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Our office continues to observe COVID-19 safety protocols and is serving the public by appointment. Please consider the following guidance:

  • Agents and staff will continue to serve you via web-based communication tools. 
  • Please contact the office (863-519-1041) to schedule in-person appointments with agents and support team members. 
    • For everyone's safety, we respectfully require all in-person appointment attendees to wear their choice of personal face covering or mask.
  • Pesticide exams are offered on the first business Monday of each month, with a limited number of slots available. Sign up at https://pesticideexam.ifas.ufl.edu/ 

This information was last updated: February 24, 2021, at 9:55 AM


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
COVID: Please contact the office to request an appointment. Masks are required.

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Support local UF programs this Giving Day, Feb. 18
Highlights Support Polk County Agri-Fest by visiting https://givingday.ufl

02/17/2021

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As we close out the year and take time to gather with friends and family to celebrate holidays, it’s a natural time for reflecting on all that we are thankful for. Giving and receiving gifts are likely on the minds of many and it’s a fitting time to highlight opportunities to give to support the work of the UF/IFAS Extension Small Farms program or a host of other initiatives

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Should I Use Soap or Other Cleaners to Wash Produce?
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    As we close out the year and take time to gather with friends and family to celebrate holidays, it’s a natural time for reflecting on all that we are thankful for. Giving and receiving gifts are likely on the minds of many and it’s a fitting time to highlight opportunities to give to support the work of the UF/IFAS Extension Small Farms program or a host of other initiatives

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