Use the full name — not the acronym — in columns, documents, newsletters, presentations, or other public or external communications. Avoid using acronyms, but in some cases they may be used in repeated references. Phrases not capitalized are not proper nouns but represent acronyms frequently used in the organization or the university. Some may be capitalized when used as part of a title.

4HYD — 4-H Youth Development
AACC International — formerly American Association of Cereal Chemists
ACE — Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences
ACA — Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as "Obamacare"
ACJ — Agricultural Communications and Journalism
ACT — Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow
AES — Agricultural Experiment Station
AGR — Alpha Gamma Rho
AMSA — American Meat Science Association
ANR — agriculture and natural resources
APHIS — Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
APLU — Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (formerly NASULGC)
ARC-H — Agricultural Research Center—Hays
ASA — American Society of Agronomy
ASABE — American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
ASI — Animal Sciences and Industry
BAE — Biological and Agricultural Engineering
BASIC — Bio-Agro Science and Innovation Corridor
— Bioprocessing and Industrial Value-Added Program
BMP — best management practice
BRI — Biosecurity Research Institute
CARET — Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching
CCOP — College Committee on Planning
CEA — county extension agent (for internal use only)
CECD — Center for Engagement and Community Development
CED — county extension director (for internal use only)
CES — Cooperative Extension Service (avoid using “extension” alone)
CGAHR — USDA-ARS Center for Grain and Animal Health Research (formerly the Grain Marketing Production Research Center, GMPRC)
CDC — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (note "s" in "Centers")
COA — College of Agriculture (for internal use only)
CRP — Conservation Reserve Program
CSA — community supported agriculture
CSSA — Crop Science Society of America
DCOP — Department Committee on Planning
DEA — district extension agent (for internal use only)
DED — district extension director (for internal use only)
DMP — Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology (department in College of Veterinary Medicine)
DPO — Diversity Programs Office
EDEN — Extension Disaster Education Network
EEO — Equal Employment Opportunity
EFNEP — Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
ESARP — Extension Systems and Research Programs (used in budget line only)
ESP — Epsilon Sigma Phi

EXCOP — Extension Committee on Planning
FCS — family and consumer sciences
FNHS — Food, Nutrition, Health and Safety
FNP — Family Nutrition Program
FSCOT — Faculty Senate Committee on Technology
FSCOUP — Faculty Senate Committee on University Planning
FSHS — School of Family Studies and Human Services
FSI — Food Science Institute
GEAPS — formerly Grain Elevator and Processing Society
GIPSA — Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
GPDN — Great Plains Diagnostic Network
GPIDEA — Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance
GSD — Gamma Sigma Delta
HACCP — Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points
HFRR — Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources
IDEA — Interactive Distance Education Alliance
IFT — Institute of Food Technologists
IGP — International Grains Program, now IGP Institute
IMLP — International Meat and Livestock Program
KABSU — Kansas Artificial Breeding Service Unit
KACAA — Kansas Association of County Agricultural Agents
KACDEP — Kansas Association of Community Development Extension Professionals
KAE4-HA — Kansas Association of Extension 4-H Agents
KAES — Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station
KAMS — Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services
KARL — Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership Inc.
KCARE — Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment
KCSAAC — Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops
KDA — Kansas Department of Agriculture
KEAA — Kansas Extension Agents Association
KEAFCS — Kansas Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
KDHE — Kansas Department of Health and Environment
KDWP — Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
KELP — Kansas Environmental Leadership Program
KFB — Kansas Farm Bureau
KFMA — Kansas Farm Management Association
KLA — Kansas Livestock Association
KFS — Kansas Forest Service
KOHP — Kansans Optimizing Health Program
K-PICS — K-State Research and Extension Program Impacts Collection System
KPA — Kansas Pork Association
KPC — Kansas Pork Council
KSRE — K-State Research and Extension (KSRE used for internal communication only)
KSU — Kansas State University (K-State is preferred on second reference unless the actual name has KSU, such as KSU Foundation)
KSUAES&CES — Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service (proper name of K-State Research and Extension, which must appear on organizational documents)
KWA — Kansas Water Authority
KWO — Kansas Water Office
KWRI — Kansas Water Resources Institute (formerly KWRRI)
LMIC — Livestock and Meat Industry Council
LPC — Livestock Publications Council
LTIO — long-term intended outcome
MAB — master of agribusiness (degree program in Department of Agricultural Economics)
MAST — Management Analysis and Strategic Thinking (online agribusiness learning program)
MANRRS — Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences
NABC — National Agricultural Biosecurity Center
NAADA — National Agricultural Alumni Development Association
NACAA — National Association of County Agricultural Agents
NAE4-HA — National Association of Extension 4-H Agents
NAMP — North American Meat Processors Association
NASULGC — National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (now APLU)
NBAF — National Bio and Agro-defense Facility
NEAFCS — National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
NIFA — National Institute of Food and Agriculture (formerly CSREES)
NISTAC — National Institute for Strategic Technology Acquisition and Commercialization
NPC — National Pork Council
NPDN — National Plant Diagnostic Network
NRCS — Natural Resources Conservation Service
NSF — National Science Foundation
NWREC — Northwest Research-Extension Center
OEIE — Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation
OLG — Office of Local Government
OMK — Operation Military Kids
PBC — Plant Biotechnology Center
PDC — program development committee
PDIS — Plant Diagnostic Information System

— program focus team
PI — principal investigator
RMC — Reciprocal Meat Conference sponsored by the American Meat Science Association
RSCAD — Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities, and Discovery
SARE — Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
SHICK — Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas

SSSA — Soil Science Society of America
SEARC — Southeast Agricultural Research Center
SNAP-Ed — Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education
SRS — Social and Rehabilitation Services
SWREC — Southwest Research-Extension Center
TMDL — total maximum daily load
UDP — university distinguished professor
USAID — UNited States Agency for International Development
USDA — United States Department of Agriculture
WDL — Weather Data Library
WERU — Wind Erosion Research Unit
WGRC — Wheat Genetics Resource Center
WIC — Women, Infants, and Children
WHO — World Health Organization
WKARC — Western Kansas Agricultural Research Centers
WRAPS — Watershed Restoration and Protection Stra