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UF/IFAS Extension Bay County

Who We Are

The Cooperative Extension Service is nationwide and 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. The transfer of knowledge from UF to people throughout the state is facilitated by "Extension" faculty located in each of Florida's 67 counties.

In Bay County, we provide researched-based educational programs in Family & Consumer SciencesSea Grant Marine, Horticulture, and 4-H Youth Development  in response to local issues affecting county citizens.  Through the combined efforts of state and county faculty, staff, volunteers, advisory committees and local partners, UF/IFAS Extension Bay County Programs respond to the needs of area residents.  We assist in applying the benefits of research and university expertise to solve problems.

What Do We Do?

We teach!  Our teaching methods are diverse, which include classes, seminars, workshops, field days, mass media, and researched based publications.

Equal Opportunity Institution

All programs and related activities sponsored for, or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Services are open to all persons with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, and political opinions or affiliations.



 L. Scott Jackson, County Extension Director

Florida Sea Grant
Artificial Reefs Program, Living Shorelines, Master Naturalist Program,Sustainable Fishing and Responsible Angling Practices, Aquaculture, Seafood Safety, Ecosystem Health, Coastal Hazards, Pond Management and Water Quality
Regional Specialized Extension Agent


 Dr. Paula Davis, 4-H Youth Development                                  
Volunteer and Leadership Training for Youth and Adults, Military Youth Programs, Learning Life Skills, School Enrichment and After -School Programs



 Julie McConnell, Horticulture
Florida Friendly Landscaping™, Pesticide License Training and Testing, Green Industry Best Management Practices, Integrated Pest Management, Insect, Weed, and Plant Identification, Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, Florida Master Gardener Program


Melanie Taylor, Family & Consumer Sciences                                 
Healthy Living, Financial Management, Cooking and Nutrition, Managing Relationships and Community Sustainability                


Program Assistants

 Janet Psikogios

 Jennifer Sims
4-H Military Partnership Coordinator

Bree Stark

Marine Debris Removal Grant Support


Office Staff

Doreen Hicks

Staff Assistant



Physical and Mailing Address:
2728 E 14th St
Panama City, FL 32401
Phone: (850) 248-8091  or  (850) 784-6105
Fax: (850) 784-6107  

8:00am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm

  Bay County 


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