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Welcome to University of Illinois Extension Monroe County. Monroe County. 2006 Estimated. Population: 31,876 Approximately Adults (21 years & older): 21,000 (+/-) Youth (under 21 years): 9,000 (+/-) Race White 98 % All Other 2 %

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monroe county
Monroe County

2006 Estimated

  • Population: 31,876


Adults (21 years & older): 21,000 (+/-)

Youth (under 21 years): 9,000 (+/-)

  • Race

White 98 %

All Other 2 %

  • Median Age 37.5 years

Monroe County Bluffs

Jefferson Barracks Bridge



  • The majority of the county workforce drive between 20-40 miles to their work place.
  • 87% individuals age 25 & older have a high school or higher degree
  • 20% individuals age 25 & older have a Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 70% population 16 years & older are in workforce
major county employers
Major County Employers
  • School Districts
  • Oak Hill Nursing Care Facility
  • Gateway FS
  • Harrisonville Telephone Company
  • Budnick Converting, Inc.
  • Philip Environmental Services
  • Luhr Brothers, Inc.
  • MAR Business Forms
business growth
Business Growth
  • YMCA built a facility between Columbia & Waterloo. Opened January 2006
  • St. Elizabeth Medical Building also between Columbia & Waterloo. Opened September 2006
  • Unique business in the county: Rock City Business Complex- 6 million square foot commercial cold storage facility in the converted caverns of the limestone bluffs at Valmeyer. In December, U. S. Rep. Jerry Costello announced that the U.S. government will lease a 400,000 square section to house National Archives and Records such as treasury checks, postal money and military and Internal Revenue Service records. Other businesses (Target, Nestle, Schwan’s) rent space for cold food storage.
county agriculture production 2004
531 farms

Average age of principle farm operator 54.5 years

177,430 acres in farmland make up 71% of county acreage

County Agriculture Production(2004)
  • Major crops produced: wheat, soybeans, corn
  • Livestock: hogs, cattle, sheep
  • (source: IL Agricultural Statistics 2006)

Senior Population

  • Age 65 & older approximately 14 %
  • Columbia & Waterloo seniors have access to nutrition sites
  • Columbia, Waterloo & Valmeyer seniors are involved in senior citizen clubs
  • Extension educational programs have been conducted at all of the sites
marketing efforts
Marketing Efforts
  • Regular visits with County Board of Commissioners
  • Program information sent to State legislators
  • Post all programs on the county website
  • Flyers distributed to businesses & libraries for pick-up
  • Newspaper ad & articles
  • Program flyers sent to targeted mailing lists
  • Articles & ads posted in the Farm Bureau monthly newspaper
Marketing ...
  • Outdoor marquee
  • 4-H bags with information distributed during community parades
  • Program information included on Agriculture Week placemat.
    • Joint promotion with Farm Bureau, local livestock groups, agriculture businesses & agencies.
  • Information booth at Senior Jubilee
  • Urban website bookmarks along with educational booklets distributed to 5th grade students from January – April leading up to Conservation Days.
  • 4-H Rally & 4-H club activities at community events
  • 4-H Youth Development program flyers distributed through schools
  • Created county website bookmarks & include it in mailings
  • Newsletters:
    • 4-H Club members
    • 4-H Club leaders
    • Master Gardeners
  • Ag Quarterly distributed at programs & delivered to agriculture businesses for pick-up
  • Educational materials displayed at County Fair
  • 4-H Club displays/banner at County Fair
  • 4-H Week window displays by 4-H clubs
  • E-mail notification to all 4-H families when 4-H newsletter is posted on-line
  • Educational program information included in 4-H Foundation/Alumni newsletter & the Monroe County Home & Community Education newsletter
youth demographics
Youth Demographics
  • 22.6% of Monroe County’s population, 6,247 youth, is between the ages of 5 & 19.
  • The median income for families is $62,397.
  • 3.4% of the population is below the poverty level, which includes 2.8% under the age of 18.
  • Monroe County youth and families have easy access to attractions, goods and services in the St. Louis Metro Area.
  • Many adults commute to jobs in St. Louis
access systems
Access Systems
  • Community Based 4-H Clubs
  • Community Based Cloverbud Groups
  • County Based Cloverbud Group
  • County Based 4-H Federation
  • County Based 4-H Ambassadors
  • 4-H Special Interest Groups
  • Short Term 4-H Groups
plan of work mission mandates
Plan of Work & Mission Mandates
  • In early 2007, National 4-H Council announced three mission mandates, or focus areas for 4-H programming over the next five years;

