research, and provide a complementary skill set to WCEDA and the Workforce
Development Board. Specifically, economic development programming and support was
sought in the area of downtown vibrancy; small business retention; provide information
and access to State and Federal funding and programs; support the activities of the
County Intergovernmental Coordination Council; promotion of agricultural business; and
build/maintain an online web presence.
In 2008, four Master Food Preservers were certified including Wehmeier. A workshop
on autism had over 100 participants.
Under the coordination eight designated spray blocks of about 413 acre were sprayed in
April, 2008. Other areas of wide concern include the Emerald Ash Borer, Japanese
Beetles and in 2009, the late blight on tomatoes. Regester was half time until 2009 when
her position became full time.
Major Family Living programming in 2009 included food preservation, food safety,
nutrition, parent education and child care provider education. The Wisconsin Nutrition
Education Program (WNEP) has continued over the years since the inception of the
Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) in 1971. Food buymanship,
nutrition and safe food handling education is geared for low-income families. Work is
done at schools, camps, food pantries and WIC clinics. This program is constantly
expanding. In 2006 the number of contacts was 1,595; in 2009 that number increased to
9,891. This program has a coordinator and one educator.
In 2009 there were 926 youth enrolled in 4-H; 266 were from farms. There were 444
adult volunteers to help with the program. Photography continues to be the most popular
non-animal project. Swine, horse/horseless horse, and rabbits are the most popular
animal project. The three most popular out of county opportunities for 4-H youth
continue to be:
4-H State and Youth Conference in Madison
Citizen Washington Focus in Washington, D.C.
Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama
In early 2010, Walworth County plans to create the Economic Development Advisory
Committee, comprised of two seats each from Extension, WCEDA, and Workforce
Development. The CNRED Educator will comprise one seat. The purpose of this
committee will be to advise the County on issues of economic development.
The County completed its comprehensive plan in 2009, and was in draft form prior to
creation of CNRED position. Land use and other core areas of County and Municipal
planning will be primary programming areas. Other programming areas include: county
and municipal energy assessment and planning (efficiency, conservation and renewable
energy utilization); farmland preservation and planning (Working Lands Initiative); and
local food utilization.