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10 things for which 4-H members give thanks

Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | Blog: Our Illinois 4-H Story | Category: 4-H
The stories of lives changed by Illinois 4-H

Making the Most of Holiday Meals

Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | Blog: Family Files | Category: Family
Facts for All Ages

Three Quick Holiday Spending Tips

Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | Blog: Plan Well, Retire Well | Category: Consumer Economics
Saving and investing your money

Illinois Farm Economics Summit is coming to Springfield December 20, 2017

Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | Blog: Around the County | Category: Agriculture
Frequent information updates for agricultural audiences

Start the Holiday season off with Nature inspired crafts in Eureka

Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | Blog: Flowers, Fruits, and Frass | Category: Horticulture
Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.

Protect your Landscape from Rabbits this Winter

Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | Blog: Down the Garden Path | Category: Horticulture

Giving Thanks

Posted: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | Blog: Good Growing | Category: Horticulture
Keeping you growing with good ideas

Soybean export prospects for 2017-18

Posted: Monday, November 20, 2017 | Blog: Around the County | Category: Agriculture
Frequent information updates for agricultural audiences

Spice Special Tea

Posted: Monday, November 20, 2017 | Blog: Rhonda Ferree's ILRiverHort | Category: Horticulture
Rhonda Ferree's Horticulture Blog

Winterizing Your Home Orchard

Posted: Monday, November 20, 2017 | Blog: Over the Fence | Category: Horticulture
Where gardeners come to find out what's happening out in the yard.

Value of bull to commercial herd exceeds ‘relative’ value

Posted: Monday, November 20, 2017 | Blog: The Cattle Blog | Category: Agriculture

Remembering All The Things

Posted: Monday, November 20, 2017 | Blog: The Humble Gardener | Category: Horticulture
At University of Illinois Extension, our volunteers are at our core. Hear their voice on this volunteer driven blog.

Investing 101: How many kinds of risk are there?

Posted: Monday, November 20, 2017 | Blog: Plan Well, Retire Well | Category: Consumer Economics
Saving and investing your money

Twenty-one New Master Gardeners Trained in Fall 2017

Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2017 | Blog: Rhonda Ferree's ILRiverHort | Category: Horticulture
Rhonda Ferree's Horticulture Blog

Putting the Pollinator Garden to bed by Karl Hedding

Posted: Sunday, November 19, 2017 | Blog: Flowers, Fruits, and Frass | Category: Horticulture
Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.

Farmers Market Series: Determining the Need

Posted: Friday, November 17, 2017 | Blog: Raise, Grow, Harvest, Eat, Repeat | Category: Horticulture
A blog for growers, consumers, and backyard gardeners to grow, eat, and connect in the local food system.

Grow Herbs and Lettuce Indoors this Winter

Posted: Friday, November 17, 2017 | Blog: Good Growing | Category: Horticulture
Keeping you growing with good ideas

Anaplasmosis in southern IL - need beef producers help

Posted: Friday, November 17, 2017 | Blog: The Cattle Blog | Category: Agriculture

Fun Garden Gifts

Posted: Friday, November 17, 2017 | Blog: Rhonda Ferree's ILRiverHort | Category: Horticulture
Rhonda Ferree's Horticulture Blog

Whole Grains for the Holidays

Posted: Friday, November 17, 2017 | Blog: Turnip the Beet! Nutrition and Wellness | Category: Nutrition
Timely news, information, and innovative ideas to promote health and influence change.

A Thanksgiving Meal Scaled Down

Posted: Friday, November 17, 2017 | Blog: Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious | Category: Nutrition
Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!

Fall Nature Scavenger Hunt for Kids

Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2017 | Blog: Flowers, Fruits, and Frass | Category: Horticulture
Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.

Fun Family Thanksgiving Ideas

Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Blog: Family Files | Category: Family
Facts for All Ages

Slow Cookers: Beyond the Basics

Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Blog: Know How, Know More | Category: Horticulture
Connecting You with Your Food, Farmers and Community

Container Gardening: Beyond the Basics

Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Blog: Know How, Know More | Category: Horticulture
Connecting You with Your Food, Farmers and Community

Fall Day

Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Blog: Naturalist Notebook | Category:
Reviews and journal entries inspired by nature in West Central Illinois.

Protect your Landscape from Rabbits this Winter

Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Blog: Over the Fence | Category: Horticulture
Where gardeners come to find out what's happening out in the yard.

Bringing Gardening Inside

Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Blog: Prairies to Perennials | Category: Horticulture
An almanac of all things that grow in Lincoln's backyard.

STARTUP Jefferson County

Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Blog: Building Entrepreneurial Communities | Category: Community and Economic Development
Strategies for Strengthening Local Economies

CERCLA Reporting Update Nov 13, 2017

Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017 | Blog: The Ag Engineering Update | Category: Agriculture
The latest and greatest from your livestock engineers.

Introducing: Know How, Know More

Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017 | Blog: Know How, Know More | Category: Horticulture
Connecting You with Your Food, Farmers and Community

Lima Beans or Butter Beans?

Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 | Blog: Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious | Category: Nutrition
Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!

Maintaining Center

Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 | Blog: Refill Your Cup with Self-Care | Category: Community Health
Genuine, sustained self-care is an art.

Interesting Plants Around Canton Lake

Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 | Blog: Rhonda Ferree's ILRiverHort | Category: Horticulture
Rhonda Ferree's Horticulture Blog

Late Season Vegetable Storage Tips

Posted: Thursday, November 9, 2017 | Blog: Down the Garden Path | Category: Horticulture

Determining the Average Cash Rent Based on Productivity Index

Posted: Thursday, November 9, 2017 | Blog: Around the County | Category: Agriculture
Frequent information updates for agricultural audiences

Shopping for a Bagel

Posted: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | Blog: Healthy Eats and Repeat | Category: Nutrition
Highlighting Food, Recipes, and Ideas for a Healthy Lifestyle

Amaryllis

Posted: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | Blog: Rhonda Ferree's ILRiverHort | Category: Horticulture
Rhonda Ferree's Horticulture Blog

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  • Simply Nutritious, Quick and DeliciousJenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!
  • the ABCs of school nutritionThe ABCs of School Nutrition Program supports school nutrition programs by providing training, resources, and tailored technical assistance to Illinois school nutrition professionals. On our blog, you'll find a variety success stories from schools around Illinois who have worked with us on Smarter Lunchroom initiatives, Breakfast After the Bell, and more! We also highlight School Nutrition Heroes who are committed to serving healthy meals and our winning Meal of the Month photo contest entries. To navigate, feel free to scroll through the posts, or narrow it down by selecting relevant categories (displayed on the right side of the page). Have a question? Choose the "ASK A SCHOOL NUTRITION QUESTION" category to get to the pinned post.
  • Let's Eat for HealthEasy, Family-Friendly Nutrition Tips for Any Budget
  • Food Safety & PreservationLatest food safety and preservation information from Cook County Extension
  • Local Food FrontierFollow the growing local movement in central Illinois from field to fork
  • Illinois Nutrition EditionA Source for Health Information You Can Trust
  • Healthy Eats and RepeatHighlighting Food, Recipes, and Ideas for a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Turnip the Beet! Nutrition and Wellness Timely news, information, and innovative ideas to promote health and influence change.
  • Mission: Nutrition Providing the most up-to-date information on health and nutrition is my mission!

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