Larimer County Cooperative Extension Advisory Meeting

March 1, 2007



            The meeting was held in the Extension Office Meeting Room in Fort Collins.  Those present were  Rob Knebl, Ellen Donovan, Sandra Larson, Ralph Bender, Marsha Dooley, Pam Harrold, Mary Robertson, Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson, David Lee, Extension Director Laurel Kubin, Extension Agents Ernie Marx and Alison Stoven, 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


Recent Agriculture/Natural Resources program efforts for Extension Agent Ernie Marx


Larimer County Agricultural Advisory Board

  • Speaker from National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden informed the board and BCC about wind energy generation possibilities
  • Formed subcommittee, in partnership with Environmental Advisory Board, to develop User's Guide to Wind Energy Generation for Larimer County
  • Held meeting to discuss potential for a local carbon credit exchange program in Fort Collins/Larimer County
  • Will be reviewing the NISP (Glade Reservoir) proposal


Work with County Staff/Commissioners

  • Accessory agricultural use changes for land use code
  • Wind generation changes for land use code
  • Member of Larimer County Weed Control Advisory Board
  • Pandemic Flu Response Plan


Small acreage management

  • Conducted pasture management training in Jefferson County
  • Conducted pasture management training in Boulder County
  • Conducted grass seeding training in Boulder County
  • Developed ountry Acres Resource Team (CART) Manual - 2nd edition published
  • Planning to cooperate with Wyoming small acreage work team
  • Colorado small acreage work team received venture capital grant to develop educational programming materials
  • Planning small Acreage Expo in 2008
  • Responded to local field visits/phone calls



  • Taught Understanding Front Range Soils for the Denver Botanic Gardens Certificate Program
  • Revised Soils curriculum for Master Gardener training
  • Taught Soils program for Boulder, Weld and Larimer Master Gardeners
  • Will work with David Whiting at CSU and other agents to finalize Soils curriculum


Recent events

  • Co-sponsored Agriculture Big and Small - Colorado Produce Conference - February 22-23
  • Received training materials for Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Training






Director’s Report


  • Eighteen applications were received for the 4-H agents position.  The applicant pool had thirteen people that met all qualifications and four were selected to interview.  Interviews will be March 19 and 20.


  • The FSNE agent positions for Larimer and Weld counties were advertised together.  Interviews will take place in May and positions will hopefully be filled in June.


  • Four applicants for the State Extension Director position will interview at CSU in April.



Youth on Advisory Committee


Discussion was held regarding youth serving on the Extension Advisory Committee.


  • It may be hard for some to miss school to attend meetings but some may also be home schooled.  Meeting times may need to change to accommodate youth members’ schedules.


  • Some students start late or could participate as part of a service learning project.


  • Encourage youth engagement participants and 4-H Junior Leaders to apply along with other youth.


  • Advertise through high school guidance offices, the 4-H newsletter and ask Deni LaRue, Larimer County Community Information Manager to send out a news release to media and other youth organizations.


David Lee made a motion to increase the size of the Extension Advisory Committee with three youth.  Mary Robertson seconded the motion.  The motion was modified and approved to state that there would be no more than 15 members on the Extension Advisory Committee with three youth to be included. 



Belt Buckles to Bowties Gala


The Belt Buckles to Bowties Gala will be held on March 17 in the 1st National Bank West Exhibition Hall at the Ranch.  Silent and live auction items are needed and welcomed. 



Rocky Mountain Conference on Aging


The Rocky Mountain Conference on Aging will be held October 24 & 25 at The Ranch.  This conference will focus on:


  • Aging in the workplace
  • Staying in the workforce vs. retirement
  • Making an impact in the workplace


Baby boomers are directly affected by these and other aging issues.  Sponsors are still needed for the conference and may contact Laurel or Jacque Miller at the Extension Office.




Other Items


  • Commissioner Gibson is the liaison to the Board of County Commissioners


  • Most extension agent offices will be getting new furniture in May


  • County Fair premium book and schedules are being worked on.


  • Kathy, Pam, LuAnn and Laurel have taken on additional responsibilities until the agriculture / general 4-H agent position is filled.


  • March 24 is the 4-H Carnival in the 1st National Bank Bldg. at The Ranch.



Trends and Issues


  • Snow has been enjoyable with hope of more water this summer.


  • Very nice reception for Boards and Commissions members.  The members signed a thank you card to send to the commissioners.


  • Lots of snow mold on turf


  • A dramatic increase of children in Larimer County Living in poverty.  The number of single parent families living below poverty has doubled in Fort Collins.  There was a 22% increase over one year of children in Fort Collins that are receiving free lunches.


The meeting adjourned at 10:00 a.m.


Next meeting will be on Thursday, May 3 at the Larimer County Extension Office in Fort Collins. 


                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,


                                                                                    Fred McClanahan, Jr.