November 21, 2011
A recent article in the Yakima Herald-Republic suggests that the future of 4-H clubs and
programs are uncertain because of funding problems for the WSU Cooperative Extension Service, which 4-H has been a
part of since 1914.
The number of extension agents in Yakima County has fallen dramatically, with only
three agents left from a staff of 14 more than a decade ago. Meanwhile funding cuts are shaving off the corners of
4-H programs locally, severely reducing extension office support for local clubs, hobbling recruitment of new
volunteer leaders, and eliminating money for even the most basic of needs, like stamps.
But here in
Chelan and Douglas counties, the picture of 4-H and other WSU Extension programs appears more positive. Isaac
Kaplan-Woolner has more.