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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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Thank you for visiting our website! The University of Illinois Extension Gallatin/Hamilton/Hardin/Pope/Saline/White County Unit is the link between University of Illinois and all of our friends and neighbors in the six county area. The Extension Office offers practical, research-based information to improve lives and communities through learning partnerships that put knowledge to work. Please contact us at 618-252-8391, 618-382-2662, 618-272-3022, 618-643-3416, or 618-695-6060, with questions or to learn more about these educational or leadership opportunities. We also encourage you to add our site to your favorites list. Have a great day! 

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MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCTION WORKSHOP - The second annual backyard maple syrup production workshop will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2016 from 10am-noon at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center. This program is free and open to the public. Click the link below for more information.

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BEGINNING FARMER TRAINING PROGRAM: Growing Fruits and Vegetables for Market - If you are interested in producing fruits and vegetables commercially but haven’t been sure how to get started, come join us at Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg for our Beginning Farmer Training Program: Growing Fruits and Vegetables for Market! This program will cover the basics of commercial fruit and vegetable production from seed to farm stand and beyond. Join us for this program as we take the next step in creating the next generation of fruit and vegetable farmers! This program will be held from 6-9 PM on Tuesday evenings starting January 24, 2017 and continuing through March 28, 2017 (10 weeks) at Southeastern Illinois College 3575 College Rd. Harrisburg, IL 62946 in Room G120. In addition, the program will also offer a full-day of farm tours scheduled with local growers to highlight a variety of established operations, (tentatively planned in mid-March). The deadline to register for the program is Wednesday January 18th. To register please click the link below. For more information, please contact: Bronwyn Aly –, 618-252-8391

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SOIL FERTILITY SEMINAR OFFERS CONTINUING EDUCATION - Soil fertility, crop production practices, and environmental stewardship will be the focus of a Soil Fertility Seminar sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on February 28, 2017. This seminar will be held at the White County Extension Office, 1715 College Ave. Carmi, IL 62821 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Campus-based researchers will deliver their presentations to program participants live through web conferencing. Certified crop advisors in attendance can earn up to five hours (units) of nutrient management continuing education. Registration is $50 per person, which includes lunch. The registration deadline is Friday, February 24, 2017. If dietary or other reasonable accommodations are needed for participation, please call Bronwyn Aly at (618) 382-2662. Click the link below for more information or to register.

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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

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

Saline Co 4-H Shop with a Cop
Saturday December 10, 2016 • 8:00 AM
Saline Co 4-H Federation Christmas Party
Monday December 12, 2016 • 6:30 PM
Saline Co 4-H Livestock Committee Meeting
Wednesday January 4, 2017 • 7:00 PM
White Co 4-H Federation Meeting
Thursday January 5, 2017 • 5:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Pooch Power
Tuesday January 10, 2017 • 6:30 PM
Saline Co 4-H Pinterest Workshop
Thursday January 12, 2017 • 3:30 PM
Pope-Hardin Co 4-H Goat & Sheep Clinic
Saturday January 14, 2017 • 10:00 AM
White Co 4-H Pinterest Workshop
Monday January 16, 2017 • 9:00 AM
Saline Co 4-H Federation Meeting
Monday January 23, 2017 • 5:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Management Committee Meeting
Monday January 23, 2017 • 7:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Pinterest Workshop
Thursday January 26, 2017 • 3:30 PM
White Co 4-H Cloverbud Recruitment Night
Thursday January 26, 2017 • 3:30 PM
White Co 4-H Livestock Committee Meeting
Tuesday January 31, 2017 • 5:00 PM
White Co 4-H Leadership Committee Meeting
Tuesday January 31, 2017 • 6:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Beef Weigh In
Saturday February 4, 2017 • 1:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Pooch Power
Tuesday February 14, 2017 • 6:30 PM
Saline Co 4-H Pinterest Workshop
Thursday February 16, 2017 • 3:30 PM
Unit 24 Cosmic Bowling
Friday February 24, 2017 • 6:00 PM

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