University of Illinois Extension

Edgar County Extension - The Early Years

Always using the latest education-based information available from the University of Illinois, Edgar County Extension has helped bring new technology, farming practices and animal husbandry practices to the county.  These pictures demonstrate just some of the opportunities presented over the years.  Many pictures are undated and unlabeled.  If you have information or memories of these activities, please drop us an email or phone the Extension Office. 

c. 1962

Ready to answer your horticulture questions, University of Illinois Extension still offers expertise in the horticulture area through our many websites, Digital Distance Diagnostic Imaging and Master Gardeners. 

This implement presents a mystery.  Is it a hay rake? A hay crimper? Ideas?  Let us know!
c. 1964

Commercial Agriculture, Small Farms and Local Food Systems are a big area of Extension today.  Educators are available to answer your questions and provide guidance in your enterprises. 

For many years, a test plot was planted comparing different traits in seed, fertilizer & herbicide.
c. 1963
Your Cooperative Extension Service:Education for Action..Continuing Education Through Local Programs
c. 1964
Farm and Home Finance School
c. 1963
Pictured are Roscoe Franklin & Gene Barkley - Just 2 of many Extension volunteers through the years.
May 1982
Home Extension members creating mosaic trays.
c. 1950

Early Home Extension Advisors were trained to help educate homeowners on health & modern living.  From these lessons, the Home Extension Association was created.  With many women staying at home to care for children & work on the farm, Home Extension groups were not only a way to learn but a social outlet as well.  As these groups grew, so did their chances to meet & contribute to the community.  Many hours have been given in community service by past & present Home Extension members.  The Association for Home & Community Education still exists today fulfilling those same areas.  Edgar County currently has five HCE groups. 

Edgar County Home Extension Board in approximately 1970.
c. 1970

University of Illinois Extension offers many trainings through in-person seminars, webinar trainings, mobile apps, pinterest pages, u-tube videos and online trainings. 

Private Pesticide Safety Education class - 2001
c. 2001