The Duval County Cooperative Extension Service/City of Jacksonville Agriculture Department is a partnership between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), and the City of Jacksonville. Research- based education is offered by trained professionals and volunteers in agriculture, family and consumer sciences, and 4-H youth development.
Our mission is to continually enhance the quality of life for a unified Jacksonville through strengthening decision making, knowledge application, economic security, environmental care and leadership skills for all citizens.
Sponsored by UF's extension service, the Solutions for Your Life web site provides consumers and industry professionals with a one-stop source of information on family life, gardening, agriculture, the environment and youth development. It serves as a gateway to extension, research and education resources from UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, or UF/IFAS.
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The Duval County Cooperative Extension Service began operating in 1914, the year offices were established by the Smith-Lever Act. Early programs focused primarily on agriculture, but Family and Consumer Sciences and the 4-H Youth Development programs developed over the years. There have been only five County Extension Directors between 1914 and 2004.
A canning center was added during the early 1930's as a community service for families struggling to preserve food. The canning center continues in operation today with an educational mission as well as a food preservation mission. We moved our offices to our current location (1010 N. McDuff Ave.) in June 1979.