Extension Service budget cut could hurt agriculture business

DENHOFF, N.D. - A budget cut to the Extension Service budget could hurt many in the agriculture business.

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"Because of the budget cuts right now we can't, there are certain vacancies in some of the county positions across the state. I don't have budget to match what the counties has to fund the extension agents. So were looking at a slightly modified agreement for how we cost share to support the extension agents." said Chris Boerboom, NDSU Extension Director.

The 14 percent cut of funding leaves questions for community members on what will happen to extension agents across all counties.

NDSU's Extension Service provides educational programs for topics like agriculture and natural resources.

One Sheridan County woman says if the county loses their extension agent, she would have to travel more that 50 miles to get anything done.

"I think at the end of the day, to take away from one county that has one agent doesn't make a lot of sense in my opinion. I think there are other places where we could possibly trim,' said Sandy Felchle, farm and ranch owner.

The NDSU Extension Service Director Chris Boerboom says there has been a $4.1 million reduction in budget.

He says they are looking for ways to fund extension agents moving forward.