Cirque Meadows by Adam Johnson

Larimer County Cooperative Extension Advisory Meeting

May 3, 2007



The meeting was held in the Extension Office Meeting Room in Fort Collins.  Those present were Rob Knebl, Pam Harrold, Alberto Squassabia, Rob Ryan, Ellen Donovan, Susanne Jarboe-Simpson, Marsha Dooley, Ralph Bender, Mary Robertson, David Lee, County Commissioner Glenn Gibson, Extension Director Laurel Kubin, Extension Agents Alison Stoven & Wendy Woerner, and Fred McClanahan, Jr.


The meeting was called to order at 8:10 a.m.   Minutes of the previous meeting were approved.  Introductions were made.  Laurel introduced the new 4-H Extension Agent, Wendy Woerner.


Agent Report


Alison Stoven, Extension Agent, Horticulture, gave a report on the accomplishments of the horticulture and Master Gardener program during 2006.


  • 868 Residents called or visited with Master Gardeners for plant I.D. and problem solving.


  • 738 residents brought their questions to the Master Gardener booth at the Larimer County Farmers’ Market


  • 290 children participated in Little Sprouts at the Farmers’ Market


  • Master Gardeners and apprentices volunteered 285 hours at the Larimer County Fair.


  • 65 Larimer County residents benefited from Tree Team visits to their property to help diagnose tree problems.


  • The City of Fort Collins received 63 hours of free irrigation audits by Master Gardeners for city residents.


In 2006, Larimer County Master Gardeners also:


  • Wrote seasonal weekly gardening articles for Larimer County newspapers.


  • Donated over 535 hours at CSU Plant Environmental Research Center (PERC).


  • Volunteered 265 hours with Loveland Youth Gardeners.


  • Answered gardening questions monthly on KRFC radio call in program.


  • Served as guides at two City of Fort Collins xeriscape events.


  • Served as facilitators at the High Plains Landscape workshop.


  • Staffed a “Spiders are Nice” booth at the opening of the Children’s Garden on Spring Creek.



Election of Officers


Suzanne Jarboe-Simpson was elected the new chair and Rob Knebl was elected as vice chair.




Directors Report


·         Dr. Lou Swanson, Vice Provost for Outreach and Strategic Partnerships will be in the Larimer County Extension Office on May 9 at 3:00 p.m. to visit with staff and advisory members.


·         Extensions’ new name will now be Colorado State University Extension. 


·         Dr. Debra Young has been seleted as the new State Director of Extension.  She comes to Colorado from Arizona and will begin in August.


·         Copies of the 2006 County Commissioners Survey results were handed out.  Thirty-six of fifty-nine Extension Counties served (61%)  responded to the first Extension County Commissioner satisfaction survey.

Ø      Overall satisfaction with the programs and service of CSU Extension – 94% very satisfied or        satisfied.

Ø      Value of Extension to their citizens – 87% very valuable or valuable.

Ø      Relationship between Colorado State University and their local Extension Office –  77% very        close or close.


The premium book for the 2007 Larimer County Fair is finished and at the printer.  Judges’ contracts are being sent and committees are working to finalize plans.  County Fair will be two weeks long this year.


The county commissioners are prioritizing  department services in advance of the 2008 budget preparation this year. 


The Extension Advisory Committee application deadline has been extended to May 11.



Trends and Issues


The bird flu pandemic committee is chaired by Dr. Adrienne LaBailey, director of Larimer County Health Department.  Addditional information is available on the Virtual Courthouse at


Save the date info should be sent to government officials re: date of the Extension Showcase (Dec. 6).





Mary Robertson and Rob Ryan were recognized for their years of service to the Larimer County Extension Advisory Committee.  Kelly DiMartino was also recognized but was unable to attend.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:40 a.m.


The next meeting will be Friday, September 7 in the meeting room of the Larimer County Extension Office.


                                                                                    Respectfully submitted,


                                                                                    Fred McClanahan, Jr.

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