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UF/IFAS Extension
Sumter County

UF/IFAS is here to help! At this time, we are open to the public by appointment only beginning on Monday, June 8th, 2020. If you find yourself needing to see someone in person, you are strongly encouraged to call the office for an appointment. We look forward to working with you, stay safe!

7620 SR 471 Suite 2
Bushnell, Florida 33513-8716


Monday - Friday
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Just Rolled into the Clinic: Cercospora leaf spot on Blackberry
Subject: Blackberry Background: This blackberry sample from a commercial nursery in Central Florida was showing signs of brown, angular spots with reddish-purple borders. The spots were limited to the lower portion of the plant


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Apply for the Sumter County Master Gardener Volunteer Class!
      Do you enjoy gardening and want to know more about gardening in central Florida? Is conserving and protecting water quality important to you? Does acquiring new skills or expertise learned in workshops or classes challenge you? Do you enjoy sharing what you know with others? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Sumter County Master Gardener Volunteer program could be for you! Applications are ready.


4-H Leg: 50 Years of Giving Youth a Voice in Government
There’s a famous quote, often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, that we must “be the change we wish to see in the world.” Few of us take the opportunity to meet that challenge


Sumter 4-H Summer Camps 2022!
Written by Dakota Cantrell, Sumter County 4-H Program Assistant   Summer is approaching fast, and school will be out soon! Parents, are you looking for summer activities for your youth members? Sumter County 4-H is offering 5 weeks of summer day camps! Spaces are limited so register early! Registration information can be found at the end!   4-H Summer Camp Offerings  There are three weeks for kids ages 14 - 18 years old as of.


Enhancing Your Scholarly Works Series – Tips That Can Help You Publish
In a 2021 in-service-training, Scholarship in Extension 2.0 Virtual Workshop, the Central District Regional Specialized Agents (RSAs) and Associate District Extension Director (DED) reviewed program development implementation and evaluation, as well as the need for a “diversified scholarship portfolio” (Adams, et al, 2005)


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    Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in Florida
    Florida now has confirmed cases of Bird Flu, which is Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).  While the cases in Brevard, Palm Beach and Volusia Counties were detected in wild birds, poultry owners need to be vigilant


    What are the judges REALLY looking for on County Events Day?
    How hard would it be to play a game if no one told you the rules or how to win? How would you feel? How long would it hold your interest? If you kept trying again and again but continued to lose, would you keep playing? Often, youth go into contests without knowing what they need to do to be successful. While winning isn't everything, losing certainly isn't fun! When preparing for a 4-H competition or exhibition, it's important to familiarize