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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 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


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This Hurricane Season, Be Prepared for Anything
The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1. Are you ready? Maybe you think you’re ready—you’ve got some bottled water and canned goods to last a few days


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


“Something to Talk About”—Seminole Pumpkins!
Have you heard that Seminole pumpkins can be grown easily in Polk County? They are not only easy to grow but also make nutritious and flavorful dishes—and to top that off, they’re just plain fun! Seminole pumpkins are a cultivated variety of Cucurbita moschata. They are touted by many sources as a native plant to Florida


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    A Note on Your Irrigation System Post-Hurricane
    With the myriad of problems resulting from a hurricane, your irrigation system is probably not on the forefront of your mind.  Once you have taken care of the more pressing issues, you still need to check on your system


    Pollinator Plants that Survived Hurricane Ian
    In our area of Polk County, Hurricane Ian produced Category 1 winds and associated rainfall.  Local flooding and loss of power were experienced by many