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CIAS Mini-Grants Support Graduate Student Research in Sustainable Agriculture

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Announcing the 2019 Market Farm Madness Champion!

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The mailing address for all CIAS staff members is: CIAS, 1535 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706

Alber, Nadia

Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers Director
(608) 265-6437

Bennett, Sandy

Phone: 608-262-9928

Fiene, Brianna

Farm to Institution Outreach Specialist
(608) 265-4201

Fischbach, Jason

Associate staff, perennial crops
Bayfield County Cooperative Extension
(715) 373-6104

Grace, Jacob

Grazing and perennial agriculture specialist
(608) 265-4213

Hendrickson, John

Program manager, fresh market vegetables and food systems
Coordinator, Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers
(608) 265-3704

Herald, Vanessa

Farm to School, Farm to Institution, Farm to Early Care and Education
(608) 263-6064

Hirsch, Regina

Associate Scientist

Ingram, Mrill

Participatory Action Research Scientist
Phone: (608) 262-8792

Lloyd, Sarah

Food Systems Scientist
(608) 265-5993

Mayerfeld, Diane

Associate staff, Wisconsin SARE
(608) 262-8188

McNair, Ruth

(608) 265-6479

Miller, Michelle

Associate Director of Programs
Food systems, eco fruit
(608) 262-7135

Oosterwyk, Johanna

Associate staff, Horticulture
(608) 262-3844

Sanford, Gregg

Research Scientist, Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial

Wattiaux, Michel

CIAS Interim Director
Department of Dairy Science

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