About Extension

UF/IFAS Extension in Hillsborough County, located just minutes from Tampa, is an educational service provided by both the University of Florida and Hillsborough County. It provides information to the public through workshops, publications and mass media.

Historical Backgound

In 1914 Congress established the Extension Service in order to provide a means for disseminating and  implementing research-based information from land-grant universities. The University of Florida in Gainesville is Florida's land-grant university. The transfer of knowledge "from UF to people throughout the state is facilitated by "Extension" faculty located in each of Florida's 67 counties. This partnership between counties and the university is the heart of the Cooperative  Extension Service mission and enables the university to extend its knowledge base to each community.

The Mission

The mission of extending and implementing research-based information to the people of Florida has not changed, however the information and delivery methods have enormously improved. The driving force for these information delivery methods are the needs of citizens in each county. County extension faculty develop educational programs based on issues determined by their urban and commercial customers or citizens. These priority issues form the basis for major educational programs that are conducted statewide.

Resources for Educational Outreach

Information is delivered by satellite courses, computer software, seminars, video presentations, world wide web, or by the traditional lecture and print medium. Our customers participate in classes statewide and implement new information in their business, homes and communities.

For more information on Florida's Cooperative Extension Service and their current programs, go to:




Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00pm

Telephone & Fax

PH: (813) 744-5519
Fax: (813) 744-5776




5339 County Rd 579
Seffner, FL, 33584-3334


Directions to Our Office


Important Note
Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.