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A snake slithering through silvery bridge slats on the I&M Canal Trail in Lockport won the October portion of the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Preserve the Moment photo contest. The picture was taken by Lisa Dinges of Lockport, who normally looks for owls, eagles or deer dur…

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EAST PEORIA, Ill. – The Illinois Pork Producers Association and the Illinois Central College Agriculture Program have teamed up to provide the ICC food pantry with a donation of ground pork. Pork Power: Partnering to Fight Hunger in Illinois, is a donation program made possible by contributi…

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In an ever complicated and changing world, I feel that Extension is needed now more than ever. Through my 30-year career with University of Illinois Extension, I’ve watched us adapt and change our educational delivery methods and program priorities to better meet the needs of the public we serve.

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I like the fall season with cooler temperatures and the fall tree colors. However, this season also creates a sense of urgency that I am running out of time to complete maintenance projects around my home before cold weather arrives.

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BLUFFS, Ill. — The Pike Scott Farm Bureau’s Agriculture Literacy Coordinator Rachel Smith visited Mrs. Erin Wahl’s third-grade class at Scott-Morgan Elementary in Bluffs. The students learned all about pumpkins through some fun, hands-on activities.

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For many years, gardeners were taught to clean up their landscape in the fall to dispense of lingering disease and throw out future insect infestations. However, horticulturists are encouraging gardeners to leave their landscape undisturbed for the overwintering of insect good guys in the garden.

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Channahon resident Barbara Parisi’s picture of squirrels locked in a heartwarming hug at McKinley Woods won the September portion of the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Preserve the Moment photo contest.

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The crowd couldn’t help but cheer when Brandon Austin hit his final clay target. The target was his 100th in a row and capped his championship win of the 2018 Illinois 4-H State 4-H Shotgun Shoot held Sept. 15 in Bunker Hill.

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MT. CARROLL, Ill. — The Carroll County Kids held their first 4-H meeting of the year. During the meeting they elected officers for the 2018-2019 4-H year.

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SYCAMORE, Ill. – Now’s your chance to ride in a combine. DeKalb County Farm Bureau is coordinating combine rides with local farmers during corn harvest. Rides will be given in Sycamore area cornfields on Oct. 13.

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The Perennial Plant Association membership has selected Stachys ‘Hummelo’ as the 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year. Sometimes called Betony, this well-behaved perennial offers a neat basal clump of glossy, dark-green leaves and rose-lavender dense spikes atop mostly leafless flowering stems.

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Enjoy home-grown herbs all year long by harvesting and drying them for tasty teas and added flavor for many meals.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois 4-H Foundation inducted 67 new members into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame during a celebration Aug. 14 at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.

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The flavor of black walnuts lends a special flavor to many favorite recipes, and having a black walnut tree in the back yard can supply a large quantity of an otherwise expensive and difficult to find nutmeat.

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URBANA, Ill. – Fall is coming, and that means it’s a great time to bring home a new tree. But before they do, homeowners should repeat the mantra “right plant, right place.”

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URBANA, Ill. – Succulents have long been a favorite group of plants for gardeners, for one great reason: They don’t need to be watered often! For a gardener who feels watering is a chore, succulents are a dream.

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I have a love-hate relationship with spiders. I am continually fascinated when watching a spider spin its web. However, cleaning up cobwebs can be very frustrating.

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Plant diseases can be challenging for the home gardener. Unfortunately, by the time most diseases are noticed it is too late to avoid a reduction in yield, or in some cases, saving the plant. Hopefully, these strategies will help you prevent the devastation plant diseases can bring to your garden.

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The 2018 Bureau County 4-H Fair was held July 19-21 at the Bureau County Fairgrounds in Princeton.  This culminating event allows 4-H members to showcase their skills in over 200 hundred different project areas.

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URBANA, Ill. – Stop and think before grabbing a bottle of pesticide to control garden pests. That’s the message University of Illinois Extension educator Martha Smith wants to convey to gardeners this season.

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URBANA, Ill. – Now that summer is in full swing, gardeners are noticing problems with their tomatoes. There are a number of diseases affecting Illinois-grown tomatoes, but the most common are early blight, Septoria leaf spot, and late blight.

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Have you noticed the plants blooming along our roadsides? Although many farmers and gardeners consider these plants as weeds, they do add color and interest to our Illinois roadsides.

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OREGON, Ill. − If you are not familiar with the 4-H program or have not been exposed to it for a while, we are happy to report that 4-H is recognized as the nation’s largest youth development organization.

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On average, entering the month of July our weather becomes very hot and humid with little rain. However, over the past couple of weeks, we have been getting hot, sunny days followed by rain and thunderstorms.

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If you are gardening on a budget, have poor soil or lack space, you may want to consider straw-bale gardening. This innovative method utilizes a bale of straw as a raised bed garden to grow just about any vegetable, flower or herb. Special consideration should be given to corn and sunflowers…

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PRINCETON, Ill. – Friends of 4-H & Extension who help to support outreach educational programs for the Extension Service and 4-H/Youth Development Programs in Bureau County has announced the winners of the cash raffle.

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