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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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COVID-19 Update

Posted March 2020

As part of the rapidly changing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CIAS office is closed until further notice. Staff are working remotely through at least December 2020. The most efficient way to reach us is by email. You can find staff email addresses on our staff page.

CIAS Beginning Grower Schools for cut flower, apple and market growers will not be held in 2021 due to uncertainties about whether in-person instruction will be allowed and/or advisable.

For the latest updates on UW–Madison plans and responses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit