University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties
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Hillsboro, IL 62049
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Taylorville, IL 62568
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Jerseyville, IL 62052
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Carlinville, IL 62626
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- Agricultural Websites
- AgrAbility Unlimited
AgrAbility Unlimited, a collaborative effort between the University of Illinois Extension and Central Illinois Easter Seals, seeks to promote independence in agriculture for people with disabilities and their families.
- Agricultural Safety and Health Website
The site includes research updates, fact sheets, links, publications, and equipment loan information. The site developers are Bob Aherin, Extension Specialist, Safety, and Robert "Chip" Petrea, Principal Research Specialist in Agriculture, Agricultural Safety and Health.
- Agritourism in Illinois
This site includes a discussion of what agritourism is and includes several examples, information on business development, resources, upcoming events, and an Ask the Expert section.
- Certified Livestock Management Program
We are pleased to introduce a new Certified Livestock Management Program website developed by Randy Fonner, Extension Specialist, Certified Livestock Management Program and Ted Funk, Extension Specialist, Bioenvironmental Engineering. The site gives information about commercial haulers, state and federal rules, manure share program, and the Illinois Manure Management Plan.
- Dudley Smith Farm
This website highlights all research activities currently being funded on the Dudley Smith Farm near Pana, Illinois. Go to "Events" for a complete schedule of upcoming activities.
- Illinois - Pest Management Bulletin
This Bulletin provides timely information about pests and crops throughout Illinois to keep you informed about pest problems and crop development issues, as well as to keep you current regarding the most effective, economic, and environmentally sound pest management strategies. The Bulletin is issued weekly throughout the crop-growing season (20 issues from early April to mid-August) and five additional times in the off-season.
- Illinois Beef Association
Check out this site for current information about the Illinois Beef Association, activities, affiliate organizations, beef "hot topics" and up to the minute market information.
- Illinois Livestock Trail
This site includes BeefNet, DairyNet, HorseNet, PorkNet, PoultryNet, Sheep/GoatNet and PastureNet. In addition there are many featured sites including ILIFT: Distillers, Biosecurity, Food Security, Swine Odor Waste Management, and SwineReproNet. Hundreds of research papers are included in the site as well as recent podcasts.
- Illinois Small Farms
This site provides a centralized location for information about upcoming events, resources, sustainable ag tours, and the Sutstainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.
- Technology & Research: Allied and Integrated for Livestock Linkages
General livestock information available from the University of Illinois
- UI Natural Resources Website
- University of Illinois Market Maker
An interactive mapping system that locates businesses and markets of agricultural products in Illinois, providing an important link between producers and consumers.
- Christian County Agencies
- Christian County Agricultural Fair Association
- Christian County Department of Public Health
- Christian County Soil and Water Conservation District
- Consumer and Family Economics
- Getting Through the Tough Times
Whether you have lost your home or job or are concerned with the decreasing value of your assets, you must rethink your money management strategies to minimize the impact of the current financial situation. This web site is designed to help you make good decisions during these tough financial times.
- Indoor Air Quality--How does your home rate?
This website will help homeowners determine the air quality inside their homes. It includes information about carbon monoxide, furnace filters, lead paint testing, mold, radon, smoke detectors, vacuum cleaners and water alarm detectors.
- Plan Well, Retire Well
Be confident in your financial future! Explore how your savings can grow between now and retirement. Learn the basics of investing and how to get the most out of your tax-deferred retirement plans. Calculate where you are now, and how much you will need to save for the retirement you want.
- Stain Solutions
Stain Solutions is an interactive website that will help people treat more than 230 different stains. This comprehensive site gives detailed instructions for removing stains from washable fabrics, upholstery, and carpeting. In addition, a special section is seasonal featured stain solutions, such as barbecue and picnic stains.
- Economic Development
- Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce
This site contains information about economic development occurring in the greater Taylorville area, the benefits of being a GTCC member, activities sponsored by the chamber, current committees working on behalf of the chamber, and a monthly calendar of local events for site visitors.
- Local Community Resources
This site provides a variety of resources on water quality, land use planning, government finance, meeting management and other helpful resources.
- Local Government Information and Education Network (LGIEN)
This website provides a variety of programs and materials for local government officials in Illinois. It is designed to help local officials: 1) understand the responsibilities of their office, 2) develop skills to assist them in carrying out their work, and 3) deepen their understanding of specific issues they face. This site also develops applied research projects that may assist local officials in creating local policy.
- Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC)
The Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation website.
- Holiday Websites
- Christmas Trees and More
This site is a one-stop source for a broad array of information, not only about Christmas trees, but flowers and greenery, tree farms, and recipes.
- The Poinsettia Pages
This site includes a list of things to consider when shopping for a poinsettia. With care, poinsettias should retain their beauty for weeks, and some varieties will stay attractive for months. Suggestions for achieving this outcome are listed on this site.
