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

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

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

Living Mulch Suppresses Weeds and Yields in Organic Vegetable Plots (CIAS Research Brief #100)

Fall-Sown Cover Crops and Weed Suppression in Organic Small-Scale Vegetable Production (CIAS Research Brief #99)

Options for Weed Control in Hazelnut Plantings (CIAS Research Brief #98)

Veggie Compass Helps Growers Make Data-Driven Decisions (CIAS Research Brief #97)

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

Growing Farm to School Supply Chains with Local Vegetable Blends (Research Brief #96)

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

Productivity and Nitrogen Retention Tradeoffs in Bioenergy Grasslands (Research Brief #93)

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

Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Full Circle

Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Home Grown Wisconsin Co-op

Values-Based Food Suppy Chain Case Study: Red Tomato

Values-Based Food Suppy Chain Case Study: Country Natural Beef

Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Good Earth Farms

Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Shepherd’s Grain

Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Organic Valley

Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Co-op Partners Warehouse

Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Idaho’s Bounty

Managed Grazing’s Effects on Soil Quality and Structure

Pastured Heifers Grow Well and Have Productive First Lactations

Finding a cost effective, persistent legume for Wisconsin pastures (Research Brief #85)

Fall grazing management affects burdock populations in pastures (Research Brief #84)

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

Tradeoffs in ecosystem services using warm-season grasses in managed pastures (Research Brief #78)

Does pasture-finished beef make the grade? (Research Brief #77)

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

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

Farm-to-school program provides learning experience (Research Brief #74)

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

Valuing labor and improving efficiency on an integrated farm (Research Brief #72)

Beneficial insect habitat in an apple orchard: Effects on pests (Research Brief #71)

Do farming practices affect corn and soybean quality traits? (Research Brief #70)

Community Supported Agriculture farms: management and income (Research Brief #68)

Community Supported Agriculture farms: national survey results (Research Brief #67)

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

Biological control of Canada thistle: more work needed (Research Brief #65)

Lawn care herbicide linked to reproductive problems in mice (Research Brief #64)

Large-scale pastured poultry farming in the U.S. (Research Brief #63)

Fresh market growers share pest management strategies (Research Brief #62)

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

Apple disease control alternatives (Research Brief #60)

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

Starting your own dairy farm (Research Brief #58)

Raising poultry on pasture (Research Brief #57)

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

Dishing up local food on Wisconsin campuses (Research Brief #55)

Community kitchens: key elements of success (Research Brief #54)

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

CSA: More for your money than fresh vegetables (Research Brief #52)

Switchgrass production for biomass (Research Brief #51)

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

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

Echineacea as a tobacco crop alternative (Research Brief #48)

Annual ryegrass trial shows limits, promise (Research Brief #47)

Pastured poultry study addresses broad range of issues (Research Brief #46)

Composted manures offer yield and disease resistance benefits (Research Brief #45)

Diversity pays off on cash grain farms (Research Brief #44)

Cropping systems trial provides unique analysis (Research Brief #43)

Pesticide options in field crops: helping farmers with FQPA (Research Brief #42)

Managing a CSA farm 2: community, economics, marketing and training (Research Brief #41)

Managing a CSA farm 1:production, labor and land (Research Brief #40)

New markets for producers: selling to colleges (Research Brief #39)

New markets for producers: selling to retail stores (Research Brief #38)

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)

Farm networks work: a CSA success story (Research Brief #32)

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)

Dairy farmer career paths: getting in, out, and by (Research Brief #26)

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

Farmer-to-farmer networks: effective grass-roots sharing (Research Brief #23)

Windbreaks: trees as technology for protecting Wisconsin’s topsoil (Research Brief #22)

Community supported agriculture: growing food…and community (Research Brief #21)

Windrow composting systems can be feasable, cost effective (Research Brief #20)

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

CROPP study maps paths to small-scale co-op marketing success (Research Brief #18)

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

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

Marketing beef cattle via satellite, video auction proves succesful in areas distant from markets (Research Brief #14)

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)

Long-term study evaluates impacts of six Wisonsin cropping systems (Research Brief #11)

Project provides valuable lessons at lambing time (Research Brief #10)

Making a sheperd’s life easier: how to handle a 300-ewe flock without a lot of help (Research Brief #9)

Low-cost forage storage system saves time, labor (Research Brief #8)

Beef, sheep can provide modest income souce in northern Wisconsin (Research Brief #7)

Pilot project shows potenital for agricultural tourism in Wisconsin (Research Brief #6)

Traps help monitor pine root weevil in Christmas trees (Research Brief #5)

Organic potatoes: they can be grown, but can they be profitable? (Research Brief #4)

Potato varieties show resistance to early blight (Research Brief #3)

Preplant soil nitrate test saves money, protects groundwater (Research Brief #2)

Sustainable agriculture: balancing profits and human and natural resources (Research Brief #1)

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