Who We Are
The Extension Service was established in 1914 by the Smith-Lever Act. Extension programs strengthen decision-making, knowledge application, economic security, environmental care and leadership skills for all citizens. Issues addressed are identified through citizens, county, and university involvement.
The Mission of UF/IFAS is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life.
The Vision for the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is to increase and strengthen the knowledge base and technology for:
- Expanding the profitability of global competitiveness and sustainability of the food, fiber and agricultural industries of Florida.
- Protecting and Sustaining natural resource and environmental systems.
- Enhancing the development of human resources.
- Improving the quality of human life.