Crops and Livestock

EVENTS

Organic Vegetable Variety Research Showcase

Date: August 20, 2018, 3-5pm
Location: West Madison Agricultural Research Station
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F.H. King End of Summer Bonfire

Date: August 30, 2018, 6:30-9:30pm
Location: Picnic Point, UW-Madison
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Lancaster Kernza and Silvopasture Field Day

Date: October 5, 2018, 9:45am-1pm
Location: Lancaster Agricultural Research Station
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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



The Art and Science of Composting

Posted March 2002

compostComposting is controlled decomposition, the natural breakdown process of organic residues. Composting transforms raw organic waste materials into biologically stable, humic substances that make excellent soil amendments. Compost is easier to handle than manure and other raw organic materials, stores well and is odor-free. This paper describes the composting process, general guidelines for pile management, siting considerations, choosing a composting method, composting regulations and permits, qualities of finished compost, and compost quality standards.

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