What is UF/IFAS?
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership that creates and develops knowledge about agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, the environment, energy, youth, families, and communities. UF/IFAS sustains and enhances our quality of life by making that knowledge easily accessible to people. Because of this mission and due to the diversity of Florida’s climate and agricultural commodities, UF/IFAS facilities are located throughout the state and its programs extend into every Florida community. UF/IFAS has developed an international reputation for its accomplishments in teaching, research, and extension.
UF/IFAS Extension partners with communities to provide quality, relevant education and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. The strong bond forged between UF/IFAS Extension and county governments during the past 100 years is a main reason why Florida has one of the best Cooperative Extension Services in the nation. Through the combined efforts of state and county faculty, staff, volunteers, and advisory committees, extension programs respond to the needs of Florida residents. Florida Extension assists in applying the benefits of research and university expertise to solve problems.
How does FAC partner with UF/IFAS Extension?
UF/IFAS Extension has developed a strong partnership with FAC to deliver education programs for county leaders. Since 2007, UF/IFAS has sponsored the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) Program. This partnership has ensured our ability to provide a leadership program of excellence that incorporates nationally-known speakers and faculty from the University of Florida. In 2012, UF/IFAS Extension increased its participation and is currently the sole sponsor of FACTOR, which encompasses all of FAC’s education certification programs. With this additional assistance, we have been able to broadly improve our existing programs and we have added some additional member benefits.