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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

What's That Tree ~ an Identification workshop for gardeners who struggle with identifying what trees exist in their landscape. Join Candice Miller, Extension Educator & learn what to look for & get tips to make it easier! To register & for more details see link 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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“YES! YOU CAN: PRESERVING SAFELY - Water-Bath & Pressure Canning Basics” If canning is something you have always thought about learning, or if you simply want to update your food preservation knowledge, this workshop is for you. Choose the date and location that works best for you.

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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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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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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 May, June & July in our flyer 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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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