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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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Today's Features

4-H DAY WITH THE MINERS - Saturday, May 30, 2015 - Southern IL Miners vs. Joliet Slammers - 6:05 pm game time - Order form available on your county's webpage. Order deadline is April 24.

YOU WON'T BELIEVE ALL YOU CAN DO AT ILLINI SUMMER ACADEMIES! Ever considered creating your own ag business? Do you like chemistry? Want to create something with a digital printer? Do you love working on a computer? These are all NEW fields of study you can choose at this year’s Illini Summer Academies. More information is on each county's 4-H page or by clicking below.

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2015 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SUMMER TWILIGHT SERIES - The University of Illinois Extension is teaming up with area farmers to provide four evening meetings to highlight and demonstrate diverse farming enterprises across southern Illinois. Meetings are scheduled for one Monday evening of each month from May through August, running from 6 pm -8 pm. There is no cost for these programs but pre-registration for each meeting is required. Please register online at For more information or to register by phone, please call Bronwyn Aly at 618-382-2662 or email or by clicking the link below.

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ARE YOU READY FOR 4-H CAMP? We are excited to offer two camping opportunities for southern Illinois youth! Western Kentucky 4-H Camp at Dawson Springs will be held May June 9-12. The registration deadline for Western Kentucky 4-H Camp will be Friday May 1. This camp offers lots of fun activities like canoeing, swimming, shooting sports, disk golf, fun classes, and more! Southern Illinois 4-H Camp is back! Camp DuBois will host camp this year, it is located directly off highway 51 just south of DuBois. This camp has lots to offer! If you like swimming, canoeing, leadership games, horse back riding and more! Camp will be in session June 14—17. Registration materials are available on your county's webpage or at your local Extension office. There are also scholarships available to help with the camp fee! The first 25 campers for both camps will receive a $75 scholarship! There are also a few full scholarships available, so make plans now to attend 4-H camp! Please contact your local Extension office with all your camp questions. Looking forward to a great camping season!

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 National Night
Monday April 20, 2015 • 6:00 PM
Saline Co 4-H Lamb & Meat Goat Weigh-In
Saturday April 25, 2015 • 1:00 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
4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals
Saturday May 16, 2015 • 1:15 PM
Unit 24 Extension Council Meeting
Tuesday August 4, 2015 • 6:00 PM

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