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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!

The Plant a Row for the Hungry Kick Off event will be held at the Edgebrook Shopping Center Farmers Market at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. The market is located at the corner of Alpine and Highcrest Roads. This is just one of eight locations where home gardeners can drop off their surplus garden produce, including fruits and vegetables, to be donated to local food pantries. Year Round drop-off sites include the Extension Office in Rockford, the Rock River Valley Pantry, and the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau. Summer drop off sites include the Durand Town Square on Mondays at 10:00 am, the Cherry Valley Library on Tuesdays at 3:30 pm, Edgebrook Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 10 am – noon, Talcott Free Library in Rockton on Wednesdays at 3:30 pm and the Landscape Connection in Rockford.

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ANIMAL MORTALITY COMPOSTING WORKSHOP will be offered in Sterling, IL on August 6, 2019 from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm. For more information on what will be covered regarding the composting process, management and "real world" experiences.

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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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See what's happening in Stephenson County in July and August, 2019 in the newest Program & Events flyer below!

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Recycling saves the Earth! See the updated list below of items and where to recycle them locally or call our office.

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Looking for a list of the 2019 Farmers Markets in Stephenson County? See the link below to see all of them!

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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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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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See updated Cottage Foods Website at 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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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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