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Screening Waterhemp for Herbicide Resistance

Screening Waterhemp for Herbicide Resistance

Herbicide-resistant waterhemp populations continue to expand into more areas of Illinois each season. Waterhemp has evolved resistance to herbicides encompassing more mechanisms of action than any other Illinois weed species.

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Trewyn 4-H Cooking Club: Where Healthy Food Is Fun

Trewyn 4-H Cooking Club: Where Healthy Food Is Fun

Trewyn grade school students are eating healthy and having fun as they learn to prepare nutritious snacks in the Trewyn 4-H Cooking Club. Once a week for an hour, Trewyn 4-H youth learn about good nutrition and prepare a recipe they can safely make at home based on the day’s lesson.

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Students Learn Nutrition and Gardening Skills, Provide Fresh Produce for Local Schools

Students Learn Nutrition and Gardening Skills, Provide Fresh Produce for Local Schools

Third and fourth grade students at three schools in Saline, Pope and Hardin counties in Illinois were treated to a great garden adventure this past school year that continues to provide benefits to their schools and communities, thanks to University of Illinois Extension.

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New and Improved Resources Available for Incubation and Embryology Program

New and Improved Resources Available for Incubation and Embryology Program

A team of Illinois Extension specialists recently collaborated to update the popular Incubation and Embryology program to better serve teachers and Extension staff in Illinois. The University of Illinois Extension Incubation and Embryology program provides training for teachers grades K-12 to incorporate an incubation and embryology unit into their classroom curriculum.

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4-H Cultivating the Olympic Spirit

4-H Cultivating the Olympic Spirit

While athletes from all around the world competed in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, over 90 youth participated in their own Olympic games in the Scott Air Force Base Youth Winter Games. The SAFB Youth Winter Games followed the progress of the International Winter Olympic competition as youth learned about the history and events of the Winter Olympics, the science and mathematics behind athletic competition, culture of countries participating, cooperation, teamwork, and sportsmanship. 

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Lake and McHenry County Teens as Teachers

Lake and McHenry County Teens as Teachers

The Lake and McHenry County Teens as Teachers is a new leadership development initiative that empowers teens to become skilled teachers and leaders. Throughout the program, teens will experience hands-on training sessions and lead at least 6 sessions of 4-H programming for younger children. Lake County teens taught the Health Rocks Day Camp from June 16-18 in Grayslake while the McHenry County participants instructed the Cloverbud Day Camp in McHenry County June 17-19 at the fairgrounds. Learn more...

Spanish Language Programming for Hispanic Farmers

Spanish Language Programming for Hispanic Farmers

Since the 2007 USDA Census of Agriculture, the number of Hispanic farmers in Illinois increased by 46 percent (USDA, 2014). With this rising interest in small farming and scarcity of materials available in Spanish, the Lake and McHenry County Extension Unit developed educational resources and seminars in Spanish to support the growing population of Hispanic farmers in Illinois. Learn more...

4-H Library Investigators Solve Crimes with Science

4-H Library Investigators Solve Crimes with Science

On May 9, 2014, a group of 12 middle school investigators solved their final case. For six weeks, students from six Waukegan area middle schools solved three crime scenarios and conducted numerous experiments as "Library Investigators" at the Waukegan Public Library. The Library Investigators met once a week for six weeks, and conducted three different experiments each meeting to help identify the culprit of the crime scenario. Every two weeks the crime scenario changed and the students were faced with new suspects and challenges. Each session involved hands-on learning by Learn more...

“Is There an App for That?” Free U of I Extension Apps

“Is There an App for That?” Free U of I Extension Apps

For 100 years, Illinois Extension has served communities throughout Illinois by providing practical, research-based resources to improve the lives of residents. With the prevalence and accessibility of smart phones and tablets today, Extension has developed a series of free apps that offer valuable information on gardening, nutrition, nitrogen application, and more. University of Illinois Extension apps place Extension information at the touch of a screen anywhere and anytime, making Illinois Extension resources more convenient and accessible than ever before. Learn more...

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