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University of Illinois Extension serving Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Pope, Saline and White Counties

Main Office (Saline County)
912 S Commercial Street
Suite 4
Harrisburg, IL 62946
Phone: 618-252-8391
FAX: 618-253-3006
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Gallatin County)
216 S. Murphy
Ridgway, IL 62979
Phone: 618-272-3022
FAX: 618-272-3024

Branch Office (Hamilton County)
100 S. Jackson
Courthouse Basement
McLeansboro, IL 62859
Phone: 618-643-3416
FAX: 618-643-3206
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (Hardin & Pope County)
Dixon Springs Agricultural Center
354 State Hwy 145 North
Simpson, IL 62985
Phone: 618-695-6060
FAX: 618-695-2492

Main Office (White County)
1715 College Avenue
Carmi, IL 62821
Phone: 618-382-2662
FAX: 618-382-2276
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)


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Today's Features

2017 SO IL SUMMER TWILIGHT SERIES - Join University of Illinois Extension as they team up with area farmers to provide four monthly evening meetings to highlight and demonstrate diverse farming enterprises across southern Illinois. Over the course of four twilight meetings, growers and extension educators will provide information on the following topics: u-pick lavender production, growing fruits and vegetables within city limits, fresh cut flower production, mushroom production, organic vegetable production, and utilizing farmers markets, roadside stands, and CSA’s to markeT products. Click below for more information.

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Congratulations to the students at the Hamilton County 4-H GIFT Garden, McLeansboro, IL for winning the 2016 Green Thumb Challenge grant! Facilitated by the University of Illinois Extension, The GIFT Garden began in 2013 and evolved into a great learning environment. In the summer of 2016, over 47 youth and 14 adults volunteered a total of 1,105 hours to grow 1,356 pounds of produce. With the past four years combined seasons a total of 2,865 pounds were donated to local food pantries, nursing homes, Heritage Woods and needy families! Read about the winning project by clicking the link below.

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Unit 24 Extension Council 2016-2017: Mr. Donnie Ahrens; Ms. Valarie Berekashvilli; Ms. Jill Cowsert; Mr. Don Darnell; Ms. Beth Eckert; Ms. Nancy Evans, Chair; Ms. Janetta Flener; Mr. Ryder Flener; Mr. Eric Fodor; Ms. Glenna Maxwell, Secretary; Mr. John McKinney; Ms. Elaine Miller; Mr. Charles Nolan, Vice Chair; Ms. Melissa Presser; Ms. Robin Pyle; Ms. Joy Richey; Ms. Nadine York

Consumer & Economic Development

Maintaining Law and Order

Imagine you are home alone and awakened from your sleep by a noise outside your window. It doesn't sound like a "ghost" so you rule out calling Ghostbusters. So instead you dial 911. The dispatcher answers "911, what's your emergency?" A few minutes later, an officer arrives at your door and gives you the all clear. So it appears to have been a false alarm, you feel a little foolish for calling the officer out in the middle of the night, but in reality you are relieved and will sleep much better knowing that help is only a phone call away.

Police officers play a central role in our law enforcement system. They respond to emergency calls, patrol the community, monitor criminal activity, issue tickets, make arrests, investigate crimes, and testify in court as needed. In many of Illinois' small towns and rural communities, their duties don't end there. 24/7/365, they may also be operating the local jail, providing court security, transporting prisoners, gathering evidence, investigating accidents, seizing methamphetamine laboratories, responding to armed robberies, and serving civil papers.

In addition, officers may be called on to handle a variety of other tasks including community relations, escorting funeral processions, leading the local parade through the downtown, responding to barking dogs, checking on elderly shut-ins, all while ensuring that the government office buildings are safe and secure.

For most rural departments, given the small tax base available to fund overall operations, these activities are being handled by a small number of officers as they balance staffing against the need for communications equipment, mandated trainings, uniforms, weapons, and vehicles. Therefore, there is no better time to remind the residents of Illinois that Spending Locally First ensures law enforcement will be there to protect and to serve.

The State of Illinois, and many or our municipalities and counties, especially those in the rural regions of the State, are experiencing unprecedented fiscal challenges. Stagnant or declining revenue streams as a result of buying patterns that no longer support local businesses, which generate tax revenues and provide local jobs, are plaguing our rural regions. This new reality is placing increased pressure on local governments and other taxing districts to provide essential services, such as police protection. The resulting dilemma for local governments is to identify new ways to balance the budget. This can mean increasing revenues (i.e. raising taxes), cutting expenses, or a combination of the two. Either way, rural residents lose, as they either pay higher taxes and/or have fewer services available.

