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University of Illinois Extension serving Madison, Monroe and St. Clair Counties

Main Office
901 Illinois Avenue
PO Box 117
Waterloo, IL 62298
Phone: 618-939-3434
FAX: 618-939-7708
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office
1 Regency Plaza
Suite 200
Collinsville, IL 62234
Phone: 618-344-4230
FAX: 618-344-5602
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm - Closed 12 Noon to 1:00

EFNEP Training Center
1269 North 89th Street
Suite 3
East St. Louis, IL 62203
Phone: 618-397-4973
FAX: 618-397-8823
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Scott Air Force Base Youth Center
4691 Patriots Drive
Scott Air Force Base, IL 62225
Phone: 618-256-4991
Hours: This office is only for Military 4-H Youth Programming

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University of Illinois Extension's Madison-Monroe-St. Clair Unit provides resources and programming to the community. Areas of program focus are: Horticulture, Community and Economic Development; and 4-H and Youth Development. We hope you find the information contained in our website helpful; if not, give us a call, we'd love to help you put knowledge to work.

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University of Illinois' senior research specialist, Jeff Kindhart will conduct a program providing an overview of hydroponic plant production on Thursday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at U of I Extension Office, 1 Regency Plaza Drive, Suite 200, Collinsville. There is no cost to attend this program. Call 618-344-4230 to register.

Willoughby Farm Fall Farm Day Open House - October 4th 10am - 3pm, 631 Willoughby Ln, Collinsville Come and join us for crafts, food, and music at this full activity-filled day at Willoughby Farm! Enter our Pie Baking Contest! This is open to the public and is $2 per person. Children under 3 get in free! Click here for a brochure.

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The Fall 4-Seasons Gardening Series will offer: Hydroponics for the Home Gardener (Oct. 7 @ 1:30 p.m. and Oct. 9 @ 6:30 p.m.) Click here for the registration brochure.

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Are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Then U of I Extension is looking for YOU! Master Gardeners are adults of all ages who love gardening and are interested in expanding their gardening knowledge while also giving back to the community. The 2015 Master Gardener Class is now accepting applications. This class meets weekly each Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. from January 6 - April 14th. Cost for the class is $225 with a deposit of $125 due with the completed application. Click here for the cover letter and fillable application form.

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Aspiring Illinois farmers, new growers with less than five years’ experience, commodity farmers interested in diversifying to include fruit or vegetable production, and high school and community college agriculture teachers are invited to apply now for the next session of a free training program offered through the University of Illinois crop sciences department at Dixon Springs Agricultural Center in Simpson, IL. “Preparing a New Generation of Illinois Fruit and Vegetable Farmers” opened the application process for its third session on July 1. The application period will be open through October 24, 2014, or until capacity is reached. There is no fee for participants who complete the program which begins in December, 2014. Participants can apply for the program here:

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Winter Education Sessions Open to the Public (Registration required): *Master Gardener Classes - Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. January - April *Gateway Green Industry Conference & Trade Show - Tues-Wed., January 27 & 28 *Small Fruit & Strawberry School and Southern Illinois Commercial Vegetable School - Tues-Wed., February 10 & 11 *Weekend Gardener - Saturday, February 21

Cash Farm Lease forms are available as a pdf file. You can type in them and print, or print blanks to fill in by hand. They can't be saved. Click on learn more to go to the form.

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Living With Wildlife in Illinois - This website was developed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and University of Illinois Extension in order to provide residents of Illinois with information about how to coexist with Illinois' wildlife, especially in urban areas.

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