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Ag Extension


Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center

4509 George Blvd. Sebring, FL 33875

Phone: (863) 402-6540  Fax: (863) 402-6544


The Highlands County Extensions Service is a joint cooperative program of the USDA, University of Florida, and the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners cooperating.

The Extension Office is where experts relate research findings to daily life. Extension provides information to agricultural and livestock producers, as well as the general public. Information is always research-based, current and free. 

The Highlands County Extension Office is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Master Gardeners are available for consultation from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Extension Services Director


The Extension Programs include: 

  • Agriculture - Citrus Production, Livestock and Forage Production, and Commercial Ornamental Plant Production.
  • 4-H Youth Development –  4 H is a worldwide youth educational program structured for children 5 to 18. Florida 4-H is a statewide youth development program of the University of Florida through the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science. Through this program, youth throughout the State are able to explore interest in a variety of areas in a safe, comfortable environment.
  • Citrus - The Extension's Citrus Agent's mission is to enhance productivity, profitability and environmental stewardship of Florida citrus growers through practice implementation, adoption and education using applied citrus research.
  • Livestock - The Extension's Livestock Agent brings university research through educational programs, clinics and conferences, on farm research, web resources, and publications to Highlands County producers and industry professionals as well as the general public. With this research, residents can be certain that they have the tools needed to make sustainable and profitable decisions
  • Urban Horticulture – The Urban Horticulture Agent along with the Master Gardener Program which is made up of University of Florida trained volunteers, promotes environmentally sound horticulture practices to manage plants in the landscape, gardens, and/or home.