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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!

Today's Features

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

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“CLEARING THE AIR ABOUT RADON” an informative, fact filled program about radon conducted by local health departments and the Univ. of IL Extension will be offered in Stephenson & Jo Daviess counties. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas and is found in homes throughout Illinois. Register below for program of your choice!

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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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YES! You Can Preserve it Safely-Freezing Your Summer Harvest program! Come learn BASIC food preservation with Diane Reinhold, Univ. of IL Extension, Nutrition & Wellness Educator,& you can enjoy your garden or farmers market produce all year long! Registration is required & cost is $5.

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Young Explorers Series starts June 8th! Kids ages 7-12 can attend up to 6 sessions at Krape Park in Freeport for $10/session or $50 for all 6! Features fun, interactive & educational activities to celebrate nature & explore the park! Register below or call for more details at 815-235-4125!

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All youth ages 8 and over are invited to the East Dubuque Library on Tuesday, June 21 for CHEMISTRY: SMALL EXPLOSIONS. Participants will learn safe and easy science experiments that will teach them about science in a fun way.

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Announcing Openfields Farm Tour on Saturday, June 25th from 1PM – 4PM. Pick and choose your destinations on this no cost, self-guided tour of local produce, grain, egg, and livestock farms in Northern Illinois. Meet the local producers and learn about locally grown food. Maps and FAQ’s coming soon.

A BABYSITTING CLINIC will be offered in Jo Daviess County on June 29th from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Participants will learn about basic safety measures, healthy snacks, age appropriate activities and more.

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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, Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 9-11am. To learn more about the Master Gardener Program see below or call us!

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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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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 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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4-H Youth Development Commercial Agriculture Environment and Energy Stewardship Horticulture Local Food Systems and Small Farms Nutrition and Wellness