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University of Illinois Extension serving Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Williamson Counties

Main Office (Jackson County)
402 Ava Rd.
Murphysboro, IL 62966
Phone: 618-687-1727
FAX: 618-687-1612
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Franklin County)
1212 Route 14 West
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: 618-439-3178
FAX: 618-439-2953
Hours: M–F, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Branch Office (Perry County)
3764 State Rte 13/127
Room 110
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
Phone: 618-357-2126
FAX: 618-357-3934
Hours: Mon - Wed, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Randolph County)
313 West Belmont Street
Sparta, IL 62286
Phone: 618-443-4364
FAX: 618-443-1922
Hours: M–Th, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

Branch Office (Williamson County)
101-B East DeYoung
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-993-3304
FAX: 618-997-1542
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1pm)

Discover Extension


Welcome to University of Illinois Extension, serving Franklin, Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Williamson counties! Our Extension Educators bring you practical research-based information in horticulture, local food systems and small farms, youth development, and community and economic development. These programs are geared toward enabling people to improve their lives and communities through learning partnerships that put knowledge to work. Call us at (618)687-1727 for more information.

Today's Features

For an overall look at winter weather preparedness including links to road conditions, emergency kits and other information, click link below.

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The Cattle Blog by Teresa Steckler, Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture

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Recently, there’s been a resurgence of instances of bullying and violence among youth across the country. Sadly, much of it recently is centered around race, ethnicity and other differences that have become salient during the election season. SHOW ME Respect has tips for thwarting cyberbullying, cyber-harassment and cyberstalking.

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Tip of the Week

Did you know your children may benefit from you implementing mindfulness into your life?

Here are a few simple mindful practices you can try:

Live by routine. Take the needless guesswork out of meals and bedtimes..

Turn off the engines. Decrease screen time. This begins with you.

Give more attention. Undivided attention is the most concrete expression of love you can give.

Take a break. Take a walk around the block or designate a "quiet" spot in your home for yourself.

Be the first to apologize.. By your doing it, your children will learn how.


For more information on mindfulness and other parenting tips, visit the Family Files Blog!

Questions? Contact Susan Sloop, Extension Educator, Family Life at

Information and Resources for You

4-H Youth Development Commercial Agriculture Community and Economic Development Consumer Economics Family Life Horticulture Leadership and Local Government Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness Schools Online

Extension Meetings

Extension Council Meeting
Monday March 20, 2017 • 7:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Monday May 15, 2017 • 7:00 PM

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