Consumer News You Can Use

— Written By N.C. Cooperative Extension

N.C. Cooperative Extension is your resource for information that will help you get answers you need. You can call Burke Extension Center at 439-4460, e-mail our staff from our county website at and look for Extension resources at other counties in North Carolina.  

Economic Topics – Take Control

To provide families with solutions they need to address the struggling economy, N.C. Cooperative Extension family and consumer sciences specialists in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University has made fact sheets available on the Web at  The Web site, “Take Control,” provides peer-reviewed fact sheets offering a number of suggestions on how to cope with economic hardship. The ‘Take Control” fact sheets include tips on saving money, talking to children about the economy, shopping for healthy foods on a tight budget, avoiding home foreclosure and many other timely topics.

Sizing Up Your Financial Situation

Sometimes unforeseen events in life challenge us. Regardless of the reason, you need to take charge during these challenging times.  Find answers you want from eXtension at finance, eXtension is an interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the smartest land-grant university minds across America. eXtension connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers – experts who know their subject matter inside out.

Consumer Tips from The Produce Lady

The Produce Lady video series from the N.C. State University Program for Value-Added & Alternative Agriculture at the new N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis promotes the wonders of locally grown fruits and vegetables and the nutrition they provide.  You can find information about cooking and eating delicious tasty meals and snacks using fresh foods.  The Produce Lady’s recipes and videos are available on two Web sites: and on YouTube at

Eleanor Summers
Extension Agent
Family and Consumer Sciences