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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.

(863) 519-1041
1702 Highway 17 South
Bartow, FL 33830


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A test to check the germination rate of old seeds
Have old seeds packets and wondering if the seeds are still viable to grow in the garden? Many seeds will last for years if stored correctly in a cool, dry, indoor environment. Follow these simple steps to test your old seeds


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Beef Cattle Reproductive Management Online Video Series
Each year, the UF/IFAS South Florida Beef Forage Program, offers the Alvin C. Warnick Beef Cattle Reproductive Management School


The Rural Telehealth Initiative: Lowering Barriers to Health Care
For me, a visit to the doctor can be an inconvenience. Between fighting traffic, finding a parking spot, checking in and doing time in the waiting room, I usually have to carve out an hour or more of my day, all for about 15 minutes of quality time with the doctor


Bull Selection Considerations
As we enter into bull sale season, now is a good time to review the important factors to consider when selecting a bull.  On average, one bull will cover about 25 cows


Eating Like A Superhero!
Ever wonder what heroes eat to keep their powers?    Look no further! Let’s dive into what it takes to eat like a superhero and how the food groups increase their power! The following is based on recommendations for children aged 2-8 years from


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    Fruit and Fruit Trees in 15 minutes: An On-Demand Webinar Series!
    Join UF/IFAS Extension Polk County experts for an on-demand series of five, 15-minute online educational workshops to help you plan for and grow edible fruit in your home landscape. Topics include peaches, citrus, bananas, pineapples, and designing with fruit trees


    A Vaccine for Johne’s? Possibly
    Scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have developed a new experimental vaccine to protect cattle from the bacterium that causes Johne’s disease.  Johne’s disease (pronounced “Yo-knees”), also known as paratuberculosis, is a contagious, chronic and often fatal infection