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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


Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm
COVID: Masks are encouraged for all guests.

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New Episode from Naturally Florida, “Highlighting a Keystone Species: The Gopher Tortoise”
The gopher tortoise is not only a keystone species, but also an endemic species, making it special and important to the overall function of the ecosystems where it is found. In this episode, we will explore the life of the gopher tortoise including some basic identification information, population status, biology, and things you can to do


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This Thanksgiving, Thank a Farmer
This Thanksgiving Day, families and friends across the country will gather to show gratitude for our good fortune by sitting down together over a meal. Not just any meal, but a proper feast, with multiple courses, side dishes, appetizers and desserts


The Right Dose: Video Series
Florida is one of the most regulated states regarding pesticide applications.  Pesticide applicators licensed in Florida that apply Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP) must know their obligation under Florida Law


La Dosis Correcta: Serie de Videos
Florida es uno de los estados más regulados con respecto a las aplicaciones de plaguicidas. Los aplicadores de plaguicidas con licencia en Florida que aplican Plaguicidas de Uso Restringido (RUP) deben conocer su obligación bajo la Ley de Florida


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    Are Your Bulls Breeding Ready?
    We don’t want to take guesses as to whether our bulls are breeding ready, we need to make all assurances possible that they are.  The herd sire contributes 50% of the genetic potential for the calf crop


    During the winter months as forage supplies get shorter and shorter, cattle tend to want to wander to the greener grass on the other side of the fence.  It is important that fences are sound whether ranchers want to keep their cattle contained or maybe keep other’s livestock out of their greener pastures