Frequently Asked Questions
About UF/IFAS Extension
UF/IFAS Extension is nationwide and was established by the Smith-Lever Act of 1914. It is a partnership between state land grant universities, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the county governments throughout the nation. All of these groups share in the planning, financing, and operation of extension programs. In Florida, UF/IFAS Extension is administered by the University of Florida.
We provide technical assistance to Hamilton County residents in the following areas:
Commercial Agriculture and Home Horticulture
- Crop and Livestock Recommendations
- Gardening Advice
- Identification of Pests
- Pest Control Recommendations
- Plant Disease Diagnosis
- Restricted-Use Pesticide Training
- Soil Testing Information
- Other Natural Resource
- 4-H Club Organization
- 4-H School Enrichment Programs Organization
Family and Consumer Sciences
- Health and Wellness
- Food Preservation
- Food Safety
- Financial Management
About Hamilton County
We are the only county in Florida that does not physically "touch" the state. We are surrounded on our eastern and southern boundaries with the famous Suwannee River. The Withlacoochee River surrounds us on our western side. We touch Georgia on our northern side.
We produce $14 million worth of agricultural commodities in the county. The forest industry, alone, generates over $9 million in the county annually.
We are the only county in North Florida that has a phosphate mine. This was started by Armand Hammer of the Occidental Corporation in the mid 1960's. Armand Hammer, the famed entrepreneur and millionaire who made his first million by selling pencils to the newly formed Soviet Union in the early 1900's visited the mine many times seeing how his pet project in North Florida was coming along.
Hamilton County is the easternmost county in the state that grows cotton.
Hamilton County has a river in the middle of it called the Alapaha River. It is known as the river of sand. The river is dry most of the year except when it receives a lot of water from Georgia. The river water flows underground to the Suwannee River for approximately 8 miles most of the year.
Hamilton County is the largest producer of flue-cured tobacco in the state. The quality of the tobacco is world-renowned.
Hamilton County is the second largest producer of field corn in the state(3,500 acres). Over 200 bushels of corn per acre are grown by some growers in the county every year.
We are one of the few counties in north Florida that grows carrots.
Even though Hamilton County is one of the northernmost counties in the state (we touch the Georgia border); it currently has several palm tree nurseries.
We have abundant wildlife, forests, and farm land.
We are one of the smallest counties in terms of population in the state, we currently have approximately 14,000 residents.
The county grows over 1,500 acres of a wide assortment of vegetables annually.
The county grows approximately 3,500 acres of peanuts annually.
The turpentine industry (sap received from pine trees) was a major enterpise in the county (1800's to 1960).
The town of Jennings was the home of 3 cotton gins until the early 1900's. The boll weevil and low prices caused cotton production's demise.