As a graduate of the UW System and a farm operator, I have a profound appreciation of UW-Extension and its positive influence on a changing agriculture industry. As a dairyman during the first portion of my farming career, I often consulted with my county agent on nutrition and herd health topics. Now with a cash grain enterprise, I have used information from my county agronomy agent, Kevin Jarek, frequently. His advice on running diagnostic tests for glyphosate resistance on waterhemp present this year will help me formulate a weed control plan for next crop year. His advice and access to university research are invaluable to me. Some of the topics we have discussed are tissue sampling to determine micro nutrient impact on corn yields, nitrogen strategies for corn, soybean aphid economic threshholds and white mold control, and establishment of cover crops. I also appreciate the meetings with university specialists that are coordinated through my county extension office. It is my hope that the shortsighted cuts to UW-Extension, and public education in general, will be restored and we will again be a state that values education as we have throughout our history.