Steamboat Springs Longtime Routt County rancher Todd Hagenbuch, of Phippsburg, has been selected as the new Routt County extension agent, filling one of the roles that opened after CJ Mucklow was promoted to Western Regional Extension director in September 2011.
Mucklow also was Routt County’s extension director, and Karen Massey continues to serve as acting director, as well as family consumer science director.
“Todd has the full package,” Massey said Friday. “As a local rancher he knows the challenges specific to our area. And it’s an extra benefit to us that he is so well connected in the community.”
She said Routt County Commissioner Doug Monger, also a rancher, was hands-on in the selection of Mucklow’s replacement.
Hagenbuch (pronounced Hay-ginn-boo) officially will assume his now role on March 19. He currently is winding up his three-year tenure as the northwest regional representative for U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet. During those three years, he continued to work on his family’s beef cattle operation. He has a degree in farm and ranch management from Colorado State University, which oversees the extension program.
Massey said she and Hagenbuch are determined to build on the Extension Office’s capacity to create food co-ops, farm-to-school programs and improve business for local food producers who want to deliver fresh food to their communities.
“When ag agents team up with family and consumer science agents, we have everything we need to become influential players in boosting or creating those programs,” Hagenbuch wrote in a news release.
He previously has worked as the executive director of Historic Routt County and unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the state Legislature in 2008.
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