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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.

Today's Features

The new 4-H year for Illinois 4-H will now begin October 1. To us, it just made sense to make the change! In the past, we feel many families are barely finished with one 4-H year before we’re asking you to move into the next year.

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Try something new in 2016 We’re adding several new projects this year. Why not give them a try!

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Help make a difference today! Unit 21 offers 4-H Teens as Teachers opportunities to youth ages 14-18. As a 4-H Teen Teacher, you will be a positive role model for younger youth, you will expand your own skills and knowledge, and you will get practical training for your future.

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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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Recipe of the Month



3 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
1 cup canned corn, drained
½ cup onion, chopped
1 tsp. sugar
1 can (4 ounces) green chiles, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
½ tsp. chili powder
4 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Mix well and refrigerate until serving.

1. Salsa works great as a dip for chips or raw vegetables, in tacos, or on top of baked chicken or fish!

Nutrition Facts Servings per Recipe: 6 servings Amount Per Serving Calories 40 Fat 0.5g Sodium 120mg Total carbohydrate 9g Fiber 1g Protein 1g

Questions? Contact Jo Stine, Community Worker, SNAP-Ed at

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