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As of June 15, our office continues to serve the public by appointment.

Please consider the following guidance:

  • Guests are advised to contact the office prior to stopping in
    • Please call 863-519-1041 for information and to schedule appointments
  • Agents and staff will continue to serve you via email, phone, social media, and other web-based communication tools
  • Pesticide exams are offered on a limited basis, in-person and by computer, on the first Mondays of the month.
  • For everyone's safety, we kindly request all in-person visitors wear their choice of personal face covering or mask

This information was last updated: June 15, 2020 at 2:30 PM


 

UF/IFAS Extension
Polk County

UF/IFAS Extension Polk County is a partnership between the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and the Polk County Board of County Commissioners.

Contact

polk@ifas.ufl.edu
(863) 519-1041
1702 Highway 17 South
Bartow, FL 33830

Hours

Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

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