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As part of the rapidly changing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CIAS office is closed. Staff are working remotely through at least December 2020. details


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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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Grant supports expanding supply chains for regional grains to local cafeterias

The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) at UW-Madison was awarded a grant through the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Farmers Market Promotion Program to increase the ease of using regionally produced grains in local institutions. more

UW–Madison CIAS part of new USDA-funded collaborative project to study U.S. food flows

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are participating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a cooperative agreement to better understand the flow of food from the farm to the final customer. more

UW–Madison, CIAS involved in USDA project about pandemic’s impact on food systems

The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) is part of a UW-Madison team awarded a USDA multi-region, multi-institution research and outreach project to assess the impact of COVID-19 on food and agricultural systems and develop strategies for coping with future crises. more

Effects of Grassland Bird Nesting Refuges on Pasture Forage Quality and Yield

Well-managed pastures on livestock farms can provide high-quality habitat for grassland bird species that are declining in number, especially if areas within the pasture acreage are left ungrazed during the nesting season. Nearly all of Wisconsin’s original grasslands—commonly called prairies—have been lost over the past century, and, in tandem with this loss, grassland bird populations […] more

Indigenous Food Sovereignty in Wisconsin

CIAS Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) member Dan Cornelius gave a presentation titled “Indigenous Food Sovereignty in Wisconsin” at the group’s August 24, 2020 meeting. more

Composting Manure and Bedding Reduces Potential Soil and Phosphorus Loss (CIAS Research Brief 102)

Fertilizing fields with manure from dairy farms can contribute to elevated levels of phosphorus in waterways. Researchers at UW-Madison hypothesized that composting manure before spreading it on fields would reduce this problem. more

CIAS 2019-20 Annual Report

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020, we immediately began to hear from our farmer collaborators about disruptions in the agricultural and food system. more

A Message to our CIAS Community

We, the staff at UW-Madison CIAS, are reaching out in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many others. more
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