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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)
201-B W Main
Marion, IL 62959
Phone: 618-993-3304
FAX: 618-997-1542
Hours: Mon - Thu, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1pm)

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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

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

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The Bulletin - pest management and crop development information for Illinois.

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Straight Talk - Crop Sciences Research & Education Center Blog

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Tip of the Week

November is National Family Caregiver Awareness Month!

Did you know that over 50 million people provide at-home care for a family member? They assist with personal care, act as medical advocates, provide transportation and give emotional support. If you know someone who is a family caregiver show your support by:

· Helping them prepare freezer-meals.

· Offering to provide respite for a few hours.

· Sending a card or calling to show your appreciation.

· Making a trip to the grocery or drug store for them.

· Take them some lunch and visit for a while.

For more information 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 Horticulture Leadership and Local Government Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness Schools Online

Extension Meetings

Extension Council Meeting
Monday January 25, 2016 • 7:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Monday March 21, 2016 • 7:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Monday May 16, 2016 • 7:00 PM

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