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University of Illinois Extension, Iroquois County Unit

  Agency Contact Information:
Address: Iroquois County Address:
916 W Seminary Ave P.O. Box 163
Onarga, IL 60955-0163
Phone: 815.268.4051
Fax: 815.268.4058
Website: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/
Contact Person:

Ginger Boas - County Extension Director
Phone: 217.333.7672
Email: gboas@illinois.edu

  Service Profile:
Service/program name: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed)
Description: SNAP-Ed is nutrition education that is available to SNAP recipients and other limited-resource individuals and families. We focus on nutrition education and obesity prevention in an interactive, evidence-based, and behavior-change focused format. Education programs are provided to area schools, food pantries, pre-schools, and faith-based organizations serving limited resource audiences.

Service/program name: Ford-Iroquois 4-H Program
Description: The 4-H is a youth organization where kids 8 to 18 build skills they need for a lifetime. They do this by learning, leading, and having fun with the support of caring adults. There are over 600 youth in Ford and Iroquois counties who participate in 4-H. There are clubs in almost every community. Youth may choose to enroll in a variety projects ranging from robotics, public speaking, cooking, shooting sports, and raising animals. There is something for everyone. Groups participate in community service projects that teach important life skills and encourage youth to develop leadership abilities that will aid in successful careers.
Cloverbuds provide age appropriate activities for youth ages 5-7.

Service/program name: Agriculture in the Classroom
Description: Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) is a statewide educational program. Its goal is to help students, teachers, and the general public gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society. Thousands of farm products are in the world around us—our plates, in the clothes we wear, in the medicine that makes us well, and in earth-friendly fuels and plastics. With less than 2% of our population involved in production agriculture, many people don't know the source of their food and fiber. Americans spend less of their total income on food than any country in the world -- only 11%. Ag in the Classroom is offered through the University of Illinois Extension Ford / Iroquois Counties in partnership with Ford/Iroquois County Farm Bureau.

To request materials or classroom program, please contact Jen Odle by phone, 815-268-4051 or by email, jodle@illinois.edu
Website: www.agintheclassroom.org

Service/program name: Weed and Insect Identification/Gardening Concerns
Description: From May through October, Master Gardners are available at the Ford-Iroquois Extension office on Thursday's from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm to answer questions and identification of potential problems for area gardeners. These individuals have received extensive training from U. of I. Educators on various aspects of horticulture are ready to serve local residents. In addition, local residents may bring samples to the Extension office for an on-line Plant Clinic diagnosis. Trained staff members send digital photos of weeds, diseases, or insects to experts across the state for treatment/recomendations.

Service/program name: Financial Literacy: All My Money Training
Description: The All My Money: Change for the Better curriculum is a train-the-trainer financial management program for persons working with limited-resource audiences. All My Money: Change for the Better (AMM) is designed so that agency staff, social workers and other educators can teach financial literacy topics, even if they do not personally have expertise in financial management.

For much more detail about All My Money, please go to http://go.illinois.edu/allmymoney. Sign up for notifications about future trainings at http://go.illinois.edu/AMMSignUp
Website: http://go.illinois.edu/allmymoney
  General Information:
Description: Provides practical, research-based information and programs to help individuals, families, farms, businesses, and communities in Illinois. Check out current blogs/webinars/programs in Agriculture, Consumer Economics, Family Life, Horticulture, Nutrition & Health and 4-H/Youth on our website http://go.illinois.edu/ExtesnionCFIV
Agency Type: Non-profit
Territory/Geographical area: Central Illinois
Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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