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Extension Update – August 17, 2018   arrow

On behalf of JoAnn Powell:

2018 Commissioners Satisfaction Survey

The survey will go live September 17 (Monday) and close October 26 (Friday). There are no changes to the survey questions or the method (online and paper mail copies).

Spanish Language and Culture Immersion Course in Todos Santos

Held October 29-November 3, 2018. Stay at the CSU Todos Santos Center, learn about Mexican culture, experience Day of the Dead celebrations, and practice Spanish in a beautiful setting with native speakers. The program includes opportunities to explore Todos Santos. Limited spaces still available. For more information and to take the first step toward registration, click here or email

USDA Funding for Rural Water Systems

Please help spread the word about this available funding.

USDA has more than $4 billion in funding to help rural communities build or upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure. Safe water is fundamental to improving the quality of life and growing stronger rural economies.

USDA is providing the funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used to finance drinking water, storm water drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents. For communities needing technical assistance, funding is available through USDA’s Circuit Rider program, located at and through SEARCH grants, located

Eligible rural communities and water districts can apply online for funding to maintain, modernize or build water and wastewater systems. Visit the interactive RD Apply tool, or apply through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices. The funding will conclude on September 30, 2018. Eligibility is limited to communities of 10,000 or less in population. Another contact for this is Reagan Waskom, Director of the Colorado Water Center.

Ram Tour 2018 – Welcome to Hidden Mesa Research & Demonstration Orchard, Douglas County

Douglas County government owns and operates the research and demonstration orchard at Hidden Mesa Open Space, located about a mile north of Franktown on Highway 86/Parker Rd. The original purpose of the orchard is to research and demonstrate traditional and cutting-edge fruit and nut species, cultivars and cultural methods adaptable to our unique Front Range Climate. Because of their knowledgeable and committed partners, the purpose has expanded to include lavender, herbs and annual vegetables. Douglas County’s vision for the property is to expand economic opportunities and strengthen our community by inspiring innovation in scalable agriculture, edible landscapes, gardening, and community gardens and orchards. Hidden Mesa is a 1200-acre open space property with a huge mesa, rock outcroppings, Cherry Creek and diverse grassland and scrubland habitat. Many thanks to our Douglas County staff and county partners, you hosted a great stop on the tour.

highlights from Ram Tour

highlights from fair
County Fairs in the Front Range Region

Fair season…hope you have had a wonderful one.


Denver County Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Robert Franklin resigned effective June 1. The position is under review.

EFNEP Educator (.75FTE)
Jaclyn Lopez resigned the position effective June 30. 2018. The position is under review.

#23-18 Jefferson County Extension Agent, Horticulture, Plant Pathology & Food Systems
John Stolzle has accepted the position effective August 13. John has a B. A. in environmental studies from University of Kansas in Lawrence KS and a M. S. in agronomy- agriculture and environment from Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil. Most recently John has been editing and translating manuscripts for publication in academic journals. He also worked as a research supervisor/lab manager for Federal University of Santa Maria.

#25-18 Douglas County Extension Assistant Director
Kyle Christensen has accepted the position effective September 17. Kyle has a B.A. in political science and speech communications from Hastings College in Nebraska, and a M.P.A. in public and non-profit management and policy from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. He is currently working as an FLTI and CYFAR coordinator on campus.

#27-18 Weld County Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences
Interviews are scheduled on August 14 & 15. The search committee is in negotiations. Special thanks to: Eric Aakko (Weld County partner); Mike Freeman (Weld County commissioner); Christine Fruhauf; Sheila Gains; and Keith Maxey. JoAnn Powell chaired the search.

#29-18 Boulder County Extension Director
Interviews are scheduled on August 29 & 30. The search committee is in negotiations. Special thanks to: Adrian Card; Deryn Davidson; Cindy Domenico (Boulder County commissioner); Eric Lane (Boulder County partner); Carol O’Meara; and Jacki Paone. JoAnn Powell chaired.

#30-18 Boulder County Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development
Interviews are scheduled on August 20 & 21. The search committee is in negotiations. Special thanks to: Deryn Davidson; Wade Ingle; Brenda Kwang; and Lacey Mann. JoAnn Powell chaired the search.

Larimer County Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development/Livestock
Keeton Ehrig resigned, effective June 22, 2018. The position will be advertised soon.

Nutrition Programs Supervisor (.50 FTE)
Laura Yergler resigned the position, effective May 31, 2018. The position is under review.