COLLEGE PARK — Budget cuts mean Carroll residents won't be able to turn to the Cooperative Extension Service office in Westminster with questions about home horticulture.
The cuts also mean Extension Service home economist Sharon B. Grobaker, who has worked in the Carroll office for 17 years, will be transferred to the Cockeysville, Baltimore County, office.
The changes were announced by state officials Tuesday in Prince George's County and will take effect July 1, said David L. Greene, acting director of the Carroll office.
But there was good news, too, he said. Vacant 4-H and dairy extension agent positions will be filled, Greene said.
The Westminster office takes 12,000 to 15,000 calls and questions from people who walk in each year to ask about lawn and garden care, he said. Beginning July 1, in all counties but Frederick, questions about the topic will be directed to a 900-number at the Central Maryland Research Center in Howard County, Greene said.
Frederick's home horticulture program is county-funded, he said.
Grobaker's area, which included parenting, stress management and family living programs, will be phased out in Carroll, Greene said.
Thecuts are part of an effort to save $3.6 million statewide from the Extension Service budget, he said.
"The cuts have been shared equally" throughout the University of Maryland system, Greene said.
The4-H extension agent position vacated by Clare E. Linfield in August and the dairy extension agent job left by Stanley W. Fultz in September will be filled, he said.
Linfield left to return to teaching agriculture classes at Liberty High, and Fultz took a job as an agent for the Oregon State University Cooperative Extension Service.