Ornamental horticulture is a major component of the agriculture industry in Manatee County, ranking third behind vegetable crops and fruit production. The county places 13th in the state in market value of ornamentals with nursery stock and floriculture/foliage crops making up the bulk of ornamental commodities. (Source: USDA 2007 Census of Agriculture)
The Manatee County Extension Service is an educational program which brings the resources of the University of Florida to Manatee County to:
- Solve local problems
- Provide educational opportunities
- Promote economic enhancement and development
- Improve the quality of life for all of our citizens
The Extension Service is a partnership involving the United States Department of Agriculture, the University of Florida as Florida’s land-grant university, and Manatee County government. A land-grant university has a special mission to serve every citizen in every corner of every state. What better way to do this than to have an Extension Service in virtually every county in the United States.
Extension was established nationally in 1914 and in Manatee County in 1918. Extension has a proud history of service to all of our citizens. We hope we can serve you with the very best information based on the very latest University research combined with our several years experience in the “business” of education.
The use of trade names is solely for the purpose of providing specific information. It is not a guarantee or warranty of the products named and does not signify that they are approved to the exclusion of others of suitable composition. Use pesticides safely. Read and follow directions on the manufacturer’s label.