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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

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND? Don't miss this family-friendly holiday tradition! U of I Extension is a proud sponsor of the 26th annual FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS display located in Sinnissippi Park in ROCKFORD... just one minute from our Winnebago County office! The display runs through December 28 with viewing hours Fri-Sat-Sun from 5 to 10 p.m. (open nightly Dec 24-28). Click below for a complete event calendar.

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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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2015 BEEF UPDATE will be held at the Pecatonica Library on Wed. Jan. 14, from 9:30 am - noon. Univ. of IL Extension Commercial Agriculture Educator, Travis Meteer will be presenting this program. To view the flyer, click below or to register online see right side of this page.

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Are you interested in finding out how to prepare to show your poultry project next year? Come to the 2015 4-H Poultry Clinic where you will learn how to: prepare for chicks, provide proper feeding, get started with pigeons, and lots of other important information to get you on your way. The clinic will take place on Saturday, January 17th at Highland Community College. Please click the link below for the flyer.

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Hydroponics Workshop offered in Freeport on Jan. 20, 2015. Come learn how to grow lettuce, herbs & other vegetables in your home in winter! Candice Miller, Horticulture Ext. Educator will discuss the basics of how hydroponics works and show how to make your own system! Pre-registration is required and cost is $15. See registration on this page or call 815-235-4125.

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

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Visit Extension website CHRISTMAS TREES & MORE for a variety of tree information including selection and care, various types of trees, Christmas tree facts, tree traditions, and a listing of tree farms.

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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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Univ. of IL Herb Day will be Saturday, Jan. 17, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Garden Hotel and Conference Center (formerly the Holiday Inn) near Lincoln Avenue and I-74 in Urbana. “Attending is a great way to get a jump start on the 2015 gardening season,” said Chuck Voigt, U of I Extension vegetable and herb specialist and coordinator of the event. Retail exhibits & speakers too! For more info. see link below.

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SOIL FERTILITY and the influence of crop production practices, environmental stewardship and market prices will be the focus of a SOIL FERTILITY SEMINAR sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on Friday, February 27, 2015 within the U of I Extension Offices in Jo Daviess and Stephenson Counties. Presentations will be delivered through web conferencing from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and lunch will be provided. Earn up to 5 CEU-hours in Nutrient Management.

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Visit our website, THE POINSETTIA PAGES, for tips to help your traditional Christmas plants last through the season... and beyond.

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Turkey Time is just around the corner! Visit U of I Extension's website TURKEY FOR THE HOLIDAYS for turkey safety, cooking, and nutrition information, as well as fun facts and trivia.

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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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See what's happening in Stephenson County during September, October, & November! See our program & events flyer below!

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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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Information and Resources for You

4-H Youth Development Commercial Agriculture Environment and Energy Stewardship Horticulture Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness