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What’s that white stuff on my magnolia tree? Magnolia scale. Magnolia scale on the branch of a magnolia tree.
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What’s that white stuff on my magnolia tree? Magnolia scale
Magnolias are popular trees and shrubs in many landscapes. Their large, showy flowers can range from white to pink to yellow and provide a burst of...
Two tornadoes touch down over plains
Read article: Watch out for Twisters! (Not the movie)
Watch out for Twisters! (Not the movie)
At the time I’m writing this, Twisters, the sequel to the cow-flying film Twister released in 1996, just hit the movie theatres....
Read article: Embark on new adventures with Everyday Environment
Embark on new adventures with Everyday Environment
I am always excited for a new adventure – the anticipation of looking around the bend to the next interesting feature on a trail; the view at the top...
counting dollars
Read article: Preventative care for financial wellness goals
Preventative care for financial wellness goals
Improving financial wellness takes some effort. Keeping your bills organized can help get a better understanding of where you are spending money. Do...
DriftWatch map for Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, and Putnam Counties.
Read article: Online mapping tools help connect growers, beekeepers, and pesticide applicators
Online mapping tools help connect growers, beekeepers, and pesticide applicators
Pesticides are essential for commercial growers to control weeds, insects, and disease, and are an integral part of an...
pesticide containers
Read article: Household hazardous material collection events scheduled for fall 2024
Household hazardous material collection events scheduled for fall 2024
Now is the time to get rid of any old or unwanted pesticides in your chemical storage area. The Illinois EPA one-day household hazardous waste...
a garden plot of hairy vetch, red clover, and wheat cover crop
Read article: Embrace Self-Sufficiency: Kickstart Your Modern Homesteading Adventure
Embrace Self-Sufficiency: Kickstart Your Modern Homesteading Adventure
Embrace Self-Sufficiency: Kickstart Your Modern Homesteading AdventureHave you ever wanted to learn how to do any of the following?...
The duality of American pokeweed photo of bloom hanging in front of plant leaves
Read article: The duality of American pokeweed
The duality of American pokeweed
Generally speaking, native plants are considered desirable since they support wildlife, can improve water quality while requiring less water...

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All issues concerning Small Farms, Agriculture, Local Food Systems, and Natural Resources.

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News from the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural R&D Center.

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Strategies for strengthening local economies.

Community Health

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Empowering people to make healthy, respectful, and responsible choices.

Consumer Economics 

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Fearless Financial Future

Research-based financial information to help us develop and maintain thoughtful and effective financial behaviors.

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Environment

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Learn more about Illinois weather patterns.

Naturalist News

Share your passion for nature and learn ways to protect our natural world.

Naturalist's Notebook

Experience the natural world through reviews and journal entries with Master Naturalist's.

Grasses at a Glance

Dig deep into the types of grasses and their uses in our world.

Family 

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Empowering people to make healthy, respectful and responsible choices.

Family Files

Facts for all ages.

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Salud y Familia

Resources in Spanish.

Horticulture 

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Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.

The Garden Scoop

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Good Growing

Keeping you growing with good ideas from Christopher EnrothKen Johnson, and Emily Swihart.

Illinois River Hort

Helping new and experienced gardeners develop their skills and knowledge while encouraging everyone to enjoy the outdoors.

Know How, Know More

Connecting you with your food, farmers, and community.

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Where gardeners come to find out what's happening out in the yard.

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Nutrition and Wellness 

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Nutrition information you can use.

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Highlighting food, recipes, and ideas for a healthy lifestyle.

Live Well, Eat Well

Information by our Nutrition and Wellness Extension Educators from across Illinois.

Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious

Helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy, and tasty!

Turnip the Beet! Nutrition and Wellness

Timely news, information, and innovative ideas to promote health and influence change.

Youth Development

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Timely information, activities, and resources to help you stay connected to loved ones, the world around you, and yourself.

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