January 12, 2011
Members present: David Bee, Curtis Bridges, Dennis Goeltl, LuAnn
Goodyear, Jason Kraft, Val Manning, Gail Meisner, Brett Markham, George Reed,
Jon Slutsky, and George Wallace. Others present: Karen Crumbaker (Extension),
Linda Hoffmann (Staff liaison, Larimer County Planning & Building
Division). Guests: Judy Lindquist and Bill Spencer.
Members absent: Justin Discoe, Lew Grant, Minerva Lee, and
I. Val Manning called the meeting to order at 12:34
p.m. Board members introduced themselves to the new Board members, LuAnn
Goodyear, Dennis Goeltl, and Gail Meisner, and attending guests, Judy Lindquist
and Bill Spencer.
II. The November 10, 2010 AAB Meeting Minutes were
reviewed and approved.
III. John Slutsky suggested adding the members who are
absent to the Minutes. A motion was passed to include members absent to the
IV. Three new Board members were introduced: Dennis
Goeltl, LuAnn Goodyear and Gail Meisner.
V. The election of the AAB 2011 Officers was held.
A motion was passed to reelect Val Manning, Chair, and David Bee, Vice Chair.
There was discussion as to why the AAB does not have an elected Secretary. Linda
Hoffmann volunteered to look into amending the By-laws to remove the secretary
as an elected position.
VI. Each committee group reported on their
Public Education Committee – Val Manning
- A spring seminar will be held on March 12, 2011, at the
Larimer County Courthouse, 200 W. Oak Street, Fort Collins. The agenda has
not been finalized. The focus of the conference this year will be the
history of agriculture in Larimer County, water issues and concerns,
buying local, eating local, and growing local. There was further discussion
by the Board members as to the contents for the seminar. The Education
Committee asked each AAB Committee to present the information they have
compiled at the seminar. The Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture has
been asked to speak at the conference. An additional suggested session was
to present the results from the Northern Colorado Regional Food System Assessment.
Water Availability Committee – George Wallace
- George Wallace presented the power point presentation to
the AAB, put together by the Water Availability Committee, entitled,
“Agricultural Water in Larimer County – Why is it so Important”. The
Board members made comments and corrections to the slide show. The AAB
then approved the presentation.
Agricultural Land Preservation Policy Committee –
- George Reed reported on behalf of the land preservation
committee. The committee held a three hour meeting on January 5, 2011.
The Director of Legacy Land Trust was ub attendance. Legacy Land Trust
and Larimer County Planning and Building will support the efforts by this
committee. The topics discussed at this meeting were: (1) How to address
agricultural zoning policies to increase farmers’ use rights under the
current land use code; (2) What tools are available to help with land
preservation; (3) The open lands tax will expire in 2018. There was
concern that the money available from now until 2018 has been spent; and
(4) The committee would like to involve local businesses (i.e. Budweiser,
New Belgium Brewery) in land protection.
- The Larimer County Commissioners approved the work plan
developed at the November 2010 AAB meeting
- Linda Hoffmann reported the Larimer County Planning
Department has undergone a restructuring. Linda asked for volunteers from
the AAB to assist the subcommittee from the Larimer County Planning and
Building Department on rural occupation. Gail Meisner, Curtis Bridges,
Jon Slutsky, and Val Manning volunteered to serve on behalf of the AAB.
There will be a meeting with the Commissioners in February, 2011. The
exact date is unknown at this time.
- The AAB meeting time will remain at 12:30 p.m.
- The Poudre Runs Through It: Northern Colorado’s Water
Future. The future of the Poudre River and water for Northern Colorado is
much debated. The first of a three part series begins with a public forum
on Thursday, February 3, 2011, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Larimer County
Courthouse, 200 W. Oak Street, Fort Collins, Colorado.
- George Reed reminded the committee that to be listed in the
Colorado Farm Fresh Directory, the form must be submitted to the Colorado
Department of Agriculture, Markets Division, 700 Kipling Street, Suite
4000, Denver, Colorado by February 1, 2011.
- Gail Meisner reported the U.S Appeals Court placed a
temporary hold on the U.S. District Court’s decision to destroy genetically
modified sugar beet crops.
VIII. The next AAB meeting will be held on March 9, 2011
at 12:30 p.m. at the CSU Larimer County Extension office.
IX. The meeting was adjourned at 3:12 p.m