December 07, 2023

Calendar: Christmas Bird Count

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. — Free training in how a participate in a local Christmas Bird Count will be from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 21 at the Jackson County Extension office, 402 Ava Road, Murphysboro.

The Christmas Bird Count has been active for over a century through the National Audubon Society. The workshop will cover:

• National Audubon policies

• COVID-19 guidelines

• Local count circles

• Counting basics (and practice counting)

• How to sign up for free bird counting events

Attendance is recommended for first-time CBC volunteers. Register at

Horticulture for the Holidays

ROCKFORD, Ill. — Join the Winnebago County Master Gardener Program for its annual Horticulture for the Holidays workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 19 at the Winnebago County Extension office, 1040 N. 2nd St., Rockford.

Participants will participate in a make-and-take workshop that demonstrates how to incorporate the garden into seasonal celebrations and gift giving. The workshop will be led by Master Gardeners Beth Edwards and Brenda Smith.

This year’s project will be Christmas gnomes using tomato cages, pine branches and felt.

After you register, you will receive updates about the project and what you might want to bring.

The program fee of $35 includes all workshop materials and refreshments. Register at

Farm Conference

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Illinois Farm Assets Conference will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 21 at the iHotel and Conference Center, 1900 S.1st St., Champaign.

Stay informed as the farmdoc team, industry specialists, WILLAg commodity analysts, and University of Illinois crop scientists share updates on critical farming topics, including:

• Carbon Market Landscape

• Crop Prospects in Argentina and Brazil

• The 2023 Farm Bill

• Ukraine, Russia, Spring Fertilizer Prices and Crop Budgets

• farmdoc S&D Tables and Price Prospects

• ACE Commodity Markets Discussion

• Field Crops Production Issues

• The Value of Farmland

Cost is $90. Register at