Polk’s Extension Director Tapped for Expanded Role
Published on Feb 23, 2021
The Southwest Extension District for the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences program is about to get an infusion of talent from Polk County.
Nicole Walker, Polk’s Extension director, has been chosen to serve as the new Associate District Extension Director for the Southwest District.
In her new role, which covers an 11-county region, Walker will focus on a number of issues pertaining to affirmative action policy and procedures; assist with the implementation and coordination of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access plans within the district; retention of new county Extension agents; developing county government relations for the expansion of Extension in urban areas and UF Engagement initiatives and providing support to regional specialized agents.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to assist my district director and serve my Extension colleagues in this new capacity,” Walker said. “I’ll also look to incorporate what I learn into my responsibilities as a division director within Polk County.”
Walker began her career with UF/IFAS Extension Polk County following a one-year Americorps public service experience with University of Delaware Cooperative. She began as a full-time 4-H youth development agent in Polk County in late 1999. From that time to early 2012, she coordinated the Polk County 4-H youth development program, which overlapped with the county extension director role for two years.
Since December 2009, Nicole has served in the director role and continues to support 4-H youth programming, as well as community resources development programming.
As Extension director, Walker oversees agents specializing in youth development, family and consumer sciences, residential horticulture, commercial citrus, commercial livestock, small farms, pest management licensing and education, natural resources and conservation and ornamental plant production.