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The Otero County Extension office provides assistance and programs for citizens in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family and Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.

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High-altitude baking : CSU offers baking tips for your holiday treats

’Tis the season for baking, and Colorado State University has some tips for making sure your high-altitude holiday treats turn out terrific. Read more…

Nutrition, Food Safety & Health

People young and old are more concerned about current nutrition and health information. Extension resources aimed at helping you become better informed about healthy food, food safety and health are just a click away. Topics include: Foodborne Illness, Food Preparation, Food Preservation, Food Safety & Local Foods, Food Storage, High Risk & Special Audiences, High … Continue reading

Food Protection Manager Certification Training

This one-day training with certification exam meets the requirement for individuals wanting to produce and sell home-based food products in accordance with the Colorado Cottage Food Act, as well as retail food managers seeking advanced food safety certification. Participants must achieve a passing exam score of 75% or higher to receive a certificate, valid for 5 years. For more information contact the Otero County Extension office at 719-254-7608,

More information for the Cottage Food Producer can be found on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website: http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/cp/index.html.

Farm to Table

Assuring the safety of our food supply begins long before food reaches the table. At each stage of the food chain, from the producer to the consumer, food safety strategies can be followed to minimize contamination and help lower the risk of foodborne illness. Read more…