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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


MARKET FARM MADNESS

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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CIAS leads diverse projects on food systems, or what happens from the farm gate to an eater's plate. This work is helping to get local, sustainably-grown food to eaters through schools, Community Supported Agriculture farms, and unique partnerships with growers, processors, farmers' markets, grocers and other food-related businesses.

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
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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

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

Dairy Supply Management: Presentation by Torsten Hemme

Dr. Hemme discusses approaches to balancing supply and demand, both in short-term, emergency situations and at the longer-term, structural level. more

New Livestock Compass Spreadsheet Availabe

Compass Tools are designed to help growers improve on-farm decision making and financial farm planning. A new and improved Livestock Compass spreadsheet is now available for meat and egg producers on CIAS's Compass Toolbox website. more

Comparing Apples to Apples: Single-Varietal Hard Apple Cider Testing

The goal of the Apples to Apples Project was to help hard cider growers—and makers—select apple varieties for a high-quality, artisanal product. To accomplish this, researchers compared the results of laboratory analysis and tastings of single-varietal ciders to identify desirable flavor characteristics. more

Turning Grain into Dough: Farm Financial Management for Organic Grain and Crop Rotation

As of 2019 the five-year average farm gate price of organic corn in the U.S. is around $9 per bushel while the average for conventional corn has been about $3.50. Is it any wonder that some farmers are looking at what it takes to transition to certified organic production? more
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