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The day to day experiences of a University of Illinois Extension Urban Horticulture Educator in Chicago, Illinois
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U of I Extension Names Educators for New Units

Posted by Ron Wolford -

The statewide reorganization of University of Illinois Extension continued this month, with the appointments of 118 Educators who will serve in the 26 new multi-county Extension Units across Illinois. Only Cook County remains as a single-county Extension operation. Although the reorganization was prompted by a shortfall in state funding, staffing decisions have been made on the basis of...

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Ice Storm

Weather Information and Observation Programs Available

Posted by Ron Wolford -

"Many people have commented on how almost 'picture-perfect' most of the autumn season 2010 had been, for completing harvest and just enjoying the weather", says John Church, University of Illinois Extension Educator, Natural Resources. "That, of course, was up until the devastating storms and tornadoes of November 22 that occurred across much of northern Illinois", he adds. An abundanc...

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Hold the Salt, Please!

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Salt can be a problem in the diet of many people. It can also be a problem in the landscape, especially if you are a northern climate gardener wanting to rid your driveway or walk from ice, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator. "It won't be long before our attention is turned from the beautiful fall foliage to a landscape that turns suddenly white with the firs...

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Choosing a Christmas Tree Variety

Posted by Ron Wolford -

In recent years, there seems to have been an increasing number of varieties to choose from when trying to select that perfect Christmas tree. Many families have a tradition of using the same kind every year. Traditional varieties include Scotch pine, white pine, balsam fir and others. More recently, other varieties such as Fraser fir, Douglas fir, Norway spruce, and blue spruce have be...

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University of Illinois Extension's Commercial Ag Programs in Transition

Posted by Ron Wolford -

University of Illinois Extension's commercial agriculture programs will see some big changes in 2011, when the organization's remaining crops and livestock Educators will relocate to six U of I research stations around the State. When producers need non-commercial, research-based answers they can trust, Extension's commercial agriculture Educators and Specialists still will be there to...

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