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UF/IFAS Extension
Manatee County

The Manatee County Extension Service is an educational program within county government which brings the resources of the University of Florida to Manatee County to solve local problems, provide educational opportunities, promote economic enhancement and improve the quality of life for all.

1303 17th Street West
Palmetto, FL 34221


Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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Improving Soil Health
How healthy is your soil? This is a question that we should all be asking ourselves. Soil is the base of all terrestrial ecosystems, farms, and gardens


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CEU Opportunity for Nursery and Greenhouse Producers!
Hello! Please join us at the Manatee County Extension Office on July 13th from 6-7PM to learn about pesticide resistance and earn one pesticide applicator license renewal CEU in Private, Ag Row, OR Ag Tree crop categories. Snacks are included in the $15 registration fee


4-H Leg: 50 Years of Giving Youth a Voice in Government
There’s a famous quote, often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, that we must “be the change we wish to see in the world.” Few of us take the opportunity to meet that challenge


The Rain Sensor: Is your Rainy Season Hero Alive and Well?
Over here in Southwest Florida, rainy season has officially begun! The unsung hero of the rainy season is none-other than the rain sensor! Rain sensors interrupt your irrigation system controller's programmed schedule when adequate rainfall has occurred. Thus, saving you the trouble of having to turn your system on and off in-between rain events


Uncommon Edible Plants # 3
The things we grow ourselves taste the best. Whether it be the measly little tomatoes that cling to the weedy vine that grew out of the compost heap or the slightly holey greens that grow along the garden edges


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    When Calving is Normal and When to Provide Help
    Summer is in full swing, and the Fall calving season is right around the corner. Calving season can be an exciting time for producers seeing their efforts paying off with new life on the ranch


    Uncommon Edible Landscape Plants
    Part 2 in the Uncommon Edible Landscape Plants Series, Part 1 can be found here. The landscapes that surround our dwellings, for some, may be our first and last connection to nature