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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.

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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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Give your green thumb a workout! Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 MASTER GARDENER TRAINING, which begins February 17, 2015 in Rockford. Click below for more info and the online application.

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SCALING UP VEGETABLE PRODUCTION 10 week series from January 14th to March 19th in Stephenson County. Join us for this NEW series for those who want to move from their backyard to selling at farmers markets or further developing their established operation. Take all 10 classes or pick only the ones you want on course flyer under registration. For more information, see flyer below & register online by clicking on program registration on right side of this page.

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One of the greatest challenges for sheep and goat producers is the control of internal parasites. This workshop will start with the basics of understanding parasite life cycles and then give tips on how to better manage sheep and goats to minimize internal parasite infections. University of Illinois Extension is hosting a Small Ruminant Parasite Prevention workshop on Tuesday, February 3rd. The program will be held from 6pm – 9pm at the Elizabeth Community Building (off of Hwy 20) in Elizabeth, IL.

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The 19th annual STATELINE FRUIT & VEGETABLE GROWERS CONFERENCE is coming back to Rockford on February 5, offering wholesale growers the most recent and important updates on diseases, insects, and farm management issues from Extension Specialists. To REGISTER and for more info, click below.

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Mark your calendar for Thursday, February 12, and plan to attend from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elizabeth Community Building in Elizabeth, Illinois. The conference, GROWING PRODUCE FOR PROFIT, will include information on fruit and vegetable production practices including cover crops, marketing, fruit tree pruning, pest management and incorporating livestock into your operation.

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Join us for JOYS OF GARDENING on Saturday, February 21, 2015 for a day of Horticulture Fun! Click below for more information or to register see right side of this page. (Note:some classes are FULL already, so not listed under registration)

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Kick off the winter blues and join University of Illinois Extension’s 4-H staff members and volunteers as they host this family event to showcase what 4-H means to Jo Daviess County! Members and non-members are welcome to attend on Sunday, February 22nd from 5:00 – 7:00pm at the Elizabeth Community Building (off of Hwy 20 in Elizabeth, IL).

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The Illinois Forage Institute will be held in Freeport, IL on Tuesday, February 24. Educational workshops will be offered at the Institute as well as Commercial Exhibits. For more information about the Illinois Forage Institute click below and register on right side of this page.

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Embrace winter's beauty through outdoor exploration and indoor inspiration at Winter Trails & Naturalist Tales - Driftless Region on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The event will start out in the banquet room at Manny's Pizza, 211 Main Street, Savanna where we'll listen to two great naturalist speakers and enjoy a delicious pizza and taco buffet lunch. Afterwards, we'll caravan to Mississippi Palisades State Park and take a wonderful guided winter hike led by local Master Naturalist Volunteers.

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Specialty Backyard Grains Production will be held at the Extension Office in Elizabeth, IL on Tuesday, March 3rd from 6:00-8:00PM. Grains covered will include Wheat, Barley, Rye, Oats, Buckwheat, Dry Beans, and others. The course will provide an introduction to grains, selecting varieties, seasonal management, harvest, and milling/storage options.

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Join us at GARDENING FOR FOOD, FLOWERS & FUN, our EXCITING one-day educational gardening event on Saturday, MARCH 7, in Rockford. $40 fee includes keynote presentation, admission to 3 sessions, and lunch. To REGISTER or for more info, click below.

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Tomatoes, Eggplant, and Peppers will be the feature of our "Successful Solanaceous Crops" program on March 26 at 6:00 pm at the Steph. Co. Farm Bureau. Plan to attend & learn all about these popular vegetables, different varieties, pest control, and much more! The cost is $5 and register online here on right side of this page or call the Extension office at 815-235-4125

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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Attend our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) workshop to help you reduce losses of your fruits & vegetables from pests! To be held Feb. 3, 2015 from 5 to 7:00 at Highland College, Freeport, IL & presented by Grant McCarty, Extension Educator. Cost is $5 and registration is required by calling our office at 235-4125 or online on right side of this page.

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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SOIL FERTILITY and the influence of crop production practices, environmental stewardship and market prices will be the focus of a SOIL FERTILITY SEMINAR sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on Friday, February 27, 2015 within the U of I Extension Offices in Jo Daviess and Stephenson Counties. Presentations will be delivered through web conferencing from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and lunch will be provided. Earn up to 5 CEU-hours in Nutrient Management.

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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