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BREESE, Ill. – 4-H Federation will host a skating party for 4-H families from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 27 at D's Roller Rink, 479 Memorial Drive, Breese.

WARSAW, Ind. – Patti Kitch, 2017 and 2018 Kosciusko County 4-H cake decorating judge, will offer cake decorating tips for beginners from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST Jan. 3 at the Kosciusko County Extension office, 202 W. Main St., Warwaw.

If your home is anything like ours, I’ll bet it has already begun to look a lot like Christmas. There’s something truly special about the traditions that unite us as families and communities — from decorating the tree to baking cookies or sharing a meal.

GIPSA, the badly named, hard-working mule inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is on the move again over objections that the Trump administration’s ongoing USDA reorganization will bury it — and other, less obscure parts of the department like the Economic Research Service — in new layers of bureaucracy so deep that none will ever be seen again.

Of all the non-farm-bill issues affecting rural communities, access to health care is certain to be near the top, along with non-farm employment opportunities. Having grown up in or lived in rural communities, we understand the importance of hospital and health care access to rural residents.

Dashing through the snow. Nope! Not the Christmas song. For some of us, this has been the start of December. Blizzards, thundersnow, thunderstorms, and tornadoes. Oh, my! This holiday season is off to an intense start in Illinois.

Thirteen teens from Illinois attended a five-day national conference in Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 23-27. "Illinois delegates to National 4-H Congress are selected on their outstanding 4-H accomplishments," said Lisa Diaz, University of Illinois Extension assistant dean and director of Illinois 4-H.

The successful 15th annual La Salle County Stockman’s Harvest Rewards Banquet was held at Seneca’s Oak Ridge on Nov. 20. An audience of 270 from around La Salle County came together to enjoy a banquet honoring La Salle County’s outstanding young people who raise and show breeding livestock.

LOUISVILLE – The Illinois 4-H team took reserve champion honors in the 2018 National 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest held Nov. 14 in Louisville, Ky. The skillathon division of the North American International Livestock Exposition tests the competitors’ knowledge in a wide range of livestock…

ROCKFORD, Ill. – On Nov. 18, University of Illinois Extension hosted a special ceremony at Klehm Arboretum in Rockford to recognize local 4-H award winners and volunteers for their accomplishments over the past year.Winners selected based on project work, activity participation and leadershi…

University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit Master Naturalist Cindy Intravartolo and Extension staff were part of a team who educated V.I.T. Elementary students about a variety of natural resource topics during the Youth Pollinator and Conservation event coordinated b…

Arugula has been trending these past few years. You can bet if you turn on a cooking show, they’ll probably be using arugula at some point. Many chefs and hip restaurants have made this leafy green with a peppery zing very popular.

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GIPSA, the badly named, hard-working mule inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is on the move again over objections that the Trump Administration’s ongoing USDA reorganization will bury it — and other, less obscure parts of the department like the Economic Research Service—in new layers of bureaucracy so deep that none will ever be seen again.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Dec. 4 it will provide $3.7 million of assistance to fruit and vegetable growers in 16 states through a GAP Assistance Program to enhance market access by defraying costs of undergoing voluntary USDA Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices audits in 2019.