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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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The Benefits of Cooking with an Air Fryer
Air fryers have become a very popular kitchen appliance, especially in the last few years. With all the other appliances on the market, do air fryers really live up to the hype? We think they do! Here are the benefits of cooking with an air fryer


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Getting Ready for the Plant Project
A Message to Manatee County Plant Exhibitors: The FNGLA Plant Show and Sale (Plant Project) provides the opportunity to experience the process of growing, maintaining, marketing, and selling ornamental plants, simulating nursery production. In Manatee County, nursery production (along with greenhouse, floriculture, and sod production) brings in almost $42,000,000 of revenue each year and ranks 11th in the state


Prepare for Hurricane Ian
SEPT. 26, 2022 (10 AM) -- Hurricane Ian is approaching the Gulf of Mexico and is on a path to impact the west coast of Florida


Snails Pace
In an instant, from muted light to profuse and blinding, an assault of color and form on my freshly hatched eyes. Pulling tendril-like stalks close to my lacquer thin and transparent shell, I gather my composure


Palm Seedling Invasion – How to Manage this Pesky Problem
The Palm Tree: A Florida Icon Palm trees can be found in every corner of the Sunshine State, as they are a great landscape plant, are easy to maintain, and are hardy when planted in the right environment. There are over 30 types of palms that thrive in Florida, some growing best in the southern most portion of the state, but there is a species that will prosper


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    Does your Irrigation Make Sense, WaterSense?
    Does your irrigation system make sense? Are your sprinklers working for you or against you in your mission to irrigate efficiently? Luckily, the U.S


    From Soil to Sky: Flowers and Fruits
    The following series of columns entitled 'Soil to Sky' are an examination of five different facets of environment, structure, and life that are instrumental to trees in our forests and landscapes.  Trees are instrumental to our wellbeing, both individually and collectively as a society