A visit with legislators

DES?MOINES?- Cindy McCollough of Stratford, a member of the Hamilton County Extension Council spoke with their legislators at the annual Iowa Association of County Extension Councils legislative day recently. She joined more than 75 other Extension Council members and Extension supporters from across the state of Iowa.

“As Extension and Outreach is funded through Iowa State University, we asked that the legislators support the governor’s budget recommendation for FY2015 which requests a 4 percent increase in funding for the general Iowa State University budget line and a $2.5 million increase for ISU Agricultural Experiment Station,” said Fred Sick, IACEC Legislative Committee Chair.

“The Iowa Board of Regents recommended a 5 percent increase for the Cooperative Extension line item under Iowa State University. Neglecting the non-general university budget lines compromises Iowa State’s ability to maintain strengths in areas critical to the future of Iowa’s agriculture, natural resources, communities, families, youth, business and industry, and consumers. Also put at risk is the ability to provide science-based educational programs and services to citizens, institutions and businesses in their local communities. Therefore, we also asked legislators to support investing in Iowans and growing our economy by providing the 5 percent increase for the ISU-Cooperative Extension budget line for FY2015,”?he said.

The Iowa Association of County Extension Councils represents 900 council members. At the local level, county extension councils manage ISU Extension programs for agriculture and natural resources, business and industry, community and economic development, families, and 4-H youth development.