About Extension Services

University of Florida Citrus County Extension is a branch of the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and the Florida Cooperative Extension Service system. A unique publicly funded educational network that links the resources of the USDA, the land-grant university system and local governments, funds the Citrus County Extension Office.

In Florida, the University of Florida administers Cooperative Extension. The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners provides financial support for local faculty, staff and county facilities.

The Cooperative Extension System was established by the Smith-Lever Act of 1914. Citrus County Extension connects the public with the University of Florida/IFAS's knowledge, research, and resources to address youth, family, community and agricultural needs. We are part of a nation wide educational network of scientists and educators who help people solve problems and put knowledge to use. We deliver programs needed by people throughout the state.

What you may not realize is that the roots of the Extension system stretch back to 1862, when Abraham Lincoln signed a key piece of legislation known as the Morrill Act. In 2012, the University of Florida, and many other organizations, are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act.

The Morrill Act established the land-grant system of colleges and universities and created opportunities for education, learning, and research across the United States. Today, UF/IFAS Extension continues the legacy of the Morrill Act by educating Floridians on best practices in gardening and agriculture, family, youth, and community sciences, as well as other topics.

Citrus County Extension has access to the latest research and technology on more than 2,000 subjects of interest. The University's expertise is available to home owners, consumers, youth, home builders, agricultural producers, gardeners, and the general public.