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Sheri Schwab, associate director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension, converses with Tommy
Burleson and Avery Cooperative Extension Director Jerry Moody at a listening session held in
Boone Nov. 19. Photo submitted

Originally published: 2013-12-03 11:55:40
Last modified: 2013-12-03 23:40:15

Listening session held in Boone to discuss Cooperative Extension options

Jamie Shell / (

The future of the North Carolina Extension Office in Avery County is unclear at best.

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, more than 110 people attended a listening session at the Agricultural Conference Center in Boone to garner input from local citizens served by county agencies and to collect information to ultimately make a decision in the coming months regarding how to restructure the local extension offices.

The session was one of 12 held across the state as the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service nears its centennial. North Carolina Cooperative Extension, a program of N.C. State and N.C. A&T universities, provides educational programs in 4-H, agriculture, family and consumer sciences and community development to citizens in all 100 counties and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation.

Cooperative Extension has experienced recurring federal and state budget cuts of around $20 million since 2000, and the organization said it is seeking public input as it plans for the future. Restructuring and re-prioritizing of program areas are being considered.

To read the complete story, please pick up a copy of your hometown newspaper, The Avery Journal-Times, available at almost 100 locations in Newland, Banner Elk, Crossnore, Spruce Pine and Roan Mountain, Tenn. To subscribe to The Avery Journal-Times, please call (828) 733-0401 or click to 

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