UF/IFAS Extension Polk County
Commercial Ornamental
Plant Production

Brief Description of Program

The Ornamental Plant Production program is dedicated to improving the commercial nursery, greenhouse and sod production industries in Hillsborough and Polk counties through the adoption of Best Management Practices, the utilization of integrated pest management, the development of a stable, educated workforce, and access to research-based problem solving resources.

Extension Focus


Pest Identification & Control



Effective Irrigation

Educational Background

  • 1995 - B.S. Horticulture, University of Florida,
    Gainesville, FL
  • 1998 - M.S. Horticulture, University of Florida,
    Gainesville, FL


  • 2000
    Propagation Manager - Cherry Lake Tree Farms
    Groveland, FL
  • 2003-2008
    Propagation Manager - Holmberg Farms
    Lithia, FL
  • 2009 - Present
    Extension Agent II - Environmental Horticulture Production
    UF/IFAS Hillsborough and Polk County Extension Service
    Seffner & Bartow, FL

Professional Memberships & Activities

National Association of County Agriculture Agents

American Society of Horticultural Science

International Plant Propagators Society

Florida Association of County Agriculture Agents

Florida Society of Horticultural Science

Florida Nursery Growers and Landscapers Association

Tampa Bay Wholesale Growers

University Service

Integrated Pest Management Update Team

South Central District Green Team

Effective and Efficient Water Use Focus

Faculty Orientation and Career Training Focus

Sustainability and Economic Benefits of Landscaping Focus

Contact Information

Shawn Steed
Multi-County Extension Agent II
Ornamental Plant Production

Hillsborough County
5339 County Road 579
Seffner FL 33586-3334
Phone: (813) 744-5519 ext. 147
FAX: (813) 744-5776

Polk County
Phone: (863) 519-1055
FAX: (863) 534-0001
E-mail: ststeed@ufl.edu

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