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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.

Today's Features

The Jasper County Hunter Safety co-sponsored by Jasper County Extension and volunteers with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will be Friday, March 20 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 21 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Latona Christian Church, 9003 N. 325th St., Wheeler, IL (South of Wheeler). Click on "learn more" to register.

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Certified Livestock Manager Training: University of Illinois Extension acts as the subcontractor to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, to provide the CLM training required by the LMFA. For more information and training dates please click "learn more".

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Recipe of the Month

February is National Heart Month! Oats and other high-fiber foods can help reduce "bad" cholesterol. Try this heart-healthy Breakfast Oats recipe for a delicious way to stay healthy!


8 slices day-old bread
¾ cup dry oatmeal
2 eggs, beaten
1½ cups low-fat milk
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon

½ cup nuts, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Lightly oil 9X13 baking dish
  3. Place bread cubes into bottom of baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle with oats.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, milk, sugar, and cinnamon.
  6. Add chopped nuts to egg mixture.
  7. Pour egg mixture over bread and gently mix.
  8. Bake until golden brown, about 1 hour.
  9. Use a meat thermometer to make sure eggs are thoroughly cooked. Casserole should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Recipe Tips:

1. Add your favorite fruit for an extra nutritious topping!

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