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Extension Update – September 29, 2016   arrow

On behalf of Bill Nobles:

NEAFCS and CEAFCS Award winners
Congratulations to all the award winners! NEAFCS and CEAFCS Awards 2016

Communications Education Technology Award
– Diabetes Webinar Series
Awards –Colorado – first place
Team Members: Tracy Trumper, Joy Akey, Tara Friend and Gisele Jefferson

Communications Newsletter Award
– Family Matters
Awards – National –first place
Western Region – first place
Colorado – first place
Team Members: Sheila Gains, Glenda Wentworth, Anne Zander, Gisele Jefferson, Tracy  Trumper, Kaye Kasza, Mary Ellen Fleming, Joy Akey and Jessica Haas

Community Partnership Award
– NE Colorado Diabetes Education
Awards – Western Region – first place
Colorado – first place
Team Members: Joy Akey, Jennifer Cooney, Tara Friend, Tracy Trumper, Gisele
Jefferson, Luann Boyer and Ruth Willson

Environmental Education Award
– Radon-What You Don’t Know Can Kill You!
Awards – National – second place
Western Region – first place
Colorado – first place
Member: Wendy Rice

Family Health and Wellness Award
– NE Colorado Diabetes Education
Awards – Colorado – first place
Team Members: Gisele Jefferson, Joy Akey, Tracy Trumper, Jennifer Cooney and Luann Boyer

Food Safety Award
– CSU Extension’s Cottage Food Safety Multi-Tier Response
Awards – National – second place
Western Region – second place
Colorado – first place
Team Members: Sheila Gains, Marisa Bunning, Elisa Shackelton, Ann Duncan, Christy
Fitzpatrick, Karen Massey, Wendy Rice, Mary Snow, Anne Zander, Mary Schroeder, and Lois Illick

Distinguished Service Award – Kaye Kasza

Continued Excellence Award – Wendy Rice

CSU Alumni Association’s Distinguished Extension Award

Congratulations to Bob and Nancy Sturtevant, recipients of the 2016 Distinguished Extension Award. They will be honored next week at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner and at the Extension Forum Awards Banquet in November. See and for further details.

County commissioner survey of CSU Extension

This is just a reminder that the annual survey of Colorado commissioners regarding CSU Extension services will be live Monday, Sep 19 – Oct 28. This is a great time to share program highlights for the year with your county commissioners. Please encourage your counties to respond; our goal is to have the appropriate commissioner (at least one) respond from each county. As you know, the survey results are one of the metrics used by the Board of Governors in their assessment of the CSU President.

Once the survey closes, initial results will be compiled and delivered to the CSU President’s Office in November/early December. The President’s Office reviews and approves all survey data prior to its release. The final summary survey report is subsequently compiled and released online with an email link to all county commissioners in the spring, typically March-April.

CSU Extension Award Nominations

Please remember to email your Extension Award nominations to Yvonne Bridgeman by close of business on Monday, October 3. Nomination information is found at

Annual Extension Forum

Annual Forum will be held in Ft. Collins November 7th through the 11th, and registration is now open. Please register early (early bird registration will close on Sunday, October 16). The link for registration is It is also available on the Extension website – Faculty and Staff Resources.

Also note that Forum falls over Election Day.  Please plan to vote early.

Peaks and Plains Positions:

  • We are in the process of developing a new Small Acreage Management Specialist position with NRCS. They will be joining John Rizza and Jennifer Cook as a team. They will be located in Cañon City, CO at the NRCS office. We look forward to this venture with NRCS to add an individual in the area of small acreage management with focus on forestry, irrigation, pasture and weed management. The objective is to get someone placed the fall of 2016.
  • Extension Agent-Family and Consumer Science, Pueblo County interviews are October 11, 2016.

Colorado County Agents Association (CCAA) Professional Improvement Conference

On September 28-30, CCAA will host its annual conference around Pueblo (Beulah CO).  This is great opportunity to learn new things and form relationships with colleagues.  It is open to members and non-members alike.  If you are interested in knowing more about the event please contact Joan Jordan in the Peaks and Plains Regional office and she can forward you details and an agenda if you haven’t gotten one.

Grass-Grazers-Family: Finding Common Ground Conference

Attached is a flyer for the Grass-Grazers-Family: Finding Common Ground Conference which will be held in Pueblo November 1 – 3, 2016.  Please share this information with the ag community in your area.

As you will see within the flyer, Colorado Section of the Society For Range Management (CSSRM) and the Pueblo County Office for Colorado State University Extension have partnered to bring together an amazing set of speakers who are going to provide a dynamic program.  Presentations have been selected to demonstrate a systems approach to ranch management and look at how rangeland, the livestock herd, and the family are all part of the ranching system.  This is a program that you won’t want to miss!

The registration fee has been kept low, just $45 for all three days.  This reduced registration price has been made possible through generous financial support from Western SARE & facilities assistance from the Colorado State Fairgrounds.  In many cases a program with this set of presenters would cost hundreds of dollars to attend.  Registration is being taken over EventBrite and the link to the registration can be found within the attached electronic flyer.

In addition to the educational conference, CSSRM will be holding their annual meeting on Wednesday evening (November 2) following the day’s educational event.  Allowing CSSRM members the chance to attend their annual meeting while also attending a training conference; and non-members will have an easy opportunity to check out what CSSRM is all about.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from both world renowned presenters & local experts who will be discussing the connections between rangeland, livestock, & families.  Register today!

Collaboration Training in November: Strengthening Collaborative Capacity for Better Water Decisions

Please see the attached flyer for registration details.

This is a 16-hour, highly interactive, hands-on training to help water professionals, leaders, and stakeholders deepen and strengthen their skills, tools and capacity for collaboration and consensus around complex water challenges.

Who Should Attend:
Water professionals, leaders, and stakeholders from Colorado’s public, private and non-profit sectors.

When and Where:
Begins Wednesday, November 9 at 3pm and ends Friday, November 11 at 3pm, Sylvan Dale Ranch, Loveland CO.
This is the second in a series of workshops held at locations throughout Colorado.