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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)

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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

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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 that March is Brain Health Awareness Month? Healthy brain development for babies can be impacted by interactions with caregivers. Here are a few tips:

Remember that early experiences matter. Expose children to new people, places, and things, beginning when they are very young.

Repeat, repeat, repeat. Repeating the same activities over and over actually strengthens connections in the brain.

Talk, read, and sing with your baby. These early experiences help strengthen language and build secure attachment.

Keep in mind that everything is new to a baby. New experiences don't have to be expensive or difficult. A walk in the park or a chance to play with the pots and pans in the kitchen can be great sensory experiences.

Don't overwhelm the baby. Like adults, babies need a little quiet time to process what they are learning before they are ready to do something new.

Source: Building Babies Brain Series, University of Georgia Extension

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

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