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Agroecoprospect: The Challenge of Integrating Values, Food and Farming

Registration is open for the joint annual meeting of AFHVS/ASFS, June 13-16 at UW-Madison. details

EVENTS

FH King Spring Garden Fest and Growing Season Kickoff

Date: April 28, 2018, 3-8pm
Location: FH King Student Farm, Eagle Heights
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Agroecoprospect: The Challenge of Integrating Values, Food and Farming

Date: June 13-16, 2018
Location: UW-Madison campus
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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



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

Eco-Fruit Program Supports Growers with Networking and Coaching

The CIAS Eco-Fruit program is featured in the latest report on IPM from the American Farmland Trust. more
grazing cows

Growing Wisconsin’s Grazing Future: Results of the Blue Sky Greener Pastures Consultation Process

For a wide variety of economic, environmental and social reasons, it makes good sense to regard the practice of managed grazing as an effective system for strengthening dairy and livestock farming in Wisconsin. The UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) partnered with GrassWorks, Inc. to develop a statewide, participatory discussion about managed grazing that they called “Blue Sky Greener Pastures” (BSGP). more

Wisconsin Grazing Initiative 2012 Report

The Wisconsin Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative funded several innovative grazing-related projects from 2009 to 2011. The Wisconsin Grazing Initiative 2012 Report details the 21 educational projects, 23 technical assistance projects and 10 research projects that supported a variety of grazing-related work. The projects incorporate research-based information and rely on farmer-to-farmer learning. Public events and media […] more

Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2012 Status Report

Wisconsin boasts the second largest number of organic farms in the U.S., ranks first among the states for the number of organic dairy and beef farms, and is third in the nation for organic vegetable farms. Organic Agriculture in Wisconsin: 2012 Status Report provides a wealth of information on the opportunities and challenges facing Wisconsin’s organic farms and processors. more
hamburger

Price Tags/Cost Tags

The Price Tags/Cost tags are a great way for consumers to learn about the environmental, social and health costs behind many commonly eaten foods. Recently updated tags on hamburger, potatoes, sweet corn and tomatoes describe some of the hidden costs for these popular foods. more
farm field

Cover Crops Case Studies: Gary Sommers Farm

This case study shares the experience of one Wisconsin farmer who has been growing cover crops on his cash grain farm for twenty years. He presents his philosophy of cover crop use, explains what cover crop management practices have and have not worked on his farm, and describes what benefits he sees from growing cover crops. more
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