Located just north of NTC’s Wausau campus on County Road K in the Village of Maine, the Agriculture Center of Excellence is the only working dairy farm and learning laboratory in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). Thanks to a unique collaboration of partners in the agriculture industry, government and education, the Agriculture Center of Excellence provides the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the management of the herd, nutrition, crops, equipment, facilities and agri-business.
The Center features three wind turbines, which serve as instructional aids. Combined with the solar panels already in place on the barn roof, during a sunny, high-wind day the alternative energy sources on the farm should carry the farm’s full electrical load. If additional electricity is generated, it is sold back to Wisconsin Public Service.