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Brenda Rogers is the director of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension south central district. This district encompasses 11 Florida counties in southwestern Florida, from Pasco County in the north down to Collier County in the south.
Rogers grew up in Manatee County, where her father was a third-generation dairy farmer and she was a member of her local 4-H club. This upbringing instilled a love of the land and the life it represents, she said, and gave her firsthand experience with the region’s people and the challenges they face.
She has an outstanding background as a former Extension faculty member, county Extension director and former county department director and is as a key member of our statewide leadership team for UF/IFAS Extension.
Rogers received her bachelor’s degree in home economics from Appalachian State University and her master’s degree in family and consumer sciences from Florida State University. She has received many awards and honors, including, most recently, the National County Government Month award, the Epsilon Sigma Phi Scholarship award and the Manatee County Agriculturalist of the Year award. Her long career in UF/IFAS Extension and local government have given her a passion for connecting with members of the community.