- Home and Family
- Christian County HCEA Facebook Group Page
Get information about the Christian County chapter of HCEA. The Illinois Association for Home & Community Education enhances the lives of individuals and families through quality educational programs and experiences encouraging responsible leadership and service to the community.
- Dealing with Clutter
A site designed to help you cope with all the paper and things we accumulate as well as the many barriers we face to getting organized.
- Family Works
This is an excellent collection of strategies for building stronger families. The site is also available in Spanish.
- Jersey County HCE Facebook Group Page
Get information about the Jersey County chapter of HCE. The Illinois Association for Home & Community Education enhances the lives of individuals and families through quality educational programs and experiences encouraging responsible leadership and service to the community.
- Turkey for the Holidays
If you're starting to plan the family Christmas meal, a good place to begin is the UI Extension Turkey for the Holidays website. This website includes information on everything from selecting a turkey to cooking techniques to leftovers. One especially important feature deals with safety, covering proper thawing, cooking, and stuffing guidelines, as well as use of a meat thermometer and storage of leftovers. Another portion of the site deals with side dishes to complement the main course bird. The site also has a listing of turkey farms. For the youngster (and adults who want some fun facts) there are sections dealing with the history of Thanksgiving and facts about turkeys. The "turkey fun" section includes links to live turkey gobbles and information on turkey crafts and even turkey games.
- Your New Baby
For first-time parents, bringing a new baby home from the hospital can be a daunting experience. The website, "Your New Baby" will help parents deal with a crying baby, learn techniques for helping a baby sleep, and help identify high quality care for their infant.
- A Taste of Gardening
Taste of Gardening is for beginning gardeners to help them with the basics. The site focuses on composting, disease and insect control, growing transplants, planning and planting a garden.
- Annual Trial Garden
The annual flower trial area is a source of ideas and information for industry professionals. The goal of the trials is to evaluate new and standard vegetative and seed propagated annual flower varieties for their outdoor performance in a full sun location. A wide array of annual plant material is presented so industry professionals can evaluate and note those that might have commercial application. The information is also very useful for the home gardener.
- Beyond Impatiens and Petunias
Some plants like it hot – some plants like it cool. Some gardens will shift from open, sunny sites, to sites that present considerable shade and are cooler with more moisture. Whatever your garden situation, there are annuals and perennials that can be selected to offer color and interest to even some of the most extreme gardening situations and this site will help you make those decisions.
- Cicadas In Illinois
This is the year for the periodical cicada to appear in Northern Illinois. To prepare for this, University of Illinois Extension Horticultural Educators have created a new website -- Cicadas in Illinois. The site discusses the cicada's lifecycle, next emergence, and control issues.
- Common Problems for Vegetable Crops
This site describes insect pest problems as well as disease problems for 21 different vegetables. Users can search by specific vegetable or problem. The site is also in Spanish.
- Composting for the Homeowner
For the home gardener who wants to know everything about home composting, we have the perfect website--Composting for the Homeowner, developed by Martha Smith (Extension Educator, Horticulture) and Duane Friend (Extension Educator, Natural Resources Management). This site gives an excellent in-depth discussion of the science of composting, why it is important to compost, how to build a compost pile, and materials needed for composting.
- Fabulous Foliage
Form, texture, and color are the three guiding principles when creating an inviting landscape. This website includes helpful information on using plants with colorful foliage to create a bold color impact in the garden that will continue for months as well as an updated directory of many plants to consider in the home landscape for adding a spot of color or unusual foliage.
- Focus on Plant Problems--Evergreen Trees and Shrubs
The website, "Focus on Plant Problems", includes information on diseases and pest problems for evergreen trees and shrubs, deciduous trees and shrubs, and perennial flowers. The site was developed by James Shuster, Extension Specialist, Pesticide Safety Education-Plant Pathology.
- Gardening with Perennials
This website provides a starting point for perennials, which can be the backbone of a garden. This site is an excellent starting point for incorporating perennials into your garden and has a directory of common perennials to help home gardeners determine what goes best with their particular garden plan. The site also outlines some of the characteristics and requirements of basic perennials, and sections that help guide you in the preparation of the site.
- Hort Answers
The Hortanswers website allows home gardeners and professional horticulturalists to gain information about plant pests, diseases, and performances in the USDA's hardiness zones 4, 5, and 6.
- Illinois Forestry
Trees are Illinois' most valuable renewable natural resourcel. A new Illinois Forestry website developed by Jay Hayek, Visiting Extension Specialist, Forestry contains a wealth of information on tree planting, forest management, urban and community forestry issues, Illinois forest facts and much more. An interesting section is the Illinois Big Tree Register that lists the largest trees in Illinois and their locations.
