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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
Email:uie-blmp@illinois.edu
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

University of Illinois Extension will hold a Soil Fertility Seminar on February 27th from 9-2:30pm. This conference will include the following topics: “Nutrient Management is More than Application Rate”, “How Algae Blooms have Affected Nutrient Management in the Lake Erie Basin”,“Nitrogen Management Practices: Reducing Atmospheric and Leaching Losses while Maintaining Yields”, “Making Soil Fertility Decisions in 2015”, and more! Register online today. The registration fee of $50 includes lunch.

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The winter series of University of Illinois Extension’s Four Seasons Gardening program at the Marshall-Putnam office gets underway this month. The first session of the series is titled Super Sempervivums!. The program will be offered twice: on February 3 at 1:30 p.m. and again on February 5 at 6:30 p.m. Both sessions will be presented via computer at the Marshall-Putnam Extension Office in Henry. Martha Smith, Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Extension will introduce you to this interesting group of plants and their close relatives. Other topics in the winter series include Beekeeping for the Backyard Gardener set for February 17 and 19, and The Edible Indoor Garden set for March 3 and 5.

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The Regional Farm Bill Meeting will take place at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby, IL, on February 5th, from 1:00-4:00p.m. There will be complete, up-to-date information on the new 2014 Farm Bill affecting all agricultural producers and landlords, as well as a question and answer session. There is no cost, but registration is required.

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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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The Small Farm Webinar Series is a weekly educational series for the small farm community and provides practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. This series of online events 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. Webinars air live each Thursday at 1:00 – 2:30 pm and include a question and answer session. If you cannot attend, a link to the recorded webinars will be available to view at the convenience of all those who register. Click below to get signed up!

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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

Bureau County Budget Review Meeting
Tuesday March 24, 2015 • 5:30 PM
LaSalle County Budget Review
Wednesday March 25, 2015 • 12:00 PM
Marshall-Putnam Counties Budget Review
Thursday March 26, 2015 • 12:00 PM
Multi-County Unit Council Meeting
Tuesday March 31, 2015 • 5:30 PM
Multi-County Unit Council Meeting
Tuesday June 23, 2015 • 5:30 PM

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