Everyone connected in the world of Cooperative Extension knows the budget issues we are facing. We know that the government wants to take away a bigger portion of our funding (Smith-Lever) than anyone else’s, but not many of us know that agriculture and the work we do with farmers and youth programming, is keeping some State’s above water right now.
This morning, South Dakota State University College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences announced they would be restructuring their Cooperative Extension System into regionally located centers. They will remove their University and Extension presence from each county in the State and move some Extension Educators to these new ‘centers’, creating a new job title of Extension Field Specialist.
On October 21 of this year, all jobs in South Dakota Extension will cease to exist as Extension Educators. The new job title will mean a REQUIRED Master’s degree (at the minimum) and will shift responsibility of these positions to the academic departments for administration.
4-H advisors will be created so that 4-H programming, and State Fair activities will continue. The Director of Extension position will be a joint position held by the Dean of the college, a associate director will be appointed from existing staff members. Three district director positions will be eliminated.
The full article can be found here :http://www.agweek.com/event/article/id/18232/
What worries me the most is how close this is to Nebraska and if it works out well….will we be far behind?