The NFREC-SV Center collaborates with other IFAS and non-IFAS entities to support extension efforts in Florida. The following resources and programs are available for in North Florida.
County Extension Offices
Nearly all counties in Florida have an extension agent focused on agriculture or commercial horticulture. They are available to assist beginning farmers with various needs.
Find a county office
NE Extension District positions at NFREC-SV
The NFREC-SV is unique among UF/IFAS Centers, along with the Center at Hastings, in that there is currently no academic/research department faculty assigned to the unit. There are four Regional Specialized Extension Agent positions located at NFREC-SV who serve farmers in Florida's Northeast Extension District. The focus of this Unit is on demonstration and applied research projects supporting county Extension programs in Florida. Research projects are carried out at NFREC-SV under direction of research faculty largely from Gainesville, but also NFREC-Quincy. In 2016, over $31 million in grants and contracts were, in part, supported by the NFREC-SV unit. In 2016, at least 50 projects encompassing over 50 different UF/IFAS state and county faculty as PIs and Co-PIs were represented at NFREC-SV and in addition, the Center hosted the work of at least 25 graduate students and college student interns.
- Robert Hochmuth, Vegetable Crop Specialization, Center Director
- Kevin Athearn, Business & Marketing Specialization
- De Broughton, Agronomic Crop Specialization
- Charles Barret, Water Resource Specialization
Regular extension programs offered at the NFREC-SV include our Small Farms Academy series, and various field days. Check our calendar for upcoming events.
The Florida Agriculture Network organizes farm tours and other events where farmers can learn from each other.
Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Program
This statewide program organizes conferences and other events focused on small farms, specialty crops, and local food systems. The statewide Small Farms team is led by Danielle Treadwell and Mary Beth Henry. The Small Farms & Alternative Enterprises website contains many resources for small and beginning farmers. In particular, see the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers page.