Extension, 4-H and agricultural research downsizing amid state cuts

By Tom Coon, Oklahoma State University Vice President for Agricultural Programs

Two agencies Oklahomans have counted on for more than a century are downsizing and reorganizing after back-to-back years of unprecedented budget cuts. As a result, agricultural research and the delivery of that knowledge to Oklahomans will be in further jeopardy if state budget reductions continue.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service currently serves each of our state’s 77 counties, but that could soon change. Extension provides research-based knowledge used by Oklahomans, including other government agencies. The food and agriculture industry has a $42 billion annual impact on the state’s economy.

 

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