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Governor Brian Sandoval is proposing a 33% cut to the state budget, which means state institutions like the University of Nevada, Reno, have to make cuts. The university may make a 72% cut to its cooperative extension program, which does everything ranging from teaching citizens how to garden, to teaching new mothers about breastfeeding and childhood obesity. That means 13-member departments will be cut to one person.
How will those possible cuts affect the community? And what does that mean for the big multi-acre orchard where neighborhood farmers learn how to cultivate fruit trees, bees, and grape vines? If you use the Nevada Cooperative Extension program, how will the cuts affect you? Call 258-3552, or write to us online at knprtalk.org.
Angela O'Callaghan, associate professor & social horticulture area specialist, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension