2017 Green Lands Blue Waters Conference

Date: November 28-29, 2017
Location: UW-Madison Pyle Center

Midwest CSA Conference

Date: December 7-8, 2017
Location: Wisconsin Dells, WI

Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference

Date: January 21-23, 2018
Location: Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, 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


Your gift to CIAS supports our research and outreach on profitable farms and food businesses, environmentally sustainable landscapes and healthy communities across Wisconsin, and beyond.

Make a Gift

Twenty-five years ago, Wisconsin citizens and UW-Madison faculty created CIAS in an effort to build support for sustainable agriculture. Over the years, CIAS has brought together farmers, other business owners, and researchers to address critical needs in agriculture. Our collaborative approach is rooted in the Wisconsin Idea.

Please consider supporting our current and future efforts through a tax-deductible donation to the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems Fund at the UW Foundation. Gifts of any amount ensure a future for CIAS and agriculture that is profitable, benefits the environment and supports communities across Wisconsin.

Learn more about opportunities to support CIAS:

Our director, Michael Bell, is happy to meet with you and discuss how your interests might fit with the funding needs of CIAS. You can reach him at 608-515-8151 or

Many thanks to our 2015 supporters:

  • Rick Adamski and Valerie Dantoin
  • Robert Bauer
  • Harriet Behar
  • Michael Bell and Diane Mayerfeld
  • Deirdre Birmingham and John Biondi
  • Bradshaw-Knight Foundation
  • Edmund and Lois Brick
  • Dick and Kim Cates
  • Cedar Grove Cheese
  • Leslie Cooperband
  • Louis Cornelius and Priscilla Boroniec
  • Steve and Patricia Diercks
  • Faye Gehl Conservation Foundation
  • Herman Felstehausen and
  • Geke DeVries
  • Terrie Howe
  • Kidlinks World Inc.
  • Daniel Kleinman and Susan Bernstein
  • Margaret Krome and Steve Ventura
  • Susan Lloyd
  • Sheldon and Marianne Lubar
  • Daniel and Linda Marquardt
  • Curt Meine
  • Marie Mitchell
  • Jim and Phylis Munsch
  • Laura and Bill Paine
  • John Peck
  • Kathryn Pereira
  • Odessa Piper
  • Douglas Renk
  • Mary and Frank Reuter
  • Kenneth Rineer
  • Curtis Rohland
  • Saxon Homestead Farms LLC
  • Dale and Cindy Secher/Carandale Farm
  • Mark and CeCe Sieffert
  • Single Step Foundation
  • Karl Stieglitz
  • Tom Weigand
  • Gary and Rosemarie Zimmer
  • David and Ann Zimrin

CIAS makes its best effort to include all donations made by individuals on this list. If your name has been omitted, please contact us so we may properly show our appreciation. Thank you to our past and present donors for your generous support!