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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


For current research-based information on growing tree fruits, attend the2017 Commercial Tree Fruit Schools. Speakers from University of Illinois, Weinzierl Fruit and Consulting, Illinois Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey Program, and the Farm Service Agency, will discuss a wide range of subjects to help you meet the challenges of tree fruit production. Special guest speaker, Dr. J. Norelli, USDA Fruit Pathologist from West Virginia will discuss issues with fireblight, and Jeff Flamm, Flamm Orchards, will discuss the 2016 year in review. Two schools will be offered this year - February 2 at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn, Mt. Vernon Illinois, and February 3 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, three miles south of Hardin Illinois.Participants will have the opportunity to learn about insect management techniques, identification and management of the brown marmorated stink bug, information on stone fruit and apple diseases, thinning strategies for return bloom and fruit quality, and discussions with the Farm Service Agency on loans available for orchard growers. Industry representatives will also be on hand to talk about their latest products and services.

MT. VERNON SCHOOL:  Cost for the school is $30.00 per farm.  Registration at the door will be $40.00 per farm.  The registration fee includes 1 copy of the 2017 Midwest Spray Guide per farm.  Lunch is on your own.

HARDIN SCHOOL: Cost for the school is $35.00 per person.  Orchards sending more than one employee will pay $35.00 for the first person and $25.00 for each additional person.  Registration at the door will be $45.00 per person. One copy of the 2017 Midwest Spray Guide will be given per orchard. Lunch will be provided.

Advance registration is required by January 24, 2017. Online registration is available at:

Questions about this program can be directed to Laurie George, University of Illinois Extension Educator, at 618- 242-0780, or via email at  Those in need of further assistance may also contact Andrew Holsinger, Horticulture Educator, University of Illinois Extension, at 217-532-3941, or via email at

Source:  Laurie George, U of I Extension Educator

Local Contact: Andrew Holsinger, Extension Educator, Horticulture,