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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2019 OGRAIN Winter Conference

Date: January 24-26, 2019

Location: Gordon Dining and Event Center, UW-Madison

Posted December 2018

This fourth annual conference for those interested in organic grain production in the Upper Midwest will feature expert farmers, researchers and industry representatives sharing their knowledge, along with ample opportunity for networking and discussion. Fifteen workshops highlighting issues important to organic grain farmers will be offered. This year, there is a special focus on organic no-till and reduced tillage systems. Over 25 businesses will provide educational tables and conversation about products and services useful for organic grain operations. An information-filled conference resource book comes with the registration fee.

Jeff Moyer, Rodale Institute Executive Director, seasoned no-till farmer and researcher will join us Thursday evening and Friday for discussion and intensives on organic no-till. Long-time organic Iowa hog and crop producer Tom Frantzen will share his thoughts Saturday on “Values oriented decision-making, improving every year based on past lessons.”

Jeff and others will join us for a special interactive roundtable discussion on a variety of reduced tillage methods used in organic systems, available for an additional fee on Thursday evening.

The conference offers 14 hours of Continuing Education Units for Certified Crop Advisors: 2.5 in Soil and Water Management, 2 in Integrated Pest Management, 6.5 in Crop Management and 3 in Professional Development.

For more information, visit the conference website.