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University of Illinois Extension serving Boone, DeKalb and Ogle Counties

Main Office (Ogle County)
421 W Pines Rd, Ste 10
Oregon, IL 61061
Phone: 815-732-2191
FAX: 815-732-4007
Email:uie-bdo@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Boone County)
205 Cadillac Court
Unit 3
Belvidere, IL 61008-1733
Phone: 815-544-3710
FAX: 815-544-4606
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (DeKalb County)
1350 West Prairie Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178-3166
Phone: 815-758-8194
FAX: 815-758-8199
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

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Food donation drives make a difference to those in need. However, it may be challenging to make a healthy meal with the donations received. Making the Most of Your Food Basket Donations offers several ways to organize your donation drive or packaging of donations received, so that your food drive can provide healthier combinations to meet recipient’s or families food needs.

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Interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Winnebago County will be hosting classroom training at Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden on Tuesdays beginning February 17.

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University of Illinois Extension will present a weekly educational series for the small farm community, providing practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. This series of online programs is aimed at providing small farm producers with a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. This year's series includes new topics such as hydroponics, no-till and covercrops, growing hops, potato production, blueberry production and information on establishing apple orchards.

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University of Illinois Extension released four new CCA Online Courses that are presentations from this year’s Crop Management Conference. To obtain CEUs, one must register for the course.

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. The theme this year is "Be Smart About Your Heart, Control the ABCs of Diabetes." You can learn more about how diabetes increasesg the risk of heart disease and how to lower that risk by lowering your ABCs: the AIC test, Blood pressure, Cholesterol, and Stop Smoking.

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Let's talk Turkey! Are you looking for tips on cooking your Thanksgiving turkey or wondering what you will do with your leftovers? Check out our website 'Turkey for the Holidays' to learn how to select a turkey, cooking techniques, and fun facts to entertain your guests on Thanksgiving!

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Invasive Pest Workshop- Early detection and response is key to managing invasive pests. The Illinois First Detector Workshops are aimed at improving first detector training and invasive species awareness. Join us February 4 from 9 am to 4 pm at the DeKalb Farm Bureau Building in Sycamore.

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"Putting Wellness to Work" is now being offered. The objectives of this program are to help your staff better understand many topics that affect their health; gain confidence to make positive health choices; and become thriving, healthy individuals, at work and in life. For more information contact Marilyn Csernus at 815-732-2191 or mcsernus@illinois.edu

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