About Us

What is Extension?


The UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service is a partnership between the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners.

Through Extension, Polk County citizens find answers to both every day and difficult issues in a diversity of topic areas, from lowering doctor visit frequency through better nutrition and physical activity, to planting a low water-use Florida yard, to protecting commercial fruit operations from pests and diseases. Find a place for your children to stay safe and build their confidence through the 4-H program, or get a license to spray chemicals as a service for your small lawn and landscape business.

More than 500 Polk County youth and adults volunteer with Extension each year as 4-H  club leaders and instructors, and as certified Master Gardeners.

As part of the University of Florida, Extension offers the latest research-based solutions, packaged in a way that makes using information easy and affordable. It's like going to the University, but without the tuition!

As you explore our website, I hope you'll take advantage of the many opportunities to gain and apply new knowledge in your life, home, community, or business. You'll also want to check out www.solutionsforyourlife.com, which constantly updates hot topics for Florida residents.

Thanks for stopping in!

Nicole Walker, Director
UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Office