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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

The Crop Sciences Department at Dixon Springs Ag Center has been assisting Stacy Pasoni (The Healthy Hippie Chef) to promote IL Specialty Crops (Fruit and Vegetables). The horticulture research facilities have been used for filming segments to explain production practices and local sourcing opportunities for consumers. Stacy is using this information and video footage as a part of her regular cooking segment on “The Spiel”, a TV show that airs locally on Fox 23. As part of this project, she has developed a short and simple survey to help assess consumer perceptions related to specialty crop consumption, farmers markets, etc. Please click below to complete the survey. In addition to this project, Stacy was also the keynote speaker at the 2015 IL Specialty Crop, Agritourism and Organic Conference held in January. Her website is

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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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2015 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SUMMER TWILIGHT SERIES - Jerry Jimenez of Darn Hot Peppers in Cobden, IL is excited to be hosting our fourth twilight meeting on Monday, August 10, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Jerry and his wife began growing peppers on their farm, Rancho Bella Vista, about 12 years ago and have developed their love for peppers into a successful business venture. Over the course of the evening, Jerry will discuss how he got started in the pepper business and how the business has evolved over the years. He will highlight the 21 different specialty pepper varieties produced on the farm and how they are utilized in the different products they make. He will also demonstrate the processing of products in his certified kitchen. Jerry will be discussing all facets of his business plan, including direct sales, farmers markets, internet sales and his on-farm Pepperfest. Extension Educators, Bronwyn Aly and Nathan Johanning, will be on hand to provide additional information on pepper production practices. This program is provided at no cost but pre-registration is required. Please click below. For more information about the Twilight Meeting contact: Bronwyn Aly -; 618-382-2662 Nathan Johanning -; 618-687-1727

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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

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 Federation Meeting
Monday August 3, 2015 • 5:00 PM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Tuesday August 4, 2015 • 6:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Pinterest Day Camp
Thursday August 6, 2015 • 10:00 AM
4-H Day at Illinois State Fair
Sunday August 16, 2015 • 8:00 AM
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

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