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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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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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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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Recipe of the Month

Easy Chicken and Vegetables


1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas
1 lb. baby carrots
1 medium onion, diced
4 skinless chicken breasts, thawed
¾ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 cup chicken broth, low sodium

1 tsp. dried basil



  1. Put peas, carrots, and onion in bottom of slow cooker; add chicken breasts on top of vegetables.
  2. Top with salt, pepper, and broth. Sprinkle with basil.
  3. Cover with lid.
  4. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8-10 hours.
Nutrition Facts Servings per Recipe: 4 servings
 Amount Per Serving Calories 230 Fat 4g Sodium 990mg Total carbohydrate 23g Fiber 7g Protein  28g

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