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Who We Are

The Cooperative Extension Service is nationwide and was established by the Smith-Lever Act of 1914. It is a partnership between state land grant universities, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the county governments throughout the nation. All of these groups share in the planning, financing, and operation of extension programs. In Florida, the Cooperative Extension Service is administered by the University of Florida.

Okeechobee County extension focuses on youth development, dairy production, and livestock production. We have a passion for agriculture, community, and the environment. Our purpose is to improve the quality of human life by finding ways to make businesses more profitable and sustainable. 

What We Can Help With

vegetable basketAgriculture

butterflyNatural Resources

4-H Children in a kitchen4-H Youth Development

Clipping plantsLawn & Garden

family at farmers marketFamily Resources

food safetyLearning Opportunities


(863) 763-6469

Physical Address 458 US Hwy 98 N Okeechobee, FL 34972

Hours Monday - Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Lauren Butler
Livestock Agent
County Extension Director  

Paula Daniel
4-H Youth Development 

Colleen Larson
Regional Dairy Agent 

Carrie Muldoon
4-H Program Assistant 

Josephine Dorriety 
Office Assistant 

Pat Hogue
Horticulture Program Assistant