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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
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

SNAP Ed Office
650 North Main St
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 779-423-0982

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

Discover Extension


Welcome to the University of Illinois Extension serving JoDaviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties. Using the vast resources of the Univ. of IL, the Extension provides practical, research-based information to make a positive difference in people's lives. Explore our website and let us help you put knowledge to work!

Today's Features

Money Smart Week-"Navigating the Grocery Store" tours in Winnebago County. Join Diane Reinhold, Univ. of IL Extension, Nutrition & Wellness Educator, as she shows you how to get the most out of your grocery dollars! Register below for 1 of the 2 tours in Winnebago County, as space is limited!

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Bits 'N Reins 4-H Club of Ogle County will host their annual Northern IL 4-H Horse & Pony Show at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds in Freeport on Sunday, June 12, 2016. This show is open to all area 4-H members only. Pre-entries are due to the Ogle County Extension office by June 1st; however, post-entries will be allowed the day of the show. Click below to see the Show Bill, Pre-Entry Form, Blank Card with Lines and Assumption of Risk.

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Thinking of building a greenhouse in your back yard to extend your growing season, start seedlings & over winter plants? Then attend the "Greenhouses for Home Gardeners" workshop on May 23, 2016 beginning at 5:00 in the Natural Science Building at Highland College. Join Candice Miller, Extension Horticulture Educator at this class & tour for only $5 by registering below.

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4-H Camp 2016 is set for June 13-17, 2016 at Camp Benson in Mount Carroll, IL. Sign up today to get your child in on all of the amazing fun in this five-day, four-night camping experience. Parents send their children to 4-H Camp for a variety of reasons: to have fun, to make new friends, to develop new skills, to be physically active, and to appreciate nature. 4-H camp teaches youth to make good decisions, build their self-confidence, become independent, and gain the ability to work well with others. During camp week, youth will engage in a variety of activities designed to challenge, educate and entertain. 4-H Camp is open to ALL boys and girls, ages 8-14 by June 13, 2016. 4-H membership IS NOT required. For more information, click the link below.

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Join us for the 31st Annual Stephenson County Ag Breakfast on Saturday, June 25th, 2016. The menu will feature beef bacon, pork sausage, scrambled eggs, cheese, coffee cake, milk, and ice cream; being serving from 6 to 10 am at the Stephenson Co. Fairgrounds, Freeport,IL. See flyer below for more details.

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The R.C. Miller Agriculture Scholarship is now available for Stephenson County residents. See the link below for application or call the office for more questions at 815-235-4125. Application deadline is June 24, 2016.

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Looking for some wonderful Local Foods? Check out the 2016 NORTHWEST IL LOCAL FOODS DIRECTORY and enjoy what Stephenson and surrounding Counties have to offer! See directory below.

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

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

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A case of Palmer amaranth has recently been confirmed in Stephenson County. The University of Illinois Extension is committed to providing resources to producers to help them identify and prevent the spread of Palmer amaranth. The link below will take you to a University of Illinois Weed Science publication: Guidelines for the Identification and Management of Palmer Amaranth in Illinois Agronomic Crops.

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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