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Evaluating Bulls Prior to Turnout

Evaluating Bulls Prior to Turnout

High prices are providing an incentive to cattlemen to expand the nation’s drought-riddled cow herd. With fewer cows in the nation’s breeding herd, it is important to make each cow count, said a University of Illinois Extension beef specialist. Travis Meteer explained that management strategies play a major role in ensuring that cows re-breed. “The most obvious management strategy a cattle producer can deploy is conducting a breeding soundness exam (BSE) on bulls. All bulls that will be used in a breeding season need to be tested. Without a breeding soundness exam, produc Learn more...

Illinois philanthropist provides funding for 4-H hunger awareness

Illinois philanthropist provides funding for 4-H hunger awareness

A longtime Illinois 4-H alumna, supporter and agricultural innovator has made a $20,000 pledge to help 4-H members fight hunger in their local communities. Evelyn Brandt Thomas, co-founder of Brandt Consolidated, will provide funding for 4-H clubs in several areas of food security, ranging from community gardens and meal packaging programs, to food safety and food preparation lessons for youth using vegetables in their family’s meals. Learn more...

Malnourished children are better fed when mothers have network of peers

Malnourished children are better fed when mothers have network of peers

Women in rural India who participate in a vocational training program learn more than just life skills. A recent University of Illinois study found that mothers who participated in a program designed to educate and empower women gained a network of peers that led to increased bargaining strength in the home, and significantly improved their children's consumption of rice and dairy. Learn more...

4-H 'got robot?' team claims top FIRST® Tech Inspire Challenge Award in state championship

4-H 'got robot?' team claims top FIRST® Tech Inspire Challenge Award in state championship

A 4-H robotics team from Elgin won the FIRST Tech Challenge Illinois Championship Tournament; and another 4-H robotics team from Decatur claimed bragging rights and a berth to the next level of competition during the all-day contest held Feb. 22 at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Learn more...

Giving Spirit of 4-Her's Help Warm the Hearts of Tornado Affected Families

Giving Spirit of 4-Her's Help Warm the Hearts of Tornado Affected Families

"I pledge my hands to larger service" is part of the 4-H pledge that 4-H members say at every club meeting or event. Last month, those 4-H members and their families put that pledge into action by working together to make 24 blankets for families affected by the tornadoes. Learn more...

Animal Tracks Program

Animal Tracks Program

Second and third grade students at Lostant Community School District put their detective caps on for a new, hands-on program called "Animal Tracks." The 60-minute session, led by University of Illinois Extension Natural Resources Community Worker, Diane McCurdy, taught kids how to examine and identify tracks of animals native to the United States. Among them were deer, bear, rabbit, skunk, beaver, duck, fox, chipmunk, plus dog, cat and human tracks. Learn more...

Who's to blame for obesity? Policy makers, the food industry, or individuals?

Who's to blame for obesity? Policy makers, the food industry, or individuals?

Fast food restaurants take a lot of heat for the rise in obesity in the United States, but is it really their fault? A research survey conducted by two food economists revealed that most people believe individuals are to blame for their own obesity – not restaurants, grocery stores, farmers, or government policies. Learn more...

4-H Youth Help to Alleviate Hunger in City

4-H Youth Help to Alleviate Hunger in City

Sycamore, Ill. –4-H members from Boone, DeKalb & Ogle counties are fighting back to end hunger in Northern Illinois. As part of the LIVE it up! Teen Conference youth prepared meals for local food pantries on Nov. 23 at the DeKalb County Center for Agriculture. Learn more...

Ag in the Classroom visits Madison Park Elementary

Ag in the Classroom visits Madison Park Elementary

Montgomery County Agriculture Literacy Program Coordinator, Charlotte Schuricht, brings hands-on activities and education to students throughout the year on a variety of agriculture topics. This month, first and second grade students at Madison Park Elementary in Litchfield learned about wheat. Students created their own "William Wheat Head" by planting wheat in a stocking in individual containers and adding a silly face. Learn more...

