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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

Join us at GARDENING FOR FOOD, FLOWERS & FUN, our EXCITING one-day educational gardening event on Saturday, MARCH 7, in Rockford. $40 fee includes keynote presentation, admission to 3 sessions, and lunch. To REGISTER or for more info, click below.

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SPRING BREAK GARDENING will be coming March 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Elizabeth Community Building off of Hwy 20 in Elizabeth, IL. For just $5.00, attendees can hear a keynote presentation on tomatoes and peppers, and choose from various break-out sessions that will follow.

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Fruit Tree Training Workshop set for March 19, at 3:30 p.m. at the Freeport Middle School. Learn proper pruning, training, and winter tree protection of fruit trees, and see trees planted by the Freeport High School Ag. students & learn about their experiences! There is no charge, but registration is required by calling the Extension office at 815-235-4125 or below.

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FRUIT TREE TRAINING in Jo Daviess County, on Saturday, March 21! U of I Extension Horticulture Educator, Candice Miller and producers, Rick and Mike Dittmar will cover several topics including proper pruning, training and winter tree protection of young trees. Click below to REGISTER or for more information.

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CACTI AND SUCCULENT WORKSHOP will be on March 31 & May 19, at 5:30 p.m. in Freeport. These popular, trendy, plants are beautiful, interesting, take minimal care & are easy to grow! for more information about this 2-part hands on workshop click the link below.

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U of I Extension is offering PRIVATE APPLICATOR training and testing clinics starting in November 2014, including a training session on January 12, 2015 at Giovanni's in Rockford. Pre-registration is required for all programs. See below for link to Training class in Rockford, OR see Program registrations on this page for Jo Daviess & Stephenson County TEST only sites registrations.

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SCALING UP VEGETABLE PRODUCTION 10 week series from January 14th to March 19th in Stephenson County. Join us for this NEW series for those who want to move from their backyard to selling at farmers markets or further developing their established operation. Take all 10 classes or pick only the ones you want on course flyer under registration. For more information, see flyer below & register online by clicking on program registration on right side of this page.

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CERTIFIED LIVESTOCK MANAGER TRAINING WORKSHOPS have been scheduled throughout the state with on slated to be held locally on February 26. For information about this event and details about registration please click below.

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See what's happening in Stephenson County during March & April in our program & events flyer below!

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SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING SERIES. Introducing 3 New Landscaping classes on April 9, 16, & 23. Learn about planning, design, proper plants for various locations and water efficient landscaping too! Receive a variety of books & handouts and pre-register below. Cost is $24 for the series by 4-2-15, or $10 per class. Call for questions at 815-235-4125. Classes are 5:30-7:30 at Highland Comm. College.

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Tomatoes, Eggplant, and Peppers will be the feature of our "Successful Solanaceous Crops" program on March 26 at 6:00 pm at the Steph. Co. Farm Bureau. Plan to attend & learn all about these popular vegetables, different varieties, pest control, and much more! The cost is $5 and register online here on right side of this page or call the Extension office at 815-235-4125

The Unit 1 Ag Newsletter is now available on our website. Click below to view.

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Click below for our COVER CROPS CALENDAR for information that will assist with the selection of fall and winter plantings.

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Check out the latest WINTER GARDENING RESOURCES from U OF I EXTENSION EXPERTS on topics that include composting, apple tree disease, planning next season's vegetable garden, 2015's perennial plant of the year... and MORE! Click below for informative articles and videos.

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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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