- Illinois Vegetable Garden Guide
The new Illinois Vegetable Garden Guide website has been revised and includes information about growing and caring for a successful garden, insect and disease problems, a directory on growing specific vegetables, and how to exhibit vegetables at a fair or show.
- Lawn Talk
This website has been called "one of the grassiest sites on the Web" by the New York Times. One can learn about grass varieties, dealing with shady areas, and proper methods to use for watering and fertilization.
- My First Garden
Children will learn how to pick out a spot for their first garden, plan what they will plant, how to plant, water and fertilize their garden, and the history of the vegetables they select. The site also includes information for gardening in unusual places. Not everyone has a yard or access to the traditional gardening space. The site includes ideas for gardening in unbelievable places, including an old pair of shoes, cinder blocks, drainage tiles, hanging baskets, bags of potting soil, old tires, discarded kitchen pots, sections of discarded gutters, and wooden boxes.
- Ornamental Grasses
The Ornamental Grasses website has been updated and includes information about how to plant, care and maintain ornamental grasses. In addition, there is a directory of 15 popular grasses for use in Illinois.
- Our Rose Garden
The Our Rose Garden website is an extensive collection of information about selecting rose plants, care and maintenance, common disease and insect problems, and how to plant roses. A directory of roses is also included that features 48 different rose varieties. The website was developed by Greg Stack, Extension Educator, Horticulture.
- Pumpkins and More
Learn about the history of pumpkins plus the plant's varieties. One feature lists the pumpkin farms in the four-state area and users can search by county for the one nearest to them. The site also includes information about recipes for pumpkins and the locations and dates of pumpkin festivals.
- Repair and Replacement of Storm Damaged Trees
If you have storm-damaged trees, this site will help you work through the decisions of what to do and how much can be done before calling in an expert.
- Selecting Shrubs for Your Home
This excellent resource will help homeowners find the best shrub for their specific location. The site also includes information about pests and problems.
- Selecting Trees for Your Home
The site includes detailed information about 121 different trees and criteria to use in comparing the various trees. In addition, the site provides information about 508 different pests and disease problems.
- Small Fruit Crops for the Backyard
Gardener's often want to establish small fruits in their garden. Whether it's apples, pears, plums, strawberries or grapes, there are certain varieties that will do best in Illinois. Small Fruit Crops for the Backyard discusses growing conditions needed, planting and care, and suggested varieties for tree fruit as well as small fruits.
- Stepping Stones to Perennial Garden Design
The site offers gardeners information on site assessment, bed preparation and maintenance, and perennial selection and placement in the garden. A special feature is a garden design with a plant list in the Perennial Placement section.
- Successful Container Gardens - How to Select, Plant and Maintain.
This extensive website discusses choosing a container, selecting soil mixes, choosing and combining plants, fertilizing, watering and grooming basics. It also includes special containers including water gardens, hanging baskets, topiaries as well as creating whimsical containers. A special section, Blueprints for Building Containers, shows plans for creating specific containers. The website includes several videos to demonstrate the various techniques and concepts. Several of the videos will be posted on the new U of I Extension YouTube site (at http://www.youtube.com/UIExtension)
- The Bug Review
This site allows users to search by insect or insect location to identify specimens. Twenty-one common insects are included with detailed information about them including habit, damage and control.
- The Miracle of Fall
This website includes a live foliage camera feature plus dates and locations for fall festivals and events. There are also suggestions for the best places in the Illinois-Indiana-Michigan-Wisconsin area to drive or hike to find the best fall color.
- Tracking the Annual Trial Gardens
A website to track the growing season of 180 annuals being tested at the U of I Extension Annuals Trial Garden at the Midwest Golf House in Lemont, IL. Follow the performance of these various annuals throughout the growing season. The trials are for full-sun locations in a landscape application.
- Watch Your Garden Grow
All gardens have problems. One year it may be insects and disease and the next year it may be a drought. Gardening does require work, but by learning a few basic skills and techniques available on this website, you can make your vegetable gardening experience a pleasant one.
Wildflowers is a website to help gardeners incorporate wildflowers in their gardens. The wildflower directory features 144 different Illinois native wildflowers. This site was developed by Sharon Yiesla, Lake County Unit Educator, Horticulture.
- Natural Resources
- Animals Past and Present
Animals Past and Present is a website developed by Duane Friend, Extension Natural Resources Management Educator. The site is designed for young people and examines what happened to the dinosaurs, what animals lived in Illinois 65 million years ago and 10,000 years ago, and what animals are living in Illinois today.
- Bioenergy Feedstocks Symposium
The Bioenergy Feedstocks Symposium addresses issues that are relevant to farmers, researchers, academics, industrial professionals and local, regional, state government officials and related staff. This Symposium should be of interest to anyone concerned with rural economic development opportunities and sustainable energy, particularly as they relate to the Midwest.
