Associated Press - April 28, 2009 5:45 AM ET
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Cuts in state and county spending are threatening to shut down 4-H clubs in several states, including Ohio.
Parents and supporters are scrambling to keep programs going.
Voters in central Ohio's Morrow County will decide in May whether to approve a levy that will keep 4-H and other agriculture services operating.
Residents and businesses in Allen County, which includes Lima, have raised about $100,000 in recent months to privately fund 4-H after cuts were made to the Ohio State University extension office that oversees the program.
The nonprofit 4-H program that began in 1902 is administered and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and also receives funding from states and counties.