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The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) is a research agency within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Each state, and the District of Columbia,has at least one designated Cooperative Extension program at a higher learning university. The 13 areas of emphasis are:
Agriculture & Food Biosecurity
Animals & Animal Products
Biotechnology & Genomics
Economics & Commerce
Families, Youth & Communities
Food, Nutrition & Health
Natural Resources & Environment
Plants & Plant Products
Technology & Engineering.
Cooperative Extensions often act as outreach programs and bring communities together on various topics including conservation.