Who We Are . . .
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 county governments throughout the nation. 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. The Columbia County Board of County Commissioners provides support for local faculty, staff, and facilities of the UF/IFAS Extension Columbia County.
We help people find practical solutions to problems specific to living in Florida. UF/IFAS Extension Columbia County provides research-based educational programs in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, livestock, natural resources, family and consumer sciences, and 4-H youth development.
Locally based advisory committees assure that programs are designed to meet community needs. Volunteer training is strongly emphasized in our programs to enable us to reach more of the county’s population.
Visit our website at columbia.ifas.ufl.edu for more information.