County Extension Advisory Committee
The meeting was
held in the Extension Office meeting room in Fort Collins. Those present were
Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson, Ralph
Bender, Valerie Clark, Pam Harrold, Marsha Dooley, Trena Anastasia, Dixie Dick,
Jesse Mae Hendrickson, Kristina Meyers, Mel Hilgenberg, David Lee, Sonia
Koetting, guest Rob Knebl, Extension Director Laurel Kubin, Agriculture Agent
Karen Crumbaker, 4-H / Youth Agents Kathy Wolfe & Wendy Woerner, and Fred
The meeting was
called to order at 8:05 a.m. Introductions were made. Minutes of the previous
meeting were approved. New members were welcomed and outgoing members were
recognized and thanked.
Wendy Woerner, 4-H
/ Youth agent reported on highlights of 2009:
Experiential Learning Laboratory
- Three years
ago – lecture format
- Now - - Audio/visual,
hands-on and interactive communication
modules – 13
- Created a mobile,
standardized educational program for multiple county use
- Topics: Animal
welfare, food safety, consumer protection, ethics
- Over 1,000
Colorado 4-H youth have participated thus far
- Multi county
- Free to 4-H
youth – 450 youth
- Full day-
Educational programs geared to kids
- Trained 300 on
- Three general
sessions: Livestock Ethics, Animal Health, Responsibility to Meat
additional: Nutrition, Biosecurity, Showmanship, Health, Selection, Record
Book, and others
- Planning 2nd
annual for March, 2010
- Adding ½ day
of live animal demonstrations
Trek: The Journey of my FIRST year in 4-H
- Goal: Increase
retention of first year 4-H members
- Small booklet
in Q&A format
- Covers all the
questions 1st year kids ask
- Will distribute
to all first year 4-Hers
- Still in draft
stage; Roll out Oct. 1st
- Meat Judging
- Survey Monkey
Kathy Wolfe, 4-H /
Youth agent reported on highlights of 2009:
Fiber Fun Fest –
- Workshops – 22
with 270 participants
Service – 29 fleece blankets made and donated Project Linus
- Vendors – 25
non-profits and businesses
Activities – spinning, weaving, sewing tote bags, bookmarks, knitting,
- Door Prizes
Received in excess of $5,000
- On a scale of
1-5, 4.65 overall rating by attendees
Discovery – June and July – CEY/CORE
- Aerospace -
- Chemistry -
- Microbiology –
Science of making ice cream
- Astronomy –
View through a solar telescope
- “On behalf of
our students, families, and staff, I wanted to thank you again for the
wonderful program you provided our students this past summer. From the
feedback and comments that we have received from our children, Thursday
was a day that they looked forward to each week. We know that they
enjoyed this special opportunity of exploring and experimenting different
kinds of things without realizing that they were learning about science.”
Marilyn Thayer, Director, Community Organizing to Reach Empowerment Center
After-School Grant - $2,320
- Estes Park
Public Library and Estes Park School District
Robotics, Theatre Arts, Science Discovery, Astronomy
- 75 youth
- New club in
- End of CEY
received a copy of Extension's Regionalization talking points that answered
common questions about regionalization.
working together would be Larimer, Boulder, Weld and Adams.
- Not a lot of
- How can CSU
and counties best serve their Extension missions?
concerned that service to other counties will dilute services to our
- We have a very
high quality Extension program in Larimer County. We want to maintain it.
- Larimer County
needs to increase Extension’s budget.
- It seems like
this could increase the administrative oversight, thus reducing direct
commissioners should encourage their commissioner colleagues to step up
their support of Extension, too.
- This is an
- Will our
Commissioners eventually decrease funding for our Extension program
because our programs become diluted?
- Weld County
seems to be backing away from the table, except for support for 4-H.
county budget is being decreased for 2010.
does not rank highly enough on county prioritization list.
costs with decreased income
to CSU employee salaries in 2009
in County employee salaries in 2010.
reduction caused Kathy Wolfe's salary to go to 80% time starting January, 2010.
furlough to entire front office staff was considered but it would affect entire
been made in operating costs, office supplies, travel, phones and computers.
could be even tighter.
- Success of
County Fair and Fair Budget
doubled from previous year
the 2009 County Fair went very well.
was cut 10% in 2009
additional 10% cut will take place in 2010
personal family and business obligations, LuAnn Goodyear has resigned as 4-H
Horse Program Coordinator. We anticipate having a new coordinator hired by January
Crumbaker is the new Agriculture / Natural Resources Agent.
The Health Department encourages
everyone to become aware of basic precautions to prevent the spread of flu this
year. Be informed, be prepared and make a plan. Wash your hands frequently.
- Fort Collins
and Loveland are faring better than national average in unemployment
claims. Unemployed individuals are thankful for the reduced extended
benefits to help them out.
- Bee Family
Farm, Hover Family Farm and Timber Lane Farm are great venues to visit for
- County Fair
attendance may have been up due to people staying closer to home this
- There are
three openings for youth members on the Extension Advisory Committee if
you know someone.
- People are
sitting on cash as they are fearful of what the future economy holds.
- Even when the
economy rebounds, people will be more hesitant to incur debt.
Extension Showcase will be
December 4 at The Ranch. Committee members chose legislators and key officials
they will contact to "save the date."
adjourned at 10:00 a.m.
meeting will be Wednesday, November 4, 2009 in the meeting room of the Larimer
County Extension Office.