Visitors to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville will recognize Pioneer Farm by its blue roofs and white siding.
Recent construction projects have seen the relocation and expansion of the swine, dairy, and feed centers. In all of these facilities, new technology has been added, and flexibility of production systems has increased. Surface water runoff monitoring stations are located throughout many of the fields and pastures.
The Ag Technology Center and Education Pavilion are available to rent for events.
Ag Education Pavilion
The Ag Education Pavilion was built in 1986 and provides a large arena, a clean lab for research, and an office. The pavilion is used for demonstration and class laboratory activities. The arena is available for rent and has been used to host high school judging workshops, FFA contests, livestock shows and sales, and other events.
Ag Technology Center
The Ag Technology Center (ATC) is the communication hub of Pioneer Farm. Fiber optics allow instantaneous delivery of information around the world.
A high-technology classroom with seating for 30 to 60 people is located in this facility. The classroom can be used for classes, workshops, conferences, and other events.
The ATC also includes a conference room with seating for 20, an atrium available for receptions and luncheons, and office space for farm staff, visiting faculty, and scientists. The entire facility has wireless internet access.
The feed center was constructed in 2006 to provide expanded feed processing and storage facilities for the farm. The center includes grain storage for 30,000 bushels, commodity bins, and a platform scale. The center provides storage for farm-grown crops and purchased inputs, with the ability to mix and grind our own feed. The digital scale provides accurate data collection for crop harvesting, livestock records, and manure weights.
The service center includes storage for machinery and equipment provided through the Case IH partnership and owned by the farm.
There is also a heated shop area in this facility utilized all year for maintenance and repairs.