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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

14th Annual 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals: Missouri and Illinois 4-H members, parents, volunteers and alumni will gather at Busch Stadium on Saturday, May 16, 2015 for the 14th annual 4-H Day with the Cardinals. The National League Central Champion Cardinals will be playing the Detroit Tigers in a 1:15 p.m. game. Tickets for the game will be $25.00 each and includes a specially designed t-shirt featuring the 4-H Clover on the back and the Cardinals emblem on the front. 4-H members, leaders, alumni, and their families who purchase 4-H Day with the Cardinals tickets will have the opportunity to participate in a parade around the Busch Stadium outfield. Pre-game ceremonies will include a recitation of the 4-H pledge and ceremonial first pitches by an Illinois and Missouri 4-H member. Tickets for the event must be ordered on the 4-H Day with the Cardinals order form. Ticket order forms are available at the University of Missouri Extension office, or on the web at www.mo4h.missouri.edu. Ticket orders must be postmarked by April 6, 2015. Tickets usually sell out before the order deadline so families are encouraged to order early. 4-H Clubs, counties, or groups of families who would like to be seated together must send their orders in the same envelope. Families can also participate in the 4-H Day with the Cardinals raffle to win prizes such as throwing out the first pitch, autographed baseballs, and tickets to other Cardinal baseball games. Funds raised through the raffle support Missouri and Illinois 4-H programs. Complete information about the 4-H Day with the Cardinals raffle is on the ticket order form. Check your county's webpage for the order form.

The 2015 Illinois First Detector Workshops begin in less than a month. You don’t want to miss these information-packed, hands-on workshops on the latest invasive species news in Illinois. Sessions will be offered at 8 locations around the state. Click below for more information.

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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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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

White Co 4-H Leather Workshop
Monday February 2, 2015 • 3:30 PM
Saline Co 4-H Federation Meeting
Monday February 2, 2015 • 5:00 PM
White Co 4-H Federation Meeting
Monday February 2, 2015 • 5:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Leaders/Livestock Committee Meeting
Monday February 2, 2015 • 5:30 PM
White Co 4-H Hippology
Monday February 2, 2015 • 6:00 PM
White Co 4-H Cloverbud Meeting
Tuesday February 3, 2015 • 3:30 PM
White Co 4-H Beef Weigh-In
Saturday February 7, 2015 • 8:00 AM
Saline Co 4-H Beef Weigh-In
Saturday February 7, 2015 • 1:00 PM
White Co 4-H Leather Workshop
Monday February 9, 2015 • 3:30 PM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Tuesday February 10, 2015 • 6:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Pooch Power Dog Club meeting
Tuesday February 10, 2015 • 6:30 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Federation Meeting
Thursday February 12, 2015 • 3:45 PM
Saline Co 4-H and Hamilton Co 4-H Cosmic Bowling
Friday February 13, 2015 • 7:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Cabin Fever Craft Day
Monday February 16, 2015 • 10:00 AM
Hamilton Co 4-H Apron Making Workshop
Monday February 16, 2015 • 1:00 PM
White Co 4-H Hippology
Monday February 16, 2015 • 6:00 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 Leather Workshop
Monday February 23, 2015 • 3:30 PM
White Co 4-H Hippology
Monday February 23, 2015 • 6:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Horse & Pony Committee Meeting
Monday February 23, 2015 • 6:00 PM
White Co 4-H Hippology
Monday March 2, 2015 • 6:00 PM
White Co 4-H Cloverbud Meeting
Tuesday March 3, 2015 • 3:30 PM
White Co 4-H Hippology
Monday March 9, 2015 • 6:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Pooch Power Dog Club meeting
Tuesday March 10, 2015 • 6:30 PM
White Co 4-H Hippology
Monday March 16, 2015 • 6:00 PM
White Co 4-H Cloverbud Meeting
Tuesday March 17, 2015 • 3:30 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Trivia Night
Thursday March 19, 2015 • 5:30 PM
White Co 4-H Pork Chop Dinner
Saturday March 21, 2015 • 7:00 PM
White Co 4-H Hippology
Monday March 23, 2015 • 6:00 PM
Hamilton Co 4-H Public Presentations
Thursday March 26, 2015 • 6:00 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
White Co 4-H Sheep & Goat Weigh-In
Saturday May 2, 2015 • 9:00 AM
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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