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University of Illinois Extension serving Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam Counties

Main Office (LaSalle County)
815 North Orlando Smith Road
Room C223
Oglesby, IL 61348
Phone: 815- 224-0889
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Bureau County)
850 Thompson St,
Becker Professional Suites,
Princeton, IL 61356
Phone: 815-875-2878
FAX: 815-875-2870
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (LaSalle County)
1689 North 31st Road,
Suite 2
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815-433-0707
FAX: 815-433-5454
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Marshall County)
509 Front Street,
Suite 4
Henry, IL 61537
Phone: 309-364-2356
FAX: 309-364-2804
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

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Welcome to University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, and Putnam Counties! Local staff, Extension Educators, and State Specialists provide programs in agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community and economic development, nutrition and wellness, and youth development including the 4-H Program. The goal is to help people develop skills; solve important problems; and improve their families, farms, businesses, and communities. Our mission is to help local residents put knowledge to work by serving as the local link to the University of Illinois.

Today's Features

LaSalle County 4-Hers will have the chance to participate in a workshop for beginner to intermediate filmmakers. This will be held at Imagine U Studio in Spring Valley, on Thursday, May 14th from 7pm-8:30pm. Topics that will be covered will be production planning, shooting techniques, file types, and editing and software. To register, call the LaSalle County Extension Office at 815-433-0707 by May 8th.

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Local teachers in Marshall County have received Illinois Ag in the Classroom Garden Grants for Container Gardens. A second grade class at Henry Senachwine Grade School and a third grade class at Midland Elementary have received reusable gardening materials including an EarthBox container, money to purchase soil and seeds, and books and lessons to accompany this educational experience for students. Children will have the opportunity to plant and tend to the garden.

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The University of Illinois Extension is proud to announce the graduation of 12 new Master Gardener Interns, who completed 60 hours of training to graduate. Topics covered in the 10 week class included Botany, Lawns, Insects, Soils, Trees, Annuals/Perennials, Plant Diseases, Fruits, Vegetable and Integrated Pest Management. Master Gardener Interns will complete 60 hours of volunteering in the community within their first year.

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Volunteer opportunities are available for Shooting Sports instructors in Bureau County, for a range of different curricula including archery, rifle, shotgun, or hunting and wildlife. Adults interested in teaching will need to attend the spring adult volunteer certification training for the Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports program May 1-3 at 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello. Last year, 4-H members enrolled in nearly 5,000 shooting sports projects. More than 700 volunteers have been trained to oversee Illinois 4-H Shooting Sports clubs. If you are passionate about the shooting sports hobby and want to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with local youth we encourage you to contact the University of Illinois Extension at 815-875-2878!

LaSalle County Robotics 4-H SPIN Club has an updated schedule. The club will meet from 6:00-7:15pm at the LaSalle County Extension Office. The dates are: December 10th, January 12th, February 9th, March 9th, April 13th, May 11th, and June 8th, 2015. Please take note of these dates and times. We'll see you there!

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With the continuous spread of Emerald Ash Borer in the state, Extension Educators and Specialists in Horticulture have created online presentations about how to identify ash trees, as well as how to identify Emerald Ash Borer. These can all be found on the dedicated website,

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Information and Resources for You

4-H Youth Development Commercial Agriculture Community and Economic Development Consumer Economics Environment and Energy Stewardship Family Life Horticulture Leadership and Local Government Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness Schools Online

Extension Meetings

Multi-County Unit Council Meeting
Tuesday June 23, 2015 • 5:30 PM

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