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Start the growing season off right with expert advice from the spring edition of Gardeners Corner. Explore new flower and vegetable varieties, how to read a seed packet, and more.
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Take a Pesticide Applicator Test

The Pesticide Safety Education Program is offering in person and online training and certification now through March to help Applicators and Operators meet their goals.
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Small changes in your personal life can have positive impacts on the environment. Explore how prescribed burns work, how to build better soils, and more.
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Identify, avoid, and manage troublesome wild parsnip

URBANA, Ill. — I love parsnips. Often parsnips, large white carrot-like root vegetables, are substituted for celery in my soups and stews. The cultivated parsnip that we eat heralds from the appropriately named wild parsnip, Pastinaca sativa. However, wild parsnip is a plant to avoid. The wild…

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Sangamon County resident named national lifetime volunteer award finalist 

URBANA, Ill. – Sangamon County resident Jerry Hicks has been named as a finalist for the National 4-H Salute to Excellence Lifetime Volunteer Award and the award winner for the north central region of the country.

Hicks has made an indelible impact to the Illinois 4-H program and his…

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Illinois at increased risk of drought conditions

Parts of northeast, western, and central Illinois have been much drier than normal in the past 4 to 6 weeks, causing dry soils and lower streamflow. Perennials, gardens, and young trees in these areas have begun to show some response to the dryness, requiring more frequent watering than typical…

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