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What is Extension?

Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois, offering practical education and trustworthy information to help people, businesses, and communities solve problems, develop skills, and build a better future. Local staff at the offices in Logan, Menard, and Sangamon counties provide programs in the areas of Commercial Agriculture, Horticulture, Nutrition Education, and Youth Development. For other topics, we can connect you with regional and statewide specialists and share their research-based resources.

News Releases
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...
Summer Fun with 4-H!
Explore, learn and grow during free summer activities provided by 4-H
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Youth of all ages can explore their interests and learn new skills during the fun and exciting summer activities provided by 4-H in Logan, Menard and Sangamon counties. From gardening and cooking to emergency preparedness and mental health, there's something for everyone to...
3 youth playing with legos
New Cloverbud 4-H club starting in Pawnee
PAWNEE, Ill. – A new Cloverbud 4-H club, open to youth ages 5 to 7 (as of September 1, 2023), is starting in Pawnee. A kickoff meeting for interested families will be held Saturday, April 27, 10-11 AM, at the Pawnee Public Library. Cloverbud 4-H clubs focus on having fun and making...
two morel mushrooms growing on the forest floor
Spring brings opportunity to forage wild mushrooms
URBANA, Ill. — Spring is a time of change. Migrating birds return. Ephemeral wildflowers start popping up. And morel mushrooms start appearing prompting enthusiastic mushroom hunters to scour forests across Illinois in search of the elusive and delectable fungi. Determined...

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