2011 Session

Budget Amendments - SB800 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Hanger
VT-Ext. - Revised Restructuring Plan (language only)

Item 219 #5s

Item 219 #5s

Education: Higher Education
Virginia Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station

Page 186, after line 8, insert the following:
G.  Virginia Cooperative Extension shall not implement the Virginia Cooperative Extension Restructuring Plan dated October 2010.  Virginia Cooperative Extension shall report and seek approval of a revised restructuring plan from the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees with a revised interim plan due by June 10, 2011 which looks at strengthening its historical mission of extension regarding local delivery of pertinent research information to agriculture industry and youth leadership development.  In development of this revised restructuring plan, Virginia Cooperative Extension must have agricultural industry stakeholders, local governments and local agents geographically represented on the plan committee.  This plan shall also present the cost of implementation.  The committee may present a plan with several policy options for consideration from reduced staffing levels, including but not limited to, each county/city having one agriculture agent, one 4-H agent and one administrative assistant.  The committee shall establish criteria for determination of need for any staffing recommendation which may include number of farmers, diversity of farmers, number of youth served, and travel distance of extension clients served.  This plan should also focus on current and future activities of field extension that provide rural economy and environmental stewardship."

(This amendment provides language to address the previous restructuring plan and a revised restructuring plan for the Virginia Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station.)