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Need Veggies?

The F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture offer free veggies through their Harvest Handouts on Fridays at 1pm, East Campus Mall. details

EVENTS

Student Organic Seed Symposium

Date: August 9-12, 2015
Location: Madison, WI
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2015 Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference

Date: August 14, 2015, 8am-3:30pm
Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, WI
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UW Agronomy and Soils Field Day

Date: August 19, 2015, 8am-2:30pm
Location: Arlington Agricultural Research Station
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SUCCESS STORIES

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

CIAS Eco-Fruit Program Receives Wisconsin Idea Award

Since 2000, the CIAS Eco-Fruit program has been helping growers reduce or eliminate risk from pesticides by using IPM. Participating growers have reduced their pesticide risk by 46 percent and increased their reliance on IPM strategies by 54 percent. more


DIRECTOR'S BLOG

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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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
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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
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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
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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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The Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial: Long-Term Research for Resilient Agriculture

The Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial (WICST) was established in 1989 in response to farmers and others making a case for long-term research on low-input farming. WICST set out to investigate both the benefits and limitations of alternative agriculture through replicated research on the productivity, profitability and environmental impacts of both sustainably and conventionally managed production systems. more
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Reducing Hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico

Despite more than 40 years of largely voluntary efforts by federal, state, and local government, and tens of billions of US dollars of investment in conservation, nationwide progress on nutrient control has not yet been achieved. more
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Marketing Healthy Food in Wisconsin Schools

Marketing Healthy Foods in Wisconsin K-12 Schools is a comprehensive resource on conventional and innovative marketing practices to support the consumption of healthy foods and farm to school programs. more
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Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2015 Status Report

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2015 Status Report provides data on organic production, markets and farmer demographics. This report also includes a special section on organic grain, including possible strategies to increase organic grain production in our state. more
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