Family & Consumer Sciences (FACS)

FACS20logo1_color1We provide non-biased, research-based information on home food preservation, food safety, healthy  eating habits, personal financial managemen, parenting and healthy teen relationships.


MaryBeth Hornbeck, Rockdale County Cooperative Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Science


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MaryBeth Hornbeck is Rockdale County’s Family and Consumer Sciences Agent. In this role, her aim is to help local citizens lead healthy and balanced lives by linking them with reliable information from the University of Georgia. MaryBeth especially enjoys looking for new ways to make vegetables more delicious and appealing to everyone. She is excited to serve Rockdale County and looks forward to encouraging healthy living not only through food choices but also through the development of healthy lifestyle habits.

As an expert in food science and food safety, MaryBeth holds a master’s degree in food science and technology from the University of Georgia and a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. With extensive training in science, she has learned to apply her problem solving skills in ways that couple well with her goal of helping and serving people.

As a Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, she is prepared to lead classes on foods and nutrition, families, housing and environment, finances, and chronic disease prevention.

If you have any questions about what a Family and Consumer Sciences Agent can do for you or your organization, or just want to know more about healthy food, food safety, or any other healthy lifestyle topic, feel free to contact MaryBeth by phone at 770-278-7373 or email at

Find research-based information you can trust on MoneyHomeHealthFood and Family on the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences web site.

Radon Awareness

Radon, a gas that you can’t see, smell or taste, may be found in your home at high enough radonlevels to cause health issues for you and your family. The only sure way to know if you have radon gas in your home is to test for it. You can order one on-line at the FACS Radon Webpage.

NEWWell water testing for RADON – The Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories (AESL) at the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension announces its new capability to analyze Radon in Drinking Water. The total cost of the test is $40/sample ($30 for test fee + $10 for prepaid overnight shipping label). This service dovetails with the UGA Radon Education Program by Dr. Pamela Turner and colleagues of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. One of the goals of the UGA Radon Education Program is to understand the linkages between radon in the air and water, and uranium in water. In Georgia, testing radon in drinking water is particularly relevant to the private well owners and public water suppliers situated above the fall-line. Download a radon in water test submission form.


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For additional information regarding Family & Consumer Sciences, please contact:

Dorsey Sharpton at   or

MaryBeth Hornbeck at

For more information visit the College of Family and Consumer Sciences