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.

CES: Cooperative Extension System. (usually meaning the national system and sometimes referred to as Extension). Map

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.

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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.

NEP: Nutrition Education Program, also known as SNAP-ED (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education).

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.

Sea Grant Program : National Sea Grant program that includes 33 Extension programs across the country and in Guam and Puerto Rico. See also the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

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).