CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Jackson County’s OSU Extension service is likely closing. The county’s budget committee approved cuts last week that would eliminate funding for the program.
As many as 37 employees will lose their jobs, or will at least have to work in a different county. The county will also lose services like education for local growers and gardeners. This includes the extension’s 4-H youth education program, which serves roughly 4,000 kids in the county.
“It is an incredible experience to develop responsibility and a sense of community and skills that may lead them to vocations or hobbies. And they’re gone. That opportunity is gone,” said Extension Agent Anne Manlove.
The extension says if nothing changes they will remain open for the rest of the year and will close sometime between September and December. Their extension and experimentation committee meets April 24th to discuss next steps.