- Shake, Rattle and Slide: The Work of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Glaciers
This website is an interactive site that allows students to learn important information in an engaging manner. Earthquakes, volcanoes and glaciers are all powerful forces that continue to shape our world. Students will learn the amazing science behind these forces by building their own volcano, testing the power of an earthquake and creating a mountain with a glacier.
- Nutrition and Wellness
- Apples and More
This site includes information about varieties of apples and nutritional facts such as calories and fiber content. Recipes and a list of apple orchards in the four-state area are searchable by county.
- Diabetes Lifelines
- Fiesta of Flavors
Fiesta of Flavors is a new website that offers a variety of traditional Hispanic foods for people with diabetes. It includes more than 139 recipes including appetizers, soups, main dishes, side dishes, desserts, and beverages.
- Meat Safety for the Consumer
This site provides basic information on foodborne illnesses, shopping and transporting meat, proper meat preparation techniques and ways to handle meats and seafood safely.
- Osteoporosis--What You Need to Know
The website, "Osteoporosis---What You Need to Know", is a comprehensive discussion of what osteoporosis is, its risk factors, methods to prevent it, and how to establish a bone healthy diet. In addition, the authors include information on how osteoporosis is diagnosed and treated. This excellent resource was developed by Karen Chapman-Novakofksi, Professor, Nutrition and Extension Specialist; Shirley Camp, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness; and Karen Plawecki, Teaching Associate, Dietetics, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois.
- Recipes for Diabetes
To assist people with diabetes in preparing healthy foods, Karen Chapman-Novakofski has developed this new site with recipes on main dishes, side dishes and desserts.
- Safe Food Handling During Power Outages
- Strawberries and More
This site covers all you'd ever want to know about growing strawberries, insect and disease management, selection and care, history, nutrition, recipes, where you can pick your own or obtain fresh strawberries in Illinois and surrounding states.
- Turkey for the Holidays
Turkey is always a favorite during the holidays! The U of I Extension website Turkey for the Holidays is loaded with information about cooking techniques, selection, nutrition, food safety issues, how to use leftovers and tasty side dishes to serve. The site also provides links to turkey farms and several sites about the history and lore of Thanksgiving.
- You Can Be Smoke Free
You Can Be Smoke Free is a website written and developed by Tammi Reynolds, Extension Unit Educator, Community Health. The site includes information about the benefits of quitting, stages of change, addiction, preparing to quit, and breathing exercises.
- Your Guide to Diet And Diabetes
A new resource for people with diabetes or those caring for a loved one with diabetes. This site, will provide help with meal planning and management, and it even includes an interactive feature allowing users to plan a meal and then learn how that meal matches up with diabetic diet requirements.
- Social Service Directory
- Christian County Social Services Directory
The Christian County Social Service Directory is designed to provide names, addresses, telephone numbers, and a thumbnail sketch of the services available to Christian County residents. You can search alphabetically if you know the name of the organization you're looking for, or you can search by a keyword if you know the type of service you need.
- Disaster Preparation and Recovery Information
This site offers a wealth of information about disaster resources, agencies and organizations available for assistance, current road and weather condition links, as well as help in preparing for severe weather.
- NOAA National Weather Service
- Winter Storm Resource Center
Snow and ice are a normal part of Illinois winters, and U of I Extension has a wonderful website to help cope with winter storms. The Winter Storm Resource Center includes information about understanding storms, how to get around in snowstorms, and various health and safety issues. It's a wonderful place to go to find highway conditions and weather forecasts.
- Youth Development
- 4-H Memorial Camp
The 4-H Memorial Camp and Conference Center website includes general information about camp, the various summer and specialty programs, facility rental information, as well as information about applying to work at the camp.
- Claude's Got the Scoop on Soil
"Claude's Got the Scoop on Soil!" is a new USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service website that is targeted for young students in grades 4-6 and is designed to raise awareness about the importance of our nation's soil resources. Students learn about how soil is made, who really needs soil, and what happens to soil if you don't take care of it
- Illinois State Fair
- Let's Party
- Livestock eQuiz
This site provides youth and adults the opportunity to quiz themselves about dairy, beef, horses, sheep and forages. There are three levels of questions -- elementary, high school and college. It can be especially useful for youth in preparing for the Superior Young Producers Competition at the State Fair.
- Tree House Weather Kids
Our lives revolve around the weather! Working in the garden, painting the house, playing baseball or spending a day at the park all depend on the weather. The new Tree House Weather Kids website helps young people understand such things as why the weather changes, how we predict the weather, and how weather causes great destruction. The website is designed for students in fifth through eighth grade. Tree House Weather Kids was developed by Duane Friend, Extension Educator, Natural Resources Management, and Greg Stack, Extension Educator, Horticulture.
- Walk in My Shoes
A website to help children understand older people better by sharing their experiences. This 4-H/youth website gives children many different activities to use to learn that not all older folks are the same.