addresses many challenges facing the nation. NIFA works with the best and brightest scientists at universities and colleges throughout the United States and around the world to find innovative solutions to global problems.  USDA-NIFA’s deliverables are:
•    Research - enables us to develop the knowledge needed to solve many of the issues facing our nation and the world.
•    Education - strengthens schools and universities to train the next generation of scientists, educators, producers, and citizens.
•    Extension - brings the knowledge gained through research and education to the people who need it most—in the United States and around the world.

We need stakeholders’ involvement and partnerships.  USDA-NIFA is the federal partner in the educational and research network delivered by Cooperative Extension System (CES).  Programs are designed to be community operated and advised by community participants through a grass-roots approach.  Program operations are funded through local (County Commissioner funds), state, and federal appropriations.  In addition grant dollars fund research and curriculum development.  CES system makes a difference by people working together; it has a presence in local and state levels, reaching 3,000 counties/territories.  

EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI) - University of Nebraska Extension http://esi.unl.edu/
EntrepreneurShip Investigation (ESI) is an exciting, interactive, and comprehensive curriculum project designed for youth, ages 10-19.  ESI uses a variety of tools to help participants develop their entrepreneurial skills, find their business niche and learn about how to earn money.   Through exciting activities, case studies and current technology, participants are transformed into budding entrepreneurs!

After completing all levels of the curriculum, youth will have the skills and tools to start their own business, as well as have a completed business and marketing plan – the “road map” to the entrepreneur’s success.

Finally, participants will learn that they can do all of these things without moving from their home town.  With the emphasis on rural futures, the ESI curriculum is an important tool enabling young people to explore opportunities they can create for themselves with the support of their communities.

University of Nebraska - Nebraska 4-H Curriculum can be ordered by going to this website:   http://4h.unl.edu/web/4hcurriculum

Susan S. Shockey, Ph.D., CFCS, CPFFE                                   
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Lisa A. Lauxman, Ph.D.
Director, 4-H National Headquarters, Division of Youth & 4-H
202- 690-4568
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