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From energy conservation to growing better tomatoes to helping youngsters develop self-esteem, University of Florida/Gulf County Extension Service offers a wealth of practical information for today’s families.

Through a partnership between Gulf County, the University of Florida and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Extension Service can provide assistance with such community issues as water conservation, environmental protection, family health and nutrition, youth development and economic stability for Gulf’s small farms and ranches.

The Extension Service is an off-campus educational branch of the University of Florida.  Extension agents, who serve as the county’s “educators”, reach more than two million people each year through presentations, telephone calls, lab diagnoses, pamphlets and other outreach programs.

This “real life” learning approach was established in 1914 by the federal Smith-Lever Act, and is one of the world’s largest informal education and developmental organizations

Gulf County Extension Team

Ray Bodrey

County Extension Director, Extension Agent II
Office: (850) 639-3200
Extension Responsibilities: County Leadership & Community Development, Agriculture & Natural Resource, Environmental Horticulture, Sea Grant

Melanie G. Taylor

Extension Agent III
Office: (850) 639-3200
Extension Responsibilities: 4-H Youth Development, Family & Consumer Science


Program Assistant, Family Nutrition Program
Office: (850) 639-3200


Charissa Raffield
Administrative Assistant
Office: (850) 639-3200





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