Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) has many different topic areas and strive to improve the lives and well-being of individuals, families and communities. Montana State University Extension offers and provides educational resources in the areas of community health resources, family economics, family and human development, food and nutrition and, housing and environmental health.


Montana State Fair Contests


2017 Montana State Fair Competitive Events visit the Montana ExpoPark website
Wheat and Barley A Thon Contest - 2017 Honey Whole Wheat

Food Safety Classes

ServSafe Food Safety is offered through the MSU Cascade County Extension Office we provide the following classes:

  • ServSafe Food Handler Class (4 hour class)
  • ServSafe Food Manager Class (8 hours class)

Food Preservation Classes

(These guides can be found on the MontGuide Index under the Food and Nutrition section, subsection Food Preservation)

  • Jams and Jellies
  • Basic Water Bath Canning
  • Basic Pressure Canning
  • Meats

Cooking Classes

  • A Piece of Pie
    • This class discusses the tricks behind the ever so desired perfect pie crust! During this class you will sample pie crust made with a variety of ingredients and you choose which is the "flakiest" crust of all. Go home with tools, tips and tricks to pie crust and an individual pie.
  • Cooking with Pulse Crops
    • What is a pulse crop? Why should I use a pulse crop? What does a pulse crop taste like? Chances are you have had some sort of a pulse crop in a meal or two but, you had no idea what benefits were packed into that little tiny dried bean! Try something new and join us to get a pulse on your menu!
  • Freezer Meal Frenzy
    • In today's world of busy lives and no time to make a home cooked meal find the secret to success with freezer meals. In this class you will learn about meal planning, the financial impact of meal planning and much more! Add less frenzy to your life and join us to make dinner time on a busy night something enjoyable.

Family Economics/Financial Management Classes

  • SolidFinances
    • Solid Finances is series of free financial education webinars. The webinars are designed to empower you to take control of your finances by improving your knowledge of personal finance topics. 
  • Marlin the Monkey
  • Who Wants to be a Credit Score Millionaire

Health and Human Development Classes

  • DEEP (Diabetes Education Empowerment Program)
  • Walking With Ease
  • Assistive Devices

Other Information and MSU MontGuides

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For MontGuides in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences click here