Meeting planned to keep UC extension afloat
- Published on 06/18/2012 - 9:54 am
- Written by Business Journal Staff
Faced with the potential loss of a grower-supported trust fund that has helped keep the University of California cooperative extension office afloat in Fresno, extension advisors are hoping that a new trust fund can be developed.
The current trust fund runs out after the 2012-13 budget year.
Fresno County Supervisor Phil Larson has agreed to work with the cooperative extension to develop a new trust fund. Acting as himself and not in a supervisor role, Larson, a strong supporter of the cooperative extension, has planned a luncheon meeting June 25 at the Downtown Club in Fresno. Various agricultural organizations will be invited to discuss how to start a new trust fund.
The trust fund has helped fill a gap to keep grower education programs going and to keep advisors on the job. In the coming year, extension costs are estimated at $433,572. The county’s contribution is $294,796.
The trust fund and charges for services help fill the remainder in the extension budget.