Field Day and Seafood Lunch: Can Conservation Pay?

Date: October 24, 2018, 9:45am
Location: Dolan Farms, Dodgeville, WI

First Annual Wisconsin Chili Lunch

Date: November 15, 2018
Location: Statewide

6th Annual Perennial Farm Gathering

Date: December 7-8, 2018
Location: Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison

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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

Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Studies

These publications are part of a series of case studies and Research Briefs examining values-based food supply chains—strategic business alliances formed between primarily midsize farms/ranches and their supply chain partners. Values-based food supply chains distribute significant volumes of high-quality, differentiated food products and share the rewards equitably. Farmers and ranchers function as strategic partners rather than easily replaced input suppliers. All participants in these business alliances recognize that creating maximum value for the product depends on significant interdependence, collaboration and mutual support.

Case studies: Multi-farm direct-to-wholesale food business chains

Country Natural Beef

Organic Valley

Shepherd’s Grain

Red Tomato

Case studies: Multi-farm direct-to-consumer business chains

Co-op Partners Warehouse

Full Circle

Home Grown Wisconsin

Good Earth Farms

Idaho’s Bounty

These publications were produced as part of the national Agriculture of the Middle initiative. “Agriculture of the Middle” refers to a disappearing sector of mid-scale farms/ranches and related agrifood enterprises that are unable to successfully market bulk commodities or sell food directly to consumers. For more information, visit

The case study research team includes:

  • Kate Clancy, University of Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Robert P. King, University of Minnesota Department of Applied Economics
  • Larry Lev, Oregon State University Department of Applied Economics
  • Marcia Ostrom, Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • G.W. Stevenson, UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems