Two big ag research milestones in Marshfield this week

An August 16 “Rededication” at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Marshfield Agricultural Research Station will celebrate two milestones: the station’s 100th anniversary and the startup of the new USDA Institute for Environmentally Integrated Dairy Management.

The public is invited to join local, state and federal dignitaries for tours and ceremonies at both of the station’s locations—the original South Farm at Marshfield and the new North Farm 10 miles away near Stratford.

Speakers will include U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, WDATCP Secretary Ben Brancel, UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Kate VandenBosch, and Marshfield Mayor Chris Meyer.

When it opened in 1912, the Marshfield station was the third of five UW experimental farms established in the early 20th century so that scientists could conduct research on a variety of soils and share results with farmers across the state. The original site was donated by Wood County and the City of Marshfield. In the early 2000s some of that land was returned to the city and county and new land was purchased near Stratford. Today the 1,250‐acre station supports a wide range of research related to crops, livestock and environmental protection.

The Stratford operation includes about 600 acres of cropland and housing for 125 cows and 550 heifers used by researchers from the UW-Madison and the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center (USDA Agricultural Research Service). UW-Madison dairy scientists use the facilities for dairy heifer research, while USDA scientists focus on environmentally sound dairy farm management.

The Marshfield operation includes about 250 acres of cropland as well as the station headquarters, the UW Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory, and USDA offices and laboratories.

The August 16 schedule includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the USDA lab at Marshfield at 11:30 a.m. and the Marshfield Rededication ceremony at the Stratford farm from 1–2 p.m. There will be open houses and tours from 10:30 a.m–noon at Marshfield and from 10:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at Stratford. Lunch will be available at the Marshfield farm from 11:30  a.m.–1 p.m.

The Marshfield farm is located at 2615 E. Yellowstone Dr. The Stratford Farm is located at M605 Drake Ave. A map and directions are available online at For more information, contact the station at 715-387-2523 or