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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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2017 DISCOVER CHICAGO - October 7, 8, 9 - Registration is now open to youth going into 5th, 6th, or 7th grade in the 2017-2018 school year. Forms are available on each county's 4-H webpage. More information available by clicking the link below.

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4-H HAS YOUR SEAT TO THE ECLIPSE - Illinois 4-H is inviting the public to a front row seat for the historic total solar eclipse in August in southern Illinois where the sun’s path creates the longest duration of darkness. University of Illinois Extension, in cooperation with the Southern Illinois Miners baseball team, will host an educational program on the Miners ballfield in Marion from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. One may order tickets online. Click the link below for more information.

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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS FRUIT AND VEGETABLE FIELD DAY - The University of Illinois Extension will be hosting a fruit and vegetable field day on Monday August 7th, 2017 at 4pm at the Jackson County Extension Office in Murphysboro, IL. There is a fee of $10/person. Click the link below to register and pay online.

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Consumer & Economic Development


Imagine if you will, the shadow of the moon speeding across the United States at about 1,825 miles per hour as the moon completely blocks the sun, day becomes night, and the sky's most beautiful spectacle, the Sun's corona, reveals itself. This rare event, a total eclipse of the sun is scheduled to sweep the nation from coast to coast along a southeasterly path from Oregon to South Carolina on August 21, 2017.

Nature's greatest show offers residents of the United States a rare opportunity, as nearly everyone in the 48 contiguous states can reach totality within a day's drive. This sight of a lifetime, labeled the Great American Eclipse, is scheduled to enter Southern Illinois from the west at approximately 1:17 pm CDT and leave at 1:25 pm CDT. Along a path of totality, the northern limits in Illinois lie on a southeasterly line from Belleville to Shawneetown, while the southern limits lie along a route from Miller City to Future City in southern Alexander County. According to NASA's eclipse website, the area of greatest duration along the entire eclipse path lies along Illinois' center line of totality at just over 2 minutes 40 seconds in a rural area of Union County between Makanda and Lick Creek, near Blue Sky Vineyard.

With viewing times ranging from under a minute to 2 minutes and 40 seconds in duration, beautiful southernmost Illinois and our Shawnee National Forest offer many great potential viewing locations. For example, estimated periods of totality in Pope and Hardin County are as follows: Karbers Ridge, 2 minutes, 12 seconds; Cave-in-Rock, 2 minutes, 18 seconds; Herod, 2 minutes, 19 seconds; Elizabethtown, 2 minutes, 29 seconds; Rosiclare, 2 minutes 33 seconds; Eddyville, 2 minutes, 35 seconds; Bay City and Glendale, 2 minutes, 39.0 seconds; Robbs, 2 minutes, 39.4 seconds; Golconda, 2 minutes, 39.5 seconds; Dixon Springs, 2 minutes, 40.2 seconds; and 2 minutes, 39.7 seconds at the Dixon Springs Ag Center.

So what does this mean for your communities, your businesses, and your residents? While the eclipse suggests opportunities, first and foremost it suggests the need to plan for positive outcomes as real public safety concerns exist.

The time is NOW to bring your community together for an informational session on the Eclipse including an outline of potential public safety concerns, business opportunities, and tourism planning and marketing efforts. For more information or to schedule an informational session for your group or organization, please contact Susan Odum with the University of Illinois Extension at 618-252-8391 or via e-mail at

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 Float Building/Federation Meeting
Tuesday September 5, 2017 • 3:00 PM
White Co 4-H Federation Meeting
Thursday September 7, 2017 • 5:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H in Fall Festival Parade
Saturday September 9, 2017 • 6:00 PM
White Co 4-H Records Grading
Thursday September 14, 2017 • 5:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H International Night
Monday October 9, 2017 • 4:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Achievement Night
Monday October 23, 2017 • 6:00 PM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Thursday November 9, 2017 • 6:00 PM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Thursday February 8, 2018 • 6:00 PM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Thursday May 10, 2018 • 6:00 PM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Thursday August 9, 2018 • 6:00 PM

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