Embrace the possibilities. We'll help you grow.

Body

Find everyday inspiration.

Put research-based knowledge to work for you at home, at work, and in your community. Get inspired, build confidence, and trust Extension’s reliable and relatable information to help you navigate health and resilience in all areas of life.

Block Reference

Find local progams

View Map

Title
Explore Cicadas of Illinois

Body

2024 is a big year for periodical cicadas in Illinois! Two broods will emerge at the same time throughout much of the state as soil temperatures reach 64 F. Besides the noise, which may be substantial, this large group of insects is harmless and can be appreciated and enjoyed by nature lovers of all ages. Learn about the timing, habits, and lifecycles of periodical cicadas and discover how periodical broods differ from Illinois' annual, or dog-day, cicadas.

Connect. Learn. Grow.

person planting young tomato transplant

Plan Your Garden

Growing your own produce brings many rewards. Plan your garden space and find out when to plant your favorite vegetables and fruit in each Illinois plant hardiness zone.

Explore Gardening Tips

cupcakes on a counrt

Grow Your Food Business

Learn about the laws, certifications, processes, and practices required to run a home-based cottage food operation safely and legally in Illinois.

Find Cottage Food Recources

New bright green plants emerging from the soil in springtime

Springtime Brings Growth

Kick off the spring season by learning about cicadas, replacements for invasive trees, and steps to take to prepare for days spent outdoors.

Read Gardeners Corner

Recent News
A farmer wearing a hearing aid while doing outdoor chores at a chicken coop.

Illinois AgrAbility provides assistive technology to farmers statewide

URBANA, Ill. — Stepping in to assist farmers through research, conversation, knowledge, and assistance devices is how Illinois AgrAbility continues to work alongside farmers across the state of Illinois. Together, the two work together to enhance everyday experiences of the farming livelihood.…

3 people walking in a farm

Discover strategies for addressing mental health challenges in the agricultural community

URBANA, Ill. — Mental health and substance use issues are widespread. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental illness. In addition, over the past 20 years, an estimated 630,000 people have lost their…

Person outside in the hot sun gardening while wiping forehead of sweat.

Recognizing heat-related warning signs for gardeners and landscapers

URBANA, Ill. — Landscaping and gardening are great physical exercises, and studies show they are good for emotional well-being. But those working outside must remain aware of the dangers associated with heat stress on their bodies.

“When I was working as a landscaper, we had to sod a…

Upcoming Events
Latest Podcast

Good Growing

This week on the Good Growing podcast we learn about monarch butterfly science from a leading scientist in the field of monarch butterflies, Dr. Andy Davis from University of Georgia. We learn some hard truths and ask do the monarch butterflies really need to be saved? What roles should humans...
Good growing text over soil and gardening tools background

Share with us

Body
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Illinois Extension (@ilextension) • Instagram photos and videos