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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
Email:uie-ghhpsw@illinois.edu
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

Once again we are offering the 4-H Leaders’ Retreat to our Southern Region 4-H Leaders. The 2015 Leaders’ Retreat will take place March 6-7 at Rend Lake Resort with registration closing February 13. Details and the registration form can be found on each county's page.

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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS COMMERCIAL TREE FRUIT SCHOOL: Two schools are offered this year—one on February 3 at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn and the other on February 4 at the Knights of Columbus Hall three miles south of Hardin. Registration includes one copy of the 2015 Midwest Tree Fruit Spray Guide.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS: 2015 SMALL FARMS WEBINAR SERIES: The Small Farm Webinar Series is a weekly educational series for the small farm community and provides practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois. This series of online events is aimed at providing small farm producers with a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. Webinars air live each Thursday at 1:00 – 2:30 pm and include a question and answer session. If you cannot attend, a link to the recorded webinars will be available to view at your convenience for all those who register.

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LEGAL TOOLS FOR BUILDING SUSTAINABLE FARM BUSINESSES: The University of Illinois Extension will be hosting four Farm Commons webinars at the University of Illinois Extension office in Harrisburg in December and January. The webinars are free, but you must register at http://farmcommons.org/webinars to attend. You then have two options: you can view the webinar at your own home/office or you can attend at the University of Illinois Extension office, 912 S. Commercial St. #4 in Harrisburg. For more information or if you plan to attend the webinar at the Extension office, contact Bronwyn Aly, Extension Educator at 618-252-8391, baly@illinois.edu

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DONATIONS WITH A DIFFERENCE - Food donation drives always make a big difference to those in need. However, it may be challenging to make a healthy meal with the donations received. Making the Most of Your Food Basket Donations offers several ways to organize your donation drive or packaging of donations received, so that your food drive can provide healthier combinations to meet recipient’s or families food needs. You might organize according to food group, make-a-meal, donate-a-recipe, or donate-a-day.

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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 sodum@illinois.edu

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

4-H Day with the St. Louis Rams
Sunday December 21, 2014 • 3:05 PM
White Co 4-H Federation Meeting
Monday January 5, 2015 • 5:00 PM
White Co 4-H Knitting
Tuesday January 6, 2015 • 4:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Livestock Committee Meeting
Wednesday January 7, 2015 • 7:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Federation Meeting
Thursday January 8, 2015 • 4:00 PM
White Co 4-H CPR & First Aid Training
Saturday January 10, 2015 • 9:00 AM
White Co 4-H Knitting
Tuesday January 13, 2015 • 3:30 PM
Saline Co 4-H Dog Obedience SPIN Club Meeting
Tuesday January 13, 2015 • 6:30 PM
White Co 4-H Cloverbud Junior Leader Meeting
Thursday January 15, 2015 • 4:00 PM
White Co 4-H Leadership Meeting
Thursday January 15, 2015 • 6:00 PM
White Co 4-H Hippology Kick-Off
Saturday January 17, 2015 • 9:00 AM
Hamilton Co 4-H Poultry Workshop
Monday January 19, 2015 • 9:00 AM
White Co 4-H Project Workshop
Monday January 19, 2015 • 10:00 AM
White Co 4-H Knitting
Tuesday January 20, 2015 • 4:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Horse & Pony Committee Meeting
Monday January 26, 2015 • 6:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Management Committee Meeting
Monday January 26, 2015 • 7:00 PM
White Co 4-H Knitting
Tuesday January 27, 2015 • 4:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Federation Meeting
Monday February 2, 2015 • 5:00 PM
White Co 4-H Cloverbud Meeting
Tuesday February 3, 2015 • 3:30 PM
Saline Co 4-H Beef Weigh-In (tentative)
Saturday February 7, 2015 • 1:00 PM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Tuesday February 10, 2015 • 6:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H and Hamilton Co 4-H Cosmic Bowling
Friday February 13, 2015 • 7:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Cosmic Bowling
Friday February 13, 2015 • 7:00 PM
White Co 4-H Cloverbud Meeting
Tuesday February 17, 2015 • 3:30 PM
White Co 4-H Basket Weaving Workshop
Saturday February 21, 2015 • 9:00 AM
White Co 4-H Cloverbud Meeting
Tuesday March 3, 2015 • 3:30 PM
White Co 4-H Cloverbud Meeting
Tuesday March 17, 2015 • 3:30 PM
White Co 4-H Cloverbud Meeting
Tuesday March 31, 2015 • 3:30 PM
White Co 4-H Cloverbud Meeting
Tuesday April 14, 2015 • 3:30 PM
White Co 4-H Cloverbud Meeting
Tuesday April 28, 2015 • 3:30 PM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Tuesday May 5, 2015 • 6:00 PM
White Co 4-H Cloverbud Meeting
Tuesday May 12, 2015 • 3:30 PM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Tuesday August 4, 2015 • 6:00 PM

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