UF/IFAS Extension has developed a strong partnership with FAC to deliver education programs for county leaders. For the last decade, UF/IFAS Extension has sponsored the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) Program. This partnership has ensured our ability to provide a leadership program of excellence that incorporates nationally-known speakers and faculty from the University of Florida. In 2012, UF/IFAS Extension increased its participation and for the last three years, has been the sole sponsor of all of the FACTOR programs.

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership that creates and develops knowledge about agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, the environment, energy, youth, families, and communities. UF/IFAS sustains and enhances our quality of life by making that knowledge easily accessible to people. Because of this mission and due to the diversity of Florida’s climate and agricultural commodities, UF/IFAS facilities are located in all 67 counties throughout the state and its programs extend into every Florida community. UF/IFAS has developed an international reputation for its accomplishments in teaching, research, and extension.

“UF/IFAS Extension is pleased to be the primary sponsor FAC’s professional development programs, FACTOR. Our organizational goal in Extension is to provide cutting edge education based upon research conducted at the University of FL. This partnership with FAC is highly aligned with this organizational goal as well as our strong and long-term statewide partnership with all County Governments across the state.”-Dr. Nick Place,  Dean and Director of UF/IFAS Extension.

UF/IFAS Extension partners with communities to provide quality, relevant education and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. The strong bond forged between UF/IFAS Extension and county governments during the past 100 years is a main reason why Florida has one of the best Cooperative Extension Services in the nation. Through the combined efforts of state and county faculty, staff, volunteers, and advisory committees, Extension programs respond to the needs of Florida residents. Florida Extension assists in applying the benefits of research and university expertise to solve problems. 

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