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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

SNAP Ed Office
650 North Main St
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 217-300-0895

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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U of I Extension is offering PRIVATE APPLICATOR training and testing clinics starting in January 2016, including a training session on January 8, 2016 at Giovanni's in Rockford. Pre-registration is required for all programs & see link below for all dates.

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The University of Illinois Extension is accepting applications to participate in the 2016 MASTER GARDENER TRAINING Program. Master Gardeners are individuals with an interest in horticulture willing to participate in 60 hours of classes taught by University of Illinois Educators. Then they agree to volunteer 60 hours of time through their local office to teach others about gardening. Training classes will be held at the Extension office in Elizabeth (204 Vine St., Elizabeth, IL) beginning February 23, 2016. Classes will be 9:00am – 3:30pm every Tuesday through May 3rd.

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Join us for JOYS OF GARDENING on Saturday, February 20, 2016 for a day of Horticulture Fun! Click below to register or for more information. (Note:some classes have limits so register early)

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

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"ANNIE'S PROJECT – Education for Farm Women" is being offered in Winnebago County beginning February 16, 2016. This program series is designed to help farm women develop their management and decision making skills in the dynamic, complex world of agriculture. Click below to register.

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First Detector Workshop in Freeport on February 18, 2016! Early detection & response is key to managing invasive pests! Attend this in-depth training from 9:00 to 4:00 at Highland Comm. College in Freeport. Cost is $40 non-refundable and you must pre-register below or by calling the Extension office!

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SOIL and WATER Management Webinar for Certified Crop Advisers will be held on February 25, 2016 within the U of I Extension Offices in Jo Daviess and Stephenson Counties. The webinar is from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and lunch will be provided. Earn up to 4.5 CEU-hours in Soil & Water Management. Register at link on right side of this page for your county.

Jo Daviess County Master Gardeners will be hosting their annual SPRING BREAK GARDENING on Saturday, March 12, 2016 in Elizabeth. There will be a keynote speaker and two break out sessions for this morning of gardening fun.

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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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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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