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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: M–Th, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

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: M–Th, 8:00 am-4:30 pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00 pm)

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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

Once again we will feature new tips frequently throuhout the season for your Fall Gardening Calendar. Check back often for new tips!

Fall Miscellaneous:

This is a great time to start a compost pile. Pull all weeds before seeds mature. This is also a great time to control poison ivy and other invasive plants. Inspect, clean and prune indoor plants before bringing them back indoors (50°F night temp). Start winter domancy of winter blooming amaryllis.

Next tip will be: Fall Vegetables and Fruits

Questions? Contact Sonja Lallemand, Extension Educator, Horticulture 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 26, 2015 • 7:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Monday March 16, 2015 • 7:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Monday May 18, 2015 • 7:00 PM

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