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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

News Release

Farmers Institute Booklets Now Available

     The 2016 program booklets for the 126th Montgomery County Farmer’s Institute and Household Science Section are now available.  The booklets have been distributed to local Montgomery County businesses.  The booklets are also available at the University of Illinois Extension office in Hillsboro, where the program will be held.

      Entries for the Farmer’s Institute will be accepted on Friday, September 9 from 4-6 p.m., and again on Saturday, September 10 from 8-10 a.m.  After entries are in place, they will be judged, and may then be viewed by the public at no charge.  Participants should pick up their prizes and entries beginning at 2 p.m., and no later than 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the Extension office.  Donuts, BBQ, hot dogs, chips, cookies, soda, coffee, and water will be available and proceeds will benefit the Montgomery County Farmers Institute. 

      Everyone that is a resident within Montgomery County is eligible to have entries in Classes/Categories such as:  Ag Sciences:  (Corn, Popcorn, Soybeans, Hay, and Sunflower head), Fruits and Vegetables:  (Potatoes, Onions, Turnips, Carrots, Beets, Okra, Tomatoes, Green Beans, Cabbage, Peppers, Egg Plant, Cucumber, Zucchini, Cantaloupes, Gourds, Pumpkin, Apples, Pears, Watermelon, and Squash), Flowers & Plants:  (Coxcombs, Marigolds, Mums, Roses, Dahlias, Gladiolas, Zinnias, Petunias, and Houseplants), Canned Goods & Misc.:  (Eggs and Canned Vegetables, Fruit, Pickles, Jelly, Jams, Preserves, or Salsa), Fancywork & Sewing:  (Crocheting, Embroidery, Quilts, Wall Hanging, Potholders, Cross Stitching, Pillow, Knitting, Purse, Machine Embroidery, and Loom Weaving), Culinary:  (Bread, Rolls, Cake, Cookies, Fudge, Pie Crust, and Biscuits). Youth are invited to make entries in such classes as woodworking, photography, science projects, sewing, horticulture, cooking, nature displays, art projects, cursive handwriting, hand-drawn maps of Illinois, as well as small engines. 

     Please refer to the 2016 Montgomery County Farmer’s Institute and Household Science Section booklet for rules, and more detailed information on Classes/Categories listed above.

      If you’d like more information, contact the Montgomery County Extension office at (217)532-3941 or, contact Kevin Leitheiser at (217)532-2126. Visit our website



Source:  Andrew Holsinger, Extension Educator - Horticulture, 217-532-3941,

Local Contact: Andrew Holsinger, Extension Educator, Horticulture,