Extension, as well as both Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities, love to use acronyms. This list will help you decipher the alphabet soup you will encounter.
AA: Agent Assistant.
AACAAS: Alabama Association of County Agricultural Agents and Specialists.
AAES: Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station.
ACE: Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences.
ACES: Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
AFRI: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.
ALNEAFCS: Alabama Affiliate of National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences.
ANREP: Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals.
APLU: Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
APHIS: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
AREERA: Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998.
ARS: Agricultural Research Service.
AES: Agricultural Experiment Station.
CARET: Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching.
CEC: County Extension Coordinator.
CFIC: Chilton Food Innovation Center.
CSREES: Cooperative State Research, Extension, and Education Service.
CYFAR: Children, Youth, and Families at Risk program.
CYFERnet: Children, Youth, and Families at Risk Network.
D-SNAP: Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
EDEN: Extension Disaster Education Network.
EFNEP: Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.
ERS: Economic Research Service.
ESP: Epsilon Sigma Phi. Extension Professionals’ Organization.
ESPA: Extension Support Personnel Association.
ETP: Extension Team Project.
FAS: Foreign Agriculture Service.
FNS: Food and Nutrition Service.
FS: Forest Service.
FSA: Farm Service Agency.
FSIS: Food Safety and Inspection Service.
IPM: Integrated Pest Management.
IRB: Internal Review Board.
JCEP: Joint Council of Extension Professionals.
LGU: Land Grant University.
NACAA: National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
NAL: National Agricultural Library.
NASS: National Agricultural Statistics Service.
NAEPSDP: National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals.
NEAFCS: National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences.
NAE4HA: National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.
NETC: National Extension Technology Community.
NIFA: National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Title VII of the 2008 Farm Bill (Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, P.L. 110-246) requires NIFA to be established by October 1, 2009.
NRCS: Natural Resources Conservation Service.
NRMO: National Resource Management Officers.
POW: Plan of Work. See Program Planning for resources, including ACES POW primer, logic models and Federal POW resources.
PPT: Program Priority Team.
REA: Regional Extension Agent.
RMA: Risk Management Agency.
SAAS: Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists.
SAES: State Agricultural Experiment Stations. You also may see AES (Agricultural Experiment Station) or AAES (Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station).
SARE: Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.
SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
SPI: Strategic Program Initiative.
TGIF: Teens Getting Involved for the Future. A 4-H program.
USDA: United States Department of Agriculture.
UREA: Urban Regional Extension Agent.
1862s: Land Grant institutions established by the first Morrill Act.
1890s: 1890 Land Grant colleges and universities, and Tuskegee University (also referred to as “1890 Institutions”).
1994s: 1994 Land Grant colleges and universities (also referred to as Tribal Colleges).