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This fall, our office continues to observe COVID-19 safety protocols and is serving the public by appointment. 

Please consider the following guidance:

  • 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.
    • Disposable masks will be made available for guests.  
  • A limited selection of in-person Extension educational events may be offered, and current UF Health and CDC guidelines will be observed. 
  • Agents and staff will continue to serve you via email, phone, social media, webinar classes, Facebook Live, YouTube, and other web-based communication tools. 
  • Pesticide exams are offered on the first business Monday of each month, with a limited number of slots available.

This information was last updated: October 12, 2020, at 9:30 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

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