Texas AgriLife Extension Service officials have completed the task of notifying 63 employees their jobs will end between now and Oct. 31 as part of a cutback in services because of budget woes.
The personnel cutback affects 94 jobs — 31 vacant positions that will not be filled and 63 occupied positions that will be eliminated agency wide. The downsizing results from a 5 percent state budget reduction, according to Ed Smith, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension director.
Leaders of the state agency, which has offices in 250 Texas counties, said their decisions were based on maintaining core programs statewide.
"We delayed restructuring as long as we could, because we hoped that economic conditions would improve," said Smith. "But that has not happened and we regret that we have to take these steps." One-fourth of the staffing cut is at the agency's College Station headquarters. The rest is throughout Texas.