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Franklin County Extension Team
33 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320

“Extension programs are open to all persons without regard to race, color, sex, age, disability, religion, or national origin.”




Erik Lovestrand

Franklin County Extension Director Regional Specialized Sea Grant Agent

Office: 850-653-9337                                             Cell: 850-766-8929                                                 Email:    

                                                                                                                                                            Extension Responsibilities: The Franklin County Extension Director / RSA coordinates broad-based extension efforts in Franklin County and works across a  3-county region in the areas of seafood safety and marketing, coastal issues, and related topics to provide benefits to shellfish harvesters, seafood processors and others engaged in the commercial seafood industry to help create a thriving, sustainable seafood industry.

Michelle Huber

Franklin County Extension       Office Manager / Program Assistant

Office: 850-653-9337                                       Cell: 850-728-0976                                                                                                           Email:

Extension Responsibilities: Office Management, Program Accounting, assist Director Lovestrand with all aspects of Franklin County Extension programs.

 Heather Henderson

 Franklin County Extension            Program Assistant, Family            Nutrition Program

 Office: 850-653-9337                                                Email:


                                                                                   FNP Responsibilities: Implements the USDA funded Family Nutrition Program for Franklin County’s youth and adults.

Ray Bodrey Ray Bodrey

Gulf County Extension Director   Agriculture / Horticulture / Sea     Grant

Cell: 850-814-8689                                                 Office: 850-639-3200                                               Email:   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Extension Responsibilities: Leadership Development, Maintenance & Care, Plants, Plant Pests and Insects, Problems in Growing, Types of Gardens, Small Farms, Forest Resources, Livestock Production, Nursery & Greenhouse, Organic Production   

Melanie Taylor

Melanie G. Taylor

Gulf County 4-H                               Family & Consumer Sciences

Cell: 850-890-5377
Office: 850-639-3200


Extension Responsibilities: Youth Development, Volunteer Development, 4H Projects, 4H Events, 4H Camping, Health & Nutrition, House & Home, Money Matters.

Les Harrison

Les Harrison 

Wakulla County Extension Director Agriculture/Small Farms/Horticulture

Cell: 850-274-5752                                                     Office: 850-926-3931                                                                                                         Email: 

Extension Responsibilities: Leadership Development, Small Farms, AquacultureDooryard Citrus, Forest resources, Livestock Production, Nursery & Greenhouse, Organic Production,  Lawn & Garden Horticulture.  

Heather KentHeather Kent

Northwest Regional Specialized 4H

Agent Cell: 850-633-4086
Office: 850-209-5156                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                  Extension Responsibilities: Provide leadership and support for the 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology mission mandate. Strengthen 4-H Programs, Mentor and Support 4-H Faculty throughout the Northwest Extension District.

John Wells

                                                        John Wells

Information Technology Specialist Northwest Extension District

Cell: 850-491-0718

                                                                                                                                                                                        Extension Responsibilities: Provide technical support and training. Major duties include troubleshooting hardware, software, and network problems, upgrading and replacing hardware and software, website updates, and providing training for users throughout the Northwest Extension District.

Pete Vergot

Pete Vergot III, Ph. D.

Professor                                         District Extension Director

Cell: 850-228-4000
Office: 850-875-7137


Extension Responsibilities: The District Extension Director, provides leadership, instruction, support of educational program development, and administration of the extension program for the county extension faculty and staff located in the counties of the Northwest Extension District across the panhandle of Florida.

Dr. Andrew Kane

Dr. Andrew Kane

UF Water Institute/ Director, Aquatic Pathobiology Laboratory

Office: 352-273-9090

Extension Responsibilities:  Andy Kane is an associate professor of environmental and global health at the University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions in Gainesville, and is also the director of the University of Florida’s Aquatic Pathobiology Laboratory. Kane is focusing on ways to better understand the relationship between the higher salinity in the Apalachicola Bay (due to reduced freshwater input) and the presence and intensity of fouling organisms that can grow on oyster shells, and can affect oyster growth and the aesthetics of the shell.



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