Whose Food, Whose Land? Conversation on Global Food Sovereignty

Date: November 12, 2019, 7-8:30pm
Location: DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, UW-Madison

Green Lands Blue Waters Conference

Date: November 19-20, 2019
Location: Graduate Hotel, Minneapolis

Savanna Institute’s Perennial Farm Gathering

Date: December 6-7, 2019
Location: Sinsinawa Mound Center, Dubuque, IA

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The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers: Keeping the Dream of Farming Alive

As older farmers retire, fewer young farmers are stepping in to take their place. The number of beginning farmers dropped 20 percent in the last five-year census period, and the average US farmer now tops 58 years of age. more

CIAS Mini-Grants Support Graduate Student Research in Sustainable Agriculture

CIAS supports innovative graduate student research addressing the challenges faced by small- and medium-sized farms and food businesses. Awarded annually, our competitive mini-grants aid students as they initiate their research in sustainable agriculture and food systems. more


Announcing the 2019 Market Farm Madness Champion!

Hoophouse is your 2019 Market Farm Madness champion! They withstood high winds, late snow storms and controversy over cost share payments to win the tournament. more

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2020 OGRAIN Winter Conference

Date: January 24-25, 2020

Location: UW-Madison campus

Posted October 2019

The fifth annual conference for those interested in organic grain production in the Upper Midwest will feature 25+ expert farmers, researchers and industry representatives sharing their knowledge, along with ample opportunity for networking and discussion. 16-18 workshops will highlight issues important to organic grain farmers. Over 25 businesses will provide educational tables and conversation about products and services useful for organic grain operations. An information-filled conference resource book will be included with the registration fee.

Our keynote speaker and special 2020 guest will be Thor Oechsner, founder and owner of Oechsner Farm in South Central New York where he manages 1,200 acres, raising a wide diversity of organic grains primarily for food-grade and craft beverage markets. Farmer and philosopher Fred Kirschemann will also inspire us with his thoughts.

For more information, visit the conference website.