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2015-2016 Pennsylvania State Budget News

The potential impact of Pennsylvania's budget impasse on Penn State agricultural research and Penn State Extension, including programs such as 4-H, has generated much recent media coverage across the state.
Advocates of Penn State agricultural research and extension rally at the Capitol in support of state funding on March 9, 2016.

Advocates of Penn State agricultural research and extension rally at the Capitol in support of state funding on March 9, 2016.

This selection of news stories summarizes what's being said in print, on the air and online.

March 20, 2016

Another newspaper editorializes about the need to resolve the state budget dispute before organizations such as Penn State Extension and its 4-H program are forced to shut down. Extension District Director Joe Conklin is quoted.

March 20, 2016

In an editorial, the newspaper calls for Gov. Wolf to sign the budget passed by the General Assembly and restore funding for Penn State ag research and extension and other entities.

March 20, 2016

Legislators and others comment on why they believe it's important for the governor to sign bills restoring funding for Penn State ag research and extension programs, including 4-H.

March 19, 2016

An ag blogger offers her opinion on the state budget stalemate and its potential effect on Penn State agricultural research and extension programs.

March 19, 2016

Dean Rick Roush and others are quoted in coverage of a Penn State Ag Council news conference at the Capitol in support of state funding for ag research and extension.

March 19, 2016

Extension District Director Dave Swartz says few farmers have the resources to hire consultants in the event that the state budget impasse causes discontinuation of Penn State ag research and extension programs.

March 18, 2016

Coverage of a joint hearing of the House and Senate Ag and Rural Affairs committees, which included testimony by Penn State Provost Nick Jones, trustee Chris Hoffman, animal science major Karoline Kent and others.

March 17, 2016

Extension District Director Joseph Conklin tells Greene County Commissioners why he's worried about the budget impasse that threatens Penn State ag research and extension programs.

March 17, 2016

Penn State animal science major and 4-H'er Karoline Kent testified in support of restoring state funding for Penn State Extension at a legislative hearing in Harrisburg.

March 17, 2016

At a meeting of the Schuylkill County Commissioners, Extension District Director Gregg Gnatt and commissioners discuss the state budget stalemate's impact on local extension programming.

March 16, 2016

Coverage of a joint hearing of the House and Senate Ag and Rural Affairs committees at which state funding for agricultural research and extension were a major topic.

March 16, 2016

The newspaper's editorial board calls on readers to demand an end to the state budget stalemate that's preventing funding for Penn State ag research and extension, as well as other programs.

March 16, 2016

The newspaper's editorial board says the potential loss of "Penn State’s world-class agriculture research" is one reason that elected officials should resolve the state's budget standoff.

March 16, 2016

In advocating for a restoration of state funding for Penn State ag research and extension, Provost Nick Jones tells legislators that these programs reach into all areas of the state, rural and urban.

March 16, 2016

Testifying before the House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees, Penn State Provost Nick Jones said the statewide economic impact of shutting down Penn State ag research and extension would be about $266 million.

March 15, 2016

Those testifying at a legislative hearing about the state budget stalemate's impact on Penn State agricultural research and extension included Provost Nick Jones and College of Agricultural Sciences student and former 4-H member Karoline Kent.

March 15, 2016

4-H member Emily Allegar and Dean Rick Roush talk about the value of 4-H and the implications for its future in light of the state's budget impasse.

March 15, 2016

Coverage of the newspaper editorial board's meeting with Penn State President Eric Barron and Agricultural Sciences Dean Rick Roush.

March 15, 2016

AUDIO: Dean Rick Roush joins farmer Matthew Meals and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's Mark O'Neill on "Smart Talk" to discuss how the college's ag research and extension programs and Pennsylvania agriculture will be affected if the state's budget impasse is not soon resolved.

March 14, 2016

College public relations specialist Chuck Gill explains the impact of the state budget stalemate on Penn State ag research and extension programs.