2010: UGA Extension faces budget constraints

4-H faces is threatened to be eliminated from the UGA budget and the county tier model is developed.

As budget concerns grew during the economic recession, Extension implemented a tier system, which organize the levels of service it could provide to a county based on available funding.

With careful consideration of population, location and other factors, counties are all placed in a tier corresponending with the level of services needed. This allows Extension administration to determine which counties have an agent, an Extension professional employee or a combination of different types of staff members. 

In order to combat reduced legislative funding, UGA administration proposed cutting funding to 4-H programs statewide. Stakeholders responded in full force, lobbying through messages, letters and visits to the state capitol. The "I am Georgia 4-H" campaign stemmed from the event as a way to voice the impacts of the programs to people across the state.