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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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CIAS 2018-19 Annual Report

Posted November 2019

Over the past thirty years, CIAS has engaged in participatory research driven by the needs of small and medium Wisconsin farms and related businesses. Our farmer and citizen advisors report to us on the status of agriculture in their communities. Not only does this help us identify potential research projects, it also humanizes the stark statistics that chronicle the enduring agricultural crisis.

Now more than ever, we need sustainable agricultural and food systems that contribute to the environmental, economic and social well-being of farmers, families, workers, consumers and their communities. CIAS works diligently to identify innovative ideas and research opportunities. Our beginning farmer schools, farm management tools, publications and other outreach efforts prepare and support sustainable farmers, as well as the people and organizations that serve them.

To address the complex problems we face, we believe in the power of working collaboratively. We are honored and humbled to have the opportunity to work
with our staff, farmers and other stakeholders. Together, we will address, in a real-world manner, the need for viable alternatives in food production and distribution systems that benefit Wisconsin farming communities.

CIAS is working toward a diverse, sustainable agriculture and food system in Wisconsin. Your support makes this work possible. Thank you.

Read the full report (PDF)