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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.

2019 Sarasota County Extension impacts brochure, second page, with array of facts and figures View our UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County facts and impacts, 2020 document to learn more about how we work with you to make better lives and better communities.

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