- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Some agents with the University of Wisconsin Extension could lose their jobs as part of a proposed $300 million budget cut for the university system.

Wisconsin counties typically have at least one UW Extension agent to help in areas such as agriculture and 4-H youth development. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1Pfu8U6 ) reports the Extension’s division that includes these agriculture agents could see 65 to 80 positions cut at the county level.

The newspaper says it would be the biggest downsizing in that UW Extension division since the 1980s. University of Wisconsin officials say rural areas would be hardest hit by some cuts.

The proposed cuts to the university system are part of a two-year spending plan by Gov. Scott Walker.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, https://www.jsonline.com

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