Cooperative Extension Services
The Cooperative Extension Service is a publicly-supported educational program to provide research based educational and leadership programs in:
Volunteers are an important component of the Cooperative Extension Service's educational programs. Volunteers serve as 4-H Club leaders, youth activity leaders, master gardeners, Lakewatch volunteers and advisory committee members. The Extension Service also works with other agencies and organizations to help residents improve their quality of life and protect the environment.
Cooperative Extension Facilities
The Cooperative Extension Office also manages the county's Agricultural Center Complex. Facilities at the Agricultural Center include:
W.H. Stuart Conference Center
- The Conference Center accommodates groups as large as 300 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 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, call (863) 519-8677, or visit us at 1702 U.S. 17-98 S. in Bartow, or on the web at UF IFAS.