Science, Engineering & Technology

Healthy Living


  • These mission mandates have been incorporated into the unit plan of work as they supported many of the youth programs already outlined in the plan of work.
community based 4 h clubs
Community Based 4-H Clubs
  • 14 Community Clubs serving 233 youth;
  • 37 adult volunteers provide leadership for this portion of the program

Science, Engineering, & Technology

Science based 4-H projects

Special emphasis on Animal Science; more than half of members are enrolled in animal projects

Healthy Living

Food & Nutrition based 4-H Projects

Health based 4-H projects


Citizenship based 4-H projects

Community service projects carried out by a most community clubs

special emphasis on animal science
Special emphasis on Animal Science
  • Beef premiere program since 1984
  • Lamb premiere program since 1997
  • Beef & Lamb Carcass Evaluation
  • Local Superior Young Producer Contests which include Beef, Sheep, Swine, & Rabbit
community based county cloverbud groups
Community Based & County Cloverbud Groups
  • 5 Community based Cloverbud Groups and 1 County Cloverbud Group serving approximately 24 youth
  • Cloverbud curriculum segments follow mission mandates

Science, Engineering, and Technology

Our Feathered Friends, The Science of Sound,

Making Air Work

Healthy Living

Making Healthy Food Choices

Healthy Snack preparation is a part of each meeting


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Community Service Opportunities are incorporated when possible

county based 4 h federation 4 h ambassadors
County Based 4-H Federation & 4-H Ambassadors
  • Monroe County 4-H Federation is made up of high school and college age 4-H members.
  • Currently 26 members
  • 4 adult volunteers provide leadership
  • Federation members may choose to serve as county 4-H Ambassadors after one year of membership

Science, Engineering, and Technology

Members provide leadership for Robotics Workshops, Animal Science Workshops, and Livestock events


Members provide leadership for activities and events for younger 4-H members; Officer’s Training, Craft Day, etc.

Ambassadors make appearances on behalf of 4-H

Ambassadors preside over county events

Piloted Leadership Curriculum

4 h short term special interest groups
4-H Short Term & Special Interest Groups
  • More than 800 county youth accessed the 4-H youth

development program through short term and special interest groups.

Science, Engineering, & Technology

Outdoor Education & Environmental Stewardship with Conservation Days Field Trips – 490 Youth & Adults

Robotics Workshop – 18 Youth & Adults

GIS/GPS Workshop – 9 Youth & Adults

GIS/GPS Camp – 4 Youth

Junior Master Gardener Camp – 5 Youth

Monroe County 4-H GIS Club

Healthy Living

Youth Cooking School – 205 Youth

Family Fitness Activities – 2 Activities – 60 Youth & Adults

Babysitter Workshop – 19 Youth


Plans are underway to map and identify trees at County Courthouse

Plans are underway to work with local EMA to map locations such as schools, shelters, railroad crossings, etc., that would be helpful to the agency and general public.

short term special interest group activities
Short Term & Special Interest Group Activities

Robotics Workshop

Babysitter Workshop

Conservation Day Outdoor Education FieldTrip

4-H & Friends Holiday Craft Day

youth cooking school
Youth Cooking School
  • Week long sessions conducted each summer for 10 years with morning and afternoon sessions each day. Program serves youth in the communities of Columbia, Waterloo & Valmeyer.
  • The program serves 200 participants annually
Promote and provide staff support these multi-county, regional, and state 4-H youth development programs;
  • Southern Illinois 4-H Camp*
  • Southern Illinois Junior High Camp*
  • 4-H Discover Chicago*
  • Legislative Connection*
  • Southern Region Hippology Contest*
  • Regional Horse Judging & Hippology Contest*
  • Illinois 4-H Leadership Convention*
  • Junior High Leadership Conference
  • Regional Leader Forums*
  • Southern Illinois Livestock Judging Contest – SIUC
  • State Judging Contests
  • Illinois State Fair*

