Who We Are
We are The UF IFAS Franklin County Extension and we conduct research-based educational programs in marine & coastal sciences, 4-H youth development, home horticulture, and family and consumer sciences. Our programs are designed to meet the needs of various age groups, economic levels and social situations. Programs of the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service are open to all individuals and groups regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, or handicap.
UF IFAS Franklin County Team
The UF IFAS Franklin County team is a small army striving to enhance the quality of human life with researched based solutions. Erik, the CED or County Extension Director, is a member of ACF Stakeholders Governing Board, Extension Professionals Association of Florida and ISSC (Interstate Shellfish Sanitation), you will see him around town taking soil samples, helping with lawn pests, studying diseases on citrus trees and/or palm trees, hosting a meeting on shellfish and educating individuals about our natural habitats through Panhandle Outdoors Live events. Michelle, you will find in the office, managing and multitasking all the different venues UF IFAS has to offer - beekeeping - 4-H - lawn and garden - mushrooms - Sea Turtle friendly lights - shellfish harvesting certification - soil samples - etc. Kayle, you will find at our local schools teaching Franklin County youth the importance of nutrition. If she is not at the school she is educating adults at Franklin's Promise. Together we strive to make knowledge accessible to enhance solutions for your life.
The FC Extension Director / Regional Specialized Sea Grant Agent coordinates broad-based extension efforts in Franklin County and works across a 3-county region in the areas of seafood safety and marketing, coastal issues, and related topics to provide benefits to shellfish harvesters, seafood processors and others engaged in the commercial seafood industry to help create a thriving, sustainable seafood industry.
Office Management, Program Accounting, assists Director Lovestrand with all aspects of Franklin County Extension programs.
Implements the USDA funded Family Nutrition Program for Franklin County's youth and adults.