Keeping Water in our Soil: Uplands Watershed Group Farm Tour and Farmer-Fisherman Lunch

Date: July 27, 2018, 9:20am
Location: Spring Green, WI

Silvopasture Workshop

Date: August 3-4, 2018
Location: Spring Grove, MN and Coon Valley, WI

Dairy Heifer Grazing Farms Bus Tour

Date: August 8, 2018, 9:30am-6:30pm
Location: Tour begins in Madison

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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

Citizens Advisory Council meets in Athens and Medford

Posted September 2013

The September 2013 CIAS Citizens Advisory Council meeting was hosted by the Tomandl family, who operate grass-based dairy farms near Medford, and Kat Becker and Tony Schultz of Stoney Acres Farm near Athens. CIAS was created in 1989 in response to citizens’ needs for sustainable agriculture research and outreach at UW-Madison. Our Citizens Advisory Council members provide us with feedback and guidance on farmers’ research and outreach needs, which helps us put the Wisconsin Idea into practice.