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You're so ready for change.

We feel that, too — that nip in the air as summer heat changes to autumn cool. New schools, new jobs, new town, new adventures, new relationships. Whatever the change in your life this fall, you can always turn to Extension for reliable and relatable information you can trust. You were made for change, and we were made for you. 

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Fall into Gardening

Fall is a shifting time for plants, gardens, and growing. Find out how to get the most out of your current plants to benefit next year's growth.
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Be Safe with Firewood

As energy prices increase, more people are using firewood as a supplemental heating source. Illinois Extension has safety tips for choosing and burning firewood for your home.
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Don't Get Sick this Fall

Say yes to being healthy. It's time for your annual flu vaccination. Don't waste the fall being sick.
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Master Naturalists get outdoors to connect with, support Illinois’ natural spaces

URBANA, Ill. — “Take a hike” takes on a new meaning when you go on a field trip with a Master Naturalist. You could be in a forest identifying plants when a bird call overhead has someone ask, “What was that?” You could be having an honest conversation about how to make outdoor spaces more…

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Report spotted lanternflies in Illinois to help slow the spread of invasive pest 

URBANA, Ill. — The invasive insect spotted lanternfly has been found in Illinois for the first time. Residents are being warned to watch out for and report sightings of this pest which can damage trees. Experts confirmed a population of the pests in Cook County on September 18 according to a…

4-H Leaders

Illinois youth program offers a place where kids can belong, lead, learn

URBANA, Ill. — 4-H members in Illinois will join the six million youth across the country in celebrating National 4-H Week Oct. 1-7. Clubs around Illinois celebrate this week by highlighting the remarkable 4‑H youth in their communities and showcasing the incredible experiences that 4‑H offers…

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Illinois 4-H prepares youth to solve Illinois' problems by producing the leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, stewards, and builders we need. 4-H builds good leaders by giving them safe environments to practice all the skills needed to be successful leaders. Illinois 4-H knows that our very lives are inseparable from the health of our planet and work daily to save the world for this and future generations.

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Spotlight on Natural Resources

September is National Preparedness Month. Kerri Taylor joins us from Illinois Safe Electricity to teach us about how we can better prepare our homes, families, workplaces, and communities in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.  Focusing on...
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