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UGA Proposed Cuts Threaten 4-H
Tuesday, 02 March 2010

March 2--  The University System of Georgia has been asked by the legislature to project how it would handle a possible cut of $300 million to its 2011 budget.  Among the many programs to be hit hard is the statewide 4-H organization for young people and the statewide network of county extension service agents.

Leslie Garrett of the Toombs County 4-H program filed the following plea for help and also provides information from the Universitry System which highlights where cuts would be made.

"This morning we found out that our 4-H program is in grave danger of being cut completely. This will effect the entire state of Georgia 4-H programming. This is a very serious message and it would help us tremendously in our efforts to communicate the need and want of our local and state 4-H program. Please assist me in spreading the word we only have until the end of the week to contact our local leaders, representatives, senators, and any other person that would like to state with us in fighting for our youth programs in Georgia especially in Toombs, Montgomery, Tattnall, Wheeler, Jeff Davis, and Treutlen counties. Our students in 5th – 12th grades need us just as much as we need them.  As our motto clearly states, thank you in advance for helping us "Make the Best Better!" For more information about Georgia 4-H please visit the website www.georgia4h.org

In response to a request on Wed., Feb. 24, 2010, from the chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittees, today University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. submitted documents detailing how the USG and its 35 colleges and universities would manage an additional $300 million in reductions to state appropriations in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2011 budget.

Included in the documents provided to the House and Senate are:

A letter from Chancellor Davis: http://www.usg.edu/fiscal_affairs/documents/chancellor_letter.pdf

The overall summary of institutional reductions: http://www.usg.edu/fiscal_affairs/documents/summary_of_reductions.pdf

Included in the above summary is the closing of the Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center near Reidsville.  Two positions would be cut with savings estimated at $231,930.






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