Larimer County Extension Advisory Committee

September 5, 2012



Members present:  Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson, Pam Harrold, Dixie Dick, Jean Bosch, LaVon Blaesi, Ronda Koski, Susan Bonsall, Irene Romsa & Trena Anastasia  Excused: Pranaya Sathe, Ruth Wilson and Mel Hilgenberg


Chairman Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson called the meeting to order at 8:05 a.m.  Minutes of the May 9 meeting were corrected to include Susan Bonsall as being excused.  Pam Harrold moved to approve the minutes. Dixie Dick seconded. Motion carried.

Extension Marketing Plan


Several articles about Extension program written by advisory committee members have been printed in local newspapers.  Committee members volunteered with additional dates and subjects of future articles / “thumbs up” that they would submit.  Susan Bonsall volunteered to send articles she sees to county commissioners and suggested other committee members clip and send articles they see, too.


It was mentioned that the Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald has done a great job of printing articles about Larimer County Extension and the Larimer County Fair. 


It was also suggested that members attend one of the County Commissioners Citizen meeting that are held throughout the County.



Response to Wildfires

A big thank you was given to all who helped at the Disaster Recovery Center.  Over 500 citizens who were affected by the High Park and Woodland Heights fires this summer received information from Extension. This effort also helped bond partnerships between Larimer County Extension and other county departments and the State Extension office.


Also, thank you to all who helped staff Extension’s Disaster Preparedness booth at the Larimer County Fair.


Agent Report

Edie McSherry, Extension Agent – Food Safety Education reported on the following information and programs she is doing in Larimer County:


Estimates of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. each year:

Foodborne illnesses are on the increase due to:

Extension’s Food Safety Works program is a course for food service workers that covers the basic requirements for safe food handling.

Larimer County data

Larimer County Extension Food Safety Works Classes - 2011

Food Safety Works  Newsletter

Food Safety Education for Consumers

Master Food Safety Advisor volunteers serve to extend Colorado State University Extension’s education programs in food safety and food preservation to adults and youth of Larimer County.


Other Food Safety Education Programs include

·         Cooking for Groups

·         Be Food Safe

·         Food Safety for Seniors

·         Project Handwashing

·         Food Safety in the Work Place

·         Food Safety for Farmers’ Market Vendors

·         Food Safety during Pregnancy

·         Emergency Preparedness



Directors Report


Laurel Kubin reported that the 2013 budget allocation from Larimer County is a 3% reduction over the previous year.  County dollars are the base funds for Extension and serve as cost share to bring in partnership funding from state and other sources.


County Fair was a great success with increased attendance and the number of exhibits.


Natalia Barboza, SNAP-Ed educator is expecting in early October and will be on maternity leave.


Laurel will be conducting mid-year reviews with employees.


Jacque is working on securing grants for FLTI (Family Leadership Training Institute).


Reminder:  Extension Showcase is December 7 at The Ranch.


Committee members are invited to participate in a session at the annual Colorado Extension Forum at CSU on Wednesday, November 7, in the East Ballroom of the Lory Student Center.  Barbara Chamberlain will present "You're Pushing My Buttons: How Technology is Changing the Way our Clientele Work, Think and Play".  Early arrival is advised.


The next advisory meeting will be on October 31, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. at the Extension Office.


The meeting was adjourned at 10:05 a.m. 


Respectfully submitted,

Fred McClanahan, Jr.