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Funding requested for 4-H agent
Beaty-Dale
BEATY
Warren County UT Extension Service director J. Dale Beaty presented the office’s 2010-11 budget request, totaling $150,939, to the county’s Economic Development/ Agriculture Committee on Thursday night. The budget includes enough money for the county to fully fund another extension agent to replace agent Michael Barry, whose position was eliminated due to recent UT Extension budget cuts.The five-member committee had two members absent, chairman Les Trotman and George Smartt, but the remaining three members, Ron Lee, Gary Prater and Wayne Copeland, represented a quorum and could officially vote on any motions.A number of 4-H Club members, parents and supporters were present in support of hiring another agent in order to continue the wide range of programs the club provides.The county already provides a percentage of Barry’s salary, which last year amounted to around $20,000 in funding, with UT picking up the rest. According to Beaty the county would have to come up with another $16,000, a total of $36,000, to cover the entire salary and benefits of Barry’s now-vacant position.