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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

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Extension to Host Seminars for Local Food Producers

University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 is hosting a series of free seminars starting this winter to help local specialty food business owners achieve success. The seminars will be held the second Monday of each month starting in January and ending in May. The seminars are free and the public is invited to attend any or all of the seminars they choose. The classes will be held at both the Christian County and Montgomery County Extension offices.

Workshops include:

Starting Right in Specialty Foods - Monday, January 9, 2017 (1-3 pm)

January’s topic will be presented by Steven Groner, CED Educator, UI Extension.  He will discuss how to structure your business and business planning.

Cottage Law - Monday, February 13, 2017 (1-3 pm)

February’s topic will be presented by Lisa Peterson, Nutrition & Wellness Educator, UI Extension, on local rules and regulations for business that prepare and sale consumables.

Register HERE:

Importance of Branding - Monday, March 13, 2017 (1-3 pm)

March’s topic will feature local vendors with regional branding experience. 

Register Here:

Agri-Tourism - Monday, April 10, 2017 (1-3 pm)

April’s topic will be a panel discussion, representatives from Illinois South Tourism will be part of the discussion. 

Register Here:

Social Media - Monday, May 8, 2017 (1-3 pm)

May’s topic will be presented by Terri Miller, Promotion and Publicity Specialist, UI Extension.  She will address best practices for social media and current trends.

Register Here:

There is no cost to attend the seminars, however advanced registration is required. Participants may register on-line by clickign the "Register Here" links under each topic or by calling either the Christian County Extension office in Taylorville at 217-287-7246 or the Montgomery County Extension office in Hillsboro at 217-532-3941.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office. Universidad de Illinois ofrece igualdad de oportunidades en programas y empleo. Si usted necesita un ajuste razonable para participar en este programa, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina.


Local Contact: Lisa Peterson, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness,