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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.

Citrus County Extension serves  as a link between the local community and the university by providing a wide variety of educational  opportunities for local adults and youth.  We offer programs focused on locally determined and citizen influenced priorities in areas such as lawns and gardens, nutrition and wellness, financial management, natural resources, Florida-friendly landscape practices, and youth development (4-H).


What We Can Help With

vegetable basketAgriculture

butterflyNatural Resources

4-H Children in a kitchen4-H Youth Development

Clipping plantsLawn & Garden

family at farmers marketFamily Resources

food safetyLearning Opportunities


Marguerite Beckford, EdD County Extension Director / Horticulture Agent (352) 527-5700

Physical & Mailing Address 3650 W Sovereign Path, Ste 1 Lecanto, FL 34461

Hours Monday - Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm