Agriculture plays a key role in Montezuma County. Montezuma County Extension works with various partners to provide the community with educational opportunities in the areas of crop production, raising livestock, and overall agricultural business management. Examples of the types of programs provided are an annual beef symposium, agriculture business management courses, and agri-business tours. We also provide field office consultations along with hay and soil testing.
Natural resources are fundamental in the day-to-day lives of individuals. Montezuma County Extension provides research and education in the various areas of natural resources particularly those prevalent in the community. For example in times of drought, we provide information on water conservation and drought resources. In addition, we provide information in the areas of bark beetle management, consult on weed plans, and help the locals with pest management.
When families are successful communities are successful. Montezuma County Extension is working to grow its FCS programs. One of the services currently provided through the office is a pressure canner gauge testing.
Programs currently provided are food safety, preserver, and cottage foods training. We are working to create more research-based educational programs and products to help families in the community make more informed decisions for better health, financial security, and well-being.
4-H provides learning experiences in which youth develop life skills such as communication, citizenship, decision-making, interpersonal relationships and community, and global awareness. Kids experience 4-H through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs, and 4-H camps.
Traditional 4-H: 4-H programs are available for children ages 8-18, while there are 4-H Clover bud programs for children ages 5-7. Kids complete hands-on projects where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. They learn these skills through projects.
4-H STEM AmeriCorps: Montezuma County has a 4-H STEM AmeriCorps member, Julie Periman, currently serving the county developing, strengthening, and delivering youth development programs emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in out-of-school settings. There is no cost for this service. For more information, contact the Extension Office.
4-H STEM Kits: The Southwest County Extension Offices are working closely with community partners, and part of the expressed need is for STEM support in both formal and informal education. There are regional STEM Kits that can be made available at the office upon request. Free training for using any of the equipment and kits is also available.