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The fate of extension services in Josephine County

The Oregon State University Extension Service presence in Josephine County has been hanging by a thread. Services are still provided, but largely from money in the bank.

Josephine County Commissioners, unhappy with the 4-H program, did not collect the property tax that provides the regular income for extension in the county. A budget hearing Tuesday gave supporters and opponents of the program a chance to discuss its fate in the fiscal year starting July 1st.

We hear about the session and the aftermath in a conversation with Kris Elliott, Interim Director of OSU Extension, and Southern Region Director Jamie Davis.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.