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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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Poultry Your Way

Posted December 2005

Farmers who are considering starting or modifying poultry operations have a new resource available. Poultry Your Way is a free, 124-page book that profiles a variety of poultry systems suitable for the Upper Midwest. Producers and poultry experts from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan contributed to the book, and each chapter profiles a different kind of poultry operation.

“”Part-time or full-time poultry enterprises can potentially add to a farm”s income,”” said Steve Stevenson, a researcher with the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems who contributed to the book. “”We wrote this book so that people interested in poultry production—-at any scale —can make informed decisions about what kinds of management systems will work best for their families and farm operations.””

Poultry Your Way provides an overview of poultry production systems for meat and eggs, including breed selection, marketing and processing alternatives. It also describes the many management alternatives available to poultry producers: industrial, traditional and semi-confinement, day-range pasture, pasture using “daily move” pens, and organic.

Electronic copies are available on the CIAS web site.

The publication was produced using funds from the North Central Region SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) Research and Outreach Program. It is published by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture with significant participation from the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota, the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, the Michigan Agricultural Stewardship Association, and the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems.

Another title in the series, Hogs Your Way, is available from the University of Minnesota Extension Distribution Center by calling (800) 876-8636 or visiting (type “Hogs Your Way” into the search box). An additional title, Dairy Your Way, is available on this web site.