The CALS Lancaster Agricultural Research Station reaches the half-century mark this year. It was established on Jan. 3, 1963 on two farms totaling 525 acres located 5 miles from Lancaster and aboutr 85 miles from campus. The station replaced a USDA soil and water research station that had been operating at LaCrosse since 1935. This 1963 article clipped from the Capital Times describes the operation’s genesis.
The station is set deep in the rolling hills of the state’s southwestern corner and focuses on generating knowledge useful for farming in that part of Wisconsin and on similar land in nearby parts of Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota (the Driftless region doesn’t stop at the state’s borders). In fact the station is unique in that serves a cooperative research program involving land grant universities in all four states.
Plans to commemorate the event are in development.