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 the county governments throughout the nation. All of 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. St. Johns County Commissioners provide support for local faculty, staff and facilities.
The St. Johns County Cooperative Extension Service conducts research-based educational programs in agriculture, horticulture, family and consumer sciences, marine interest, 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.
The Extension Service's programming consists of:
- Seminars, demonstrations, field days, public exhibits, workshops
- Networking with educational governmental and human resources agencies
- Speaking to garden, service, civic clubs, schools and commodity groups
- Newsletters and weekly newspaper columns, personal contacts, farm visits
- Diagnostic services: soil testing, plant disease, insect and nematode identification
- Training for professional in-service needs and extension volunteers
- Research publication library
Our programs are open to all residents regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin or handicap. In compliance with ADA, participants needing special accommodations to attend programs should contact the office one week prior to the activity.