Agroecology Barn Dance

Date: October 14, 2017, 6:30-10:30pm
Location: Cates Family Farm, Spring Green, WI

CIAS Harvest Dinner 2017

Date: October 29, 2017, 5:30pm
Location: University Club, UW-Madison

Edible Startup Summit

Date: November 17-18, 2017
Location: American Family Center, Madison, WI

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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

CIAS Hosts Workshop on Food Freight Innovations

Posted January 2016


CIAS rung in the new year with a workshop on freight innovations to optimize regional food resiliency, held at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency on Planning. Fifty eight participants representing farmer-shippers, carriers and allied organizations heard from ten speakers and worked in groups to address key questions about improving regional food freight.

Rob Reich, Schneider National and Larry Alsum, Alsum Farms and Produce, were two Wisconsin business people who presented at the workshop. Workshop participant and Wisconsin native Andrew Lutsey (shown in the photo) is the CEO and co-founder of Midwest Local Foods, which is simplifying the process through which food from our state and region is transported, bought and sold within Chicagoland.

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