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  • The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible.

    While extending into every community of the state, UF/IFAS has developed an international reputation for its accomplishments in teaching, research and Extension. Because of this mission and the diversity of Florida’s climate and agricultural commodities, IFAS has facilities located throughout Florida.  As the agriculture and natural resources enterprise in a land-grant institution, UF/IFAS has three main units, focused on teaching, research and Extension. These are, respectively, the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (UF/IFAS CALS), UF/IFAS Research, conducted under the auspices of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and UF/IFAS Extension, with offices in all 67 Florida counties.

    UF/IFAS CALS offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than 20 disciplines. Nationwide, UF/IFAS CALS is one of the largest and most comprehensive colleges of its type. UF/IFAS Research facilitates all research activities conducted by UF/IFAS faculty and students, on the UF main campus and at 17 off-campus locations.

    Likewise, UF/IFAS Extension facilitates extension outreach activities conducted by UF/IFAS faculty on the UF main campus, at 17 off-campus locations and at 67 county-based locations which includes faculty at the state, regional and county levels.