Nestled in the middle of the Central Sands, surrounded by fields of potatoes, sweet corn, green beans and carrots, lays a vital link that holds the key to the amazing productivity of this unique region. The Hancock Agricultural Research Station (HARS) is a mere 412 irrigated acres, and yet many of the innovations and breakthroughs that have enabled Wisconsin’s vegetable production industry to become national leaders can trace their origins to this important research center.
What makes the Hancock Station so successful? The answer lies in its ability to provide the interactive hub that connects the research arm of the University of Wisconsin System with the farmers of the Sands. Founded in 1919, the Hancock Station is an excellent example of the Wisconsin Idea—the research conducted by the University of Wisconsin should be applied to solve the problems and improve the health, quality of life, the environment and agriculture for all citizens of the state. (more…)