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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.

Contact

manatee@ifas.ufl.edu
941-722-4524
1303 17th Street West
Palmetto, FL 34221

Hours

Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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Cortez Kind: Celebrating Over 100 Years of Commercial Fishing
41st Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival: The Cortez Kind are Getting Ready to Party with a Purpose! Every February for the past four decades, people have gathered in one of Florida’s last true fishing villages to celebrate the cultural history of the region and to honor the men and women who supply us with fresh local seafood. The village of Cortez and the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (F

01/17/2023

Find an Expert

Search the IFAS Directory to find an expert.

This Arbor Day, Plant an Investment in a Greener Future
January 20 is Arbor Day in Florida, and this Friday, Extension offices throughout the state will be hosting tree planting workshops and tree giveaways. Florida gets a jump on national arbor day, which isn’t until April, because this is the time of year when young trees are easiest to transplant in our warmer climate

01/18/2023

Planting a Rainbow
Plant a Rainbow The first green shoot seeking the sun, tendrils grasp, life encircled in each new node, our eyes witness to the verdancy of soil, seed, and sun. Gardening is a vibrant and reaffirming experience

12/29/2022

Grow Tomatoes with a Bit of Plump and Circumstance
Tomato growing in Florida can be a tricky endeavor. It starts out well as you watch the deep green and fragrant leaves unfurl, climbing with fuzzy fervor seeking the sun, only to walk out the next morning with your coffee to discover the chewed remains of a stem

12/15/2022

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    Nuanced Wildlife- Racoons
    Composed in night The ringed dark moves Delicate washed grins The sound of garbage bins Wandering nocturns Fingers dexterous puzzle solvers Fastidious cleaners Whiskers to whisper passageways Called unto from scented obligation A shadow in the shadows Movement to mimic the waning day Peering from hollow, crevice aloft Encircled delight in the glimpse of bottlebrush tail Gentle gaze from accentuated dark.

    12/15/2022

    Your New Go-To Site for Stormwater Pond Resources
    Your new go-to site for stormwater pond resources has been created by staff at the UF/IFAS Extension service for residents, professionals and anyone else that is looking to learn more! This website serves as a research tool and resource center for stormwater ponds. Check it out here: UF/IFAS Extension Stormwater Ponds Site

    12/06/2022