Community Agriculture Alliance: What is the CSU Extension of Routt County?

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— Have you ever wondered why your aspen trees look sick? What about that pesky weed overtaking your yard? Have you wondered where you could obtain a water test or a radon test? What about this organization called 4-H? All of these frequently asked questions have one ingredient in common: the CSU Extension of Routt County. Simply put, the CSU Extension is an invaluable resource available in your community that has answers to your common questions.

With an overload of information available throughout today’s media, it can be challenging to determine which information to trust. CSU Extension provides research-based information and resources that allow you to make informed decisions. And you have a CSU Extension office right here in Routt County that is eager to help you find answers to your questions and solutions to your problems.

CSU Extension works to determine local issues, concerns and needs. Whether you have questions about pasture or livestock management, health and food safety, weed or pest identification and control, gardening at high altitude or 4-H or youth development programs, the CSU Extension can connect you with the latest data available.

In 1914, Congress authorized land-grant universities in every state to provide research-based information to Extension agents in each county. For almost 100 years, the Extension has been active in the business of unbiased education and information.

Specialized programs are just one way the Extension office delivers quality information. A few popular local programs conducted by our office include:

■ The Master Gardener program: CSU-trained gardening experts.

■ The Master Food Safety Advisor program: CSU-trained food preservation experts.

■ Routt County 4-H: A youth-development organization focused on teaching life skills and leadership through more than 100 hands-on projects covering a variety of subjects from wind energy to veterinary science and clothing construction to livestock production.

■ Ongoing informational seminars about small-acreage management, preserving food, household safety, health-related issues, horticulture diseases and pests.

CSU Extension also provides access to a database of downloadable resources from our website, www.ext.colostate.edu. These research-based publications are free, easy-to-use informational fact sheets and booklets written by campus experts and based on the latest findings.

Accurate answers and unbiased information are as close as the Extension office in the Routt County Courthouse annex, 136 Sixth St. The next time you have a question, stop by our office or give us a call at 970-879-0825 and let us help you to improve the quality of life for your family and your community.

Cassidy Kurtz is a CSU Extension of Routt County agent.

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