About Extension and Us
What Is Extension ?
The Extension Service is nationwide and was established by the Smith-Lever Act of 1914. It is a partnership between state, federal and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. The University of Florida (UF), together with Florida A & M University (FAMU), administers the Florida Cooperative Extension Service.
At the University of Florida, Extension is located in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), along with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and the Florida Agricultural Research and Education Center and is called UF/IFAS Extension.
Who We Are
UF/IFAS Extension encompasses thousands of Extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff and volunteers, all working to provide solutions for your life. Millie Ferrer-Chancy, Ph.D., is the interim director of UF/IFAS Extension.
The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal, state, and county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences and to making that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life.
111 Yelvington Road, Suite 1
East Palatka, FL 32131
(386) 329-0318 (OFFICE)
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM -5:00 PM
County Extension Director
Sharon Treen is the current Putnam County's Extension Director.
Family & Consumer Science Agent
Wendy Lynch began working with the Putnam County Extension Office in October of 2006. She has a Master of Science degree in Agriculture Education and Communication from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Florida State University. Wendy specializes in chronic disease prevention education including cardiovascular health and weight management for youth and adults.
4-H/Youth Development Agent
Crystal McCazzio became employed in 2007 as the 4-H Youth Development Agent in Putnam County. She has a deeply rooted passion for the 4-H Youth Development Program that started with her own adventures in 4-H as a youth where her animal science projects taught her knowledge and life skills she still uses today. Crystal graduated with her Master’s degree from the University of Florida in 2011 in Agricultural Education and Communication. Her current programming focuses on workforce preparation, leadership and teambuilding, volunteer management and STEM programming such as agricultural and animal science. Crystal is a member of the Initiative 7 Program Work Group 1 (I7PWG1) Science Action team and Animal Science and Agricultural Science sub-committees.
4-H Program Assistant
Summer Tillman joined the Putnam County Extension Service in August 2005 as the 4-H Program Assistant. Summer works with youth, volunteers, and spends much of her time implementing school enrichment programs in the Putnam County School System.
Evelyn "Prissy" V. Fletcher joined the team in August of 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. and M.S. degree in Soil and Water Science with minors in Plant Pathology and Entomology. Prior to becoming an agent, Prissy’s research was focused on insect vector pest management in citrus groves at the UF/IFAS REC in Immokalee, FL. Her programs in Putnam County include Florida Friendly Landscaping, Master Gardener Program Coordinator, along with disease, insect and plant identification. Prissy is available for questions regarding residential landscapes and general horticulture matters.