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University of Illinois Extension serving Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion and Washington Counties

Marion County
1404 E Main
Rt 50 East
Salem, IL 62881
Phone: 618-548-1446
FAX: 618-548-9891

Bond County
925 E. Harris
Greenville, IL 62246
Phone: 618-664-3665
FAX: 618-664-9277
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00am to 4:00pm

Clinton County
1163 N. Fourth Street
Breese, IL 62230
Phone: 618-526-4551
FAX: 618-526-4597
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Jefferson County
4618 Broadway
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618-242-0780
FAX: 618-242-0781
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm

Washington County
9623 Wall Street
Nashville, IL 62263
Phone: 618-327-8881
FAX: 618-327-8882
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

News Release

2018 Commercial Tree Fruit Schools

For current research-based information on growing tree fruits, attend the 2018 Commercial Tree Fruit Schools. Speakers from University of Illinois, Weinzierl Fruit and Consulting, and Summit Tree Sales will discuss a wide range of subjects to help you meet the challenges of tree fruit production. Special guest speaker, Matthew Schuld, from Summit Tree Sales, will discuss choosing varieties for the commercial orchard and planning for the long term.  Kurt Range, from Braeutigam Orchards in Belleville, will discuss the 2017 year in review. Two schools will be offered this year - February 13th at the Mt. Vernon, Ill., DoubleTree (formerly the Holiday Inn), and February 14th at the Knights of Columbus Hall, three miles south of Hardin, Ill.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about insect management techniques, identification and control of apple and peach diseases, and identifying post-harvest food safety issues. Industry representatives will also be on hand to talk about their latest products and services.

 MT. VERNON SCHOOL:  Cost for the school is $40.00 per farm. Registration at the door will be $50.00 per farm. The registration fee includes one (1) copy of the 2018 Midwest Spray Guide per farm. Lunch is on your own.

 HARDIN SCHOOL:  Cost for the school is $40.00 per person. Orchards sending more than one employee will pay $40.00 for the first person and $30.00 for each additional person. Registration at the door will be $50.00 per person. One (1) copy of the 2018 Midwest Spray Guide will be given per orchard. Additional spray guides will be available for purchase. Lunch will be provided.

 Advance registration is required before February 5, 2018.   

 Online registration is available at

 Questions can be directed to Laurie George, University of Illinois Extension Educator, at 618-242-0780, or via email at


Source: Laurie George, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms,