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UF/IFAS Extension
DeSoto County

-We are an off-campus branch of the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). -We provide scientific and problem solving information to DeSoto County residents. -We offer educational programs in agriculture, 4-H youth development and family nutrition.

(863) 993-4846
2150 NE Roan Street
Arcadia, FL 34266


Monday - Friday
8am - 4:30pm

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Is Owning a Business a Good Fit for Me?
Many of us at some point consider going into business for ourselves. I have done this myself with varying levels of success


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Water Wednesday Preview: Stormwater Ponds
We are so excited to unveil the new Water Wednesday: Water Wednesday Ask Extension and Water Wednesday Webinar. Water Wednesday Ask Extension is brand new format


The Rural Telehealth Initiative: Lowering Barriers to Health Care
For me, a visit to the doctor can be an inconvenience. Between fighting traffic, finding a parking spot, checking in and doing time in the waiting room, I usually have to carve out an hour or more of my day, all for about 15 minutes of quality time with the doctor


Tips for Healthy Living
For a while, ideas about wellness have focused mostly on physical health. Other aspects of wellness have often been compartmentalized or seen as less important


National Food Safety Month – Know Safe & Show Safe
September is National Food Safety Month. ” The Federal government estimates that there are about 48 million cases of foodborne illness annually


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    Parent Guided/Student Driven Plan for High Schoolers
    Now that kids are settling in to their school routines and the academics sessions are in full gear, it is a great time to begin the discussion and planning to ensure your child’s success well out of high school.  Setting Goals Help your child plan for their future, remember, a plan is a point of departure, consider it a fluid document that can change


    Taylor 4H Member Shares Swine Knowledge
    Grand Champion Swine Winner Shares Her Knowledge with Fellow 4-H Members As the North Florida Livestock Show and Sale exhibitors begin their search for their project, Taylor County 4-H Member Liz Newman prepared a tip sheet to educate her club on how to select a prospect for show. The North Florida Livestock show, and sale is slated for February 21-24, 2021