Polk County Extension
Alice Kersey

Emeritus Extension Agent IV

Began December 1, 1967
Retired from Cooperative Extension Service March 31, 2005

Educational Background

  • 1965 Michigan State University, B.S., Animal Science
  • 1967 Michigan State University, M.S., International Agricultural Development
  • 1998 University of South Florida, Ph.D., Education

Extension Programs and Activities

  • School Enrichment Programs such as 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking
  • Resources 2020
  • Waste Management
  • AgriFest
  • Leadership Tomorrow
  • Provided 4-H Club leadership for Polk County for 15 years with 6,000 projects completed and submitted for competition.
    Served on Planning and Implementation Committees for Fairs, Camps, Congresses, Legislature, and numerous other 4-H events.
  • Provided Continuing Education Units to 850 professionals (teachers, architects, building contractors, and pesticide applicators)
  • Served on Dean's State Extension Advisory Committee, School Board Strategic Planning Committee, and School District Teacher of the Year Selection Committee
  • Joined the Florida Association of Country Agricultural Agents in 1968 and became the first female member of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents in 1969.
  • Served on the Steering Committees to form both the Florida Association of Extension 4-H Agents and the Florida Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals.
  • Member of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the honorary fraternity for Extension professionals, and served in all officer positions.
  • Received Distinguished Service Awards from both the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents and the Association of Natural Resource Extension
  • Selected by peers to present papers at 14 National Conferences.

Alice Kersey

Contact Information

Alice P. Kersey, Ph.D.
 Emeritus Extension Agent IV
Polk County Cooperative Extension Service
PO Box 9005, Drawer HS03
Bartow, FL 33831-9005
Phone: (863) 519-8677
FAX (863) 534-0001
e-mail:  akersey@ifas.ufl.edu