Larimer County Cooperative Extension Advisory Meeting

November 3, 2005


The meeting was held at the Larimer County Extension Office in Fort Collins.  Those present were Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson, Mary Robertson, David Lee, Henrique Barreto, Alberto Squassabia, Sandra Larson, Ralph Bender, Robert Knebl, Rob Ryan, Extension Director Laurel Kubin, Extension Agent Ernie Marx and Fred McClanahan, Jr.

The meeting was called to order at 8:00 a.m. Introductions were made and minutes of the previous meeting were approved.


Agent Report


Ernie Marx, Agriculture Extension Agent, gave a report on tamarisk and what is being done to control it in Larimer County.  He also reported on the Northern Colorado Pickle Cooperative, bindweed mite distribution, other invasive plants, field visits and the upcoming Rocky Mountain Ag Showcase.


Video Presentation


Laurel showed a video of the television show for senior citizens, “Life Goes On” that featured her in a segment about cooking for one.


Extension Showcase


Extension Showcase will be held December 1 at the restaurant in the Budweiser Events Center.  All committee members were reminded to contact legislators and key individuals about attending. 


Director’s Report


Two new staff were hired recently.  Stephanie Tarry will begin work on November 21 as a new Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program agent.  Alison Stoven will begin December 5 as the new Horticulture Agent.


Copies of the 4-H Impact Study brochure were given to committee.  Included in this brochure were results of a survey which confirmed that youth engaged in 4-H are less likely to become involved in crime and substance abuse.


A chart showing the re-organization of Colorado State University was discussed. Cooperative Extension will be included under the Vice President for Outreach and Strategic Partnerships.




Results of a Needs Assessment survey were discussed.  Health care concerns, obesity and rural land were the categories of most concern.


The Rocky Mountain Ag Showcase will be December 8-10 at The Ranch.  Small acreages and celebrating agriculture in Larimer County will be the main focus of the event.  Two education scholarships will also be awarded to Colorado State University students studying agriculture.


The 4-H Building design is progressing well.  Building cost is going to be $2.4 million more than projected so possible investors from other agencies or individuals are being sought.  Groundbreaking is scheduled for early 2006.


A flyer on the success of the RxHealth program was handed out.  Accomplishments included engaging 701 participants in the program, a 23% increase in steps over a 14 week period, 79% of participants reported that wearing a pedometer increased their walking, and 18% of participants reported making an effort to walk everyday.  Pedometers and literature are still available but participants do no reporting.


The Larimer County Farmers’ Market ended in mid-October with gross sales at more than $207,000.  This has been an excellent source of revenue generation and funds for supply costs.


Trends & Issues


The Larimer County Boards & Commissions reception was interesting and very entertaining.

Referendum C passed and will keep funding flat.


 Future Meeting Dates


Meetings of the Larimer County Extension Advisory Committee for 2006 will be held:

March 9

May 18

September 14

November 2

Showcase - December 7



The meeting adjourned at 9:45 a.m.


Respectfully submitted,


Fred McClanahan, Jr.