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UF/IFAS Extension
Marion County

UF/IFAS Extension Marion County is a cooperation between the Marion County Board of County Commissioners and the University of Florida to deliver relevant, research-based education programs that result in healthy people, healthy environments and healthy economies.

(352) 671-8400
2232 NE Jacksonville Rd
Ocala, FL 34470


Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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Darrow’s Blueberry: A lovely native plant for your edible FL Landscape
Florida is known for citrus, but there is another popular crop that is entirely native to the state - blueberries! The blueberries you buy at the grocery store are either a highbush (Vaccinium corymbosum) variety or a rabbiteye (Vaccinium ashei) variety of blueberry that have been cultivated to produce the large sweet blueberries we love. Both the highbush and rabbiteye blueberries are native to the Southeast,


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Marion County Agriculture Hall of Fame Recognition
As a part of Farm City Week Marion County Extension honors individuals from our Community for their contributions to Agriculture. Since its inception in 2003 Marion County has recognized thirty-four men and women for their place in Marion County’s agricultural history


A Boost for Hernando County’s Scallop Season
Over the last year, a team of volunteers worked hard to help give the bay scallop population off Hernando's coast a much-needed boost. These volunteers go by the name of "Scallop Sitters


Technical and Financial Assistance Available for Producers to Implement Agriculture Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Central Florida
Producers have implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs) that maintain or improve water quality, quantity, and soil conditions on their farms for many years. For the purposes of the Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services (FDACS) Office of Agricultural Water Policy (OAWP) BMP program, a BMP is defined by law as a means, a practice or combination of practices determined by the coordinating agencies, based on research,


Summer Wildlife Happenings
Summer has officially begun and so too has the rainy season. Florida is one of the most biodiverse states in the nation with over 4,300 known animal species and over 3,000 species of vascular plants


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    Water Wednesday Recap – Landscaping Care Before And After A Storm
    The Atlantic hurricane season extends from June 1 through November 30. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season


    Herbicide Damage: The Mysterious Case of Curling Leaves
    As an Extension Agent or a Master Gardener Volunteer, we oftentimes find ourselves serving as plant doctors, or even as investigators trying to solve mysteries on the farm or landscape. One type of case we see quite frequently is the mysterious case of curling, disfigured leaves on ornamental plants, trees and crops as pictured here