UF/IFAS Extension Polk County
Commercial Citrus Management

Brief Description of Program

The Commercial Citrus Extension Agent provides wide ranging educational programs to grove owners, managers, and employers.  These include improved and economically sound production practices that enhance the productivity and profitability of citrus production in the Polk/Hillsborough County Area.

To view information from the six county extension agents in Florida, visit the Citrus Agents Website .

Educational Background

  • 1985 - B.S. Citrus Production Management, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • 1988 - M.S. Horticultural Science/Fruit Crops, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


  • 1989-1992
    Multi-County Citrus Extension Agent - Brevard Co.
    Cocoa, FL
  • 1992-2000
    Citrus Manager - Deseret Farms of Ruskin
    Ruskin, FL
  • 2000-2001
    Operations Manager - Orange Service Co.
    Arcadia, FL
  • 2001-Present
    Citrus Extension Agent
    UF/IFAS Polk and Hillsborough Extension Service
    Bartow & Seffner, FL

Chris Oswalt

Contact Information

Chris Oswalt
Citrus Extension Agent

Polk County
PO Box 9005, Drawer HS03
Bartow FL 33801-9005
Phone: (863) 519-1052
FAX: (863) 534-0001

Hillsborough Co.
5339 S CR 579
Seffner, FL 33584-3334
Phone:  (813) 744-5519
FAX: (813) 744-5776
E-mail: wcoswalt@ifas.ufl.edu