Farm to Fork

EVENTS

Lancaster Kernza and Silvopasture Field Day

Date: October 5, 2018, 9:45am-1pm
Location: Lancaster Agricultural Research Station
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Great Lakes Apple Crunch

Date: October 11, 2018
Location: WI, MN, IL, IN, MI, OH
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6th Annual Agroecology Barn Dance

Date: October 13, 2018, 6-10:30pm
Location: Cates Farm, Spring Green, WI
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SUCCESS STORIES

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



Echinacea as a Tobacco Crop Alternative

Posted January 2000

Tobacco farmers in Wisconsin have been losing base acreage and income in recent years. Because Echinacea and tobacco production share many similarities, Echinacea has been suggested as an alternative crop for tobacco farmers. Making $3,766 per acre with Angustifolia Echinacea looks better than any corn or soybean budget. But there are risks to consider, mainly from price fluctuation, marketing strategies and organic farming practices. Growing Echinacea requires a lot of labor and capital investment before any returns are seen.

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