The Iowa State University Extension Service could be the next victim of state budget cuts. During this week’s meetings of the Iowa Board of Regents in Ames, more cuts were discussed for the three state universities, with some cuts directed toward the extensions. Cerro Gordo County Extension Board member Sterling Young says continued cuts are making it tough for them to service the public.The possibility of eliminating the extension service was mentioned by regents but Young says that idea is way off base when it comes to the land grant mission of the university. Young says any more cuts will force the extension to be even more efficient than they have been and may lead to increased fees for extension services and programs. The regents are looking for ways to deal with a projected 300-million dollar budget shortfall, which could mean more cuts at Iowa, Iowa State and U-N-I. The board also discussed things like enrollment limits, worker layoffs and cutting duplicate programs at the universities.
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