Pesticide Safety Training Keeps People and Environment Safe in Illinois

Pesticide Safety Training Keeps People and Environment Safe in Illinois

Quality and comprehensive pesticide safety education is vital to Illinois residents to protect both public and environmental health. The University of Illinois Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) has provided training to commercial and private applicators in safe and proper use of pesticides since 1966. Learn more...

Murder Mystery Camp Teaches 4-Hers Creative and Critical Thinking

Murder Mystery Camp Teaches 4-Hers Creative and Critical Thinking

There are countless crime shows on television dramatizing murder investigations where DNA testing is processed and closes out a case in just a one hour-long show. 4-Hers participating in the Illinois Extension Murder Mystery Camp, however, learn that murder investigations are a much more complicated and thoughtful process than they appear on TV. 4-H youth in Morris, IL work with the county coroner and other local officials to simulate a murder investigation that challenges youth to think carefully and deliberately about evidence while learning about DNA and DNA testing. Learn more...

New Weather Observer Course a Success

New Weather Observer Course a Success

Extension Educators in Morgan County conducted a Weather Observer course in July. The course was the first of its kind and taught participants basic weather processes, climate change processes, and provided training for a state/national volunteer precipitation monitoring program. Learn more...

Broadband Internet Promotes Rural Community Development

Broadband Internet Promotes Rural Community Development

High-speed Internet connects people and businesses together, providing social, educational, and economic benefits to a community. Broadband Internet has become just as important as other utilities to community development, yet many places – primarily rural – still remain without access to high speed Internet. Learn more...

Extension Educators Collaborate to Prevent, Contain, and Control the Impact of Invasive Species

Extension Educators Collaborate to Prevent, Contain, and Control the Impact of Invasive Species

As non-native plants or animals, invasive species can be extremely destructive to local ecosystems. These invasive species often have no natural predators and can be very difficult to control. University of Illinois Extension Educators aid in invasive species management by collaborating with research specialists, the Illinois and US Department of Agriculture, and other agencies to prevent, contain, and control invasive species in Illinois. Learn more...

4-H Youth Learn the Importance of Bees

4-H Youth Learn the Importance of Bees

For 4-H youth in DuPage County, the Beekeeping SPIN (Special Interest) Club is a unique way to learn about agriculture. The University of Illinois Extension 4-H Beekeeping SPIN Club provides suburban youth with the opportunity to keep a beehive and harvest fresh honey, reinforcing the vital role bees play in food production. Learn more...

4-H Operation: Military Kids  Offers Support for Military Families

4-H Operation: Military Kids Offers Support for Military Families

Military families reside in every Illinois county, with more than 30,000 military youth living in the state. To meet the needs of these geographically dispersed military families, Illinois Extension, 4-H, and other organizations such as the Illinois National Guard and Army partner together. Learn more...

4-H Incubation and Embryology Project Helps Academic and Emotional Development

4-H Incubation and Embryology Project Helps Academic and Emotional Development

In 2012, the 4-H Incubation and Embryology Project trained more than 315 teachers with nearly 25,000 students in grades K-12 participating in the program. More than 90% of the teachers reported that after this unit of embryology more than half of their class likes science, feels that they are good at science, and finds science interesting. The Incubation and Embryology Project engages students in science while also building their confidence in school. One teacher noted, "Even students who usually don't produce quality written work were eager to write neatly in their observation journals each day. They were curious and excited to learn about the developing embryo." Learn more...

Memory Enhancement Programs Address Memory Loss Concerns

Memory Enhancement Programs Address Memory Loss Concerns

With more than 222,300 Illinois residents over the age of 65, Alzheimer's disease, memory loss, and dementia are common concerns for everyone. To address this issue, University of Illinois Extension Family Life Educators have developed three programs – Building a Better Memory for Everyday Life, FIT WITS (Fostering Improved Thinking While Incorporating Training Strategies) and Head Strong – to teach participants what to expect with memory as we age, and strategies to enhance memory. Learn more...

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