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Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences


The Mission of UF/IFAS is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human, and natural resources, and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life.


Learn more about the UF/IFAS leadership team and structure.  

UF/IFAS Overview

The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences.

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UF/IFAS fulfills the university’s land grant mission - working to enhance and sustain the quality of human life through its research facilities, Extension services offered in every Florida county, and top-ranked education at the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

These endeavors combined contributed $149.6 billion to the state economy in 2018. From that figure, UF/IFAS specifically contributed $458 million

In addition, research, teaching, and Extension efforts help sustain and support 8,862 jobs across the Sunshine State. Specifically, UF/IFAS employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff statewide, including 375 Extension agents. These professionals work from UF/IFAS offices in each of Florida's 67 counties, as well as at the University of Florida main campus in Gainesville.