County Commissioner Julia W. Gouge and other members of the Maryland Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources' advisory committee met with University of Maryland officials in College Park Tuesday to discuss how cuts to the Cooperative Extension Service budget would affect Carroll and other counties.
As an elected official, Ms. Gouge serves as a committee member at-large.
"I brought the perspective of, 'if the cuts would come, what that would do in the local office,' " she said. "I told them where we stood as a county as far as agriculture, that we had a lot of land preserved and other general information."
Carroll County's Cooperative Extension office and others statewide fall under the jurisdiction of the University of Maryland.
However, Ms. Gouge said she also understood the financial plight of the county, state and federal agencies that pay for extension services.