United States Department of Agriculture

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago began partnering with the USDA in 2011 as part of the expansion of Money Smart Week®. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is an agency within the US. Department of Agriculture (USDA), part of the executive branch of the Federal Government.

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Cooperative Extension System

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Division of Family and Consumer Sciences strengthens families, farms, communities and the economy as a division of USDA - NIFA. The Division of Family and Consumer Sciences integrates education, research, and the Cooperative Extension System to enhance Family and Consumer Economics. The purpose of the USDA -NIFA Family and Consumer Economics is to establish educational and research priorities for local communities, states, multi-state, and national work on emerging issues germane to the economic well-being of individuals and families. Priority issues include financial instability across the lifespan, helping rural and urban individuals and families maintain economic stability in a changing economy, and supporting community development in increasingly complex and diverse environments.

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Family and Consumer programs foster three dimensions of financial capability: 1) Financial Knowledge and Understanding, 2) Financial Skills and Competence, and 3) Financial Responsibility. Educational messages are delivered through the USDA - NIFA Education and Cooperative Extension Systems. Program evaluations measure the impacts of the financial education and participation capabilities.

USDA - NIFA Family and Consumer Economics/Cooperative Extension is a leader in advancing consumer's education on financial matters. USDA - NIFA Family and Consumer Economics/Cooperative Extension has also been able to ally itself with a wide range of institutions and groups dedicated or supportive of financial literacy, further strengthening their goals for greater awareness and reach. As part of USDA - NIFA Family and Consumer Economics/Cooperative Extension's participation in Money Smart Week, they will actively promote, partner and provide programming across the country. For more information on how to engage your local extension educators contact Susan Shockey at sshockey@nifa.usda.gov.

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