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University of Illinois Extension serving Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties

Main Office (Stephenson County)
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
Email:uie-jsw@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Branch Office (Jo Daviess County)
204 Vine, PO Box 600
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274

Branch Office (Winnebago County)
1040 North Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-986-4329
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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Extending Knowledge–Changing Lives. Thank you for visiting our website. University of Illinois Extension is the link between the University and all of our friends and neighbors in JoDaviess, Stephenson and Winnebago counties. Extension staff provide practical education you can trust that help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. Please contact us at the local Extension office with questions or to learn more about these educational or leadership opportunities. We also encourage you to add our site to your favorites list.

Today's Features

Wondering what to do with all those delicious, nutritious tomatoes? Plan to attend this program presented by Extension Educators, Candice Miller and Diane Reinhold and you will be amazed! See flyer below for more information and register on right side of page too.

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CHECK OUT the new, quarterly e-newsletter, DAIRY FOCUS AT ILLINOIS, published by the U of I department of animal sciences in Urbana. The Dairy Focus Lab is committed to meeting the challenges of the Illinois dairy industry and dairy farmers at large. For current and archived issues, or to SUBSCRIBE to the e-newsletter, click below.

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Preserve the Taste of Summer: We are excited to announce our new online course for Food Preservation. This 8 module course covers: food safety, canning basics, canning acid foods, pressure canning low-acid foods, preparation and canning of pickled and fermented foods, making and preserving fruit spreads, freezing food, storage of frozen and refrigerated foods, and drying foods.

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Learn how to cook with your favorite herbs during a COOKING WITH HERBS workshop offered by University of Illinois Extension. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 30th from 1:00 – 2:00pm at the East Dubuque Public Library. Click below for more information or for registration, go to Register Online.

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Join U of I Extension Educator Diane Reinhold for YES, YOU CAN PRESERVE IT SAFELY! program. Learn the basics of Food Preservation, Up-to-Date Home Food Safety Guidelines, Scientific Methods for Preserving Food and get your Dial Pressure Canner Guage tested. For more information, click below, or to register, go to Register Online.

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It's back and updated for 2014! The Northwest Illinois 2014 Local Food Directory for Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties. See link below to download a copy for yourself and enjoy!

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IT'S HERE... the 2014 LOCAL FOODS DIRECTORY FOR NORTHERN ILLINOIS, which includes 75+ local farms, area farmers markets, and businesses supporting local foods. Click below to download and print a copy.

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University of Illinois Extension is announcing its first annual Youth Leadership Day, scheduled for Wednesday, August 6th at the Stockton Township Library. Any Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior is invited to attend the conference which will begin with registration at 8:30am and wrap up by 3:00pm. “Gaining leadership experiences, skills and tools during high school years can prove to be extremely valuable as students prepare for a competitive workplace upon graduation”, states Extension Program Coordinator, Maggie Guenzler. “I believe parents should be encouraging their children to take advantage of every opportunity possible.” Click below for more information or for registration, go to Register Online.

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Have a gardening question? Call one of our Master Gardeners on the Helpline! Call: Winnebago Co. at 986-4357 on Monday-Thursday 9:00 to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Call: JoDaviess Co. at 858-2273 on Tuesday and Friday from 10:00 to Noon. Call: Stephenson Co. at 235-4125 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. To learn more about the Master Gardener Program see below or call us!

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The landscape of your yard and garden in summer quickly changes to lush greens and fragrant blooms. We invite you to view the online collection of SUMMER GARDENING articles and videos created by University of Illinois Extension educators that is sure to keep your green thumb active this season!

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BE SAFE WHEN YOU FIRE UP THE BARBIE! Click below to read the latest information on grilling out safely. Learn some basic food safety precautions to keep your family healthy this summer.

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PLANT A ROW FOR THE HUNGRY (PAR) is a national program that works at a grassroots' level to end community hunger. Backyard gardeners are inspired to "plant an extra row" then donate the extra harvest to local food pantries. Click below to learn about PAR and the local donation drop-off sites in Winn. County. For Stephenson County see link under Master Gardener icon on right side of this page.

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See what's happening in Stephenson County during June, July & August! See our program & events flyer below!

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2014 Farmers Markets open this week! The Freeport Farmers Market runs 7-11:00 on Saturdays, at the CVS parking lot, on South Street beginning May 17. The Lena Market runs 8-11:00 on Saturdays, starting May 24, in the downtown Lena parking lot. The Highland Farmers Market opens on Wed. June 4 from 3-6:00 pm at Highland Comm. College, parking lot C. The Steph. Co. Farmers Market at Logan's parking lot, runs Saturdays 8-1:00 and Tuesdays noon to 4 pm starting May 17,and a NEW Downtown Farmers Market is Saturdays from 2-5:30 pm in the parking lot across from Freeport Post Office..so come & Enjoy them all!

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4-H means something different to every member, every leader, every parent, every supporter, every alum, everyone! At Illinois 4-H, we want to celebrate everything that 4-H is to YOU! We thought we'd make it as FUN and REWARDING as possible ... because #thats4h! So, let's have a CONTEST with almost $1,000 in PRIZES! To learn more about how to enter this fun contest, click the link below and let your creativity begin!

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