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University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties

Montgomery County
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Christian County
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 11:30 am; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Jersey County
201 W. Exchange St.
Suite A
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm and Thursday 8 am to 12 pm

Macoupin County
#60 Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Dudley Smith Initiative

Dudley Smith Initiative

Historically, when regional agricultural systems flourish, then the rural economy thrives and both systems benefit. To study and support this relationship, the "initiative" invests in research and outreach to strengthen Illinois agricultural systems that are linked to rural communities by cultural, economic, and environmental interdependencies. Currently, financial support of initiatives is based on how a project addresses the opportunity, the research and outreach strategy, the participants and their roles, and expected system payoffs. Areas of particular interest include:

  • Meat quality of grass fed beef and performance on grass fed diets.
  • Policy issues related to certified organic cattle.
  • The value of legumes in rotation.
  • Challenges of working on transitional soils regarding the resource base of land, people, and infrastructure.
  • Small-scale energy production systems.

The Dudley Smith Initiative is also offering grants of up to $1,500 to middle school and high school teachers to fund innovative projects that create knowledge about agriculture and its impact on the community. Applications are available on this website and are due on July 15 of the currrent year.

  • Dudley Smith Initiative
    The goal of the Dudley Smith Initiative (DSI) is to create and apply knowledge about the system that makes up the agricultural community. The agricultural community system is comprised of farmers, consumers, products, profits, natural resources, production, and many other components. The DSI intends to support innovative research and outreach that advances its fundamental goal of invigorating the agricultural system in Illinois. Innovative research incorporates the interactions among the social, economic, biological, and natural resource components of the agricultural community system, is multidisciplinary and includes both a long-term and a short-term focus, is willing to take a "nontraditional" approach. A landowner with family roots in Christian County, Dudley Smith, Jr. recognized the long-term economic challenges facing agriculture in Illinois, and anticipated their social impact on rural areas. Dudley Smith urged us not only to embrace technological advancements, but also to address the long-term stewardship and sustainability of agricultural practices.

  • Fall 2014 - Winter 2015 Agricultural & Natural Resources Newsletter PDF