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Schwartzkopf Receives FFA American Degree

By Kendall Dodson, Chapter Reporter At the 87th annual National FFA Convention, Emily Schwartzkopf received her American FFA Degree, the highest award bestowed by the National FFA convention. To be considered for this degree, Schwartzkopf must have earned and productively invested $7,500 or worked 2,250 hours outside of scheduled class time, among other extensive requirements.…

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U of I Extension Center NewsJan. 14, 2015

2015 Dairy Summit A regional Illinois dairy meeting sponsored by Illinois Milk Producers Association and the University of Illinois Extension is scheduled at Kaskaskia College outside Centralia on January 22, 2015. The program theme is “Economic Opportunities” including feeding check list, update on MPP and CAFO programs, U of IL research, dairy survey results, and…

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Benefits of Saving Heirloom SeedsMaster Gardener ScoopJan. 14, 2015

Benefits of Saving Heirloom Seeds By Debbie Czarnopys-White, Master Gardener Last fall, master gardeners presented a program at the Nashville Public Library on the reasons to save heirloom seeds. It’s time to revisit that idea as we hope to turn it into an on-going community project. We are approaching spring and the time to begin…

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Nashville FFA Competes In Job Interview Event

The Nashville FFA Chapter attended the District V Job Interview Career Development Event held at Southern Illinois University Carbondale Tuesday, Dec. 2. The event was hosted by the SIUC Collegiate FFA Chapter, a student organization at SIUC. FFA members competing in the event selected an agricultural job that they are currently capable of attaining. Students…

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University of Illinois Master Naturalist Open House

University of Illinois Extension will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, Jan. 10 from 10 a.m.-noon to highlight the upcoming Master Naturalist Training that will be offered February. Extension staff and current Master Naturalists will be on hand to meet you, discuss program details and share with you what they enjoy most about being…

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2015 Small Farms Webinar Series

The University of Illinois Extension Small Farm Webinar Series is a weekly educational event for the small farm community that provides practical knowledge on emerging topics that advance local food production in Illinois. This online series is aimed at providing small farm producers with a look at how leading practices in production, management, and marketing…

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A Winter View of GardeningMaster Gardener Scoop, Jan. 7, 2015

A Winter View of Gardening By Debbie Czarnopys-White, Master Gardener Our gardens have gone to sleep but will return again in a few months. We can still enjoy gardening in several ways. If we have trees, shrubs or maybe some decorative garden items like statues, it’s a wonderful time to get outside with a camera…

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Master Naturalists Earn Certification

Washington County Master Naturalists Debbie Czarnopys-White and Marty Kemper recently become Certified University of Illinois Master Naturalists by completing over 60 hours of volunteer service. White and Kemper represent Unit 23, which includes Bond, Clinton, Marion, Jefferson and Washington counties. To become a Master Naturalist, participants must take over 15 classes and two fields study…

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