2011 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Conference Report)

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Item 219 #2c

Item 219 #2c

Education: Higher Education
Virginia Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station

Page 185, strike lines 51 through 53 and insert:
"F.1. Virginia Cooperative Extension shall not implement the Virginia Cooperative Extension Restructuring Plan dated October 2010. Any revision to the Virginia Cooperative Extension restructuring plan shall include input and collaboration with agricultural industry stakeholders, local governments and local agents which reflect geographical balance across the Commonwealth.  Any revised plan must examine strengthening Cooperative Extension's historical mission regarding local delivery of pertinent research information to the agriculture industry, youth leadership development, and family and community viability.  Any revised plan shall present the cost of implementation of any options and staffing levels for consideration provided that extension also presents an option that reflects no increase in the existing level of resources.  The plan committee shall establish criteria for determination of need for any staffing recommendation, which may include population served, number of farmers, diversity of farmers and agricultural products, agricultural sales volume, number of youth served, travel distance of extension clients served, availability of consumer services and any other criteria that may be relevant."
Page 186, strike lines 1 through 8.

(This amendment is self-explanatory.)