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HILLSBORO, Ill. – The Oak Pests and Diseases Workshop will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Montgomery County Extension office, #1 Industrial Park Drive, Hillsboro. University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Andrew Holsinger will discuss common oak species, current pests, and diseases.

BEDFORD, Ind. – The 4-H Junior Leaders Safe Night Trick or Treat will be from 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Oct. 29 at the Lawrence County 4-H Fairgrounds. 11261 E. US Hwy 50, Bedford. The event is sponsored by the Lawrence County Fair Board.

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Are you ready to change the way you clean up your perennial garden in the fall? Kelly Allsup, a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, said changing just a few garden habits can make a huge difference to butterflies, moths, bees and other beneficial insects that overwinter in the Illinois landscape.

September — the time of the year that usually brings the first hints of fall. While the days were still hot, and the majority of harvest delayed, farmers received three pieces of good news.

We learn so much more about each other and our great country when we sit down and have candid conversations. One of the best parts of my job is traveling to farm country and meeting with each of you to hear your stories and then bringing those stories back to Washington to share with our lawmakers and leaders.

The internal memo only confirmed what unofficial Washington had been saying for more than a year and what official Washington had been downplaying for even longer: The White House plan to move two U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies to Kansas City will severely cripple USDA data collection, handcuff policymakers who depend on the data and analysis and gut both agencies for years to come.

ELIZABETH, Ill. — Join the Jo Daviess County Master Gardeners on Nov. 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jo Daviess County Extension office, 204 Vine St., Elizabeth, for a program on how to make herb bundles. The cost of this program is $10 per person. All of the materials needed will be provided.

URBANA, Ill. – Each year, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine opens its doors to the public for an in-depth experience in the world of veterinary medicine. This free event, put on by roughly 400 veterinary students, is perfect for all ages.

DECATUR, Ill. — Horticulture has been a recurring theme in Maria Christian’s life. Christian has always had a love of vegetables and flowers, and this year celebrates her 30th anniversary as a Macon County Master Gardener.

SNAP-Education Educator Kaitlyn Streitmatter worked with Beverly Manor Junior High in Washington, Illinois, to research and apply ways to reduce school food waste and increase the amount of healthy foods students eat.

FRANKLIN GROVE, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension and Franklin Creek Conservation Association are teaming up for Family Fun Day from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct 12 at the Grist Mill, 1893 Twist Road, Franklin Grove.

GALENA, Ill. – The University of Illinois Extension will host a mini nature camp from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 at Horseshoe Mound Preserve, 1679 N. Blackjack Road, Galena.

Looking for a way to give back to the community? What better way than by empowering others to take control of their finances. If you’re comfortable managing money and would like to help others take steps forward in their lives, University of Illinois Extension’s Money Mentor program may be t…

Nicole Flowers-Kimmerle of East Peoria has joined University of Illinois Extension as the new horticulture educator in the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit. Her new role will include a wide range of horticulture programs, educational resources, and overseeing the unit Master Gardener and Ma…

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BRUSSELS, Wis. – Dan Vandertie says he likes building cow families. That has included “excellent” members of his herd’s families, such as Doorco Buckeye Hailey. Now 12 years old, “Hailey” was classified in 2019 as Excellent-94-4E by Holstein Association USA. She’s a daughter of Doorco Machoman Heather, which was classified by the Holstein association in 2004 as Excellent-91-2E. She also was a Gold Medal Dam. “Heather” is a daughter of Doorco Rubens August, which was classified in 2000 as an Excellent-92-4E. She was a Gold Medal Dam and Dam of Merit.

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Editor’s note: This is the first article in a series featuring three finalists who have been selected for the 2019 Wisconsin Leopold Conservation Award. The award is presented to farmers who uphold standards of conservation and sustainable farming, honoring the work of Aldo Leopold, renowned conservationist. The award will be presented to the winner at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting Dec. 8 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The three finalists are Bill Ciolkosz of Thorp, Jeff Lake of Boyceville, and John and Dorothy Priske of Fall River. The first article features Ciolkosz.

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PULLMAN, Wash.- Through the rolling hills of the Palouse, in a field of stubble, just 3 miles north of Pullman lies a piece of art waiting to welcome alumni home for next week's homecoming Coug game.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representatives of the National Pork Producers Council, the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Corn Growers Association and Iowa State University called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Oct. 1 to move as quickly as possible to establish a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine bank.

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After last year’s drought and forage shortage, this year’s grazing season has been a big change of pace, with most areas seeing abundant rainfall and forage growth.

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There was a popular T-shirt worn by powerlifters at tournaments when my son participated in the sport in high school.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Oct. 1 during a stop in Wisconsin that he doesn’t know if the family dairy farm can survive as the industry moves toward a factory farm model.

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About 20 acres of habitat for insect pollinators are being established in fall 2019 on Wisconsin potato farms. Four potato farms and the Sand County Foundation recently formed a cost-sharing agreement to plant pollinator habitats.