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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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Mangoes are the King of Fruits
Mangoes are the king of fruits.  Of all the fruits in the world, the mango reigns supreme


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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


Cool Off with these UF/IFAS Extension Podcasts
I’m not gonna lie--it’s hot outside! Summer heat in Florida is more than a matter of comfort—it's a health and safety issue. If you want to limit your outdoor exposure, but still keep up on topics like gardening, nature watching, farming, beekeeping, or the latest in scientific research, podcasts are a great way to do that


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


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


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    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