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

Dairy Supply Management: Presentation by Torsten Hemme

How Does Organic Management on Dairy Farms Affect Pastures and Soils?

Comparing Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Dairy Systems (CIAS Research Brief #101)

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2017 Status Report

Potential carbon sequestration and forage gains with management-intensive rotational grazing (Research Brief #95)

Whole-Farm Modeled Phosphorus Loss Low on Grazing Dairy Farms (Research Brief #94)

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2014 UW-Madison Research Report

Above- and below-ground grass growth responds to grazing management (Research Brief 91)

Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Organic Valley

Pastured Heifers Grow Well and Have Productive First Lactations

Growing Wisconsin’s Grazing Future: Results of the Blue Sky Greener Pastures Consultation Process

Wisconsin Grazing Initiative 2012 Report

Perceptions of Raw Milk’s Risks and Benefits (Research Brief #83)

Grass-Based Dairy Products: Challenges and Opportunities

Grass Clippings: February 2009

Tall fescue and Kura clover for dairy and beef stockers (Research Brief #76)

Custom Raising Dairy Heifers: Expectations and Perspectives of Wisconsin Dairy Producers

Grass Clippings: April 2008

Dairy farmers share custom heifer raising preferences (Research Brief #75)

Milking More than Profit: Life Satisfaction on Wisconsin Dairy Farms

Grass Clippings: August 2007

Managed Grazing Education and Research in Wisconsin

Grass Clippings: May 2007

How is cheese from pastured cows unique? (Research Brief #73)

Grass Clippings: February 2007

Cows turn Pasture into Milk

Cheese from Pastured Cows: Comparing Taste, Texture and Color

Life Satisfaction on Grazing Dairy Farms in Wisconsin

Grass Clippings: November 2006

The Future of Managed Grazing

Grass Clippings: August 2006

Dairy Your Way

Report Shows that Managed Grazing Dairies Succeed Statewide

Grazing in the Dairy State

Specialty Cheese in Wisconsin: Opportunities and Challenges

The Social Implications of Management Intensive Rotational Grazing: An Annotated Bibliography

Pastures of plenty: Financial performance of Wisconsin grazing dairy farms

Dairy Goat Enterprise Budget

Flavor, not health claims, key in marketing pasture-based cheese (Research Brief #66)

Ovsynch results variable on grass-based dairy farms (Research Brief #61)

Holstein steers show good gains on kura clover (Research Brief #59)

New Zealand internships provide eye-opening experience

Starting your own dairy farm (Research Brief #58)

Nurturing the Next Generation of Wisconsin’s Dairy Farmers

Starting—and succeeding—as a Wisconsin dairy farmer (Research Brief #56)

Low-input forage rotation: similar returns, reduced costs (Research Brief #53)

Management Tool Helps Farmers Convert Pastures to Profits

Dairy grazing can provide good financial return (Research Brief #50)

Wisconsin grazing networks: a status report (Research Brief #49)

Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy Farmers (Research Brief #37)

Stocker cattle convert pasture to profits (Research Brief #36)

Outwintering dairy cattle: the fate of manure components (Research Brief #35)

Sharemilking in Wisconsin: evaluating a farm entry/exit strategy (Research Brief #34)

New Zealand’s dairy career path: could it work in Wisconsin? (Research Brief #33)

Grazing’s potential: expansion’s effects on cash flow (Research Brief #31)

Grazing’s potential: predicting expansion’s cost, profit (Research Brief #30)

Women on dairy farms: juggling roles and responsibilities (Research Brief #29)

Outwintering dairy cattle: manure management issues (Research Brief #28)

Outwintering dairy cattle: animal health issues (Research Brief #27)

Designing and building a New Zealand-style milking parlor

Manure management research from an integrated perspective (Research Brief #24)

Dairy farmer career paths

Management intensive rotational grazing’s sense…and dollars (Research Brief #19)

Why make the transition to grazing? Wisconsin farmers share their perspectives

Land stewardship practices on the Krusenbaum organic dairy farm (Research Brief #17)

An organic dairying overview from the Krusenbaum farm studies (Research Brief #16)

The Grass IS Greener: Dairy Graziers Tell Their Stories

Milk production and quality of pastured cows rival confinement feeding (Research Brief #13)

Grazing project combines strength of on-farm, research station studies (Research Brief #12)

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