Larimer County Cooperative Extension Advisory Meeting

May 18, 2006



            The meeting was held at the Larimer County Extension Office in Fort Collins.  Those present were Ralph Bender, David Lee, Sandra Larson, Dixie Dick, Kelly DiMartino, Rob Knebl, Alberto Squassabia, Extension Director Laurel Kubin, Extension Agent Edie McSherry, Extension Agent Jacque Miller and Fred McClanahan, Jr.


            The meeting was called to order at 8:10 a.m. by vice chair Rob Knebl.  Introductions were made and minutes of the previous meeting were approved.



Agent Report


            Edie McSherry, Extension Agent, Nutrition, Health and Food Safety Education, gave a presentation to the committee about her program areas. 


Food Safety Works classes are offered to restaurant workers.  Edie works closely with the Larimer County Health Department to emphasize where food safety is needed.  This program is taught in other counties, particularly Denver County.  Edie and the Denver County agent have been asked to have a booth at the National Food Safety Conference in Denver.  This conference is sponsored by the USDA.


Master Food Safety Advisors are recruiting new volunteers and starting a new season.  They will answer questions from the public about food safety and food preservation.  They also assist with the food safety works program and will be offering a workshop on food preservation in September.


Strong Women is a 12-week class for women that focuses on strength training and nutrition.  The first session met twice a week and is almost completed.  Two more sessions for Larimer County employees have been added and both are full.



Director’s Report


            Laurel introduced Jacque Miller who joined the Larimer County staff in early April.  Jacque has been involved with Extension for many years in the area of nutrition education, parenting, 4-H / youth, family literacy and financial education.  She has been at CSU for the past 7 years in financial education.


            The 4-H Building construction is on schedule.  A cornerstone will be put in place during a ceremony on August 7 at 11:00 a.m.  Policies for use of the building are still being developed.


            Laurel showed a new Larimer County Cooperative Extension marketing DVD.  Alberto suggested the development of a 30-second sound bite for additional marketing.  The Clover Connection

4-H newsletter also has articles about other things that cooperative extension does.



Election of Officers


            It was moved by Alberto Squassabia and seconded by Dixie Dick with a unanimous vote by committee members that officers remain in their current office.





Advisory Committee Vacancies


            We are in need of applicants to fill vacant positions on the Larimer County Extension Advisory Committee.  If you know of anyone that would be interested, please have them contact the Commissioners’ Office for an application and guidelines.



County Fair Premium Books


            The Larimer County Fair premium books are printed and mailed.  Committee members are asked to take books and distribute them at businesses for the public to pick up.  This year, residents outside the county can enter the open class division of the Fair.



Trends and Issues


            Ralph Bender reported House Bill #1331 is in the works.  If passed this would require landscape architects to become licensed to work in Colorado.  At present, there is not a licensing program.



            The meeting adjourned at 9:45 a.m.


Next meeting will be on Thursday, September 14 at the Larimer County Extension Office.



                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,


                                                                                    Fred McClanahan, Jr.