Tompkins County
New York

Resolution
7479

A Resolution to Increase State Support for Cornell Cooperative Extension County Associations in the State of New York

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Department:Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality CommitteeSponsors:
Category:FundingFunctions:Cooperative Extension

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Resolution/Document Body

              WHEREAS, Cornell Cooperative Extension is a formal collaboration among the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), New York State, county governments, and the citizens of the State, that is intended to provide unbiased, research-based knowledge, information, tools, and education from Cornell, New York’s Land Grant University, to the needs of New Yorkers and their communities for over 100 years, and

 

              WHEREAS, local Extension educators are key community partners in helping to implement State initiatives including maximizing benefits from agriculture and local food systems, strengthening the economy, promoting healthier eating habits and access to good nutrition, fighting poverty particularly in rural areas, protecting water quality and stewarding of New York’s natural resources, building opportunity through STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)-based youth education and leadership skills in 4-H Youth Development,  promoting renewable energy options while protecting farmland resources, and partnering where appropriate in Taste NY initiatives to promote tourism and local food and farm businesses, and

 

              WHEREAS, support from Federal, State, and county sources is essential to the continued success of locally-governed county cooperative extension associations, and

 

              WHEREAS, State appropriations for county cooperative extension associations to match county government appropriations as authorized by Section 224 (8) of the County Law have remained unchanged for at least seventeen years (17) while county appropriations have increased, and

             

              WHEREAS, State funding is needed to ensure that the Cornell Cooperative Extension system can equitably work for all New York residents through increased resources to support rural, suburban, and urban community development needs, now, therefore be it

 

              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature supports increasing the State appropriation for Cornell Cooperative Extension associations to at least $8 million statewide with such funds to be distributed directly to the associations through Cornell University as agent for the State as provided by law.

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