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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

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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Today's Features

Our Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago County OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED on Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28, in observance of the THANKSGIVING holiday. The offices will reopen on Monday, December 1, with regular business hours. Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Turkey Time is just around the corner! Visit U of I Extension's website TURKEY FOR THE HOLIDAYS for turkey safety, cooking, and nutrition information, as well as fun facts and trivia.

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Specialty Backyard Grain Production program on Dec. 2 at Freeport Library. Wheat, Barley, Rye, Oats, Buckwheat, Dry Beans, & others will be covered. The program will introduce you to grains, selecting varieties, seasonal management, harvest, and milling/storage options. They are a crop that can be grown in your own backyard to use in flours & baking. Register under Program Registrations on this page or call 815-235-4125.

Click below for our COVER CROPS CALENDAR for information that will assist with the selection of fall and winter plantings.

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Univ. of IL Herb Day will be Saturday, Jan. 17, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Garden Hotel and Conference Center (formerly the Holiday Inn) near Lincoln Avenue and I-74 in Urbana. “Attending is a great way to get a jump start on the 2015 gardening season,” said Chuck Voigt, U of I Extension vegetable and herb specialist and coordinator of the event. Retail exhibits & speakers too! For more info. see link below.

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

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Visit Extension website CHRISTMAS TREES & MORE for a variety of tree information including selection and care, various types of trees, Christmas tree facts, tree traditions, and a listing of tree farms.

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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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U of I Extension is offering PRIVATE APPLICATOR training and testing clinics starting in November 2014, including a training session on January 12, 2015 at Giovanni's in Rockford. Pre-registration is required for all programs. See below for link to Training class in Rockford, OR see Program registrations on this page for Jo Daviess & Stephenson County TEST only sites registrations.

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

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It's back and updated for 2014! The Northwest Illinois 2014 Local Food Directory for Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties. See link below to download a copy for yourself and enjoy!

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IT'S HERE... the 2014 LOCAL FOODS DIRECTORY FOR NORTHERN ILLINOIS, which includes 75+ local farms, area farmers markets, and businesses supporting local foods. Click below to download and print a copy.

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