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ANNOUNCEMENT

CIAS Craft Cider Work Featured in Grow Magazine

CIAS is working with Wisconsin cider businesses to assess and address the needs and challenges of the state’s burgeoning cider industry. details

EVENTS

Field Day and Seafood Lunch: Can Conservation Pay?

Date: October 24, 2018, 9:45am
Location: Dolan Farms, Dodgeville, WI
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First Annual Wisconsin Chili Lunch

Date: November 15, 2018
Location: Statewide
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6th Annual Perennial Farm Gathering

Date: December 7-8, 2018
Location: Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison
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SUCCESS STORIES

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



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Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Co-op Partners Warehouse

Co-op Partners Warehouse was established in 1999 by the Wedge Natural Foods Co-op in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This certified organic wholesale distribution warehouse serves retail stores, food service businesses and buying clubs throughout the Upper Midwest. more
Idaho landscape

Values-Based Food Supply Chain Case Study: Idaho’s Bounty

Idaho’s Bounty was founded in 2007 as a cooperative with both customer and producer members. It provides logistical support for a direct-to-consumer, Internet-based food buying club. more

Wisconsin Grazing Activities Resource List

The Wisconsin Grazing Activities Resource List (2013) contains information on current managed grazing and pasture-related organizations, contacts and research initiatives. more

Farm Business Principles for Success

Directors and educators with the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers (WSBDF) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison share advice and principles for starting and operating a successful farm business. more
grazing Holstein

Managed Grazing’s Effects on Soil Quality and Structure

A long-term southern Wisconsin cropping systems study shows that soils under managed grazing have a number of positive characteristics compared to soils under other cropping systems. more

Mentor-Intern Handbook for Dairy and Livestock Farmers

This handbook will help mentors develop their teaching skills as they progress through their first—or perhaps fortieth—internship. more

Fun Grazing Facts Fortune Teller

Geared toward elementary school-aged children, this fortune teller is a fun project that teaches kids about food, livestock, wildlife on farms and Wisconsin agriculture. We encourage teachers and others who work with kids to download, copy and distribute this widely. Fun grazing facts fortune teller (PDF) more
Heifers on pasture

Pastured Heifers Grow Well and Have Productive First Lactations

Dairy heifers that were raised on pasture in the ongoing Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial (WICST) performed as well as or better than similar heifers that were raised in confinement. more
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