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Ride to Farm 2017

Date: June 3, 2017
Location: New Glarus Woods State Park
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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


DIRECTOR'S BLOG

UW-Madison Highlights Partnership with Stoney Acres Farm

Kat Becker and Tony Schultz, who own and operate Stoney Acres Farm in Marathon County, are featured in a UW-Madison campaign to show how partnerships with citizens and businesses are furthering the Wisconsin Idea in each of the state's 72 counties. more

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Northern Nut Growers Conference Features Wisconsin Hazelnut Production

Posted August 2015

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The Northern Nut Growers Association (NNGA), in partnership with CIAS and UW-Extension, held the 106th NNGA conference in La Crosse, July 27-29. About 150 participants from across the country gathered for three days to talk about the business of nut production, processing and marketing in the context of agroforestry and perennialization. A tour focused on our regional work with hazelnuts included a visit to New Forest Farm in Viola, where Peter Allen demonstrated growing hazelnuts in perennial polyculture, and the Kickapoo Culinary Center in Soldiers Grove, where Brad Niemchek demonstrated community kitchen processing. The tour also visited a stand of American chestnuts in West Salem, where UW-La Crosse researchers are helping the trees fight chestnut blight with a strain of blight infected with a virus. The tour concluded with a regional dinner prepared by Chef Dani Lind at Rooted Spoon, Viroqua.