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About Us

The national Cooperative Extension Service was established by the Smith-Lever Act of 1914. It is a partnership between state land grant universities, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the county governments throughout the nation. All of these groups share in the planning, financing, and operation of extension programs. In Florida, the Cooperative Extension Service is administered by the University of Florida.

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County translates research into community initiatives, classes, and volunteer opportunities related to six core areas: 4-H youth developmentagriculture; gardening and landscaping; natural resources; nutrition and healthy living; and sustainability. We provide practical education to build a better future.

cover for 20-page annual report .pdf fact sheet of programs, outcomes and more for sarasota county extension in calendar year 2023 Read our 2023 Annual Report - UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County to learn more about the many ways we work with you to make better lives and improve our communities. Or, view our 2024 UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County Focus and Impacts (CY23) for a condensed version, including the myriad programs, projects and other ways we connect with you.

Extension videos

Find more of our informational and educational videos, including webinars, at our Youtube channel:


Learn about our programs in these core areas

4-H Youth Development

Gardening and Landscaping

Nutrition and Healthy Living


Natural Resources



Lee Hayes Byron
County Extension Director

6700 Clark Road
Sarasota, Fla. 34241

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  8a to 5p, Mon–Fri

Plant Clinic
  In-person: 9a to 3p, Mon–Wed
  Learn more: Plant Clinic web page