Therefore, in the simplest of terms, the more money we spend locally and within our State, the more tax dollars we will generate to support our state, county, and municipal budgets, resulting in more resources to fund the Illinois State Police, our county sheriffs, and our city and village police departments.

Certainly, there may be "perceived" lower spending alternatives available online, or perhaps, just across the border in a neighboring state, but the reality is when you purchase items and pay sales taxes out of state, you are supporting their state, county, and municipal budgets, not ours.

University of Illinois Extension Educator Susan Odum says, "In a nut shell, if essential public services, such as police protection, are important to you, then shopping local SHOULD be important to you, because it provides the resources needed for maintaining law and order." >

Questions? Contact Susan Odum, Extension Educator, Community and Economic Development at

Information and Resources for You

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Extension Meetings

Hamilton Co 4-H GIFT Garden Cooking Classes
Thursday May 25, 2017 • 9:00 AM
Hamilton Co 4-H GIFT Garden Gardening Classes
Wednesday May 31, 2017 • 9:00 AM
White Co 4-H GIFT Garden Summer Classes
Tuesday June 6, 2017 • 9:00 AM
White Co 4-H Illinois Junior Chef Cooking School
Monday June 19, 2017 • 10:00 AM
White Co 4-H Leadership/Superintendent Meeting
Tuesday June 27, 2017 • 5:30 PM
White Co 4-H Public Speaking Contest
Thursday June 29, 2017 • 6:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Tractor Rodeo
Saturday July 1, 2017 • 11:00 AM
Hamilton Co 4-H Fair Clean Up
Monday July 3, 2017 • 9:00 AM
Hamilton Co 4-H Poultry and Rabbit Show
Thursday July 6, 2017 • 9:00 AM
Hamilton Co 4-H Dog, Cat, Small Pet Show
Thursday July 6, 2017 • 1:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Livestock Weigh In
Thursday July 6, 2017 • 4:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Ag Olympics
Thursday July 6, 2017 • 7:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Livestock Show
Friday July 7, 2017 • 7:00 AM
Hamilton Co 4-H Awards
Friday July 7, 2017 • 3:30 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Livestock Auction
Friday July 7, 2017 • 4:00 PM
White Co 4-H Fairground Clean Up
Saturday July 8, 2017 • 8:30 AM
White Co 4-H Dog, Cat, Small Pet Show
Saturday July 8, 2017 • 12:30 PM
White Co 4-H Horse Show
Saturday July 8, 2017 • 4:00 PM
White Co 4-H Shooting Sports
Sunday July 9, 2017 • 2:00 PM
White Co 4-H Food & Clothing Shows
Monday July 10, 2017 • 12:30 PM
White Co 4-H Rabbit & Poultry Shows
Monday July 10, 2017 • 5:00 PM
White Co 4-H General Projects Show & Cloverbuds
Tuesday July 11, 2017 • 8:00 AM
White Co 4-H Tractor Driving Contest
Tuesday July 11, 2017 • 4:00 PM
White Co 4-H Livestock Weigh In
Tuesday July 11, 2017 • 5:00 PM
White Co 4-H Livestock Show
Wednesday July 12, 2017 • 8:00 AM
White Co 4-H Awards
Wednesday July 12, 2017 • 5:00 PM
White Co 4-H Livestock Auction
Wednesday July 12, 2017 • 7:00 PM
White Co 4-H Swimming Party TENTATIVE
Thursday July 13, 2017 • 6:00 PM
White Co 4-H Carcass Show
Friday July 14, 2017 • 11:00 AM
Pope-Hardin Co 4-H Swine Show
Wednesday July 19, 2017 • 8:00 AM
White Co 4-H Livestock Committee Meeting
Tuesday July 25, 2017 • 5:00 PM
White Co 4-H Support Committee Meeting
Tuesday July 25, 2017 • 5:30 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H GIFT Garden Exhibit
Thursday July 27, 2017 • 9:00 AM
Gallatin Co 4-H General Show
Saturday July 29, 2017 • 10:00 AM
Pope-Hardin Co 4-H Horse Show
Sunday July 30, 2017 • 8:00 AM

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