*indicates Monroe County staff supported events

program evaluation
Program Evaluation
  • New 4-H Clubs
  • Increased Enrollment
  • Increased show percentage
  • Youth submit award applications, a high percentage of youth are eligible for County Award of Excellence
  • Increased number of adult volunteers
  • Increased attendance at 4-H Club Leader updates
  • Schools contribute maps to Community Atlas
  • Successful GIS Day & Completed Community Atlas (ESRI Grant Requirements)
  • Youth Cooking School Family Surveys indicate positive impact of program (Illinois 4-H Foundation Program Grant)
  • 4-H Community Club and Youth Cooking School Families attend family fitness events.
  • Beef Seminar
  • Beef Showmanship Workshop

(with Monroe County Cattleman’s Association)

  • Swine Seminars (with Monroe County Pork Producers)
  • Shepherd’s Clinic
  • Sheep Festival-with judging event for youth

(with Monroe County Sheep Producers)

  • Q&A
    • i.e. animal diseases, feed, etc.
      • in office research, work with Waterloo Animal Hospital and Extension Educators

Swine Seminar



  • Ag Computer Training (with Farm Bureau)
  • Putting Small Acreages to Work Program

(with Madison/St. Clair, Bond & Clinton Counties)

  • Women in Ag Programs
  • Ag Roundtable (with Farm Bureau & other agencies)
  • Sale of farm record books
  • Q&A
    • i.e. leases, cash rent, custom machinery rates, pasture rental rates, computer programs, starting “small, specialty or organic farms”, etc.
      • in office research (Farmdoc website) or work with Extension Educators
Agri-Tourism & Small Acreage Seminars
  • Agriculture economics discussion at most agriculture programs
  • Routinely refer producers to the Farmdoc website
  • Host site to Illinois Department of Agriculture Commodity Elections
  • Agronomy Day (with Farm Bureau)
  • Alfalfa & Forage Workshops
  • Pesticide Safety Education Program
  • Weed identification-done in office with reference materials or with use of Digital Diagnostics System
  • Q&A
    • i.ehay & pasture establishment, effects of weather on crops, etc.
      • in office research or work with Extension Educators
agriculture legislative update
AgricultureLegislative Update
  • Presentations by:
    • IL. Dept. of Agriculture Director, Chuck Hartke
    • IL. State Representative, Dan Reitz
    • IL. Farm Bureau Vice President, Richard Guebert
    • IL. Dept. of Agri. Bureau of Animal Health & Welfare, Jim Kunkle
    • Lower Kaskaskia Stakeholders
    • The Land Conservancy

Co-sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, Southwestern Illinois College, Red Bud campus and local agencies

master gardeners
Master Gardeners
  • 37 current certified Master Gardeners.
  • Answer approximately 120 phone call/walk in questions about garden related questions. Often refer customers to “hortanswers” website.

-i.e plant/tree id, insect id, soil test interpretations, plant, tree & lawn care, etc.

  • Maintain Ornamental Grass Plot and surrounding landscape.
  • Assist with horticulture entries/judging at Monroe County Fair.
  • Promote the MG program & horticulture events at the “Senior Jubilee”-an event put on by Oak Hill-Monroe County’s Assisted Living Center.
  • Landscape at the Monroe County Courthouse.

