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CIAS Harvest Dinner

Join us November 21 for an evening celebrating Wisconsin's culinary traditions, including a meal and and illuminating presentations on our state's food heritage. details


Midwest CSA Conference

Date: December 3-4, 2015
Location: The Plaza, Eau Claire, 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


Northern Nut Growers Conference Features Wisconsin Hazelnut Production

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. more

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Agriculture, transportation and climate change: Considering the future of agricultural freight transport in the Upper Mississippi River Valley

The World Economic Forum rates food crises, extreme weather and failure of infrastructure as top global risks in 2015. Around the world, regions are contending with extreme weather, including drought, flooding and changes in growing seasons. more

Chop! Chop! Veggie Videos Support Wisconsin Farm to School Efforts

In honor of National Farm to School Month, the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and partners launched a series of culinary training videos for school cafeteria staff. more

Sprouting New Tree Nut Businesses in the Midwest: Five Case Studies

Increasing tree nut production in the Midwest can potentially enhance the sustainability of agriculture and food systems in this region. Growers in the Midwest are awakening to tree nuts as a possible source of farm income and a way to diversify their production. more

Potential carbon sequestration and forage gains with management-intensive rotational grazing (Research Brief #95)

Do pastures under management-intensive rotational grazing (MIRG) differ from grasslands under other management in terms of forage quality and quantity, carbon sequestration and biological soil activity? Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison set out to answer these questions and discover some of the reasons behind differences in pasture productivity. more

Wisconsin Farm to School Success Story: Madison Metropolitan School District Garden Bars

In several schools within the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), Farm to School AmeriCorps members are introducing elementary school students to their new garden bars. more

Advancing Farm to School: Lessons from the Field

This report, published by the Wisconsin Clearinghouse, captures and communicates many of the valuable lessons learned throughout a project that increased access to healthy food in fourteen communities across Wisconsin. more

Invigorating Sustainable Farms and Food: CIAS 2014 Annual Report

2014 was an exciting and special year for the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), as we marked 25 years of bringing people together to create more sustainable food systems. This annual report summarizes our many 2014 accomplishments and recognizes the supporters who help make our work possible. more

Wisconsin Farm to School Success Story: Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Garden (Wausau)

In the fall of 2013, Wausau crossing guards went home with fresh-made pickles, and local residents opened their doors to bags full of vegetables following a resounding “ding-dong!” and a scampering of feet. The vegetables came with a note: “Compliments of Thomas Jefferson Elementary Garden.” The Ding-Dong-Ditch act was a Pay-it-Forward practice of the Thomas […] more
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