George Nooyen, agricultural research equipment operator, harvests Marquette wine grapes at Peninsular Agricultural Research Station. Photos by Michael P. King
They are unconventional laboratories, classrooms, and proving grounds — places to connect with the land and with nature. UW’s Agricultural Research Stations are the crown jewels of CALS. The product of more than a century of expansion and evolution, this statewide network of farms, forests, and greenhouses allows faculty, staff, and students to study the unique agricultural and environmental challenges of Wisconsin’s distinct regions.
With the big-picture goals of developing profitable, sustainable farming systems and preserving environmental quality, hundreds of research projects are conducted at these facilities each year, and the findings are shared widely — all to help address the immediate needs of those who produce our food and protect our ecosystems.