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Agriculture and Extension Education 03/08/2011

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Sawyer County Ag & Extension Committee Minutes
March 8, 2011
8:30 am

Committee Members Present:            Jim Bassett                Dean Pearson        Bruce Paulsen        Chuck Gunderson    Dale Thompson

County Personnel Present:        Dave Berard        Lisa Wydra        Trinke McNurlin
        Lori Laberee
Others Present:                                 Ron Kubarek   

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

Approval of Agenda
Moved by Bassett, seconded by Thompson to approve the agenda as presented.  Motion carried.
Approval of Minutes
Moved by Bassett, seconded by Thompson to approve minutes from the February 8, 2011 meeting. 
Audience Recognition
Sawyer County Ag. Fair Association
Ron Kubarek reported.  Entertainment is finalized.  Contract with 4-H ice cream booth finalized.  Food vendor slots are full.  Report was distributed of a history of activity that has been done in the past to generate revenue from the Fairgrounds and a summary of what other counties have done.  Discussion.
Agent Report – Kevin Schoessow, Ag Agent
Kevin Schoessow distributed and reviewed report (on file), and presented a slideshow of programs that the Ag Station is or has been involved with.  Discussion of the Farmers Market in the area – Dean Pearson also sits on the Co-op Board and they are willing to offer land in their parking lot for the Farmers Market to use.  Schoessow states that a now a director is needed.  Berard suggests that they discuss the director issue at today’s Economic Development meeting.  Schoessow discussed other upcoming programs.

Paulsen asks Kevin how he determines his priorities of programming; mostly from the public inquiries.  His lead is taken from the need that comes into the office.  Another is upcoming trends.  They keep up on alternative options to crops, businesses, etc.  Further discussion on CSA’s in the county and the possibilities.

Paulsen asks Schoessow to do an updated Needs Assessment.
Approval of Vouchers
Moved by Thompson, seconded by Gunderson to approve vouchers.  Motion carried.
Approval of Out-of-County Travel
Moved by Bassett, seconded by Paulsen to approve out-of-county travel.  Motion carried. 
Any Other Business
Diane Daulton had first Woodland meeting last night – 24 attendees and was encouraged for walk-ins.  Adjourn
Moved by Thompson, seconded by Gunderson to adjourn.  Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned at 9:25 a.m.

Respectfully submitted, Rebecca Brunner-Stroede, Recorder