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Business Observer Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 2 years ago

County hires senior-level executive in agricultural role

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David Outerbridge comes to Lee County after working as a soil conservation planner for Manatee County.

FORT MYERS — The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences recently hired a Bermuda native to run the Lee County Extension Services office.

David Outerbridge, who comes to Lee County after working as a soil conservation planner for Manatee County, describes his new job as the Extension Services director, in a statement, as fostering natural phenomena that feed humans, “both figuratively and spiritually.”

“Lee County is a populous county with interesting dynamics environmentally and socially that offer a huge potential for communicating research for the public good,” Outerbridge says.

Additionally, Lee County’s Parks and Recreation Department helps UF/IFAS Extension by providing volunteers for the UF/IFAS Master Gardener and UF/IFAS Master Naturalist programs.

The mission of IFAS is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life.

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