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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
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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Be prepared for winter driving. Check out our Winter Storm Resource Center.

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The Illinois Milk Producers’ Association and U of I Extension recently announced the schedule for its 2015 Dairy Summit. The program will be held in Freeport on January 20. This year's theme is "Economic Opportunities," and program topics include feeding check list, update on MPP and CAFO programs, University of Illinois research, dairy survey results, and a generation transfer producer panel.

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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 year's series includes new topics such as hydroponics, no-till and cover crops, 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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Save The Date: Ready, Set, Grow gardening workshop will be held Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Sauk Valley Community College located on Route 2 between Dixon and Sterling. The keynote will be Four Star Plants! presented by Richard Hawke. Richard is the plant evaluation manager at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Registration coming soon!

"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

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