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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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A Southern View - Brownstown Agronomy Research Center Blog

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Straight Talk - Crop Sciences Research & Education Center Blog

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Every day Illinois residents face natural, technological, chemical and manmade hazards that can potentially become disasters. Even though the probability of people being injured or killed in a disaster is very low, it is extremely probable that lives will be impacted. Utilities may be interrupted for hours or even days; homes, workplaces, or schools may be damaged or destroyed; roads and highways may be closed; and stores may be closed due to damage or have shortages of the items you need. For these reasons, it is extremely important for people to know how to prepare in advance for disasters as well as what to do following a disaster. Extension's new website Disaster Resources provides valuable information on how to be ready for any disaster or emergency. It includes information on severe weather, current weather conditions, earthquakes, resources for educators and links to various agencies and organizations that assist with disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

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Tip of the Week

How often do you sit and have a meal at the table with your family? Once a day? Twice a day? Once a week? With our busy lives it becomes more challenging to find time to eat together. Family mealtime is a great opportunity to reconnect with each other after a hectic day!

Here are some tips to help you find time to share a meal.

  • Set a regular family mealtime. This will give your child a better chance to eat a variety of foods. If dinner doesn't work for your family, try making breakfast the family meal. If it's impossible to eat together every day, set aside specific days for family meals.
  • Make preparation simple and quick. Simple meals can taste as good as meals that take longer to prepare. This also gives you more time to spend together as a family.
  • Show that family meals are important. Turn off the TV and don't answer the phone while you are eating. No cell phones at the table!!!
  • Eat around a table. It is easier to talk and listen when you are facing each other.
  • Enjoy meal talk. Make easy conversation—don't nag or complain. Allow everyone a chance to talk.
  • Keep mealtime short. If kids get fussy, your family meal won't be fun.

Need other parenting tips? Check out!


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

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Extension Council Meeting
Monday September 21, 2015 • 7:00 PM
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Monday November 16, 2015 • 7:00 PM
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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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