About the Extension Program

The Cooperative Extension Service is nationwide and was established by the Smith-Lever Act of 1914.  It is a partnership of state land-grant universities, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the county governments throughout the nation. 

There are two land-grant institutions in Florida:  University of Florida and Florida A&M University.   Pasco County Government provides support for local faculty, staff and facilities.

Extension provides non-biased, research-based information to America's citizens.  Pasco County Extension is an off-campus branch of the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and serves as a bridge between the research labs of the university and the local community by providing educational materials and programs for adults and youth.

Pasco County residents have the opportunity to use their county extension service in different ways:

  • call either of our two offices (listed at bottom of page) for answers to your questions
  • bring plant/insect specimens to our offices for diagnoses/identification
  • schedule a seminar for your group or organization
  • subscribe to a newsletter
  • volunteer in the 4-H program
  • enroll your children (ages 5-18) in 4-H programs
  • become a Master Gardener
  • attend programs presented by extension faculty, program assistants and county volunteers.


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