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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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The Great Pumpkin
Falls has arrived! Fall is right around the corner and summer is slowly fading away. The not-so-hot, cooler weather flowing into our towns, late walks after work with the family, scary movies before we go to bed, and the special gatherings while enjoying warm beverages has arrived! Before we let this special season in, let’s make sure we are prepared with one of the most popular fruits, which is the


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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


NFREC Quincy—100 Years of Service and Adaptation
It was the summer of 1978. I had just graduated with a BS degree in Agronomy from the Ohio State University


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


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


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    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


    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