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Community welcomes new Extension agent

Elizabeth K. Haynes has been hired as the Extension agent for Archuleta County.

Her duties began with training at Colorado State University (CSU) on April 9, and she is now at the local office.

Educated in Illinois, she holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and environmental studies from Augustana College and a masters of science degree in herpetology and conservation biology from Illinois State University. Most recently, she was the statewide master naturalist coordinator in the University of Illinois Extension program and has been employed there since 1999. She is an active member of the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP).

There will be a communitywide open house on Thursday, May 10, from 5–6:30 p.m. to welcome and meet Haynes. The entire community is invited to attend this gathering at the Extension Office for appetizers and refreshments.

In 1914, Congress authorized land-grant Universities in every state to feed research-based information through an extension agent program in each county. Colorado State University has been administering this program for nearly 100 years and puts extension resources within easy reach of Colorado’s 64 counties.

The mission of Extension is to provide information and education, and encourage the application of research-based knowledge in response to local, state and national issues affecting individuals, youth, families, agricultural enterprises and communities of Colorado. Faculty and staff with expertise in agriculture, horticulture, range, forestry, water, health promotion, financial literacy, business management, community development and 4-H youth-development are based in counties and on campus and are all part of Extension’s effort to bring the latest information to the people of Colorado.

Haynes will join current staff Terry Schaaf, Extension administrative assistant, and Becky Jacobson, 4-H coordinator, to complete the Extension Office staffing.

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