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UF/IFAS Extension
Sumter County

UF/IFAS is here to help! At this time, we are open to the public by appointment only beginning on Monday, June 8th, 2020. If you find yourself needing to see someone in person, you are strongly encouraged to call the office for an appointment. We look forward to working with you, stay safe!

7620 SR 471 Suite 2
Bushnell, Florida 33513-8716


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Enhancing Your Scholarly Works Series – Awards and Recognition for Extension Professionals
As we wrap up the old year and before we begin diving into the new year, it is important that we take time to reflect on the highlights of our programing efforts from this past year. These highlights can then be transformed into award winning programs if we dedicate time to “toot our own horn” and submit such programs for professional awards


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What are the judges REALLY looking for on County Events Day?
How hard would it be to play a game if no one told you the rules or how to win? How would you feel? How long would it hold your interest? If you kept trying again and again but continued to lose, would you keep playing? Often, youth go into contests without knowing what they need to do to be successful. While winning isn't everything, losing certainly isn't fun! When preparing for a 4-H competition or exhibition, it's important to familiarize


The View from Two Months In
Hello all, and welcome to a brand new year! I’ve been Dean of UF/IFAS Extension now for a little over two months. When I first started, I received a piece of advice from SVP Scott Angle: “Above all, just have fun!” he told me


Wildlife and Invasive Species Education (WISE) Species Profile: Hooded Merganser
Common Name: Hooded Merganser Status: Native Species Scientific Name: Lophodytes cucullatus Occurrence: Winter Resident Identification: Both the male and female species can be identified separately based on their own unique coloration, known as sexual dimorphism. Both males and females average 15 to 19" in length and have a wingspan of up to 26"


Wildlife and Invasive Species Education (WISE) Species Profile: Eastern Bluebird
Common Name: Eastern Bluebird Status: Native Species Scientific Name: Sialia sialis Occurrence: Year-round Species Identification: One of the most iconic of perennial song birds found in Central Florida. Eastern Bluebirds are larger than common songbirds such as the Tufted Titmouse or Caroline Wren, reaching a length averaging 6 to 8"


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    Wildlife and Invasive Species Education (WISE) Species Profile: Prairie Warbler
    Common Name: Prairie Warbler Status: Native Scientific Name: Setophaga discolor Occurrence: Florida sub-species is a year-round resident. Migratory sub-species is a winter resident


    Wildlife and Invasive Species Education (WISE) Species Profile: American White Pelican
    Common Name: American White Pelican Status: Native Species Scientific Name: Pelecanus erythrorhynchos Identification: The White Pelican is one of the largest birds in North America. White Pelicans have an average length of about 5 ft