The University of Wisconsin Extension service is working with 15 fewer agents than it had last year. Those agents can be a big help to farmers by offering advice and connecting them to university researchers. The director of the Extension’s cooperative division, Karl Martin, says budget cuts of three-point-six-million dollars made by the Legislature two years ago are to blame. Right now, Grant, Green and Lafayette counties don’t have a full-time agent, even though those counties have paid the fees. Extension is in the process right now of hiring six agents.