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Give The Gift Of GREENU of I Extension News – November 30, 2016


Give The Gift Of GREEN

Gift giving is often the hot topic during the winter holidays. There are many discussions that the holiday shopping season has become an overly commercial time of year and not as enjoyable as it once was. If this is the year you want to make a difference and either purchase or make gifts that reflect your idea of sustainability or that are useful and will help improve our planet rather then add to the waste with disposable items that don’t last, then you will enjoy learning about gifts ideas that will put the pleasure back into the gifting experience and your friends and family will enjoy receiving!

University of Illinois Extension will present a program on green sustainable gifts. A wide variety of ideas will be presented suitable for both male and female recipients. You will leave this class with lots of ideas for the perfect gift. Take a break from the mall and stop by to see what’s on the gift list.

Class will be offered Saturday, December 3 at 1:00 p.m. at the Breese Extension office, 1163 North 4th street (old RT. 50).

Register on line at or by calling 526-4551. Registration December 2.

Questions can be answered at the above phone number.

QuickBooks For Farm Use

With lower prices and tightening profits on most farms there is no time like the present to fine tune financial records. Southern Illinois University Carbondale, University of Illinois Extension Unit 26, Jackson County Farm Bureau and Annie’s Project-Education for Farm Women is teaming up to present a program designed to give hands-on experience for farmers using QuickBooks™ to keep farm financial records.

The three session course will be held December 1, 6 and 8, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in room 214 of the Ag Building on the SIU Campus in Carbondale. Topics that will be covered include the basics of setting up asset, cash, and liability accounts, as well as making entries for cash accounts and customizing reports. The course will be taught by Dr. Jeb Asirvatham, Assistant Professor for SIUC Ag Business Education Department and Ruth Hambleton, Farm Management Instructor.

Hambleton, says “I regularly get requests for this kind of hands-on program through Annie’s Project especially where farm women are the principle keeper of the farm financial records.” She continues, “A program like this is beneficial to beginners as well as those who are already using QuickBooks™ and know there is so much more they can be doing with it.” The class will be interactive so participants should come with questions.

Seating is limited as participants will be at computers learning to use Quick Books. Registration is required. Register online using this link:

Or call Jackson County Farm Bureau at (618) 684 3129.

Multiple family registrations are accepted and family members will share a computer. A registration fee of $50 per farm will be collected at the door the first evening. A portion will be donated to the students’ Agribusiness Club on campus.

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