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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

CACTI AND SUCCULENT WORKSHOP will be on March 31 & May 19, at 5:30 p.m. in Freeport. These popular, trendy, plants are beautiful, interesting, take minimal care & are easy to grow! for more information about this 2-part hands on workshop click the link below.

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A PLANT PROPAGATION workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 1. This time of year gardeners hear a lot about starting plants from seeds, but what about using the other propagation methods? Come learn from University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Candice Miller, about those other propagation techniques like taking cuttings, making divisions, or layering.

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Jo Daviess County 4-H FUN DAY 2015 will be held Friday, April 3, 2015 at the Area Vocational Center in Elizabeth. The day will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m.

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The 4-H Archery Shooting Sports program continues with new classes beginning April 8th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. and continuing for 8 weeks thru May 27th. Any youth 8-18 years of age can participate. 4-H members pay a fee of $30 and non-4-H members pay $50. If interested, please contact Lori Tessendorf at (815) 235-4125 or register online by clicking the link below.

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Looking for some wonderful Local Foods? Check out the 2015 Northwest IL Local Foods Directory and Enjoy what Stephenson County has to offer!See directory below.

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SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING SERIES. Introducing 3 New Landscaping classes on April 9, 16, & 23. Learn about planning, design, proper plants for various locations and water efficient landscaping too! Receive a variety of books & handouts and pre-register below. Cost is $24 for the series by 4-2-15, or $10 per class. Call for questions at 815-235-4125. Classes are 5:30-7:30 at Highland Comm. College.

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The University of Illinois Extension in Jo Daviess County will be hosting a LIVESTOCK AND DAIRY JUDGING CONTEST on Saturday, April 11,, 2015. Beginners are welcome- no experience needed! Check in will begin at 9:00 am. All participants will meet at the Lawfer Farm in Kent, IL. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the Lawfers.

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Youth Technology Enthusiasts Conference (YTEC) on Sat. April 11 in Freeport! Area youth age 13-16 interested in Robotics in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the world around them will enjoy this! Register by 4-9-15 and cost is $10 which includes supplies and lunch. The Conference will be at Highland College, Freeport, IL in Bldg. H, room 127 & 117 from 9 am to 3 pm and register below, or call to learn more at 815-235-4125.

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"Farm Finances for Small Scale Vegetable & Fruit Production" program to be held on April 16, from 6-8 pm at the Lena Community Building, Lena, IL. Designed for growers who sell at Farmers Markets & other channels, with topics covering: various financial records, data entry, business structure decisions & more! Will also introduce you to the Veggie Compass program. Cost is $5 and register below or call for more details at 815-235-4125.

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FOREST EDGE MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE - The arrival of spring is a wonderful time for a pleasant walk through the timber. All the plants in bloom, birds flying around, and the wildlife emerging from winter hideouts make for an enjoyable time. But are your woods all they could be? Are invasive plants taken over? Are the wildlife and birds hard to find? Maybe it is time to take a harder look at what is going on at the edge of the woods. This workshop will be presented on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm in Mt. Carroll, IL.

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On Saturday, May 9, University of Illinois Extension will be teaming up with Jo Daviess County Soil and Water Conservation District to offer this educational workshop to help protect Illinois waterways and to train RIVERWATCH CITIZEN SCIENTISTS. This workshop will be held at Apple Canyon Lake Clubhouse at 14A157 Canyon Club Dr., Apple River, IL from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

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Gardening for Food, Flowers & Fun 2015 RESOURCES.

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ELECTRONICS RECYCLING EVENT UPDATE: The University of IL Extension will NOT be offering an Electronics Recycling Collection in 2015 due to cuts in grant funding for these types of events. If you would like to learn about alternative options for recycling your electronics or other items, please call the Ext. Office at 815-235-4125.

See what's happening in Stephenson County during March & April in our program & events 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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Click below for our COVER CROPS CALENDAR for information that will assist with the selection of fall and winter plantings.

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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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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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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