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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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U OF I EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS THROUGH DECEMBER 1st - Area lawn and garden enthusiasts from Hamletsburg to Burnt Prairie can receive intensive horticulture training in exchange for volunteer hours through University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener program. This program is looking for individuals who not only love gardening and landscaping but also enjoy sharing their gardening expertise with others. Participants get more than 60 hours of in-depth instruction on such topics as soils; botany; insect and disease management; flowers, trees, shrubs and other ornamentals; fruit and vegetable production; turf grass; basic landscaping and a wide range of other topics. An internship of 60 hours of volunteer horticulture-related service to our local neighbors and communities for U of I Extension completes the training requirements. Volunteer hours may involve such projects as design and operation of local demonstration gardens, answering requests for lawn and garden information at the local office, or working with children or the elderly at Extension sponsored events. The Master Gardener training will be held on Tuesdays, January 27th through March 31st, and classes will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location is to be determined but will likely be either the White County Extension office in Carmi or Dixon Springs Ag Center in Simpson. Those interested in participating in this program may apply anytime from now until December 1, 2014. Applications may be downloaded from our website or picked up at any of the local Extension offices. The registration fee for this program is $225, which includes a copy of the Illinois Master Gardener manual and attendance to the training classes. Scholarships for reimbursement of a portion of the program fee will be available to the first ten participants upon successful completion of the course. For more details, contact Bronwyn Aly in the White County Extension Office at 618-382-2662. If you need accommodations to participate in this program, please indicate when registering.

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Surveys to be Conducted: Data helps us improve our Illinois 4-H program. Each year, we select specific outcomes to evaluate. In 2014, we will be collecting data statewide by asking members in some of our clubs to complete a survey, or by asking youth attending programs and events for 4-H members and non-members. • We do not think that there is any danger to children in completing this survey. • Every young person will be given the option to not answer the questions. • The surveys will be distributed and collected by a 4-H staff person. • Surveys will be analyzed at a state level and a report shared with county offices and stakeholders at the end of the year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Melissa Wilson at or your county's extension office. If individuals have questions about their rights as a participant in this study or any concerns or complaints, they should contact the University of Illinois Institutional Review Board at 217-333-2670 (collect calls will be accepted if you identify yourself as a research participant) or via email at

100 Years of Extension

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Unit #24 Extension Council 2014-2016: Mr. Clint Ragan, Hamilton Co. - Chairman; Ms. Nancy Evans, Saline Co. - Vice Chairman; Ms. Glenna Maxwell, Hamilton Co. - Secretary; Mr. John McKinney, White Co. - Financial Reporter; Ms. Judy Jones, Gallatin Co.; Ms. Phyllis Mace, Gallatin Co.; Ms. Becky Mitchell, Gallatin Co.; Mr. Chad Payne, Hamilton Co.; Ms. Jill Cowsert, Hardin Co.; Ms. Monica Daily, Hardin Co.; Ms. Janetta Flener, Hardin Co.; Mr. Bob Geick, Pope Co.; Ms. Linda Meherg, Pope Co.; Ms. Elaine Bramlet, Saline Co.; Ms. Lori Cox, Saline Co.; Ms. Linda Watkins, Saline Co.; Ms. Valerie Berekashvilli, White Co.; Mr. Charles Nolan, White Co.

Consumer & Economic Development

Several community committees and organizations collaborate to enhance economic and community development in Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Pope, Saline, and White Counties.

Efforts include REDI (Regional Economic Development Initiative) sponsored by Southeastern Illinois College, Area Main Street Programs and Illinois Delta Network Grants for Health Care. Programs are also coordinated with the Small Business Development Center of SIC, Southeastern IL Regional Development & Planning Commission, IL Department of Commerce & Economic Development.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any of these programs, please contact your local University of Illinois Extension.

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

Information and Resources for You

4-H Youth Development Commercial Agriculture Community and Economic Development Family Life Horticulture Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness Schools Online

Extension Meetings

Hamilton Co 4-H Achievement Night
Monday October 27, 2014 • 6:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Cake Decorating Workshop
Saturday November 1, 2014 • 9:00 AM
Saline Co 4-H Federation Meeting
Monday November 3, 2014 • 5:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Sewing SPIN Club
Tuesday November 4, 2014 • 5:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Federation Meeting
Thursday November 13, 2014 • 4:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Sewing SPIN Club
Tuesday November 18, 2014 • 5:00 PM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Tuesday November 18, 2014 • 6:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Candy Making Workshop
Friday November 21, 2014 • 9:00 AM
Hamilton Co HEA Style Show
Saturday November 22, 2014 • 10:00 AM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Tuesday February 10, 2015 • 6:00 PM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Tuesday May 5, 2015 • 6:00 PM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Tuesday August 4, 2015 • 6:00 PM

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