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Extension Update – December 18, 2015   arrow

On Behalf of JoAnn Powell:

Greetings all. No matter how you choose to say or celebrate it, may the holidays be special for you and those who are important to you. This is a great time of year to consider extending your days off by tacking a vacation day or two onto county and university holidays. I also encourage you to get your reporting and year end work out of the way so that you can fully enjoy the days that are yours. Take care and have fun.


…to Keith Maxey on the completion of his master’s of agriculture degree. Way to go Keith!

…to both Erin Post and Amy McFarland who have transitioned from 4-H youth development  program associates to 4-H youth development Extension agents. Well done! Amy will also be returning to full-time status January 1.

…to Joe Julian who is retiring December 31 after 29 years with Extension. Thank you Joe for all you have done for Douglas County, the region, and CSU Extension. Enjoy!

…to Larimer County. County commissioners are expected to approve their 2016 annual budget on December 22 which includes full funding for an additional 4-H youth development agent. Expect to see this position announcement after the first of the year.

…to the Douglas County—their commissioners are likewise expected to fund a new marketing and communications support position to be shared by Extension and fairgrounds in 2016.

Milan Rewerts Induction into the 2016 Farm Credit Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame

Mr. Milan Rewerts served Colorado agriculture through a career in with CSU Cooperative Extension that spanned more than four decades. He assisted Colorado State University achieve its land grant mission in providing education about agriculture to consumers, producers, and families as well as maintaining a vibrant 4-H program for the youth of Colorado under his leadership as director of CSU Extension. He maintained that Cooperative Extension should always provide excellent, relevant educational programs of social and economic importance to all Coloradoans. He was actively involved with a diverse group of agricultural, consumer, and youth organizations throughout his career. His innovative leadership and strong commitment to communication and teamwork among all Extension specialists, county commissioners, and administration at CSU led to his recognition as the outstanding Extension director across the United States.


A purchase order (PO) must be created for goods or services exceeding $5,000 when contracting with vendors. Contact Laura Barrera in the Fiscal office at (970) 491-7888 or to get a PO before goods are ordered or services rendered. CSU policy requires pre-approval permission to purchase goods/services first otherwise you may be personally liable for payment.

You can find out more information on doing business with CSU at the website below.

Update Your Calendar with Important 2016 Dates

  • National Western Stock Show — January 9 – 24
  • 4-H day — January 15
  • CSU Day — January 16
  • Regional Spring Meeting Dates:
  • Western Region — April 25 – 27
  • Front Range Region — April 26 & 27
  • Peaks to Plains Region — May 10 – 12
  • Forum 2016 — November 7 – 11

Program Leadership Team (PLT)

The Program Leadership Team (PLT) will hold its next quarterly meeting face-to-face in Denver on Wednesday afternoon, February 17, 2016. Agenda items include payment to Planning and Reporting Unit (PRU) Leaders and Program Funding for PRUs.

Program Leadership Team (PLT) Program Funding

Planning and Reporting Unit (PRU) Leaders received the Request for Proposals (RFP) for programming on November 30. Proposals (for calendar year 2016) are due February 1, and funding will be announced by February 15. Please be in touch with your PRU Leader(s) with ideas for these funds.

CPRS outputs and outcomes for the 2015 program year can be inputted into the reporting system until 10:00 p.m. on December 31.

Front Range Vacancies

  • Broomfield horticulture program assistant. The position closed December 1. The search committee is awaiting clearance to begin checking references. This search will be chaired by Kevin Miller; committee members include Holli Campbell, Eric Hammond, Merrill Kingsbury, & Mike McNulty (community partner).
  • El Paso FCS Extension agent. This position is currently being advertised and slated to close December 29. The search committee includes Barbara Bates, Marisa Bunning, Sheila Gains, Todd Marts (El Paso County), Edie McSherry, & JoAnn Powell (chair).
  • Gilpin 4-H program assistant. This position closed November 24. The search committee will be conducting phone interviews next week with a select few applicants. Search committee includes Susie Allen (Gilpin County), Curt Halsted (community partner), Heather Pearce, Irene Shonle, & JoAnn Powell (chair).
  • Weld horticulture & ag Extension agent. Expect to see a position announcement in January. With additional funding made available through Extension and from the Weld County commissioners, this former half-time horticulture program associate position will be filled as a full-time agent position. Weld County is currently doing their homework on what they want this position to look like.

New Staff

Annette Shipley accepted the Extension director position in Douglas County. Her first day is January 11. Annette was previously employed as a regional and county director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and as a family team meeting facilitator with the Department of Human Services in Iowa. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Northern Colorado, and her master’s in social work from St. Ambrose University. Please join me in welcoming her.

Kim Sterkel transitioned from the Weld County endowed 4-H coordinator position to the 4-H youth development agent position in Weld County on October 15. Thanks Kim.

Paula Avis recently joined the El Paso County Extension office as their 4-H program assistant. Welcome aboard.

Winter Survival Kit Phone App Can Help Stranded Travelers

The mobile phone application, available for iPhones and Android smartphones, helps users find their location, call 911, notify friends and family, and estimate how long they can run their vehicle to keep warm before running out of fuel.

Learn more about the Winter Survival Kit app, developed by North Dakota State University Extension, at

A local-adapted news release to share with your outlets in Colorado is available at:

Happy holidays!