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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

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Considerations When Selecting Subtropical/Tropical Fruit Crops in Florida / 2023 Summer Southwest Florida Small Farmer Network (SWFSFN) Meeting.
Florida is among the only places in the USA where we can grow subtropical and tropical fruit crops. This is because Florida has the necessary climatic and soil conditions that allow farmers to grow these types of crops, as well as an established market


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Summer Camp: Out in the Sunshine
Calling all nature explorers! Join UF/IFAS Extension at our first weeklong summer camp at the Florida Children's Museum at Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland! Join us as we explore wildlife, botany, insects, and nature through crafts, activities, and outdoor play.  Each day will focus on a different nature concept that campers will explore using Bonnet Springs Park as their lab


‘Near Normal’ Hurricane Season Means Take All Precautions
The 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1. Are you ready? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a "near normal" Atlantic Hurricane Season this year


New Episode from Naturally Florida – “Three Common Snakes in Residential Areas”
On today’s episode, you’ll learn about three non-venomous snake species common to residential areas in Florida. Slithering into a neighborhood near you, these common snakes are found all over Florida


Growing Native: How to Create a Beautiful Garden in a Container!
Did you know you can create a small habitat of Florida’s native plants – even if you live in a patio home, apartment or condo?  By planting native plants in containers, you too can enjoy the presence of small birds, butterflies and other native pollinators who will visit your garden space! Many native plants adapt very well to container environments; in fact, shrubs, palms, or small trees can thrive for years in container pots.  In


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    Florida Farm Pests: Southern Chinch Bugs
    If you have a sod farm in Florida or work in the landscape business, Chinch Bugs could become a major economic problem when not taking proper control.   What are Southern Chinch Bugs and how I can identify them? Southern Chinch Bugs (Blissus insularis) is a pest, primarily found in Southern USA


    Plagas de las Fincas de Florida: Chinches del Sur (“Southern Chinch Bug”)
    Si usted tiene una granja de césped en Florida o trabaja en un negocio de jardinería, las chinches pudieran convertirse en un problema económico importante si no se toma el control adecuado.   ¿Qué son las chinches y cómo puedo identificarlas? Las chinches del sur (Blissus insularis) son una plaga que se encuentra principalmente en el sur de los Estados Unidos