West Madison Agricultural Research Station
The West Madison Agricultural Research Station is located on the western edge of the city of Madison, approximately eight miles from the UW-Madison Campus. The 570-acre station is used for research which requires frequent visitation, measurements, sampling, close and constant ties with campus laboratory facilities, precise irrigation control, or large uniform areas for the production of high quality forages that are used in rations for the campus livestock research programs. The station's close proximity to campus is essential to providing hands-on research and instructional experiences for both graduate and undergraduate students, many of whom do not have agricultural backgrounds. In addition, the station is developing into a recognized center for urban agriculture, offering the surrounding community many opportunities for public instruction. In 2008, the West Madison station was staffed by eight permanent UW employees, one to two limited term employees, and two to three students.