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University of Illinois Extension serving Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby Counties

Main Office (Coles County)
707 Windsor Road, Suite A
Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: 217-345-7034
FAX: 217-348-7940
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

Branch Office (Cumberland County)
130 Courthouse Square
P.O. Box 218
Toledo, IL 62468
Phone: 217-849-3931
FAX: 217-849-2411
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

Branch Office (Douglas County)
122 S Walnut St
Arthur, IL 61911
Phone: 217-543-3755
FAX: 217-543-3757
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

Branch Office (Shelby County)
1125 W N 2nd St
Shelbyville, IL 62565
Phone: 217-774-9546
FAX: 217-774-9549
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

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The Coles-Cumberland-Douglas-Moultrie-Shelby Extension Unit is the University of Illinois' educational outreach to local residents. We offer programming in the following areas: local food systems and small farms, 4-H youth development, family life, and nutrition and wellness. We also offer the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-Ed) and Master Gardener program. Extension's research-based programming helps local citizens improve their lives and our communities through learning partnerships. We are "Investing in You!"

Today's Features

Summer's here and many of us will be enjoying fresh fruit!It's important to properly wash all our produce before we eat it. Watch this video to see U of I Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Mary Liz Wright, demonstrate how to properly wash cantaloupe.

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Need to learn about common herbs? Want to learn how to preserve herbs? Curious about recipes using herbs? Learn all about herb gardening with our new website.

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Illinois State Fair Premium Books and Entry Forms are now online! Junior Department Entry Forms have to be signed by a 4-H Extension Unit Office representative.

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The 2014 Coles County Fairbook will be online only this year. Below is a link to the Fairbook.

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PEDv is the virus that has entered the US and Illinois swine herds. The website below will provide useful information as you enter fair and show season.

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Superior Young Producer Award (SYPA) contests for Beef-Dairy-Horses-Sheep-Swine will be held during the Illinois State Fair. Entries are requested prior to the State Fair Junior Shows.

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Information and Resources for You

4-H Youth Development Commercial Agriculture Environment and Energy Stewardship Family Life Horticulture Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness