Larimer County Extension Advisory Committee
October 31, 2012
Members present: Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson, Jean Bosch, LaVon Blaesi, Ronda Koski, Valerie Clark, Ruth Wilson, Trena Anastasia, Pam Harrold, Susan Bonsall, Pranaya Sathe, Laurel Kubin, Karen Crumbaker and Fred McClanahan, Jr. Excused: Dixie Dick, Irene Romsa & Mel Hilgenberg.
Chairman Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson called the meeting to order at 8:05 a.m. Minutes of the September 5th meeting were corrected to include Ruth Wilson as excused. Trena Anastasia moved to approve; Ruth Wilson seconded. Motion carried.
Karen Crumbaker, Extension Agent, Ag and Natural Resources reported on the Colorado Building Farmers / Ranchers Program in Larimer County:
What is the Colorado Building Farmers/Ranchers Program?
The program builds community and capacity in agriculture
8 week program
Opportunity to network with speakers
Networking with CSU Extension
Networking with other producers
Began in 2007 in Boulder County
2nd year in Larimer County
Created in response to a need within communities
No other similar program in Colorado
Who Should Participate?
Beginning, Intermediate and Experienced farmers and ranchers
Colorado Building Farmers / Ranchers Advisory Committee
All are involved in production agriculture
Guides the program
Guide what the need is in Larimer County
Review applications and make recommendations
Format and Curriculum
Dinner and networking
Strategic Business Planning
Risk Management/Labor Concerns
Present a business plan
Goals of the Program
New farmers & ranchers explore farming as a business
Intermediate / Experienced farmers & ranchers refine and enhance their business
Overall goal is to complete a business plan
Involved in agriculture
Presenters are more producer oriented than academically oriented
Based on dynamics of participants
Business Plan Evaluation
The class exceeded my expectations in all regards. 2011 Larimer County Participant
Each week, the class had at least one guest speaker who had both real world practical experience and a thorough understanding of the issues new farmers would face.
2011 Larimer County Participant
EFNEP & SNAP-Ed Positions:
Natalia will not be returning as an educator.
Two SNAP-Ed and one EFNEP educator will be hired.
Spanish speaking helpful, Ύ time with benefits through CSU, high school diploma or GED, peer educator experienced in low income situations
The budget has been submitted and is in process.
Staff retreat was held on October 16 at Primrose Studio.
Many programs going on: Financial workshops, Food Preservation workshops, Master Gardeners, Building Farmers / Ranchers, 4-H completion, 4-H Achievement night, Food Safety Works classes.
A number of committee members to write thumbs up articles about Extension programs for local media.
City of Fort Collins Cable Channel 14 is interested in making video recordings of Extension programs for broadcast on their television cable channel.
The timeline for arrival, lunch, and speaker presentations was discussed. A list of people to invite along with their contact information will be sent to committee members.
The meeting was adjourned at 10am. Next meeting is Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at 8am in the Larimer County Extension Office.
Fred McClanahan, Jr.