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Food and the Wisconsin Idea: The Systems That Feed Us

Date: April 2, 3:30pm
Location: University Club, UW-Madison

Beginning Apple Grower Spring Field Day

Date: April 6, 8:30-4:30
Location: Near 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


Market Farm Madness is back!

Our NCAA-style Market Farm Madness Tournament is the perfect diversion for people who love cool farming tools. We've created a bracket with 64 different tools. Now we all get to vote for our favorites so that we can thin the field down to a champion. Each round will involve voting via an on-line survey form. more

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Farms and Food For the Future: CIAS 2016 Annual Report

Posted June 2017

In 2016, CIAS was honored to work with many dedicated partners as we furthered our research, education and outreach in sustainable agriculture and food. Our popular grower schools trained 172 beginning farmers in production, marketing and business management. In its fourth year, the CIAS mini-grant program supported eight UW-Madison graduate students with funding for summer research in sustainable agriculture. Our work in food systems included farm to school, domestic fair trade, outreach and technical assistance to diverse growers, and workshops. Our effort to create more resilient farms, communities and ecosystems by incorporating perennial crops into agricultural systems is taking hold.

This report highlights our key accomplishments and acknowledges the many donors who supported our work in 2016.

Read the 2016 CIAS Annual Report (PDF)