The Cooperative Extension Service is a publicly-supported educational program to provide research based educational and leadership programs in:
- Natural Resources
- 4-H Youth Development
- Human Nutrition
Programs Offered In Polk County
The programs are determined by community needs, that have a positive impact on the lives of the People of Polk County.
Volunteers are an important component of Cooperative Extension's educational programs. Volunteers serve as 4-H Club leaders, youth activity leaders, Master Gardeners, LAKEWATCH volunteers, and advisory committee members, etc. The Cooperative Extension Service also works with many other agencies and organizations to help people improve their quality of life and protect the environment.
Cooperative Extension Facilities
The Cooperative Extension Office also manages the Polk County Agricultural Center Complex. Facilities at the Agricultural Center include:
- W.H. Stuart Conference Center
- The Conference Center accommodates groups as large as 300 or more people;
- South Auditorium (up to 100 people);
- Valencia Room (up to 40 people);
- Clover Room (up to 20 people);
- Conference Room (up to 12 people);
- Hayman Arena for indoor livestock shows and two animal barns with tie stalls
Agricultural Center facilities may be used for educational fairs, shows, expositions, meetings and sales (sponsored by grower organizations) which will promote the welfare of good agriculture and industry, and foster the growing of better crops and the raising of better livestock. A nominal fee, to help defray expenses, is charged to qualified groups for use of the facilities.
For more information about the Cooperative Extension Services please contact the Cooperative Extension Services Division at 863-519-8677 or visit us at 1702 Hwy 17-98 in South Bartow.