College of ACES Extension and Outreach

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The College of ACES extends its knowledge to make life better, healthier, and safer for individuals and communities locally and throughout the world. These programs are a sample of our many agricultural, consumer, and environmental outreach efforts.

University of Illinois Extension

The flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois, U of I Extension offers educational programs to residents of the state’s 102 counties and beyond.


  • Agricultural Education
    High school vocational agriculture programs and FFA organizations in Illinois and other states use instructional materials and curricula developed by the College of ACES.
  • Agricultural Safety and Health
    Research-based resources help individuals and organizations understand and prevent injury and illness while working in and around Illinois agriculture.
  • Agronomy Day
    Discover the latest research findings related to plant breeding, pest control, biomass production, horticulture, and more.
  • Certified Livestock Manager Training
    Training required by the Illinois Livestock Management Facilities Act is provided by U of I Extension.
  • Crop Sciences Variety Testing
    Annual crop performance tests inform farmers, extension personnel, and seed companies about hybrids and varieties of the major Illinois field crops.
  • Dudley Smith Initiative
    Innovative research and outreach supports the agricultural system in Illinois.
  • Farmdoc Daily
    Crop and livestock producers in the U.S. Corn Belt have round-the-clock access to integrated information and expertise to better manage their farm businesses.
  • Urban Agricultural Education Chicago Initiative
    This educational initiative in the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences enhances urban students’ interest and preparation for higher education and careers in the agricultural, consumer, and environmental sciences.
  • Illinois Livestock Trail
  • These resources are devoted to beef, dairy, horse, pork, poultry, sheep/goat, pasture, and manure.
  • National Soybean Research Laboratory
    NSRL promotes soybean research, education, and outreach in production, nutrition, and international development.
  • Pesticide Safety Education Program
    PSEP provides education on the effective, economic, and environmentally sound use of pesticides.
  • Research and Education Centers
    U of I research and education centers throughout Illinois serve crop producers, landowners, crop consultants, advisors, and the agricultural industry.


  • The Autism Program
    This statewide network offers resources on autism spectrum disorders for families, professionals, and students.
  • Bevier Café & Spice Box 
    Staffed and managed by U of I students, the Bevier Café and Spice Box restaurant offer exceptional food choices while providing hands-on education.
  • Center for Economic and Financial Education
    Resources to improve the economic and financial well-being of consumers and their families.
  • Child Care Resource Service
    Serving Champaign, Vermilion, Macon, Douglas, Iroquois and Piatt counties, the program supports the well-being of children and families by promoting the availability of quality child care services in the area.
  • Child Development Laboratory
    This university-based preschool and child care program provides a site for training, research, and model programs in child development and early childhood education.
  • Illinois 4-H
    4-H helps youth reach their fullest potential through developing skills in science/engineering/technology, healthy living, and citizenship.
  • Illinois Master Gardeners
    The Master Gardener program trains interested adults to provide education and develop community programs related to horticulture.
  • Illinois Tax School
    High-quality, low-cost tax education is provided annually to tax professionals.
  • Plant Clinic
    The clinic helps with plant problems through identification, diagnosis,, and recommendations on issues caused by diseases, insects, weeds, chemicals, and nutrient deficiencies.
  • Research Apprentice Program
    Through this on-campus program, high school freshmen and sophomores of underserved and economically disadvantaged groups develop valuable skills and learn about careers in the agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences.