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CIAS Mini-Grants Support Graduate Student Research in Sustainable Agriculture

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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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Grant supports expanding supply chains for regional grains to local cafeterias

Posted December 2020

The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) at UW-Madison was awarded a grant through the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Farmers Market Promotion Program for a project titled “Grains to Institutions: Expanding Value Chains and Cultivating Resources for Upper Midwest Grain Growers.” CIAS will use this $516,000 grant over three years to increase the ease of using regionally produced grains in local institutions, in collaboration with the Artisan Grain Collaborative (AGC) and Upper Midwest grain producers, processors, and Wisconsin partner institutions.

This project will develop a suite of resources for entities across the grain value chain from growers to buyers to accelerate procurement of local grains and continue to build farm to institution efforts. Planned resources include an institutional culinary toolkit including explanations of different regional grains and information about grain storage, processing and culinary uses. These materials will be complemented by stories about how and why farmers choose to grow these grains and an analysis of available processing and supply chain infrastructure.

To see the full announcement, go to For more information, contact Brianna Fiene at or Vanessa Herald at