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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)

Discover Extension


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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Tip of the Week

Research has shown that one of the most powerful factors in determining a child's success is the kind of expectations their parents and other influential adults set for them. Use these tips to effectively encourage the children in your life:

¨ Make sure encouragement is deserved. Children know when they have earned the praise they receive.

¨ Give praise or encouragement immediately when you observe the effort.

¨ Be specific about praise. Make sure the child knows what it was that was well done.

¨ Direct praise to the deserving child. Give individual attention, but do not make comparisons to others. Compare the success only to the individual's past performance.

¨ Repeat encouragement. If you want to develop continued progress, be sure to give repeated encouragement.

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

Extension Meetings

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