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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 - Thu, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1pm)


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

Does winter have you wishing for your summer garden oasis? Now is the perfect time to begin dreaming up your summer garden plans! Join us at the Franklin, Jackson, or Perry office to watch the Four Seasons Gardening webinar on Seed Starting. Call to register

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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

Here are some basic safety tips regarding ice storms and power outages:

· Never connect a portable generator directly to your home's wiring without the assistance of a licensed electrician. Doing so could create a fatal hazard for utility workers.

· Do not operate a generator indoors. Always place it in a well-ventilated area.

· Shut off a generator before refueling.

· Always refuel kerosene heaters outdoors.

· Keep kerosene heaters away from flammable material.

· Do not use gas stovetops or ovens to heat a home.

· If you have a fireplace that has not been used for some time or has not been inspected or cleaned recently, do not use it until it has been inspected.

· If the temperature is to remain well below freezing and you have no heat, allow a bit of water to trickle from faucets to avoid frozen pipes.

· Never touch a downed utility line of any kind. You may think it is a harmless telephone or cable TV wire, but if it comes in contact with a live power line, it could be energized and represent a serious hazard.

· Call 9-1-1 only to report life threatening or emergency situations. Dispatchers will be unable to tell you when the power may come back on or when the salt truck may come through your neighborhood.

For information about food safety during a power outage, please see the information from USDA from the link below. The safety charts are at the end of the article.

For an overall look at winter weather preparedness including links to road conditions, emergency kits and other information, visit:

And tree damage is often a major hazard resulting from ice storms. For more information see:

Questions? Contact Marc Lamczyk, Program Coordinator, Small Farms and Local Food Systems 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 January 23, 2017 • 7:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Monday March 20, 2017 • 7:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Monday May 15, 2017 • 7:00 PM

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