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Who We Are

Through Extension, Polk County citizens find answers to both every day and difficult issues in a diversity of topic areas, from lowering doctor visit frequency through better nutrition and physical activity, to planting a low water-use Florida yard, to protecting commercial fruit operations from pests and diseases. Find a place for your children to stay safe and build their confidence through the 4-H program, or get a license to spray pesticides as a service for your small lawn and landscape business.

More than 500 Polk County youth and adults volunteer with Extension each year as 4-H  club leaders and instructors, and as certified Master Gardeners.

As part of the University of Florida, Extension offers the latest research-based solutions, packaged in a way that makes using information easy and affordable.

As you explore our website, I hope you'll take advantage of the many opportunities to gain and apply new knowledge in your life, home, community, or business. You'll also want to check out UF/IFAS Extension - Solutions for Your Life, which constantly updates hot topics for Florida residents.


Natural Resources

4-H Youth Development

Gardening and Landscaping

Nutrition and Healthy Living

Community Development


(863) 519-1041

Physical Address 1702 Highway 17 South Bartow, FL 33830

Mailing Address PO Box 9005, Drawer HS03 Bartow, FL 33831-9005

Hours Monday - Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

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