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University of Illinois Extension serving Carroll, Lee and Whiteside Counties

Main Office (Lee County)
Sauk Valley Community College
173 Illinois Route 2, IF5
Dixon, IL 61021
Phone: 815-835-2070
FAX: 815-835-2073

Branch Office (Carroll County)
807D S Clay St
Mt. Carroll, IL 61053
Phone: 815-244-9444
FAX: 815-244-3708

Branch Office (Lee County)
280 W Wasson Rd
Amboy, IL 61310
Phone: 815-857-3525
FAX: 815-857-3527

Branch Office (Whiteside County)
100 E Knox Street
Morrison, IL 61270
Phone: 815-772-4075
FAX: 815-772-4077

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Thank you for visiting our website. University of Illinois Extension is the link between the U of I and all of our friends and neighbors in Carroll, Lee and Whiteside counties. Our programs are research-based and practical. Browse our site for the latest in news, tips, programs and volunteer opportunities!

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What are my commodity program options in the 2014 Farm Bill? How do I update program yields for covered commodities? Should I reallocate my base acres? Should I enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC)? Or both? What about the Supplemental coverage Option (SCO)? What tools and resources are out there to help me decide?

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2014 Farm Economic Summit--Speakers from the farmdoc team at the University of Illinois will explore the farm profitability outlook and management challenges from several perspectives, includ-ing the 2015 outlook for prices, farm income prospects, long-term grain price pro-spects, and the new farm programs. The format for the meeting will be fast-paced and allow plenty of time for questions from the audience.

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The University of Illinois Extension is accepting applications to participate in the 2015 Master Gardener Training Program. Those interested need to complete an application form and return it to their local county extension office. Master Gardeners are individuals with an interest in horticulture willing to participate in 60 hours of classes taught by University of Illinois Educators. Then they agree to volunteer 60 hours of time through their local office to teach others about gardening

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Do you have a few extra acres you’d like to put to good use? Whether it’s an old farmstead, a fallow green space, or a great big yard you’d rather not mow, you probably have some ideas about what it could become. “That’s why our Local Food Systems and Small Farms Extension team is hosting a workshop in Rockford called Putting Small Acres to Work.”

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Invasive Pest Workshop- Early detection and response is key to managing invasive pests. The Illinois First Detector Workshops are aimed at improving awareness. February 4, 2015...Sycamore, IL.

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Watch this video to learn more about the 4-H shooting sports opportunities.

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Preserve the Taste of Summer: We are excited to announce our new online course for Food Preservation. This 8 module course covers: food safety, canning basics, canning acid foods, pressure canning low-acid foods, preparation and canning of pickled and fermented foods, making and preserving fruit spreads, freezing food, storage of frozen and refrigerated foods, and drying foods.

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Want to learn more about cash leases and cash rent prices in Illinois. Illinois Farm Management Handbook is found on Farmdoc.illinois. Information in this handbook is useful in a variety of management decisions. Much of the data used in this section comes from the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM) Associations.

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4-H Youth Development Commercial Agriculture Community and Economic Development Consumer Economics Family Life Horticulture Nutrition and Wellness

Extension Meetings

Unit 4 Extension Council
Wednesday December 10, 2014 • 6:30 PM

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