Organic Pasture & Soil

EVENTS

UW Organic Agriculture Research Field Day

Date: August 29, 2019, 10am-3pm
Location: Arlington Agricultural Research Station
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5th Annual Farm to Flavor Event

Date: September 12, 2019, 6:30-9:00pm
Location: Discovery Building, UW-Madison
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Grant Programs and Financial Options for Farmers and Food Entrepreneurs: Marshfield

Date: September 17, 2019
Location: Marshfield Ag Research Station
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more events

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


MARKET FARM MADNESS

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

more madness

Organic pasture management and soil health training

Teaching organic dairy farmers how to manage their pasture acreage can enhance their success and profitability. In 2018, CIAS developed and field tested training in organic pasture management and soil health for agency personnel who support conventional, transitioning and new organic dairy farmers.

In fall 2018, CIAS hosted two “train the trainer” events on organic, pasture-based dairy farms in Lancaster and Edgar, Wisconsin. The 54 participants hailed from agencies including the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), county Land and Water Conservation Departments (LCDs), UW-Extension and organic certifiers. Surveys following these events showed a significant increase in participant knowledge of organic pasture management, managed grazing, soil health, organic inspection, dry matter calculation and extending the grazing season.

This work was supported by Organic Valley Farmers Advocating For Organics.

CIAS plans to hold two additional trainings in fall 2019. Check back for details. Training resources and videos from the 2018 trainings are linked below.

Upcoming trainings

Publications

  • Jackson, RD, Isidore, B, and Cates, RL. “Are plant-soil dynamics different in pastures under organic management? A review.” Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 279 (2019) 53-57.

Training resources:

October 4 training at Peter Arnold’s Farm, Edgar, WI

Milk characteristics, pastures and soils

Observing pastures and soils

Overview of soil health on organic dairy farms

Pasture establishment and renovation on the Arnold farm

Pasture establishment and renovation, part 1

Pasture establishment and renovation, part 2

September 6 training at Kevin Jahnke’s Farm, Lancaster, WI

Panel: Maximizing dry matter intake from pasture, part 1

Panel: Maximizing dry matter intake from pasture, part 2

The organic pasture rule

Calculating pasture dry matter

NIRS forage testing