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University of Illinois Extension serving Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper Counties

Main Office (Effingham County)
1209 Wenthe Drive
Effingham, IL 62401
Phone: 217-347-7773
FAX: 217-347-7775
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Clay County)
223 W Railroad St
Flora, IL 62839
Phone: 618-662-3124
FAX: 618-662-3191
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Branch Office (Fayette County)
118 N. Sixth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
Phone: 618-283-2753
FAX: 618-283-4932
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Branch Office (Jasper County)
1401 Clayton
Newton, IL 62448
Phone: 618-783-2521
FAX: 618-783-2232
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 4:00pm

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Thank you for visiting our website. University of Illinois Extension is the link between the University and all of our friends and neighbors in Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper counties. Extension staff offer practical, research-based education to help area residents improve their lives and communities through learning partnerships that put knowledge to work. Please contact us at the local Extension office with questions or to learn more about these educational or leadership opportunities. We also encourage you to add our site to your favorites list.

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New exhibit hall for 4-H at Illinois State Fair. We’re excited to announce that the Illinois State Fair is providing a new home for Illinois 4-H this year. All 4-H exhibits will be housed in the Orr Building on the state fairgrounds. The new, larger facility will allow us to have all exhibits on display all day long in one place. We will have interactive activities for our 4-H families, as well as speaking contests, fashion revue and an award celebration all in one location.

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Summertime activities and fair seasons are almost here. Is your 4-H club’s secretary and treasurer’s record books up-to-date? All 4-H clubs with a checking or savings account must complete both pages of the 4-H Club Annual Financial Statement form at the end of each 4-H year (Sept. 1 – Aug. 31). Submit this statement along with other required forms and officer books to your county Extension office by September 15, 2015.

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It’s your day to shine at the Illinois State Fair! 4-H members in Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper Counties will exhibit general projects at the State Fair on August 16. Delegates to state fair are selected during the county 4-H Show. More information will be available later.

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The first issue of the University of Illinois Extension Home, Yard, and Garden Pest Newsletter for 2015. It is written to keep professional landscapers, arborists, golf course superintendents, lawn care personnel, and garden center operators up-to-date on the commercial management of diseases, weeds, insects, and other pests.

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Recipe of the Month

Strawberry Dip

3 oz. low fat cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. sugar
8 oz. low fat vanilla yogurt
¼ cup fresh strawberries, crushed
  1. Blend cream cheese and sugar.
  2. MIx in yogurt and berries.
  3. Refrigerate until serving time.
  4. Serve with sliced apples or graham crackers.
Nutrition Facts Servings per Recipe: 15 servings Amount Per Serving Calories 30 Fat 1g Sodium 35mg Total carbohydrate 4g Fiber 0g Protein 1g

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