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Chairman Wehrbein and members of the Appropriations Committee, I am John Owens, Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska. I am present today to speak on behalf of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture located in Curtis, Nebraska.
I appreciate the opportunity to be present today to visit with you about the Impact of the proposed-budget rescission on the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. For this fiscal year, the Legislature appropriated approximately $2.3 million from the General Fund to operate NCTA. The amount of the proposed 3% budget rescission is just over $73,000. While this is a relatively small amount of funding, when compared to the budget of the State of Nebraska, this amount is extremely important to the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.