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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

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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!

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Want to register for an upcoming program in Winnebago, Stephenson, or JoDaviess County with the Univ. of IL Extension? See the list of all our upcoming program registrations on the right side of this page or call a local office for details!

Composting can be an excellent tool for small farmers to turn waste into a valuable resource. Want to learn more, then attend our "Composting at the Small Farm Scale" program on August 30 at the Lena Community Center from 6-8 p.m. Cost is $5 and register below!

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Heart disease is not commonly thought of as a disease that affects young adults however, heart disease can affect people of any age. In fact, research shows us that heart disease begins developing in childhood.

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Looking for locally grown and raised fruits, veggies, eggs, meat, honey and more in Winnebago and the surrounding Counties? Check out the 2016 LOCAL FOODS DIRECTORY OF NORTHERN ILLINOIS below!

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Find some wonderful, tasty, locally grown foods in our 2016 NORTHWEST IL LOCAL FOODS DIRECTORY! Enjoy what Stephenson and surrounding counties have to offer in the directory below!

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Looking for some tasty Local Foods in Jo Daviess County? See the 2016 Jo Daviess County Home Grown LOCAL FOODS DIRECTORY and enjoy what they have to offer! See directory at link below.

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

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Have a gardening question? Call one of our Master Gardeners on the Helpline at any of our three U of I Extension offices. WINNEBAGO County:815-986-4357, Monday and Wednesday 9am-Noon. JO DAVIESS County: 815-858-2273, Wednesdays, 10am-Noon. STEPHENSON County: 815-235-4125 or email at, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9-11am. To learn more about the Master Gardener Program see below or call us!

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Fall Bulb workshop on September 27, from 5:30-6:30 in Freeport! Join Candice Miller, Extension Horticulture Educator as she leads you how to plant, divide, store, and identify various spring flowering bulbs, tubers, & corms! Cost is $5; for more information or to register see below.

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Looking for a list of Farmers Markets in Stephenson County? See the link below to see all of them! For information on Plant-A-Row and local Food Pantry's, see this link:

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See what's happening in Winnebago County during June, July and August in our flyer below!

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Check out our list of Farmers' Markets in Jo Daviess County.

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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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