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Local 4-H Program Strong, Braces for Cuts

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.