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Our Work

How the Center For Integrated Agricultural Systems fulfills the Wisconsin Idea, bridging UW-Madison and the rest of Wisconsin.

Current Research Topics

Research is central to our mission. We apply transdisciplinary, participatory, systems-oriented approaches to address emerging challenges in production agriculture and food systems.

Farming Systems 

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How human and natural systems interact on the farm.

Including farm viability and beginner farmers, labor, soil health, grazing, cover crops, and emerging crops.


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Food Systems 

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Businesses and people involved in wholesale markets and moving food to people. 

Including food transportation, farm to institution, dairy supply management, and local and regional food systems.

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Initiatives where CIAS is involved in the latest innovations in sustainable food and farming.

Including Organics, Grassland 2.0, Agriculture of the Middle, and other current research topics.

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Other CIAS Work

The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems has a long history of research and information that support many types of agriculture including crop and animal farming, and cutting edge research from graduate students.


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Including cover crops, grain, fruits, soil and more.

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Student Research

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Cutting edge student research on farming and food systems.

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Including poultry, beef, dairy, other livestock, and grazing.

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Learning Opportunities

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Want to learn more? There are a variety of professional development opportunities for motivated individuals to learn from experienced growers and University specialists about starting a sustainable farm business. There are also Madison campus opportunities for students to earn degrees and certificates, and participate in student organizations.

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