Who We Are
The national Cooperative Extension Service was established by the Smith-Lever Act of 1914. It is a partnership between state land grant universities, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the county governments throughout the nation. All of these groups share in the planning, financing, and operation of extension programs. In Florida, the Cooperative Extension Service is administered by the University of Florida.
UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County translates research into community initiatives, classes, and volunteer opportunities related to six core areas: agriculture; community development; gardening and landscaping; natural resources; nutrition and healthy living; and youth development. We provide practical education to build a better future.