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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-Thursday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Branch Office (Fayette County)
118 N. Sixth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
Phone: 618-283-2753
FAX: 618-283-4932
Hours: Wednesday-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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Budget Policy Toolbox Webinar Series: Illinois is in fiscal crisis, with no easy solutions. Many tools will be needed to fix the problem. In this webinar series, University of Illinois’ leading policy experts provide a nonpartisan overview of the state’s fiscal situation and evaluate the pros and cons of a variety of revenue and spending options. Join us from noon to 1 pm on Tuesday, August 12 for the third installment of this series:

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Registration is open for the 2014 4-H Family Event at the Illinois State Fair! Who: Everyone that loves 4-H and wants to celebrate another outstanding year! When: Saturday, August 9 4-6PM Where: Director of Agriculture’s Lawn on the Illinois State Fairgrounds

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Farm Analysis Solution Tools: Tools for Better Decisions provides in-depth training to individuals interested in acquiring a comprehensive understanding of the applications of FAST. The workshop will benefit individuals who use FAST, as well as those who desire to teach FAST to students, farmers, or clients. The seminar is scheduled to provide detailed education on the FAST spreadsheets and resources in two sessions: Financial Management and Farm Management. It will be held August 18-20 at the University of Illinois Aces Library.

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Recipe of the Month

Fruit & Chicken Salad

Servings: 4


4 chicken breasts
1 apple
1 can pineapple chunks, reserve juice
1 lb. red grapes
2 Tbsps. fat free mayonnaise or salad dressing


  • Season chicken with salt, pepper and/or onion powder.
  • Broil chicken breasts until done and remove skin.
  • Cut chicken in small pieces.
  • Cut apple into small slices.
  • Cut grapes in half.
  • Drain pineapple and set juice aside.
  • Mix all of these together well.
  • Mix some of the pineapple juice with the mayonnaise.
  • Add to salad and mix.
  • Refrigerate.

Nutrition Facts (per serving) - Calories 190 ~ fat 2.5 g ~ calories from fat ~
sodium 85 mg ~ total carbohydrate 23 g ~ fiber 2 g

Questions? Contact Erin Maxwell, Community Worker, SNAP-Ed at

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