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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!

Today's Features

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) webinar series is being offered by University of Illinois Extension. Pre-registration is required. More information is available by clicking the link below.

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SUSTAINABLE LIVING EXPO - Saturday, October 24, 2015 9 am to 4 pm - Dixon Springs Agricultural Center - More information available by clicking the link below.

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FARMER ENROLLMENT FOR AMERICA'S FARMERS GROW COMMUNITIES IS NOW OPEN! Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, this program offers farmers the chance to direct $2,500 donations to rural nonprofit organizations of their choice. This organization was awarded a donation in the past and we can help our organization receive another donation by encouraging farmers we know to enroll in the program. To enroll or find a complete list of eligibility requirements, farmers can visit or call 877-267-3332. Enrollment runs until November 30 and winners will be announced in January 2016. Since 2010, more than 7,000 organizations across rural America have received Grow Communities donations. Share your story and help raise awareness about the impact farmers have in rural America with a few simple steps: 1. Like the Grow Communities Facebook page at or join the conversation on Twitter using #GrowCommunities. 2. Share this opportunity with our sample Facebook posts and tweets. 3. Forward this opportunity to a farmer you know. What could your organization do with another $2,500 donation? Contact a farmer you know today and encourage him to enroll in the program. Grow Communities is a part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which has awarded more than $29 million to farming communities in the past five years. Learn more at

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2015 FARMERS MARKET PRICE REPORTING - The University of Illinois Extension is collaborating with the University of Kentucky Center for Crop Diversification to provide weekly price reporting information from several farmers markets across the state. To see the weekly reports from our Local Food Systems/Small Farms page, click on the link below.

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Unit #24 Extension Council 2015-2016: 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; Mr. Donnie Ahrens, Gallatin Co.; Ms. Valarie Berekashvili, White Co.; Ms. Elaine Bramlet, Saline Co.; Ms. Jill Cowsert, Hardin Co.; Ms. Beth Eckert, Pope Co.; Ms. Janetta Flener, Hardin Co.; Ms. Becky Mitchell, Gallatin Co.; Mr. Charles Nolan, White Co.; Mr. Chad Payne, Hamilton Co.; Ms. Melissa Presser, Pope Co.; Ms. Robin Pyle, Gallatin Co.; Ms. Joy Richey, Saline Co.; Ms. Linda Watkins, Saline 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 Federation Meeting
Thursday September 3, 2015 • 3:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Federation Meeting
Monday September 21, 2015 • 5:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Management Committee Meeting
Monday September 21, 2015 • 7:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H International Night
Tuesday October 13, 2015 • 4:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Achievement Night
Monday October 26, 2015 • 6:00 PM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Wednesday November 4, 2015 • 6:00 PM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Wednesday March 2, 2016 • 6:00 PM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Wednesday May 4, 2016 • 6:00 PM

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