Farm to Fork


CIAS Director Candidate Public Presentation: Randall Jackson

Date: December 13, 2018, 9:15am
Location: Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences Building, UW-Madison campus

Wisconsin School for Beginning Market Growers

Date: January 11-13, 2019
Location: UW-Madison campus

Wisconsin Cut Flower Growers School

Date: February 16-17, 2019
Location: UW-Madison campus

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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

Cover Crops Case Studies: JenEhr Family Farm

Posted November 2011

turkeys on cropland

Wisconsin is seeing a renewed interest in planting cover crops to prevent soil erosion, retain or add nutrients, reduce pest pressures and accomplish other goals. Farmers and educators are asking questions about which cover crops to plant, how to fit them into different cropping systems and what equipment is needed to plant and manage them.

This case study presents the experience of a Wisconsin vegetable grower who has been growing cover crops for more than ten years. He describes his philosophy of cover crop use and offers his perspectives on what cover crop strategies have and have not worked on his farm, what benefits he receives from growing cover crops and how he manages these crops. Farmers and researchers can use this information as a starting point to explore how they might develop cover crop systems to fit their situations and meet their own goals.

Read the full case study (PDF)