Food and the Wisconsin Idea: The Systems That Feed Us

Date: April 2, 3:30pm
Location: University Club, UW-Madison

Beginning Apple Grower Spring Field Day

Date: April 6, 8:30-4:30
Location: Near Madison, WI

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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


Market Farm Madness is back!

Our NCAA-style Market Farm Madness Tournament is the perfect diversion for people who love cool farming tools. We've created a bracket with 64 different tools. Now we all get to vote for our favorites so that we can thin the field down to a champion. Each round will involve voting via an on-line survey form. more

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Q&A with Finalists for the Madison Terminal Market Feasibility Study

Date: December 5, 2018, 9-11:30am

Location: Madison Municipal Building

Posted November 2018

In February 2018, CIAS co-hosted a Madison Area Local Food Buyer & Distributor Meeting in collaboration with the City of Madison. Since then, CIAS, the city and partners such as the Wisconsin Food Hub Co-op have continued to advance the idea of a multi-tenant food aggregation, distribution and cross-docking facility, or “terminal market,” in metro Madison.

This August, the Madison Common Council approved up to $100,000 of funding for a feasibility study of a food terminal and cross-dock facility to (1) serve food retailers, restaurants, processors, and institutions in metro Madison, and (2) help connect Wisconsin growers to larger metro markets, such as Chicago and the Twin Cities.

Two consulting firms (ACDS and Crossroads) have been selected as finalists. They will be presenting their proposed approaches to the feasibility study 9-11:30am Wednesday, December 5th at the Madison Municipal Building (215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Madison, WI 53703, Room 022).

Questions and input from local businesses and organizations are encouraged at the presentations.

Questions? Please contact Lindsey Day-Farnsworth (, 608-890-2433) or George Reistad (, 608-266-4611).