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CARTERVILLE, Ill. — Native plants are an important part of our ecosystem. They house and feed our native wildlife and provide unique beauty to any landscape. Extension horticulture educator Austin Little and environmental and energy stewardship educator Erin Medvecz will provide a free program about native plants and how to incorporate them into landscaping.

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HILLSBORO, Ill. – Timing is important when it comes to treatment of caterpillar pests in trees. The earlier you find these insects, the easier it is to control them. Summer is a nice time to take a cruise in the car and you may notice some webs in the roadside trees.

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DECATUR, Ill. – Discover and celebrate the power of pollinators and the monarch butterfly as they migrate across central Illinois in September at the fifth-annual Monarch Madness co-sponsored by the Macon County Master Gardeners and Rock Springs Nature Center.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Illinois Rural Health Association will host its 30th annual Educational Conference Aug. 7-8 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. The theme of this year’s conference is “30 Years of Improving Rural Health.”

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School gardens offer so much more than beautifying school grounds. Imagine being able to dig in the soil to explore its make-up instead of looking at pictures, observe firsthand the act of pollination and the life cycle of plants from seed to seeds, or be inspired by the garden while writing an essay or painting a picture.

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MACOMB, Ill. – Western Illinois University’s School of Agriculture’s 2019 Agronomy Field Day will be held Aug. 8, at the Agricultural Field Laboratory. This year’s event will feature information on weed management in corn and soybeans.

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BRYANT, Ill. — Sonja Wright, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener serving Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell counties, created a sensory garden in her hometown of Bryant, Illinois. Through her professional career as a speech pathologist, Sonja understands the value of using all five senses as a means of skills recovery.

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SPRING GROVE, Ill. — Richardson Adventure Farm’s annual corn maze will salute the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. Richardson Adventure Farm, 909 English Prairie Road, Spring Grove, has been in the family since 1840, and opened the first corn maze in 2001. Over the years, it has become an annual destination for family fun, with a new 28-acre maze every year, plus more than 30 activities.

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PRINCETON, Ill. – The Bureau County Farm Bureau and U of I Extension will host the Bureau County Master Showmanship Contest on July 19 at 7:30 p.m. (or approximately ½ hour after the end of the swine show) in the Swine/Sheep Livestock Barn at the Bureau County Fairgrounds.

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PRINCETON, Ill. – Youth ages 5 to 12 are invited to join University of Illinois Extension in a fun, educational Nature Detective Camp. The camp will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Bureau County Extension office, 850 Thompson St., Princeton.

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URBANA, Ill. – Now that summer is finally here and our summer road trips have begun, we can fully enjoy the trees and natural landscapes. During my travels, I have been noticing more and more diseased or dead trees in Illinois. When I notice those trees, the concern that comes to mind is safety.

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STERLING, Ill – Join Whiteside County master gardeners at Summer Paint Night from 6 to 8 p.m. July 11 from at KIDZ Turn in Sterling. KIDZ Turn is located at the intersection of Route 30 and Lawrence Road, next door to the University of Illinois Extension office.

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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 is pleased to announce the winners of the cash raffle fundraiser.

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Dedicated volunteers Dr. John Ehrhardt and Laurie Delgado were recognized at the June 18 University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, La Salle, Marshall, Putnam Multi-County Unit Council meeting.

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You have probably heard of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy by now, but in case you have not, it addresses nutrient losses to waters in Illinois and downstream to the Gulf of Mexico from both point and non-point sources of pollution. In Illinois, we have goals to reduce nitrate-nitrogen losses by 15% and total phosphorus losses by 25% by the year 2025.

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ROCKFORD, Ill.— Farmers and landowners are invited to join us on Tuesday, July 9, at the Machine Shed Restaurant in Rockford to learn more about cover crops during this challenging season. Local experts will share their research and experiences using different cover crop systems in northern Illinois.

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This spring is one that we in the agricultural industry and those who live in rural communities will never forget. The rain keeps pouring. This historically late planting falls in a time of high policy and price uncertainty. Many concerns are weighing on farmers’ minds.

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The Northwest Illinois Forestry Association will tour Brad Peterburg’s woodland on South Rodden Road in Jo Daviess County at 10 a.m. June 22. Peterburg will give his perspective on the aerial application of glycophosphate to attack bush honeysuckle in the fall of 2017 and 2018. Consulting fo…

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If you are looking to protect the environment, support wildlife and pollinators, and require less inputs for your landscape, consider planting native plant species. Native plant species have different meanings for some people.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Give a little time and attention to managing water, nutrition, and airflow, and you will have an ample harvest of garden tomatoes.

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ALTAMONT, Ill. — Known for his hit “I Serve a Savior,” country music sensation Josh Turner is one of the highlights at the 2019 Effingham County Fair.

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MELVIN, Ill. — For 93 years, the Ford County Fair has been a must-see attraction in central Illinois, and this year’s event will no doubt follow that long tradition.

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RENSSELAER, Ind. — The Jasper County Fair will officially kick off with the national anthem and the raising of the colors at 5:45 p.m. July 20.

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MOLINE, Ill. – The Rock Island County Farm Bureau Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2019 scholarships. These awards are given to outstanding high school students who have achieved a well-rounded high school career and understand the value of volunteerism.

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Within a 4-H club, youth annually give talks and demonstrations to their peers as part of their club involvement. Through these experiences, members gain confidence in their public speaking skills.

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STERLING, Ill. – Looking for fun in the sun while bonding with your child? The University of Illinois Extension is offering a Parent-Child Gardening Series for youth ages 2 through 5 and their parents to learn about growing vegetables and flowers through hands-on activities.

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As we go through severe weather season, chances for tornadoes are at their highest. Here are a few facts and myths on tornadoes from the National Weather Service.

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DECATUR, Ind. – Congratulations to the Bellmont FFA Soils Evaluation Team which broke into the school history books by competing in the National Land and Range Judging Contest May 2 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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It is that time of year to hatch baby chicks. Many farm supply stores sell baby chicks in the spring, when the weather conditions are right to raise them. If you prefer to hatch them yourself and have the basic incubator equipment to do so, it is important to know what steps to take.

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There is no other way to say it, farming is not for all; actually, let me try that again, farming is not for most. The long days of hard work lead into even longer nights. The continual starting and stopping, according to Mother Nature’s current demeanor, can cause severe anxiety and frustration.

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For many gardeners around the state, getting started has meant rethinking expected planting times outdoors. Knowing our typical dates for sowing seed directly into the garden and setting out vegetable transplants have been or will be different this season has created some challenges.

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