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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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Stay alert, be prepared for increased risk of farm fires during harvest

URBANA, Ill. — Severe drought and current environmental conditions have the Midwest on alert as fire risks are higher than usual during equipment rollout for corn and soybean harvest. From lack of precipitation to low soil moisture and dry vegetation, these conditions, when paired with hot,…

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Learn essential tips for a better aging life experience

URBANA, Ill. — As people age, they face many changes and challenges, from losing loved ones to declining health and independence. That's why it's essential to give them the meaning they need to live this stage of life with dignity. University of Illinois Extension offers a free online series,…

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McLean County youth named national award winner

WASHINGTON, DC  — National 4-H Council today announced the winners of the 2024 Youth In Action Awards, a national program sponsored by Bayer that recognizes four diverse young leaders who have made a positive impact in their communities. McLean County 4-H youth, Avani Rai, 17, was named a 2024…

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Good Growing

This week on the Good Growing Podcast, Chris and Ken talk with commercial ag educator Nathan Johanning all about pumpkins! Nathan has been researching pumpkins with University of Illinois Extension for years and is himself a pumpkin grower. This week we dive into what is a growing season like...
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