Honored to be among some of the innovators in farming technology, Wick Buildings is adding its own contribution to this year’s Wisconsin Farm Technology Days festivities: A post-frame agricultural building, constructed on-site.

Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is the largest agricultural show in the state, and one of the biggest nationwide.  The three-day outdoor event will showcase “the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings and technological developments.”  

The show has a storied past — quite in line with the Wisconsin Idea — and this year’s Wick Buildings contribution embodies the intent of the show.

Taking Research Findings to a Functioning Farm

The concept for Wisconsin Farm Technology Days was created by Henry Ahlgren in 1952.  The idea was to take the University of Wisconsin research findings to the citizens on a functioning Wisconsin farm via an outdoor show.  

The initial goal was to promote technologies in agriculture and related industries and provide leadership development and education, but event organizers struggled with the confines of a rapidly-growing university.

“It became impossible to get farm people to drive into Madison when there wasn’t any place to park,” Ahlgren said. With limited space available on the UW campus, they decided to move the event elsewhere.

Moving to an Active Farm

Aware of the problem, several agencies formed a corporation called Wisconsin Farm Progress Days, with an early goal for the show to locate the event on an active farm and move it around the state.  

The event has changed since then, and six additional representatives have been added, including host farmer, farmer and four exhibitors representing crops, livestock, machinery and construction.

Did You Say Construction?

We did indeed, which is why Wick Buildings is both a sponsor and a participant.  

This year we’ll be constructing a post-frame structure on site prior to the event.  The building, which has been presold, will include the following specifications:

  • 40′ wide x 64′ long x 16′ ICH
  • 4/12 roof pitch
  • 24″ sidewall overhangs
  • 12″ endwall overhangs
  • 14′ x 14′ overhead door
  • Wainscot
  • Walkdoor with glass
  • 4 windows

“We wanted to present a building that shows both the typical agriculture features that buyers are looking for along with the quality components that set our buildings apart from the competition,” said Tom Wick, President of Wick Buildings.

The following renderings of the building were produced with Wick Buildings Build-It! 3D customization tool:

Rendering of the post-frame structure

Post-frame structure being constructed

Wick Buildings will be at lots 766-768 at corner of 7th Street and Central Avenue (here’s the show guide). Stop by and see us and learn more about this building!

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