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Cooperative Extension

Professors in the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition also serve as food and nutrition specialists for the Family and Consumer Sciences unit of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension.

These specialists provide a gateway to current research-based nutrition and food safety information for consumers. These specialists provide program development, training, and evaluation to individuals, families and communities, including limited resource audiences. These faculty members also teach undergraduate and graduate courses and conduct applied research to assess program efficacy and to further program development. In addition, Specialists in Food and Nutrition provide technical expertise, grant writing support, social science research, and leadership for Kentucky Cooperative Extension Agents and their clients.

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Family & Consumer Sciences

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Homebased Processing

New legislation allows Kentucky residents to process some foods at home. Download resources and tools for homebased processing and microprocessing.

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Plate it up KY Proud

In partnership with DHN and the Department of Agriculture, this Extension program provides culturally appropriate recipes featuring products from local KY growers and producers.

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Talking FACS Podcast

Listen to podcasts hosted by UK Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Program about family, food, finance and fitness.

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Additional Resources


Discover opportunities to gain experience through summer internships and current openings with UK Extension.



Explore our master list of publications and food and nutrition topics for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension.



Learn to use local seasonal foods in nutritious ways with our extensive list of Plate It Up Kentucky Proud recipes.


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Dr. Sandra Bastin
Extension Professor

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Dr. Heather Norman Burgdoff
Assistant Extension Professor

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Dr. Courtney Leuking
Assistant Extension Professor

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Anna McDonald
Senior Extension Associate

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Contact Information

Dr. Tammy J. Stephenson, PhD, FAND
Department Chair & Professor

202 Funkhouser Building Lexington, KY 40506-0054

+1 (859) 257-3800