Woodford Extension Office moving in July

Adam Larck

After being in the Woodford County Farm Bureau Office for more than 50 years, the University of Illinois Extension Service is moving out.

Starting July 2, the Extension Office will operate out of 109 E. Eureka St., in Eureka, which will be east of the Et Cetera Shop.

Bobbie Lewis-Sibley, the Extension director for Livingston, McLean and Woodford counties, said the move is due to a reduced budget and need for a cheaper space.

“The FY12 lease with the Woodford Farm Bureau was for $25,240.32,” Lewis-Sibley said. “The FY13 lease was for $14,400.”

The 2012 lease with the Bureau accounted for about 2,620 square feet of office and meeting space, and also included the use of the 4-H Park.

The new lease on Eureka Street is for 2,075 square feet of office and meeting space. However, since the Farm Bureau owns the 4-H Park, a separate contract was signed on May 8 for the Extension to pay the Farm Bureau $8,500 each year for the Extension to use it for the fair and other events.

The Extension will continue using the Farm Bureau office until the end of June, when equipment will start being moved over to the new building.

Because of the money saved with the move, staff and programs won’t have to be cut.

“Absolutely, all programs offered by Extension will continue,” Lewis-Sibley said.