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Agriculture and Extension 09/11/2012

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Sawyer County Ag & Extension Committee Minutes

September 11, 2012    8:30 a.m.  Assembly Room of Courthouse

Committee Members Present:            Dean Pearson                           Bill Voight                   Jim Bassett                                                                   Tweed Shuman

County Personnel Present:                 Dave Berard                            Lori Laberee                Trinke McNurlin

                                                            Otto Wiegand                           Kevin Schoessow        Sue Armsbury

                                                            Kim Clark


Others Present:                                  Ron Kubarek                           Randy Gilbertson        

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

Approval of Agenda

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

Approval of Minutes

Moved by Bassett, seconded by Voight to approve minutes from the August 7, 2012 meeting.  Motion carried.

Audience Recognition


Sawyer County Ag. Fair Association

Ron Kubarek reported.  Fair went well except for a few incidents.  Despite a little rain on Saturday overall weather was great.  Kubarek is working on the 2013 budget request for the Finance committee.  Entertainment was cut somewhat this year and the P&L report is looking positive. 

A Fair Fundraiser coming up on September 29th – consignment auction.  Flyers were distributed. 

Agent Report – Trinke McNurlin, FLE Agent and Dave Berard, CNRED Agent

McNurlin summarized her 11 years with Sawyer County UW Extension in the Family Living position and highlighted some of her biggest accomplishments/advancements including development of transitional housing and financial literacy in the schools.  McNurlin sees the role of the Family Living Agent expanding to support county families in crisis where unemployment, poverty and food insecurity continues to plague county residents.

Berard reminisced about past organizational initiatives such as Hatchery Creek development, CAMBA group and the Land/Water conservation department.  Berard sees economic development and use of the State hatchery land, as well as continuing to strengthen the LCO Tribal Government partnership a huge role in the future for the new hire.  Discussion.  Anticipate filling both vacancies by January 2013.

UW-Extension CNRED Agent Position

Moved by Bassett, seconded by Shuman to approve replacing Community Natural Resource Economic Development Agent full time position and send the item forward to the Personnel committee.  Motion carried.

UW-Extension Family Living Position

Laberee requests increasing the approved Family Living position from 50% to 60%, county cost approximately $2500.  This increase would increase the position from 2.5 to 3 days a week, increasing productivity, addressing the needs of county residents, as well as opening up the applicant pool.  Bassett affirms that they will currently hold a Master’s degree when hired.   Moved by Bassett, seconded by Shuman to approve the 60% position and forward it to the Personnel committee.  Motion carried. 

Approval of Vouchers

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

Approval of Out-of-County Travel

Moved by Bassett, seconded by Shuman to approve out of county travel.  Motion carried.  Discussion was held regarding the need to have Approval of Out-of-County Travel, if the travel budget has already been approved.  The item will be on the next month for discussion.

Any Other Business

Financial Literacy education at the Hayward High School is looking for volunteers on the morning of October 24th .

Laberee shared newspaper clipping from the Sawyer County Gazette featuring the 4-H members Best of Show ribbons.

AmeriCorps member has been secured to work with Laberee this year to assist in strengthening the 4-H program; $3500 stipend awarded from Sawyer County 4-H Clubs to secure this opportunity. 

Randy Gilbertson introduced himself.  He is with the Northwest Grazers group and works with farmers and LCO conservation department, among others educating regarding pasture systems, forage analysis, etc. 


Moved by Shuman, seconded by Bassett to adjourn.  Motion carried.  Meeting adjourned at 9:18 a.m.


Respectfully submitted, Rebecca Brunner-Stroede, Recorder