Since its beginning over 90 years ago, Extension in Michigan has focused on bringing knowledge-based educational programs to the people of the state to improve their lives and communities. Today, field agents supported by on-campus faculty and staff members are serving in every county, providing programs focusing on agriculture and natural resources; children, youth and families; and community and economic development.

''Outreach efforts in food science and human nutrition provide knowledge and educational programming to the citizens of Michigan. Current activities offer information to industry and consumers to assure a safe and healthy food supply and to apply principles of health and wellness to families and communities.

Faculty in Food Science and Human Nutrition also provide outreach efforts through the MSU Product Center for Agricultural and Natural Resources. Established in 2003, the Center helps entrepreneurs and established companies to develop and commercialize high value, consumer-responsive products and businesses in the agriculture and natural food sectors.