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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

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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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!

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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Hungry for Pork Chops and Applesauce? Attend the annual Stephenson County 4-H & EXTENSION PORK CHOP DINNER on Sunday, April 7th, serving 11am to 2pm, at the Eagles Club in Freeport. Tickets are $6.00 in advance and available at the Extension Office; Carry Out Dinners available. All proceeds benefit 4-H programs! Call 235-4125 for details & see flyer below.

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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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2019 Science Siesta is back for BOYS and GIRLS! See link below for brochure and register by the March 29, 2019 deadline!

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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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2019 FARMERS MARKETS ARE COMING! Check back for details on these Markets: The Freeport Farmers Market, Lena Farmers Market, Highland Farmers Market opens on Wed. June 5 from 3-6pm at Highland Community College, parking lot C, Stephenson Co. Farmers Market, Orangeville Market, and Freeport Downtown Market! Come & Enjoy them all!

2019 4-H Camp is back at River Christian Camp, in Polo 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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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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See what's happening in Winnebago County during the months of January, February and March 2019.

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See what's happening in Stephenson County in January to March, 2019 in the newest Program & Events flyer below!

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See the newest Unit 1 Ag Newsletter for January 2019 below!

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Need to recycle various items this year? See the updated recycling information update for 2018.

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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

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