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University of Illinois Extension serving Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties

Stephenson County
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

Jo Daviess County
204 Vine, PO Box 600
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274

SNAP Ed Office
650 North Main St
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 779-423-0982

Winnebago County
1040 North Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-986-4329

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Welcome to the University of Illinois Extension serving Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties. Using the vast resources of the U of I, Extension provides practical, research-based information to make a positive difference in people's lives. Explore our website and let us help you put knowledge to work!

Today's Features

Want to register for an upcoming program in Winnebago, Stephenson, or JoDaviess County with the Univ. of IL Extension? See the list of all our upcoming program registrations on the right side of this page or call a local office for details!

See what's happening in Winnebago County during the months of April, May, and June 2019

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Have a gardening or horticulture question? Call our Master Gardener Helpline now through September and let a U of I Extension Master Gardener answer your questions at NO COST! JoDaviess County (May-Sept)at 815-858-2273 on Wednesdays from 10am-Noon, or Winnebago County (April-Sept)at 815-986-4357 on Mondays & Wednesdays from 9am-Noon, or Stephenson County (May-Sept) at 815-235-4125 on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 9am-11am. We look forward to assisting you!

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The R.C. Miller Agriculture Scholarship is now available for Stephenson County residents. See the link below for application or call the office for more questions at 815-235-4125. Application deadline is June 21, 2019.

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2019 4-H Camp is back at River Christian Camp, in Polo with a few openings yet this year! Camp will offer a variety of safely-led activities such as: archery, crate stacking, arts and crafts, hiking, pool, nature study, team building & large group games. Dates are June 10 - 14 & camp is open to all youth ages 8-14 by June 10. You do not have to be in 4-H to attend. For more information, click the link below.

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FLOOD RECOVERY. First Steps to Flood Recovery informational pamphlet available at the Extension Office. For electronic version of pamphlet, please click on the link below.

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In response to concerns in the agriculture community regarding the stress felt by our farmers due to the current financial outlook and issues, we have gathered resources to help those that work in the ag community deal with farm stress issues.

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Find wonderful, tasty, locally grown foods in our NEW 2019 NORTHWEST IL LOCAL FOOD DIRECTORY! Enjoy what Stephenson and surrounding counties have to offer in the directory below!

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See updated Cottage Foods Website at link below!

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Managing Forest Edges; Grassland Edge Management Workshop. See below for Agenda & links to handouts from our January 18th Program!

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Soybean seeding rates and seed treatment research conducted by Highland Community College and University of Illinois Extension during the 2018 growing season tested the effects that various soybean seeding rates and seed treatments have on both yield and return on investment. For conclusions about the 2018 research click here.

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Information and Resources for You

Nutrition and Wellness 4-H Youth Development Commercial Agriculture Environment and Energy Stewardship Horticulture Local Food Systems and Small Farms

Extension Meetings

January 17, 2019 Extension Council Minutes
Thursday January 17, 2019 • 6:00 PM
April 4, 2019 Unit 1 Extension Council Agenda
Thursday April 4, 2019 • 6:00 PM

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