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Washington County 4-H Foundation ScholarshipU of I Extension News – December 16, 2015



County 4-H



The Washington County 4-H Foundation, which coordinates activities for the Washington County 4-H program, has offered two (2) $1,000 scholarships.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

• Full-time (12+ hours) college or trade school student or high school senior planning to attend college or trade school the following year.

• Must have been a Washington County 4-H member (past or present) for a total of five years.

• Must have been a Washington County 4-H member during their senior year in high school.

For full details regarding the scholarship, or for an application (due February 1st), please contact the Extension Office at 618-327-8881.

2016 Commercial Tree Fruit School Workshops

For current research-based information on growing tree fruits, attend the 2016 Commercial Tree Fruit Schools. Speakers from University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University, and the USDA Risk Management Agency will discuss a wide range of subjects to help you meet the challenges of tree fruit production. Two schools will offered this year – February 2 at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn, Mt. Vernon Illinois, and February 3 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, three miles south of Hardin Illinois.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about insect management techniques, biofix dates and trapping, orchard fertilization, identification and management of stone fruit and apple diseases, and discussions with USDA Risk Management about crop insurance options for fruit growers. Industry representatives will also be on hand to talk about their latest products and services.

MT. VERNON SCHOOL: Cost for the school is $30.00 per farm. Registration at the door will be $40.00 per farm. The registration fee includes 1 copy of the 2016 Midwest Spray Guide per farm. Lunch is on your own.

HARDIN SCHOOL: Cost for the school is $35.00 per person. Orchards sending more than one employee will pay $35.00 for the first person and $25.00 for each additional person. Registration at the door will be $45.00 per person. One copy of the 2016 Midwest Spray Guide will be given per orchard. Lunch will be provided.

Advance registration is required by January 25, 2016. Online registration is available at: Questions can be directed to Laurie George, University of Illinois Extension Educator, at 618- 242-0780, or via email at

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881