Fully Fund Otero County 4-H

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Fully Fund Otero County 4-H

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Esther Wood started this petition to Otero County Commissioners and

On June 25, 2020, county commissioners voted to reduce funding to the Otero County Cooperative Extension Service by 50% of the requested budget needed for fiscal year 2020-2021. A budget reduction by the county this severe will result in the loss of two employee positions and a decrease in programs provided to the residents of Otero County. Last year alone, the Extension Service reached and served nearly 64,000 individuals in our county and New Mexico (see list of keystone programs in the attachment). This decision will also divert a significant amount of money that would have been spent in Otero County away from the county based on matching state and federal appropriations that Otero County receives through the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service.

We ask that you contact your commissioners via phone, email and letter before the next meeting on July 9th at 9:00am and sign this petition urging them to reconsider their decision and to fully fund Extension programs. Now, more than ever, the research-based skills and knowledge that Extension provides to our community are needed and applicable.

The Extension Service covers so many areas that help make our community stronger and more independent. This cut will create a 50% reduction in staffing and a 50% reduction in the following programs:

• 4-H Youth Development Clubs (6 clubs throughout Otero County)
• 4-H School Enrichment (all school districts in Otero County)
• Agriculture (farming and ranching)
• Urban Horticulture (water conservation, lawns, pest management and gardening)
• Invasive Weed Management
• Master Gardeners Club
• Economic and Community Development
• Health and Wellness (management of chronic diseases, stress and resiliency development)
• Nutrition (stretching food dollars, healthy eating, active living and food safety)
• Financial Wellness (debt elimination, identity theft protection, estate planning and credit scores)
• Homemakers Clubs

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