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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 Horticulture, Nutrition Education, and Youth Development.  For other topics, we can connect you with regional and statewide specialists and share their research-based resources.

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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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Free summer activities provided by 4-H
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Try something new and learn new skills during fun summer activities provided by 4-H in Logan, Menard and Sangamon counties. All programs are free and are open to local 4-H members as well as non-members. “4-H camps are about making friends, enjoying new experiences,...
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Automated agricultural machinery requires new approaches to ensuring safety
URBANA, Ill. — From self-driving tractors to weeding robots and AI-powered data collection, automated machinery is revolutionizing agricultural production. While these technological advancements can greatly improve productivity, they also raise new questions about safety measures and regulations...

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