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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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Market Farm Madness: Elite Eight!

Posted April 2019

We are down to the Elite 8 in market Farm Madness! Here is a recap of the Sweet Sixteen results:

  • The 2-Wheel Tractor runs out of gas and chokes at the free throw line, losing 38% to 62% against Harvest Crates
  • Harvest Knives, the 2017 runners-up, will again not get the opportunity to cut down the nets after a dull performance against the Walk-in Cooler. 68% to 32%
  • Spreadsheet’s formula for victory is too much for the Field Cultivator. 73% to 27%
  • The Cultivating Tractor throttles the Flame Weeder who’s season sputters to an end, 69% to 31%
  • Your Farm Website crashes out of the tournament, 14% to 86% but team Hoophouse is facing controversy as it appears most of their recruits have received cost share payments.
  • The Harvest Cart can’t handle the load and the Watering Wand continues its ‘magical’ run and 51% to 49%
  • The Wheel Hoe handles the Silage Tarp’s lights out defense, 56% to 44%
  • Credit Card Reader is denied a trip to the Elite 8 and the Spring Tine Cultivator continues its blind run through the tournament field. 52% to 48%

Vote in the next round of the tournament!