I consider this column to be a tool to extend UF/IFAS Extension research-based information. The reading audience includes you. The readers are provided with the most current information to assist them with developing and managing their lawns, landscapes and gardens in a Florida-friendly way. In a “nutshell,” this is what any extension agent/educator (sometimes referred to as county agent) does. They take research-based information, mostly derived from the University of Florida and other Land-Grant Institutions, and make that information available to user groups in various ways. This column is one of those ways. The job of any extension educator is to deliver research information to people that can put that research to use.
As I and other Extension educators are working on our end-of-year reports and planning our educational efforts for next year, I could use your feedback. I want to know if this column has been helpful to you.
But first, let’s take a closer look at Extension.
Extension is an informal education organization that provides information in three main areas: Agriculture (which includes horticulture), Family and Consumer Sciences (formerly Home Economics) and 4-H (Extension’s youth program). Community Development, Marine Biology and Energy are associated programs.
In 1862, the U.S. Congress passed and President Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which established colleges in each state through grants of land from the Federal government. They became known as “land-grant colleges, universities or institutions.” These colleges would emphasize teaching practical subjects such as agriculture and home economics.
In1887, the Hatch Act provided for experiment stations at land-grant colleges to conduct research for those colleges’ agriculture problems.
In 1914, the Smith-Lever Act created the Cooperative Extension Service as a part of these colleges as a means of disseminating the practical knowledge gained through research. The University of Florida is Florida’s land-grant University. Through the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), County Extension offices are the “front door” to the University in all 67 Florida counties.
In Okaloosa County, we work directly with farmers, the fishing industry, horticulture businesses, homeowners and 4-H youth.
Now back to the question, “Has this column been useful to you?” I’d like to know. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and share any changes that you’ve made in your lawn, landscape or gardening practices based on what was learned by reading this column. Also, let me know if there are topics you’d like me to write about in this column.
To learn more about UF/IFAS Extension visit the below website. http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/who-we-are