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Alachua County Cooperative Extension

Alachua County Cooperative Extension. Division of Community Support Services. Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office. Smith Lever Act 1914- developed Extension as a partnership with USDA, Land Grant University, & County IFAS- University of Florida Research, Extension, Education

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Alachua County Cooperative Extension

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  1. Alachua CountyCooperative Extension Division of Community Support Services

  2. Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office • Smith Lever Act 1914- developed Extension as a partnership with USDA, Land Grant University, & County • IFAS- University of Florida • Research, Extension, Education • Provide research based information to clientele within the counties.

  3. Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office Staff • Extension Director/Livestock Agent • Environmental Horticulture Agent • Family & Consumer Science Agent • Commercial Horticulture Agent • 4-H Agent • Ag & Natural Resource Agent • Staff Assistant • Office Assistant • Administrative Coordinator

  4. Alachua County Cooperative Extension Mission • To provide scientifically based information for citizens to use in making informal decisions relating to agriculture, youth development, and family and consumer sciences.

  5. Overall Advisory Committee • A group of citizens organized by Extension for the purpose of providing advice on and assistance with the planning, legitimization, implementation, evaluation and accountability of Extension programs, and the maintenance of the general health and welfare of the Extension organization.

  6. Cooperative Extension Clientele Contacts- 2009 • 116,857 Total individual contacts • 48% of Alachua County Citizens Reached

  7. Educational Programming • Short Courses • Workshops • Tours/Field Days • Consultations – Walk Ins, Telephones • Field Visits • Demonstrations • Research Plots • Publications- TV, Newsletters, Factsheets, Newspaper Articles

  8. Agricultural Production in Alachua County • Total Value of Ag products sold……………………………..$92 mil • Value of Crops including nursery & greenhouse….………………..$65 mil • Value of Livestock, & products…………………..…..$27 mil

  9. Commercial Horticulture Production in Alachua County • Vegetables, Melons, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes…………………$9.9 mil (20th) • Nursery, Greenhouse, Floriculture, & Sod……………………….$28 mil (17th) • Fruits, Trees, Nuts……...$19 mil (20th)

  10. Division Director &Livestock Program Cindy Sanders • Provides overall leadership and management for the office, County, & IFAS. • Responsible for developing programs in Livestock & Forage production. • Under the direction of the Alachua County Community Support Services Director . • Under the direction of UF/IFAS District Director .

  11. Livestock Program Area Impacts in Alachua County • 13th in FL in Beef Cattle - 46,500 head = $ 27 mil • 5th in FL in Horses - 4,000 head • 2nd in FL Goats -3,200 head • 3rd in FL Forages & Hay - 20,000 acres

  12. Commercial Horticulture ProgramAparna Gazula - Agent • Responsible for the development of educational programs for Commercial Horticulture in Alachua County. • crop production efficiency and sustainability, farm safety and regulatory compliance. • Best Management Practices, commercial nursery and landscape management, and irrigation management.

  13. Environmental Horticulture ProgramWendy Wilber- Agent • Provides education and leadership in the area of landscaping best management practices, with emphasis on nutrient reduction and water conservation. • This program also gives instruction and support to homeowners with gardens moving towards sustainability.

  14. Cont. Programmatic Impacts • As a result of partnering with area builders and developers about FYN: • 3 new developments in Alachua County (Bryton, Weschester, Northpoint) installed Florida friendly landscapes in 2008. • These homeowners will see 1/3 reduction in water used in landscape as a result of adopting recommendation by Agent

  15. Family & Consumer Sciences ProgramBrenda Williams - Agent • Program Areas: • Nutrition • Food Safety • Housing • Financial Management • Before You Tie the Knot • Home & Community Educator Volunteers

  16. 4-H Youth Development ProgramMatt Benge - Agent • 4-H aspires to be the leading youth development program that creates positive change, and the development of life skills in youth, families, and communities through project areas and community clubs. • Alachua County 4-H – 1st County established in Florida 1909

  17. 4-H & Youth Development Program • 2000 - Number of Youth Enrolled in 4-H activities including School Enrichment • 17 - 4-H Community Clubs • 300 - Youth Enrolled in 4-H • 200 - 4-H Volunteers

  18. Ag & Natural Resource ProgramBarton Wilder- Agent • To develop and implement educational programs for agronomic row crop producers and natural resource management • Agronomic row crops • Tobacco • Corn • Soybeans • Sorghum • Small Farms and Natural Resources

  19. Ag & Natural Resource Program Impacts • Florida Master Naturalist Program • Freshwater Wetlands, Coastal Systems, and Upland Habitats • Continuing Education Units for Restricted Pesticide Licenses & Exams (Only offered at Extension Office, FL Statute 482 & 487)

  20. Cooperative Extension Volunteer Service • 400 Volunteers • 19,305 Hours • @$17.35/hr = $335,520

  21. Partnerships • City of Gainesville- Clean Water Partnership • Alachua County EPD • St. John’s Water Management District • Florida Green Building Coalition • Alachua County Farm Bureau • Alachua County Cattlemen’s Association • CHOICES • Alachua County School Board • Florida Organic Growers • Shands Eastside Outreach Educational Program • United Way • Alachua County Farmers Markets • MANY MORE…..

  22. Value of Alachua County Cooperative Extension • Cost per resident based on 241,000 citizens = $1.37 • For every dollar Alachua County spends to support Extension there is a $5 value gain in program match from the University of Florida/IFAS, which results in savings to citizens.


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