Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Agriculture and Extension Education 05/07/2010

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Sawyer County Ag & Extension Committee Minutes

May 7, 2010

8:30 am



Committee Members Present:            Jim Bassett                   Dean Pearson               Warren Johnson

                                                            Bruce Paulsen


County Personnel Present:                 Lori Laberee                Dave Berard                Trinke McNurlin

                                                            Kris Mayberry


Others Present:                                  Linda Zillmer               Chuck Aubart              Dianne Bassett

                                                            Tena Shamro


Chairperson Bassett called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m.


Discussion regarding set up of committee.  County Clerk Mayberry reads through motion approved by Full County Board in consolidating the Land & Water Conservation Committee with the Zoning Committee, adhering to statutory requirements.  Discussion.  Bassett suggests that the Chair elected for Extension also becomes the Chair for Forestry. 


Elections of Officers

Mayberry asks for nominations for Agriculture & Extension.  Bassett nominates Pearson, seconded by Johnson.  Johnson moved nominations be closed and unanimous decision for Pearson, seconded by Bassett. 

Johnson withdrew nomination for Vice Chair until next month.  Item will be added to the agenda. 

Approval of Agenda

Moved by Bassett, seconded by Johnson to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried.

Approval of Minutes

Moved by Bassett, seconded by Pearson to approve minutes from the April 7, 2010 meeting.  Motion carried.

Audience Recognition

Linda Zillmer states a plea for Sawyer County to partner in hosting the Land Stewardship conference.  Johnson asks what it costs and how it is done.  At this point it requires cooperation from a representative in our county.  Berard has more information and explanation, stating the cost is nominal.  Currently the counties involved are Price and Taylor.  Discussion.  Johnson moves that we put it on the agenda for next month.  Chair Pearson asks to have more information available at that time.

Sawyer County Ag. Fair Association

Chuck Aubart reported.  Aubart updated new committee members that the dates for the 2010 Fair are August 19-22nd and reviewed the Fair process.  There are more requests coming in for use of Fairgrounds.  The Ag/Ext Committee would like to promote use of the Fairgrounds for more than a four day Fair; it needs to start generating dollars and should be an enhancement to the community.  The Fair Board agrees and is working toward that goal.  Aubart reports that a Christian Motorcycle group will be there at the end of the month, and other upcoming events are the Dairy Breakfast and the Habitat for Humanity garage sale.

Agent Report – Lori Laberee, 4-H Youth Agent

Laberee has information applicable to all Ag and Extension Committee members.  She will wait until next month when all new members are present to provide information on the overall UW-Extension office Program Areas. 


There was discussion regarding the newspaper article on Town Hall meetings that have been held on critical topics.  The event was sponsored by Lac Courte Oreilles-Sawyer County Prevention Programming Coalition.  Laberee partnered with community agencies to organize and plan the event.  She could not personally attend the event as she had knee replacement surgery less than a week prior to meeting.  Several 4-H adult volunteers and a 4-H youth participated in the county event.  Berard facilitated the strategic planning for the coalition, helping them set their multi year goals. Pearson feels that follow-up is crucial; continual follow-up.  Citizen Zillmer commends the effort that Sawyer County 4-H is putting forth; other counties are role modeling their process.  


Bob Swenson, Archery Leader, is working with Forestry Department on gating the 4-H property next week.  4-H property is located in Meteor and Weigor townships and includes approximately 120 acres of wooded land.


170 youth enrolled in 4-H at this time – anticipate 180 which is right on target with our county average for the past five years.  Laberee reviewed mini-grants that have been obtained and what the youth are doing with the money received.


Sawyer County UW Extension office will undergo a State Civil Rights audit on June 8th.  A team of people will be coming from the state to review Program outreach efforts and discuss opportunities for expansion. 

WACEC State Conference

Laberee invites all committee members to the WACEC, Wisconsin Association of County Extension Committees, State Conference on June 22 & 23, 2010 in Milwaukee.  Information is available at the UW Extension Office.  Contact Rebecca if you wish to register to attend.

Summer Horticulture Educator Contract 133

Motion to approve Summer Horticulture Educator Contract 133 by Bassett, seconded by Johnson.  Motion carried.

Approval of Vouchers

Moved by Johnson, seconded by Bassett to approve vouchers.  Motion carried.

Approval of Out-of-County Travel

Moved by Bassett, seconded by Johnson to approve out-of-county travel.  Motion carried. 

Any Other Business

Johnson thinks that Pearson, as our Chair, should be the representative on the Zoning and Conservation Committee.  It will be suggested at the Forestry Committee.


Berard announces that July 19th and 31st are the Household Hazardous Waste Cleanup dates this year.  Promotion will be forthcoming.  Discussion. 


Bruce Paulsen, new committee member enters, apologizes for having a prior commitment before this meeting date was announced.


Moved by Johnson, seconded by Bassett to adjourn.  Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned at 9:12 a.m.


Respectfully submitted, Rebecca Brunner-Stroede, Recorder