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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

Would you like to take better pictures or learn new tips? This photography workshop for youth ages 8 -18 is just what you need!

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PSEP Testing only in Jackson County on February 17. Registration is not required. For more information call 618-687-1727.

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Soil and Water Management Seminar on February 25 - hear about soil microbes and how they affect soil health, the use of drones and radar in water management, nitrates and water quality, getting water to where roots are, and how extreme precipitation may affect soil erosion.

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Raising Chickens in the Backyard - free program on March 9 for anyone who wants to learn more about raising and caring for chickens. Registration not required. For more information contact Marc Lamczyk at 618-439-3178 or

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2016 Run for the Clover 5K Run/Walk in Franklin county on April 2. This race is open to runners and walkers of all ages.

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If you are interested in getting into fruit and vegetable production and want to learn more, come join us at the Jackson County Extension Office in Murphysboro at our Beginning Farmer Program! This program will cover the basic concepts of commercial fruit and vegetable production from seed to farm stand and beyond.

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The 2016 4-H and FFA Livestock and Dairy Judging Contest will be held March 5 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.

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Tip of the Week

Did you know that involvement helps your child succeed in school?

Studies have indicated that children whose parents and/or other significant adults share in their formal education tend to do better in school. Some identified benefits include:

  • Higher grades and test scores
  • Long term academic achievement
  • Positive attitudes and behavior
  • More successful programs
  • More effective schools

Visit the U of I Extension Family Life Program page for more information!

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 March 21, 2016 • 7:00 PM
Extension Council Meeting
Monday May 16, 2016 • 7:00 PM

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