Monroe County Annex

Landscape construction & maintenance

Sharing Gardening Advice

Monroe County Courthouse

monroe county garden tour
Monroe County Garden Tour
  • Garden host sites are at various locations in Monroe County.
  • Sites are visited by approximately 200 people on the 2nd Saturday in June.
  • This event is held annually-we are coming upon the 5th year of the tour in 2008.
  • Planning and working assistance is done by the Master Gardeners and local garden clubs.
  • Sites are mapped using GPS & GIS technology.




educational events
Educational Events
  • Ornamental Trees & Shrubs Program
  • 4 Seasons Home Horticulture Telenets
  • Nursery Tour-Held in April 2007 at Cowell’s Nursery, a new nursery at the south end of Monroe County. Over 60 people attended to hear Dave Robson speak about the characteristics of various plants.
junior master gardeners
Junior Master Gardeners
  • Started in Monroe County in June 2007.
  • Offered to 3rd-6th grade students.
  • 5 starting participants.
  • A “Learning Garden” will be planted this year to attract more participants and help with the educational aspect of the program. Several grants have been applied for to aid in the construction of this project:

-IDNR Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant √

-National Gardening Association/Home Depot Grant

-Fiscar’s Orange Thumb Grant

-Mantis Grant

  • The garden will be for use by this group as well as the adult Master Gardeners.
5 th grade conservation days
5th Grade Conservation Days
  • Held annually for the past 10 years in conjunction with the Monroe County Farm Bureau and Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District.
  • This event has taken place at the Waterloo Sportsman’s Club for all 10 years-we have a good working relationship with them.
  • 100% participation by all Monroe County schools.
  • Recycling grant through Bi-County Health Department & a donation from the local sanitation company partially covered supplies.
  • Presenters from organizations such as:

Natural Resources Conservation Service, Monroe County Mapping & Platting, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, Illinois Natural History Survey, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, University of Illinois Extension.

  • We are tapping into new resources this year-i.e. local people such as retired teachers, high school FFA students, Master Gardeners…
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Educational Events
  • Farm Conservation Telenet
  • Natural Resources Telenets
  • Ag Drainage Law Telenet
  • Farm & Woodland Assessment Program
  • Q&A
    • i.e. where to find tree seedlings, pond maintenance, food plots, forestry management plans, native plants, sinkholes, erosion control, wind power, etc.
      • In office research, work with Extension Educators, NRCS/SWCD, IDNR & Gateway FS
  • Partner with Farm Bureau, NRCS/SWCD, Gateway FS & IDNR to address issues such as urban development in rural areas, karst issues, pond maintenance, etc.
  • Kelly serves as an appointed representative of the Southern Regional Groundwater Protection & Planning Committee which serves Madison, St. Clair, Monroe & Randolph Counties . Other representatives include individuals from county Health Departments, IEPA, IDOA, U of I Extension, Gateway FS, various water companies, etc.

-Address issues such as groundwater protection & karst education; hold bi-annual well water screening for pesticides and hold annual educational field days/conferences for the public.

promote all regional programs such as
Promote all Regional Programs such as:
  • Certified Livestock Manager Training
  • Beef Cattle Co-Products
  • Dairy Days
  • Farm Economic Summit
  • Crop Management Conference
  • Grain Fumigant Training
  • Corn & Soybean Classic
  • Winter Wheat Forum

Regional Program Promotion continued…

  • Vegetable School
  • Small Fruit & Strawberry School
  • Grape Production Workshops
  • Tree Fruit School
  • Gateway Green Industry Conference
  • Soil & Water Management Workshop
educational programs
Educational Programs
  • Nutrition Update Series for Dieticians
  • Eating Well with Diabetes Series & Reunion
  • Understanding Food Labels & Portion Size program
    • Joint program with Red Bud Regional Hospital
Food Handlers Refresher Course
    • Extension educators teach a local course every 6 months
    • BI-County Health Department staff assist with promotion
  • Lessons for Living taught by Extension Educators & Volunteers:
    • Retirement Realities
    • Schemes & Scams
    • Food & Fitness
    • Body Smart Gardening
    • Forgiveness: Important Gift
    • Ground Covers
Pressure canner gauge testing & food preservation information
  • Nutrition materials provided to school teachers
  • Food safety question/information provided to clientele
Provide materials to child care centers
  • Collaborate with Children’s Home & Aid to provide training sessions for child care providers

Network with the Monroe County Economic Development Committee

    • Assisted with the Economic Development Forum Community Leaders Breakfast
    • Currently in discussion regarding County Economic Development Educator position
    • County Board participates in Government Telenets
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