The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Wisconsin could lose as many as 80 County Extension agents due to proposed cuts to the University of Wisconsin budget.
Some 314 county agents are funded through shared funding with counties and the University of Wisconsin’s Cooperative Extension Program. (Another 200 positions are funded by grants at the county level.) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has proposed a $300 million cut to the University of Wisconsin system, and some of that money will come from the state’s Cooperative Extension Program.
One Extension program, the Discovery Farms, could lose nearly a third of its $750,000 annual budget to the cuts. The program monitors rural water quality and researches ways to mitigate risk from farm runoff and groundwater contamination.
The Cooperative Extension budget is about $220 million, with 40% coming from counties. The rest comes from state, federal, tribal and other sources.