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1 Alachua County Cooperative Extension Division of Community Support Services

2 Alachua County Cooperative Extension Office Smith Lever Act developed Extension as a partnership with USDA, Land Grant University, & County Smith Lever Act developed Extension as a partnership with USDA, Land Grant University, & County IFAS- University of Florida IFAS- University of Florida Research, Extension, EducationResearch, Extension, Education Provide research based information to clientele within the counties. 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. 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 ,857 Total individual contacts 116,857 Total individual contacts 48% of Alachua County Citizens Reached 48% of Alachua County Citizens Reached

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

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

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

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

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

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

13 Environmental Horticulture Program Wendy Wilber- Agent Provides education and leadership in the area of landscaping best management practices, with emphasis on nutrient reduction and water conservation. 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. 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: 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 new developments in Alachua County (Bryton, Weschester, Northpoint) installed Florida friendly landscapes in These homeowners will see 1/3 reduction in water used in landscape as a result of adopting recommendation by Agent These homeowners will see 1/3 reduction in water used in landscape as a result of adopting recommendation by Agent

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

16 4-H Youth Development Program Matt 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. 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 – 1 st County established in Florida 1909 Alachua County 4-H – 1 st County established in Florida 1909

17 4-H & Youth Development Program Number of Youth Enrolled in 4-H activities including School Enrichment Number of Youth Enrolled in 4-H activities including School Enrichment H Community Clubs H Community Clubs Youth Enrolled in 4-H Youth Enrolled in 4-H H Volunteers H Volunteers

18 Ag & Natural Resource Program Barton Wilder- Agent To develop and implement educational programs for agronomic row crop producers and natural resource management To develop and implement educational programs for agronomic row crop producers and natural resource management Agronomic row crops Agronomic row crops TobaccoTobacco CornCorn SoybeansSoybeans SorghumSorghum Small Farms and Natural Resources Small Farms and Natural Resources

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

20 Cooperative Extension Volunteer Service 400 Volunteers 400 Volunteers 19,305 Hours 19,305 = = $335,520

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

22 Value of Alachua County Cooperative Extension Cost per resident based on 241,000 citizens = $1.37 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. 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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