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Laurie Hurner is the Citrus Extension agent for Highlands County, as well as the County Extension Director. Hurner is a graduate of Florida Southern College with a bachelor's degree in Business/Citrus and has a master's degree in Agriculture from the University of Florida.

For the past ten years, Laurie served as the assistant director of Grower Affairs at Florida Citrus Mutual. In that capacity she was directly responsible for maintaining and enhancing relationships between Citrus Mutual and growers in Highlands, Glades, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties. She also was the organizations liaison with the South Florida, Southwest Florida and St. John's River Water Management Districts. Hurner has also served as an agriculture program manager and professor at what was then-South Florida Community College.

Hurner is involved in many UF activities, currently serving as the chair of the UF Ag Education and Communications Department Advisory Committee and recently serving two terms on the UF CALS board. Outside of the UF Hurner is involved with the Highlands County Cattlewomen, The Mason G. Smoak Foundation and is an Alumnus of The Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources.


The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal, state, and county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences and to making that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life.

For individuals with disabilities, requiring special accommodations, please contact UF/IFAS Highlands County Extension within a minimum of 72 hours of the event/program so that proper consideration may be given to the request.

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