Solano County Farm Bureau is asking for your support to reduce or eliminate the proposed budgetary reductions for UC Cooperative Extension in Solano County. UC Cooperative Extension has been a fixture in Solano County since 1915. Their funding is provided by the USDA, University of California, and Solano County. Basically, Solano County provides the necessary operation funding for the department. The County has proposed a reduction of 36% for the 2009-10 fiscal year. While the overall county budget is being reduced by 12% and the general fund by 15%, the Solano County Farm Bureau feels that this specific reduction for Cooperative Extension is excessive and should either be eliminated or brought into conformity with the total county budget reductions. UC Cooperative Extension, through its Farm Advisors, Y-H Youth Advisors and Family and Consumer Sciences Advisors, has provided the people of Solano with no-cost services for the farms, youth and homes for over 94 years. Their programs for farmers have helped to make the agricultural economy of the County a major economic engine. Without the support from the County, many of the programs and services provided will be eliminated or curtailed. Farm Bureau feels that these services and programs are vital to the agricultural and rural economy of the County and the County should live up to its' obligations to support agriculture and the people who earn a living from this valuable industry. Budget hearings before the Board of Supervisors begins on June 29, 2009. Please support UC Cooperative Extension by signing the Ipetition sponsored by Farm Bureau NOW!!