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Who We Are

Welcome to UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension.  Sumter County Extension is a federal, state and local partnership that provides research-based information from the University of Florida to the citizens of Sumter County. Our county government generously supplies us with a place to work and the funding to carry out our programs, which are mostly free to the public. 

The Cooperative Extension Service is nationwide and 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.

We specialize in the following:

What We Can Help With

vegetable basketAgriculture

butterflyNatural Resources

4-H Children in a kitchen4-H Youth Development

Clipping plantsLawn & Garden

family at farmers marketFamily Resources

food safetyLearning Opportunities


Jim E. Davis Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Urban Pest Management Multi County Extension Director, Sumter and Hernando Counties - Extension Agent III

Phone (352) 569-6866 Fax (352) 569-6861

Physical Address 7620 SR 471, Ste. 2 Bushnell, Fl 33513-8716

Hours Monday - Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Our Agents

Lisa Sanderson
Residential Horticulture Extension Agent II, Master Gardener Coordinator
(352) 569-6867

Matt Smith
Multi-County Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Agent I
Sumter, Pasco, and Hernando Counties
(352) 569-6872

LuAnn Duncan
Family & Consumer Sciences Agent III
(352) 569-6871

Dr. Norma Samuel
Associate Extension Director/Central District
Florida-Friendly Landscaping™/Urban Horticulture Agent IV
(352) 689-4671

Adam T. Smith
4-H Youth and Development Agent I
(352) 569-6874

Laura Bennett
Multi-County Livestock Agent I
Pasco, Sumter, and Hernando Counties
(352) 518-0156 x 5348
(352) 523-1921 Fax

Dakota Cantrell
Extension Program Assistant
4-H Youth and Development
(352) 569-6863